Your skin plays one of the most important parts in defining your beauty. It is your first line of defense. Every woman desires to have beautiful and clear skin. Consequently, this has propelled skin care into an integral part in most women’s lives. It has become a huge cosmetic industry. Still, there is a lot of misinformation and myths about skin and skincare floating around. The topic is so important to women that they don’t want to take chances. Hence, they sometimes blindly believe in myths which have been propagated for years without any concrete proofs. Many of such myths are just plain wrong. As always, we are in your corner and we will bust a bunch of these myths and provide you with the truth. Now, let us move on the ritual of stating myths and then debunking them.

Importance of Healthy Skin
Signs of Healthy Skin
Skin Care Myths and Truths
Some Tips and Tricks for Skincare

skin care myths
Skin care myths

Importance of Healthy Skin



Your skin is not just for your looks. It is your body and health’s first line of defense against the outer world. It performs many essential functions for your body. Hence, it is important to keep your skin[1] in good health and top shape. Let us look at some points which depict the important part that skin plays in our lifestyle.

  • Your skin protects your insides and inner health. It keeps out any harmful bacteria or viruses in the environment from entering your body. Hence, it is essential in preventing your body from contracting any infections or diseases.
  • Your skin protects your body cells from harmful UV radiation from the sun rays.
  • The skin is your body’s largest organ by size. It helps to maintain your body’s temperature. It does that by adjusting the size of blood vessels near the surface of the skin.
  • Your skin produces vitamin D for your body when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is essential for many of your body’s functions like maintaining the health of your bones.
  • If you have a good looking and healthy skin[2], it will enhance your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Your skin holds your nerve endings which provide you with the essential sense of touch and feel. The skin allows you to leave a healthy life by notifying you of any danger through pain and sense of touch. Your life will be infinitely more difficult to manoeuvre if you don’t have the standard functions provided by healthy skin.

Signs of Healthy Skin

In this section, we will explain to you how to figure out healthy skin from an unhealthy one. You will learn about the signs which denote the health of the skin and what it means to keep skin healthy.

  • Even and consistent skin tone. Clear skin with an even tone and absence of spots and blotches denote a healthy skin. A consistent skin tone is considered more attractive than uneven ones. Any marks, spots or blotches tell you that your skin has suffered some damage and you should take better care of your skin’s health.
  • Smooth and supple texture. If your skin has a smooth and supple texture, it generally is indicative of good skin health. The smoothness of your skin can be marred by signs of unhealthy skin like lines, wrinkles, acne, and its scars, blackheads, and whiteheads etc.
  • A well moisturized and hydrated skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and it is noticeable. If your skin is lacking in moisture it will look dry and could lead to many skin issues like flakiness, scaliness, and tightness of the skin.
  • Its elasticity and sensations. You should not be feeling much on or in your skin as long as it is healthy. You should not be feeling the presence of your healthy skin. If you notice any sensations on your skin, it could be a sign of some problem or issue with it. Your skin could be feeling like itching, burning, irritating, stinging etc which could point to an imminent skin problem.

Skin Care Myths and Truths



Now, let us look at some common skin care myths and then know what the truth behind them is.

Myth: You get acne if you do not wash your face enough.

That statement is certainly false. You not washing your face won’t help the cause but that does not explicitly cause acne. Acne[3] is caused when a number of other reasons come together to make a perfect storm. If you have clogged pores from dead cells, sebum, acne-causing bacteria, and inflammation then you will get acne.

DIY acne mask
Acne

Myth: Your skin will get oily if you eat too much oily food.

This is just a myth. Your skin gets oily because of a substance called sebum. Sebum[4] is produced by the skin cells themselves. There has been no studies and research which have shown that eating oily food results in oily skin. So, you do not need to worry about oily food making your skin oily but it is harmful to your general health.

Myth: The higher the SPF of the sunscreen the better it is.

