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Biggest Skincare Myths and What to Do Instead | Lab Muffin Beauty Science

So many #skincaremyths, so little time to debunk them! Here are 5 of the biggest skincare myths, why they’re not true according to the science, and what you should be doing instead.
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12 Thoughts to “Biggest Skincare Myths and What to Do Instead | Lab Muffin Beauty Science”

  1. Lab Muffin Beauty Science

    What skincare myth do you want me to break down? Leave it in a comment!

  2. Kathryn Berman

    Please discuss denatured alcohol. Is it harmful? Why is it frequently added to skincare and cosmetics? Thank you.

  3. Erin Hillstead

    I know you have a chemistry phd, I’m just wondering if you went to school specifically for the science part of skincare or if theres a job title? Like a chemist who works in labs developing products? I think I’ve found my calling.

  4. Martha Bennett

    I’m so glad I’ve discovered your YouTube channel (looking for you on Instagram next!) and I love your approach of explaining the science of skincare and makeup. One question I’ve had so much recently is about collagen – I’m sorry if you’ve already covered this in previous videos – I’ll be watching those, too! But does applying some type of collagen to the skin, or even ingesting it, cause the skin to create more of its own collagen??! This seems like a giant myth to me, but I’m really starting to miss the collagen in my aging skin, so I’d love to know for sure. Thanks – love your channel!! 💜

  5. mrnt1257

    Instead of asking a person with a flawless complexion what their skincare routine is, they should be asked what their diet is. A bit surprised that you never once mention diet.

  6. Perfumaphilia

    I just want to say your videos are so engaging and I’m already obsessed. I’ve always been interested in skincare, but as with anything, the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, you realize the more there is to learn.

    The myth about sunscreen caught me off guard, but makes total sense. Why would sunscreen need time to “activate”, the ingredients are already active lol.

    Not included in this video, but the myth that drives me up the wall is that cleansers “clean out your pores”. You could say there’s truth to this if the cleanser contains BHA. But a standard cleanser, no, it’s just cleansing the surface of the skin, as it’s supposed to. That leads me to another annoying myth that I think is finally on its way out for good, which is that cleansers are supposed to be these highly lathering, tingling concoctions that strip your skin of everything in order to clean effectively. A lot of negative reviews I’ve read on various cleansing products inlcude complaints that the cleanser “didn’t do anything” or “didn’t remove makeup”. It seems like these complaints stem from a false idea about what cleansers should and shouldn’t do. I have super dry, dehydrated skin, and when I read that a cleanser “didn’t do anything” that’s usually the one I put on my list to try 😉

  7. Georgey Porgy

    This is why I don’t buy “natural” skincare.

  8. Katherine Ann

    Thank you so much for making a video relating to skincare that is factual and science-based. I am so tired of all the BS I hear regarding skincare these days. “Put this essential oil on your skin, it’s natural…” No, no, no, DEFINITELY don’t do that! It being “natural” doesn’t mean anything. XD Everyone’s skin is different (mainly due, as you said, to genetics) and in order to discover what works for you as far as maintaining clear, healthy skin goes, unfortunately, the process is mostly trial and error. To anyone wanting good skincare tips like the ones in this video, I recommend checking out the blog Simple Skincare Science. The guy who writes this blog is absolutely brilliant, and he goes into great detail explaining how to go about treating particular skin ailments. All of the information is science-based, and while it’s a little overwhelming at first, it’s definitely worth checking out. Personally, I’ve found that in order to maintain clear skin, it’s best for me to do as little to it as possible. I don’t even use a cleanser when I wash my face–just water! Even gentle cleansers make me break out, I’ve found. Why? I don’t know, but I’m not going to question it…I just do what my skin seems to like most, as we all should. 🙂

  9. Tatiana Garcia

    Savvy and explained in a simple understandable way – 10 points out of 5!
    Subscribed immediately, so tired of bloggers giving uneducated information on skincare with entertainment purposes only.

  10. Cecily Erker

    Natural and chemical are arbitrary skincare distinctions; ultimately everything is all natural, because it’s all derived from the Earth’s resources. You have to find out what it does; some manmade ingredients are quite safe and gentle, and some pure plant ingredients can be very irritating or harmful.

  11. Sarah Yuschak

    As an Esthetician, all I can say is THANK YOU!! It’s so great to have someone providing correct skincare knowledge and advice instead of just trying to sell a product. Correlation is not causation! Love that and love you! Keep up the great work!

  12. Micky R.

    I’m so glad that more and more scientists/chemists are making skincare videos now!

    Nothing beats being able to make more educated choices about the beauty products we consume thanks to channels like yours!

    Thank you for your videos! <3

    Ps. Thanks for addressing the "natural" skincare elephant; as someone who's worked in the cosmetic industry, I've met my fair share of natural skincare advocates who like to argue and shame people who aren't on the same train as them.

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