Are you falling for these 5 skincare myths?
Skincare is a must-have for many of us, and most of us would like flawless skin, with glowing complexions and a supple texture. Some may turn to skincare myths in order to improve or achieve better skin, but it may do more harm than good.
However, these myths may be so prevalent that separating them from the truth can be difficult.
Myth 1: Hot water is good for your skin.
You may have heard that using hot water can cleanse your skin, reducing the chance of developing acne. While it does clean your skin, it doesn’t do it in a beneficial way. It is true that hot water breaks down the oil and other content clogging your pores. But at the same time, your skin’s protective barrier will also be washed away, leaving it dry and flaky.
While a hot shower can be a favourite when it comes to relaxing after a long day, it’s best saved as an occasional enjoyment. Using lukewarm water will be a much better alternative as it keeps your protective oils intact and can cleanse your pores at the same time!
Myth 2: Products with high SPF allow you to stay longer in the sun.
Living in a tropical country will see us having sunblock or skincare with SPF as part of our daily routines. Many may mistakenly equate a higher SPF with providing longer-lasting protection in the sun.
No matter the amount of SPF in your product, you’ll have to reapply it throughout the day. This is especially true if you’ve been sweating or went for a swim, as the SPF may wear off. Therefore, it is recommended to bring your sunblock or skincare with you, so you can achieve maximum protection from the sun.
Myth 3: The harder you scrub your skin, the better.
There is a strange belief that the harder you scrub your skin, the cleaner it will be. As much as we want skin with impurities and dirt removed, treating your skin in a gentle manner will deliver better results.
Scrubbing too hard can lead to irritation and redness, causing you overall discomfort until it has faded. You may even cause tiny tears and dryness. These can potentially land you in the dermatologist’s office.
Myth 4: If you have oily skin, you don’t need to moisturise.
When you have oily skin, you may start skipping the moisturiser. While you may think that it makes your condition worse, it is essential for all types of skin, including oily ones. Furthermore, avoiding moisturisers may cause your skin to dry up, leading it to produce even more oil to compensate, and creating a greasy complexion.
You may also choose lightweight or oil-free moisturisers to avoid clogging your pores. However, if you are unsure of which skincare is suitable for your skin, we recommend speaking with a dermatologist.
Myth 5: Burning or irritation means your skincare is working.
This is a sign that your skin is being harmed, instead of helped. If you continue to use products that trigger this sensation, it could lead to redness, scarring, or inflammation, which may require medical attention. When such uncomfortable sensations happen, it could mean that the product is too harsh for you, and should immediately be washed off your skin.
It is always better to go for gentler products or those which are recommended by your dermatologist, to keep your skin safe and healthy!