Skincare is an essential part of our daily routine, but there are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding it which can lead to improper care, making the skin more prone to damage and ageing. With so much conflicting advice out there, it can be hard to know what to believe. By understanding and debunking these myths, you can make informed decisions about your skincare routine and help your skin look and feel its best. From the idea that drinking water will cure all skin problems, to the notion that tanning is good for you, we will set the record straight on these and other popular skin care myths. So, let’s get started and learn the truth about these skin care myths. (Also read: Summer skincare routine: Tips to keep your skin hydrated and sweat-proof )
Five common skincare myths:
Pooja Nagdev, Aromatherapist and Cosmetologist, Founder of Inatur, shared with HT Lifestyle, five common skincare myths that you should stop believing.
1. Myth: We need to apply sunscreen only when it’s sunny outside
Fact: UV rays can penetrate through clouds and even on overcast days, so it is important to wear sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. Additionally, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
2. Myth: The higher the SPF, the better the protection
Fact: While higher SPF sunscreens do offer more protection than lower SPF sunscreens, the difference is not as significant as you might think. SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks about 98% of UVB rays. What’s more important than the SPF number is how often you apply sunscreen and how much you use.
3. Myth: The more you exfoliate, the better your skin will look
Fact: Exfoliating too often can harm your skin, causing redness, irritation, and even scarring. It is recommended to exfoliate no more than once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. Additionally, be gentle when exfoliating and avoid using harsh scrubs or tools that can damage your skin.
4. Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer
Reality: Even oily skin needs moisture to stay healthy and hydrated. Using a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer can actually help regulate oil production and prevent breakouts.
5. Myth: Expensive skincare products are always better
Reality: The price of a skincare product doesn’t necessarily reflect its quality or effectiveness. There are many affordable skincare options that are just as effective as their pricier counterparts. It’s important to focus on the ingredients and formulation of a product, rather than its price tag. Always choose green, natural, vegan skincare products other than synthetic chemical-loaded ones.