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Myths Perpetuated By The Skin Care Industry

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Myths Perpetuated By The Skin Care Industry

Myth #1: Collagen
. Some companies imply that collagen can support the skin's own collagen network. Others claim it can be absorbed to moisturize skin.
The collagen in creams and lotions act like any protein ingredient in that it merely provides a coating on the skins surface. (Chase)
Cosmetics manufacturers have heralded it as a new wonder ingredient but according to medical experts, it cannot affect the skin's own collagen when applied topically. (Winter)

Myth #2: Glycerin. Promoted as being a benerwial humntant.
This is a clear syrupy liquid made by chemically combining water and fat. 'The water splits the fat into smaller components, glycerol and fatty acids. It improves the spreading qualities of creams and lotions and prevents them from losing water through evaporation. Glycerin, however; has a tendency to draw water out of the skin and so can make dry skin dryer. (Chase)

Myth #3: Human Placental Extract. Promoted for rejuvenating and nourishing aging skin. Placental extracts are another big hype. In moisturizers, these ingredients allegedly supplement the vitamin and hormone content. The manufacturers of these products take advantage of the belief that since the placenta nourishes the developing embryo, extract of it can nourish and rejuvenate aging skin. Placental extracts can do no such thing. (Novick)

Myth #4: Humectants. Ingredients which draw moisture to, and aid in moisturizing skin. Most moisturizers contain humectants that act as water attractors,... they actually pull moisture out of your skin. (Valmy)

Myth #5: Liposomes. Ultimate anti-aging agent.
Liposomes are one of the newest entries in the fountain of youth arena. According to one recent theory, cellular aging involves the rigidification of skin membranes. Liposomes, which are tiny bags of Cat and thymus glands extract suspended in a gel, are supposed to merge with your aging skin cells, revive them and add moisture to them. Current scientific understanding does not support the rigidification theory. The cell membranes of young and old persons are alike. As a result, it is likely that liposomes moisturizers represent nothing more than another expensive allure. (Novick)

Myth #6: Propylene Glycol. Promoted as being a beneficial humectant.
A moistunzer that has been shown to provoke some eruptions. (Chase) SEE HUMECTANTS.

Myth #7: Royal Bee Jelly. Promoted to nourish and moisturize the skin.
Highly touted as a magical ingredient in cosmetics to restore one's skin to youthfulness. If stores. royal jelly loses its capacity to develop queen bees. Even when fresh, then is no proven value in a cosmetic preparation.(Winter)

Myth #8: Sodium Laurel / Laureth Sulfate. No one making any claims about this one - and for good reasons.
Because SLS and related substances are widely used in many populations on a daily basis, in soaps and shampoos, there is an immediate concern relating to the penetration of these chemicals into the eyes and other tissues. This is especially important in infants where considerable growth is occurring, because a much greater uptake occurs by tissues of younger eyes, and SLS changes the amounts of some proteins in cells from eye tissues. Tissues of young eyes may be more susceptible to alteration by SLS. (Green)

Bibliography and/or complete addendum with additional myths available upon request.