This is true for the most part. But above a certain limit, it won’t matter how much more SPF your sunscreen has. SPF 30 is a good and high number for sunscreens and it will block about 97% of all harmful UV rays from the sunlight. There are three kinds of UV rays which come from the sun: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The UVA rays alter your skin pigmentation by penetrating deep into the skin to result in a tan. UVB rays are the main rays which cause sunburns. These rays also damage your skin’s DNA and cause photoaging, pigment changes, and even cancerous tumours. UVC rays are harmless as they are absorbed by the atmosphere and don’t make it to the ground.

The SPF denotes the protection a product provides to UVB rays. There have been discussions regarding the limiting of SPF in creams. That is because the protection offered diminishes exponentially when increasing the SPF. For example, SPF 30 offers just about 4% more protection than SPF 15.

 

Myth: You do not need sunscreen on an overcast day.

This is absolutely false. You do need sunscreen[5] even if the sky is filled with clouds. The harmful UV radiation cannot be stopped by clouds and you need to wear sunscreen every day you have to go out. Also, remember to reapply it every few hours as the SPF of sunscreen goes down steadily when out and about.

Myth: You do not need to use moisturizer if you have oily skin.

This is not completely true. Although people with oily skin do need less moisturizer, they still do need it. The moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and nourished, no matter your skin type. The amount and type of the moisturizer used may differ depending on skin types. Moisturizing your skin creates a protective barrier for your skin which protects it from external harm and helps keep it healthy. Excess oils in your skin do not mean it is hydrated. In fact, it could be quite the opposite. If your skin is dehydrated it will compensate by producing extra oil which can result in more breakouts. If you have an oily complexion, go for light moisturizers rather than rich ones so that your pores do not get bogged down.

Myth: You do not need extra sunscreen if your make-up has SPF in it.

Although make-up with SPF can help a bit, you still need explicit sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful UV radiation from the sun. You will need an inhuman amount of make-up on if your skin are just banking on it to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. Moreover, you need to reapply your sunscreen every couple hours for the best protection which would be harder with makeup.

Myth: You can sleep with your make-up on without any problems.

This is untrue. Sleeping without removing make-up such as foundation or lipstick etc can be detrimental to your skin health. While sleeping, the make-up you have on mixes with the oils in your skin and the dirt and can clog your pores. Clogged pores[6] can further cause skin problems like breakouts. There are make-up removers available in the market which you can use to get rid of your make-up quickly, without too much hassle.

Myth: You will get acne if you indulge in junk food.

There have been no studies or research which have shown definitively that eating junk food can result in acne or breakouts. Although there are other foods which have been linked to acne or breakouts. Foods like sweets or white rice which contained refined carbohydrates in them can cause acne or breakouts in people with acne-prone skin. This is because such foods are known to increase blood sugar and insulin levels, which in turn can lead to inflammation which is a cause of acne. Milk has also been linked to acne. According to a recent study, drinking more than 3 glasses of milk in a week and consuming milk chocolate can increase the risk of acne flare-ups.

Myth: Drink lots of water to keep your skin moisturized.

You should drink lots of water to make sure you stay healthy and your body functions properly. But that does not do much for your skin’s hydration[7]. Drinking water is great and it hydrates your body and inner cells and organs. The water you drink goes through your digestive system and kidneys. It is absorbed by your bloodstream and cells inside your body. Your skin’s cells do not get much hydration from that. It depends upon the things you do, or not do, topically. You can properly moisturize and hydrate your skin using moisturizer, masks etc.

Myth: What you eat does not have any effect on your skin health.

This absolutely is false. Whatever you eat gets broken down inside your body and the nutrients are distributed to the appropriate parts of the body. Your body requires a variety of nutrients and minerals which you provide through the food you eat. You skin cells also need specific compounds to work properly and efficiently. So, if you do not eat foods with healthy ingredients, your body won’t be supplied with those nutrients and you can face some problems. Just make sure to eat a well-balanced diet[8] which includes as many nutrients as you can handle and need.

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Myth: Use skincare products from the same line or company for best results.

This is broadly false. It is basically a marketing ploy form the cosmetic companies to sell their products. Companies can use different ingredients in different products which synergize well. And there are products which can cause harm when used together. But all these factors depend upon the individual compounds in the products. You should always be wary and aware of the ingredients in the products you use and make sure different ingredients do not clash with each other.

Myth: You should only use natural and homemade skin care products.

