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Beauty’s Dirty Little Secrets

Myth: Body wash is far more moisturizing than bar cleansers.

Fact: Regular soap can be drying and leave a residue called soap scum on your skin. But, as long as you use a body wash or bar without tallow, both clean and moisturize equally well. Dove® does not contain tallow. It features a patented cleansing technology and ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin soft, smooth and soap-scum free.

Myth: You need lots of different beauty products to really look good.

Fact: Simple is better. You really only need a few basic products to keep skin soft and glowing. Many products, like your Dove® Beauty Bar (which cleanses, nourishes and removes makeup), have multiple benefits so you can get more for less.

Myth: Tallow (animal fat) is found in most bar soaps because it is the best cleanser.

Fact: While it is true that most regular bar soaps contain tallow (a colorless, waxy substance), the ingredient itself is not good for your skin. Though it’s widely used because of its low cost and high availability, tallow contributes to dry skin damage—like itching, redness and irritation—and leaves a thin layer of soap scum that sticks with you even after you step out of the shower. Dove® does not contain tallow. It features a patented cleansing technology and ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves skin soft, smooth and soap-scum free.

Myth: Hot water opens up your pores and is better for your skin.

Fact: Taking a hot shower may seem like a good idea in theory, but it does more harm than good—often causing dry skin. Instead, make sure water is a warm, comfortable temperature before cleansing gently to keep skin healthy and smooth. If you like it hot, let the shower steam up a bit before stepping inside. Then turn down the temperature for an easier adjustment.

Myth: Men have fewer skin care concerns than women do.

Fact: Though men tend to pay less attention to skincare overall, they have just as many issues as women do—and sometimes even more. Aging, blemishes and dry skin are just as common with men as with women. Additionally, men have concerns surrounding facial hair, such as irritation from shaving and ingrown hairs, making it equally important for them to take care of their skin.