Since the Hallyu Wave has started from Korean movies and dramas, and moved to K-pop and now to K-Beauty, Korean beauty is gaining worldwide attention. K-Beauty can be defined as natural skin complexion. Standard for beauty is high, infinitely inspiring cosmetic brands. Products with diverse functions are launched every season. One false conception should be noted here, however, regarding tolerance to cosmetic goods.
Many have heard others say, “when you use one cosmetic product for too long, you might develop tolerance,” “you need to change cosmetic goods every few months,” “if you use functional cosmetic goods from early age, you will develop tolerance at a young age. Those goods won’t be of any use when you’re old.” Are these sayings true? To give the answer right away, they are wrong.
Tolerance is defined as the power developed to adjust to outside stimuli; in other words, a safety factor. Tolerance, then, is a way of reaction to deal with harmful stimuli from outside. The cosmetic goods we use everyday consist of ingredients irrelevant to such tolerance.
Therefore, even if one uses a certain cosmetic goods continuously, the effects will not go away or decrease. To say the effects would diminish would be to say that if we drink too much water, our body will develop tolerance to water and the body will not be able to hydrate itself.
How did the talk of tolerance to cosmetic goods start? Probably the concept of “familiarity” to cosmetic goods have been expressed as “tolerance.” When people use a product in the beginning, they feel that the cosmetic goods is making the skin look better; after awhile, however, they become numb to the changes due to these familiarity. Another case is when people mistake trouble skin from new cosmetic goods to be due to the tolerance developed by previous cosmetic goods. This is not due to the tolerance, but merely a reaction to certain ingredients, scent, or alcohol of new cosmetic goods that are not quite compatible with the skin. Therefore, it is fine to use one product for a long time as long as it feels stable and satisfied. However, the skin does not always maintain the same condition, but rather changes according to seasons, humidity, period cycles, or stress. It might be a good way to change the products according to the skin condition.
- 09 Jul 2015