This is not an absolute truth. There are many natural ingredients and products which are highly beneficial for skin. Similarly, there are synthetic man-made products which can be highly effective in their purpose as well. This statement depends on a variety of factors and variables. It would depend upon individual product and ingredient and even on the skin type of user. There will be ingredients which will work great on your skin and some which will be awful. But the same won’t be true for everyone else. In the same way, there can be both natural or synthetic products which are harmful to your skin and health.

It all depends upon your own preference and skin type. There is no solid proof which shows parabens and preservatives in skin care products can be harmful to your skin or body. In fact, without preservatives, skincare and cosmetic products are more likely to have growth of bacteria, mould, or yeast in them.

Myth: You should be using a separate specialist cream to care for the skin around your eyes.

This is untrue, you do not need a different cream. The products which you use to care for your facial skin can also be used for skin under or around your eyes just fine. These kinds of myths are propagated and birthed by big corporations who need to invent reasons to sell their products.

Myth: You should get rid of blackheads by squeezing them.

This is absolutely not true. Squeezing out your blackheads[9] won’t help you out. Moreover, you may get scars, bruises or inflammation. You will not even be able to get rid of the blackheads as they will probably return a few days later around the same areas.

Myth: You can use products or techniques to shrink your pores.

This is a  widespread myth. You can not alter the size of your pores topically as it is determined by your genes. Although, you can maintain your pores and keep them clean. That will minimize their appearance and they won’t be as noticeable.

Myth: Your skin should feel tight and squeaky clean after you wash it.

This is certainly not right. If your skin feels tight that means that it is lacking in essential hydration. That is detrimental to your skin health and can cause dead skin cells buildup on your skin’s surface.

Myth: You should use products specifically designed for acne if your skin is acne-prone.

The products which target acne kill bacteria and are drying to the skin to fight breakouts. Such products can be useful if all of your skin or face is covered with acne breakouts. But if you just want to fit some acne using such products would not be completely beneficial. Such products will help you clear the spots where there is acne or breakout but they will also dry out normal skin areas. That will result in a build-up of dead skin cells which will clog your pores and consequently cause more acne and breakouts.

To keep your skin and pores healthy so that you don’t get acne or breakouts, follow these couple suggestions. Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Exfoliate[10] regularly to keep your skin’s surface clean from dirt and dead skin cells. Furthermore, keep your skin clean and disinfected from harmful microbes like bacteria as they are the leading cause of acne.

Myth: You do not need toners for your skin at all.

Toners can be extremely drying to the skin if they contain alcohol in it. Most toners on the market have alcohol in them which dries the skin and promotes dead dry skin cell buildup. Although this is true for toners with alcohol in them. Toners with no alcohol can be highly beneficial for your skin and beauty. Such toners remove cleanser residue, impurities from water etc. Such toners will also help the moisturizers to seal in the hydration into the skin. All in all, toners without alcohol could be highly useful and will keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Myth: You do not need to clean your make-up brushes often.

This is certainly not right. You should always keep your brushes clean. You can use a gentle shampoo to clean your brushes. This will make sure there are no harmful bacteria or other microbes on them. It will also make the strands softer which will help with the application of the make-up. You also should never share your make-up and brushes or use your saliva in your make-up or brushes.

Myth: Using any type of mascara or eye make-up will damage your eyes and skin around it.

This is not always true. You can select products with natural, non-toxic, gentle and moisturizing properties. Such products won’t harm your eyes or the skin around it. When you remove make-up, you should moisturize around your eyes to avoid irritation there.

Eye makeup

Myth: You should just pop your pimple to clear it by getting the pus out of there.

This is not a good habit at all. Popping a pimple[11] won’t help you with the problem. In fact, you will most probably get another pimple around the old one. Popping a pimple can cause skin inflammation and even result in acne scar which is very unsightly. This is because popping a pimple causes some of the pus to go deeper into your skin. That is why you generally get another pimple nearby the first popped one. Hence, you should not be popping your pimples willy-nilly. It is important that you do not keep at picking and touching your face continuously.

pimple

Myth: You should use expensive skin creams as the more expensive the cream the better it is.

