When it comes to caring for the skin , we are all guilty of experimenting with it . Skincare advice that your favorite aunt gave you , bits of information that you found on the internet and skincare rituals that your mom practiced can turn into small habits that you incorporate in your skincare regime . However do they really help or hurt your skin ? It’s time to bust some common skincare myths !
FICTION 1 : Drinking a lot of water will cure dryness of the skin .
BUSTED : Of course drinking adequate amount of water is great for your health and keeps you away from dehydration , but it does not cure dry skin .
There are a lot of reasons for skin dryness - the environment you live in , your stress levels , your food habits , your level of exercise , your genetics and your skincare regimen .
For dry skin , using a good moisturizer regularly , cleansing with a milk-based moisturizer and exfoliating regularly is needed . Water alone won’t do the trick !
FICTION 2: Using many SPF products together will increase the level of sun protection .
BUSTED: You use an SPF30 moisturizer , plus an SPF25 foundation and top it off with an SPF10 compact powder before stepping out in the sun . So, you have a total sunscreen protection of SPF65 LOL !
We regret to tell you that sunscreen does not work the cumulative way . Layering your skin with SPF will only protect you up to the highest number of SPF product you use . Thus, SPF30 + SPF25 + SPF10 equals SPF30 !
FICTION 3 : It’s better to use natural products than synthetic ones .
BUSTED : Sadly , there is no safe way out here . Natural or synthetic , a skin irritant is a skin irritant . Even ingredients derived from natural products can harm , depending upon sensitivity of your skin .
Dermatologists in fact recommend using silicone or mineral-based products that work without penetrating the skin . So if you are an “au naturelle” enthusiast , patch test that homemade lemon toner before you use it .
FICTION 4 : Using make-up regularly can damage skin on the long run .
BUSTED : Here is the good news for “make-up ADDICTS” . Regular use itself doesn’t damage the skin . It depends on how you use it .
Using old make-up way past its expiry date , or sleeping with make-up on definitely will lead to skin damage . It will become a breeding ground for bacteria , clog your pores with dirt , makeup and grime and eventually result in zits .
FICTION 5 : It is important to keep your face product-free for 24 hours after a facial .
BUSTED : You should always – I repeat, always apply moisturizer and sunscreen on your face . Post-facial , especially , when your skin has been cleansed , massaged and washed with water , moisturizers will keep your face hydrated , supple and enhance the results of your facial .
DO YOU FEEL YOUR SKIN EMPOWERED .
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