When you notice something wrong with your skin, you’ll do anything to make it go away. With the beauty industry relying heavily on recommendations and reviews, anyone can be an expert. As such, misconceptions and false information can spread more easily than you think. Rather than stumbling upon skin hacks that do not actually work the way you think, here are some helpful tips to debunk some skincare myths:
Myth 1: Keeping your skin clean extremely clean is the goal
After a long day, you may first cleanse your face using a facial wash that promises to strip dirt off your skin. However, it is important to understand that using products that are too harsh can remove the skin’s moisture barrier which is the key to healthy skin that glows and feels good. Instead, choose cleansers that are gentle on the skin. These lift dirt, oil and makeup off, but do not leave your skin feeling dry and tight after you wash your face.
Myth 2: Our pores can open and close under different conditions
It is often believed that your pores may seem bigger after using warm water to wash your face, or smaller after you use products that can “shrink” them. However, the truth is that pore size and visibility is largely genetic. According to scientific research, pores actually do not “open” and “close” with changes in temperature because they are not controlled by muscles. While slight warmth can ease oils out of congested pores, it is not advisable to constantly interface your skin with too much heat because this may end up irritating it.
Myth 3: Junk food gives you pimples
Nonono! It’s poor diet gives you pimples, not junk food! Breakouts are not solely caused by certain foods, whether they are healthy or not. Usually, your body responds to foods that contain refined sugars or high carbohydrate content, to cause flare-ups and redness on the skin. As such, it is crucial to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs. Well, Myth 3 is not entirely untrue!
Myth 4: You only need to wear sunscreen when the sun is out
Not only is this myth untrue, but following it could lead to skin damage over time. It is key to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, and reapply it every now and then throughout the day. Your skin needs sunlight for vitamin D, but too much exposure can burn the skin. This happens when your skin is unable to produce proteins for repair, leading to premature aging and even skin cancer. You should also wear sunscreen on cloudy days since UV rays are still reaching us. Pro-tip: you can also look for makeup that blocks both UVA and UVB rays for more convenience.
Myth 5: You can see immediate results with new skincare products
Many products promise an instant, radiant glow after usage. However, it is important to understand that the skin cell turnover cycle takes around 21 days, and may vary depending on the age of the person. It would be more accurate to observe your skin after a month of using a product or following a routine. This will definitely give you better information to evaluate what works for your skin, and it pays to be patient!
Myth 6: Catering the type of skincare you buy to your age is the best option
Selecting products based on your age may seem like an appropriate guideline to follow, but our skin age may not mirror our actual age. Every individual’s skin type is unique, with different people facing different conditions at varying points in their life. For example, mature skin can still be oily and breakout-prone, and someone in their 20s can already see signs of ageing depending on their skin type. The good thing is, many skincare products can cater to these concerns, and there is something out there for everyone. Even though some products are specifically marketed to a certain age group, do not hesitate to find out more about them to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Have you heard of these myths? We hope that you’re better equipped with more knowledge to make informed decisions for your skin. In summary, don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to skincare, and always go the extra mile to do some research!