This is not a rule. Many mass-market and common creams have basically the same ingredients as their costlier counterparts. You should pay more attention to the ingredients and chemicals present in the cream to assess its effectiveness. To figure out which cream to use or the best cream for your skin, you should consult an expert or beauty care professional. The cost is just a marketing ploy to build a brand image and you should not be gullible to advertisements. So, choose your products wisely and do not get bamboozled by profit-hungry corporations.

Myth: You do not need much sunscreen if you are dark-skinned.

This is not true at all. The darkness of skin is determined by the compound called melanin[12] in our skins. Melanin makes it less likely for you to get sunburnt but it won’t protect you from harmful radiation from the sun rays. These harmful rays can result in cancer and bring about your skin’s premature ageing. So, you should be using sunscreen even if you have dark skin.

Myth: You can just stay in the sun without any harmful effects once you have applied some good sunscreen.

This is a totally false statement. There is no sunscreen that can protect your skin fully from the sun. Moreover, the power and effectiveness of sunscreen diminish over time after application. That is why you are recommended to reapply the sunscreen every few hours if you are out in the sun. Sunscreen also just protects the surface of the skin as it cannot penetrate into the layers of the skin. Hence, you should employ as much protection from the sun as you could. Wear hats, scarves etc to keep your skin covered up and protected from the sun. Make sure you are not out and about in the direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

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Myth: You should scrub your face and skin with the soap to keep them healthy.

This is completely untrue. When you scrub your face you can remove a bunch of the protective oils and barriers. This could cause rashes and even burns. Treat your skin gently and use a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen to care for your skin.

Myth: Facials are good for your skin.

This is actually not true. Facials actually do not provide many benefits to your skin health. They are mostly just good for some relaxation. A recent study in India concluded that facials actually caused acne breakouts in about 80% of the people observed.

Myth: Antiaging creams and products actually help fight skin ageing by removing wrinkles.

That is a false and misleading statement. Most of such anti-ageing [13]products simply hydrate the skin, which makes it look better and fuller but only temporarily. So take care and be aware of the products which claim to take years off of your skin almost magically.

Myth: Your skin will age quicker if you use heavy make-up regularly.

This is not completely true. You make-up could be detrimental to your skin health if you do not remove it before going to bed. That is because your skin will be clogged by the dirt, oils, and toxins over the duration of a whole day. Hence, you need to cleanse your skin and remove your make-up. Just make sure to properly remove your make-up and clean your face before you go to sleep. There are, in fact, some make-up products which help out your skin by nourishing and protecting it.

Aging of the skin

Myth: Hot water is good for your skin and opens up your pores for better cleansing.

Although a hot and steaming shower may feel good and relaxing, it can strip your skin of its natural protective oils and barriers. You can open your pores up using steam or a hot towel. Be careful around hot water and avoid using. Lukewarm water can work great overall.

Myth: You should exfoliate your skin as hard as you can.

This is not true at all and, in fact, harmful to your skin. Your skin is delicate and you should be gentle and take care while dealing with it. Exfoliating your skin 3 times per week will usually give you all the benefits you can get from it. Your skin also needs to recuperate and regenerate before you put it through the wringer again. Exfoliating your skin too much or too often strips your skin of the essential moisture. Moreover, it can make your skin more susceptible to infections, clogged pores and free radicals that can lead to unwanted wrinkles in the future.

Myth: You should apply Rubbing Alcohol on your acne to get rid of them.

Alcohol is a very common product in skin care products. It does have drying effects and can be very useful and safe for the skin when used properly and with other ingredients and in the right quantities. However, the concentration of alcohol is too high in rubbing alcohol and it can break down your skin’s barrier and remove essential natural oils from it. Rubbing alcohol will dry out your skin so much so that your skin will overcompensate in the production of sebum. That, consequently, will clog your pores and skin[14] up. That is why you should not be using rubbing alcohol on your acne or skin. Instead of that look for acne fighting products which have compounds like glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide in them.

Myth: Your skin won’t show signs of ageing as much if you have oily skin.

