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Article: Top 5 Skincare Myths

Top 5 Skincare Myths

Top 5 Skincare Myths

Skincare is critical, but it must be done correctly to yield positive effects.

We all want to look and feel our best, especially when it comes to our skin's health. There is a lot of incorrect information floating around regarding skincare. We are busting some of the most common skincare myths so that you can give your skin the right care.

  • The greater the SPF, the better the sun protection.

  • Believe it or not, most of us have fallen into this myth while shopping for sunscreen. Most people believe that if the SPF is higher, the sunscreen will provide better sun protection and keep them from tanning. However, SPF, or sun protection factor, operates in a somewhat different way. Above a certain level, a greater SPF provides minimal advantage over a lower SPF.

    Ideal Sunscreen to purchase would be a broad spectrum one with SPF 15 or 30.

  • Myth: You need to exfoliate your skin.

  • A common skincare myth that we hear all the time is that you need to exfoliate. Your skin naturally sheds its superficial cells about once a month. You do not need to use a scrub to exfoliate. Scrub is a physical form of exfoliation that can cause more damage than good if not done properly. 

    If you love using a scrub, consult a qualified dermatologist who can guide you through the process and how frequently you need to do it. 

  • If you have oily skin, you don't need to moisturise.

  • When a person cleanses their skin, they often remove the skin's natural oil. It is always advised and suggested, regardless of skin type, to hydrate the skin with a decent and balanced moisturizer. When the sky becomes dry, the body tries to compensate by producing more oil which in turn can lead to clogged pores and pimples.

    However, the type of moisturizer differs from skin to skin, and people with oily skin should use a gel based, lightweight moisturizer that is appropriate for their skin type.

  • Using hot water allows your pores to open.

  • Pores are tiny openings on the skin surface. Contrary to popular belief, the size of pores does not change. Washing your face just cleans your pores and unclogs them which makes them appear smaller. 

    Using hot water for washing your face is not advisable as it strips your skin of its natural oils. Using lukewarm water to cleanse your face is advised.

  • You don’t need a retinol until age 50.

  • Retinol is known as the gold standard of skincare. Using a retinol can increase skin cell turnover and collagen production. It helps with acne, unclogs pores, minimises fine lines and wrinkles, and evens out skin tone.

    It is ideal to start using retinol in your mid 20s to prevent wrinkles from occurring. Start introducing retinol slowly into your routine about two or three times a week. After a few weeks, you can start using it daily.

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