Skin Myths—Busted!

Friday, November 21, 2008 | Tips & How-Tos, Uncategorized

When it comes to the topic of skin care, a surprising amount of fables still abound the beauty scene. In order to separate fact from fiction, our Pür Minerals beauty experts have compiled some of the most pervasive falsehoods and a few enlightening truths regarding the largest organ in the body. So read on, and help dispel these skin myths!

Myth #1: The best way to deal with oily skin is to dry it out.
Wrong! Even oily skin needs moisture. Hydration helps calm, soothe and support the dermal matrix, keeping skin supple and helping to maintain a proper pH balance. Attempting to dry out your complexion will strip the epidermis of its natural, vital oils, leading to rough, flaky skin, clogged pores and inflammation. Rather than pummeling your face with harsh ingredients, wash with a mild cleanser and hydrate skin with an oil-free moisturizer.

Myth # 2: A good cleanser should foam on the skin.
Many of us have been taught that if your cleanser is foaming, that means it’s working. Not only is this piece of advice false, but it is hazardous to your health. Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), for example, is a highly effective foaming agent that is found in 90% of all commercial soaps and shampoos. But beware: that foaming sensation comes at the price of a host of potentially harmful long-term side effects including skin damage, cataracts and liver toxicity. All Pür Minerals skin care products are SLS-free!

Myth #3: Cucumbers contain special ingredients to treat puffy eyes.
This age-old home remedy is tried, but not true. Cucumber slices may feel refreshing, but these greens do not contain special ingredients to reduce under eye bags and puffiness. Although the high water content found in cucumbers can sometimes decrease swelling, professional skin care treatments are generally the best solution for dark circles and puffy eyes.

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