5 Skin Care & Beauty Myths Busted

5 Skin Care & Beauty Myths Busted

There are so many skin care & beauty myths out there, babe. Too many to even count! But it's important to empower yourself by knowing the facts. They say knowledge is power, after all 💡

Myth 1: Age spots are an inevitable part of getting older

Fact: First, the term "age spot" is a misnomer. Skin discolourations are not a result of age; they are the result of UV damage from too much exposure to the sun over the years ☀️

Sun spots are not partial to age. They can show up at any stage, whether you're a child, someone in their mid-20s or middle-aged. It is important to treat sun spots  with proven ingredients in addition to a high quality SPF in order to start seeing lasting improvements.

We are in the process of formulating our own Standard Beauty sunscreen, but in the meantime we would recommend our African Black Soap and Alpha Arbutin and Vitamin C serums to address skin discolourations. 

Myth 2: You'll eventually outgrow acne.

Fact: Women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can have acne just like teenagers, and the treatment principles remain the same, regardless of your age.

Not everyone who suffers from teenage acne will grow out of it, and even if you had clear skin as a teen, there's no guarantee that you won't get acne at a later stage in life - like during menopause, for example. If you want something to blame, blame the hormones! What is true is that men can outgrow acne, because their hormone levels level out after puberty, whereas women hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime, which is why itake so common for women to experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle. But in addition to all of this hormonal stuff, it’s important to remember that things like diet, stress, and lifestyle habits are other significant contributing factors.

Our African Black Soap, Pink Clay Mask and Niacinamide serum are all great Standard Beauty options for treating acne.

The gorgeous Tameeah Cajee showcasing our Pink Clay Mask.

Myth 3: Everyone needs an eye cream.

Fact: There is no evidence, research, or documentation proving that this claim is valid. Any product containing the right amounts and combinations of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and  skin-repairing ingredients will do the trick when used around the eyes. Those ingredients don't have to come in the form of a product specifically labelled as an eye cream / gel / serum / balm—they can in fact come from any well-formulated moisturiser or serum.

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labelled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturiser and/or serum around your eyes.

Now, if the skin around your eyes feels particularly dry, it doesn't mean you need a special eye cream. Instead, you simply need to treat your eye area with a more softening facial moisturiser or a good quality serum. Our Hyaluronic Acid serum is one that we would recommend for this.

With all this said, if you really do feel the need to have something specific for your eye area, we do happen to have a Brightening Eye Cream that does an incredible job of brightening dark circles under the eyes 😉

Myth 4: Expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive ones.

Fact: "Good" and "bad" products exist in all price categories. What matters most is the the formulation, not the price.

Spending a large amount of money on skincare products does not guarantee that you are getting a high quality formula. An expensive soap by one brand is no better for your skin than an inexpensive soap by another brand. There are many expensive products that have very little to offer, while there are just as many inexpensive products that are really well-formulated. At Standard Beauty we aim for the latter. Affordable skincare that works - that's our game 💪 Spending less won't hurt your skin in the same way that spending more won't help it. Remember, it's more about the formulation and less about the price.

Our range of skincare is affordable AND effective.

Myth 5: Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.

Fact: Blackheads may cause a dirty appearance, but they have absolutely nothing to do with dirt at all.

Blackheads are formed when the skin produces too much sebum (oil), when there is an excess of dead skin cells, and when pores are damaged or blocked, resulting in a clog. As this clog nears the surface of the skin, the mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidises and turns black. But blackheads cannot be completely scrubbed away. Using a face scrub will remove the top portion of the blackhead, but will unfortunately do little to nothing to address the underlying cause, which is why this method isn't very effective. Instead of scrubbing, try using a good quality BHA product, like our Salicylic Acid Toner. Salicylic acid is a natural exfoliant which exfoliates the inside of the pore lining, ultimately dissolving oil and dead skin cells that lead to recurring blackheads. 

We hope we've helped demystify these beauty myths, even though there are still so many more out there!