Thanks to the ‘old wives’ tales’ and the internet, a lot of false knowledge about skincare gets thrown around, and people tend to believe it. While some of this advice might actually be beneficial for you, there’s also a ton that does the opposite than ‘care’ for your skin.
When it comes to skincare, it is quite a complicated topic, especially with so much advancement in science. There are many things that were once deemed true but aren’t.
Today, we have gathered five skincare myths that you may have taken seriously at some point in your life, or still do. But, it is now time to throw these ‘myths’ out of the window.
5 Skincare myths you need to stop believing!
1. The harder you scrub, the better
This one couldn’t have been more wrong. It doesn’t have to hurt to work. Always treat your skin gently.
Scrubbing too hard or for too long will do your skin more harm than good. Be kind to your skin, and it will reward you. Similarly, go for chemical exfoliation if possible. Exfoliate no more than twice a week, and you’re good to go.
2. Toothpaste helps get rid of breakouts
There are certain ingredients in toothpaste (like baking soda, alcohol etc.) that have drying properties. But, it isn’t any more effective than other conventional treatments. In fact, applying toothpaste can lead to over-drying and can even cause a burning sensation.
Toothpaste will irritate the skin, and although the pimple might disappear, it will do your skin more harm than good. If you suffer from breakouts quite often, then go for a face cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
3. Skincare is only as good as its price
*Buzzer sound*, wrong! Your products don’t have to cost thousands of rupees, all you need is a product that works for you in specific.
There is no need to follow in the footsteps of your favorite celebrity and order expensive skincare. Everyone has different skin, and something that works for one person doesn’t necessarily have to work for the other as well. Buy products that are suitable for your skin; it doesn’t matter if they are cheap because, at the end of the day, skin is skin. It regulates itself.
4. Higher the SPF number, better the protection
First things first, SPF is very important. Secondly, a higher sun protection factor (SPF) has the same benefit as a lower SPF. Experts recommend using sunscreen with SPF 30, which blocks out 97% of UVB rays.
Using a higher SPF is needed only when you’re planning to be outside for more than 2- or 3 hours, especially during hours of peak sun exposure (10 am to 2 pm).
5. A product that doesn’t show instant results isn’t good
Skincare is a sport, and those who are consistent and patient win. On average, the skin cell turnover cycle is around 21 days, and could be faster or slower (depending on age).
Look for results after a month of regularly using the products. So, don’t get easily disheartened and throw out your facial cleanser, give it time.
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