We all want clear, well-nourished, radiant and healthy skin, but to achieve that, one must have the ability to distinguish facts from fiction. Thanks to social media and the constant buzz about new skincare fads, must-have products, anti-ageing treatments and tons of advice around from every corner, it becomes hard to separate the skincare myths from facts.
Here are some common skincare myths debunked to help you make a more informed decision when choosing your skincare routine.
Washing your face with regular soap will keep your skin healthy and acne-free
Washing your face with regular soap removes protective oils and barriers. Moreover, regular soaps contain sulphates and harsh chemicals, which can irritate your skin and cause eruptions. So, bid goodbye to your regular soap and say hello to a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type.
You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day
Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth. So, going unprotected on an overcast day can lead to skin damage. Instead, opt for broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB protection) to keep your skin well protected.
The higher the SPF, the better the protection against UVA/UVB rays
Well, higher SPF does not equate to 100% protection from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Let us first understand how SPF products work: if you are using an SPF 30 product, multiple 30 by 10, and you will get 300 minutes or around 5 hours of standard sun protection for your SPF 30 product. So, to get adequate sun protection, you must wear sunscreen every day and reapply it every two hours if sweating or swimming to get maximum coverage.
Makeup with SPF in the formula is as effective as a separate SPF
SPF in makeup may not offer proper sun protection to your skin and relying on it for protection from UVA/UVB rays may not be adequate. Moreover, the makeup would have to be reapplied throughout the day if you sweat or go for a swim, which is often not ideal.
Using hot water opens up your pores
One must understand that our pore sizes do not change when coming in contact with water, and neither are they sensitive to its temperature. The fact is that when coming in contact with hot water, the outer layers of our skin swell up, making our pores look more open. So, when washing your face, water should be lukewarm.
You should change your skincare products every few years because your skin can become immune to ingredients over time
It is unusual for your skin to get used to or immune to skincare product benefits. If the product ingredients have given you the desired results in the past, then there is no reason for it to stop offering those benefits today. You only need to switch products if the condition of your skin changes over the years.
Your skin does not need anti-ageing products in your twenties
Anti-ageing products, especially ones with antioxidants, can be used as early as age 21 as the collagen starts to decline in our mid-twenties. So, the sooner you start taking care of your skin, the earlier you can delay the ageing process.
If you have oily skin, you should not use any type of oils
Not all oils have equal formulations. Some essential oils, which do not contain petroleum-based mineral oils that clog pores, are beneficial for acne-prone skin. Here are a few names: Orange, tea-tree, jojoba, rosemary, Aloe vera/sabila and rosehip oils.
You do not need to moisturise if you have oily skin
No matter what your skin type –oily and acne-prone, dry and flaky, or a combination of both– a moisturiser is a must! While oily skin requires less moisture than other skin types, a moisturiser is still necessary for keeping it well hydrated and nourished.
The foods I eat do not affect my skin
While most people know that a poor diet can lead to health issues, they often forget that it can cause skin hazards too. A poor diet can cause dullness, puffiness, redness, congestion, acne and more. So, be mindful of what you eat because inner nutrition is the secret behind healthy and happy skin.
Remember, beauty comes from within and gets reflected on the outside. So, ensure you eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and trust only scientifically backed skincare products.