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We naturally want to look and feel our best, especially when it comes to the health of our skin. To achieve radiant and supple skin, we often resort to various products and techniques, both processed and natural.
However, our conventional wisdom and knowledge may not always be the most reliable source of information when it comes to skincare. Be it our age-old family skincare hacks or proliferation of information over the internet, skincare is a topic knee-deep in myths.
To help you prevent straying off the correct path towards skincare, we have jotted down five myths, to help you better care for your skin:
1. Drinking water can reduce breakouts
While nobody can deny the sheer importance of drinking water for one’s health, the link between acne and drinking water is not as direct as we deem it to be. Drinking water won’t ensure that you steer clear of acne. Yes, consuming ample water will push out toxins from your body but acne, which happens due to clogged pores on the skin surface, may not subside. One thing that drinking water can do for your skin is keeping it looking hydrated and supple as found by a study published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.
2. Not washing the face regularly can cause acne and breakouts
By stating this, we are not promoting unhygienic practices. Hygiene is critical to each person’s overall health, and also plays an important role in skincare. However, when it comes to acne and breakouts, production of oil, accumulation of bacteria, clogging of pores, and inflammation, are the major factors at play. Not washing your face may not be a great idea when it comes to managing breakouts and acne, but it is not a definitive cause that leads to them.
3. Cucumber cold packs are the be-all and end-all for depuffing the eyes
Cucumber cold packs are a great way to depuff the eyes, and relax! Cucumbers provide a cooling effect and the vitamin C content helps reduce inflammation. However, it is not a permanent solution to puffy eyes. What truly works is a dedicated skincare routine that nourishes and hydrates the eyes, and provides antioxidants to the skin.
4. Natural products and ingredients are always safe to use
Most of us assume that natural products or homemade skin remedies are absolutely safe. The truth, however, is that our skin types are different. In fact, don’t be surprised if using natural ingredients causes rashes or redness on your skin. Be it market-bought products or homemade skin solutions, make sure you do a patch test before to ensure it suits your skin and won’t lead to harmful effects.
5. Sunscreen is not required during winters
The association of sunscreen with summer is understandable. However, it does not imply that one should stop applying sunscreen during the winter season. It is a myth that somehow the penetration of ultraviolet (UV) rays reduces during winter, and the sun is less likely to cause sunburn. The fact is that UV rays are always present, and can lead to sunburn and wrinkles if sunscreen is not applied.
So, be mindful of these myths, and take due precautions to ensure the health of your skin!