This is untrue. The oiliness of your skin plays a much smaller factor in your ageing than other factors like sun exposure or pollution. Dry skin does not cause ageing but just makes the signs more noticeable because a full, moisturized skin is considered younger.

Myth: There is only one correct way for skin care.

This is an obviously false statement. Everybody has different skin and different types of skin. Hence, the skincare needs are also different for everyone. Moreover, there are hundreds of ingredients and products out there which can affect different skins in different ways. So, figuring out your own products and regimen depends upon a bit of trial and error on your part.

Myth: Your skin pores can open or close based on the temperature of water you use on it.

This is a completely false statement. You can not alter the size of your pores. The temperature just gives an appearance of opening or closing of pores. Face wash with hot water will just slightly swell your face and consequently, your pores will be more apparent. The size of your pores depends upon your genetic make-up more than anything else.

Myth: You will see the results of any new product or routine almost immediately or very quickly.

This is scientifically incorrect and faulty. The approximate time it takes for your skin cells to regenerate is about 21 days. It could be a little more or less depending upon you and your age. That means any effects of products or routine will take about 1 month to show. Hence, just be patient with your skincare and do not try to rush or find short-cuts.

Myth: You should use skin care products only on your face.

This is absolutely untrue and anybody can figure that out using just a bit of common sense. Although, it is true that the face gets most of the attention. But you can just as easily use skin care products on other areas of your skin to nourish and take care of it. You should apply sunscreen on every part of your skin which is exposed. Moreover, all of your skin can use moisturizer. Take special care of areas of your skin which are prone to dryness. Take care of your hand, feet, elbow, and knees.

Myth: It is totally fine if you touch your face a lot.

This is not an entirely true statement. You use your hands extensively every day. You touch all kinds of things and collect a lot of dirt, impurities, germs, and bacteria onto your hands. If you touch your face a lot, you will transfer all these impurities to your face which can be very detrimental to its health. Also, remember to clean your hands thoroughly when applying make-up or skin care products.

Myth: There is no need to apply sunscreen to your lips.

This is a blatantly false statement. Your lips are also part of your skin and hence can get burned and sun damage too. You can use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips quickly and whenever you need. Many times, people also overlook other parts of their skin when applying sunscreen. You should apply sunscreen in any parts of your skin which is or can be exposed to the sun. These parts may include your arms, legs, ears, neck, scalp etc.

Myth: You do not anti-ageing products unless you are over 30 years of age

This is a false and baseless statement. You can benefit from anti-ageing products from as early as 21 years of age. You should use anti-ageing products which have anti-oxidants in them. If you have chosen good products, the earlier you start using such products the better it would be for your skin in the future. Just make sure to choose those products which are appropriate for your skin type.

Myth: Your skin gets used to the products which you use regularly.

This is an untrue statement. If your skin is getting some benefits from a product or ingredients there is no reason for your skin to stop benefiting from it. Although, your skin can get accustomed and the adjusted to the use of some irritating ingredients like glycolic acid.

Myth: You can use cucumbers over your eyes to make them less puffy.

Cucumbers are a great ingredient with cooling properties. But it won’t provide any permanent or lasting solution to this problem. It will just soothe you a bit and give you some relief due to its cool nature.

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Myth: You can use toothpaste to treat your pimples, acne, marks or spots.

Although, there are a few ingredients inside toothpaste which have drying properties to treat acne. But there is no evidence that toothpaste is more useful than other standard remedies for acne. In fact, its usage on the skin can over dry your skin and cause some irritation as well.

Myth: The higher the SPF of your sunscreen the longer you can stay out in the sun.

SPF denotes the sun protection factor of a cream. A cream with SPF 10 will allow you to stay on the sun 10 more times longer than you could without any sunscreen. However, you need to remember to keep reapplying sunscreen every few hours as the effects of sunscreen diminish continuously.

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Myth: Face wipes are not good for your skin.

That is a false statement. Face wipes are a simple and straightforward product. There is not much of a way by which a face wipe can cause harm to your skin. Face wipes are moisture laden tissues which can come in handy in cleaning your skin’s surface. They are also a very useful, cheap and no-frills way to clean off and remove your make-up. This myth is generally propagated by organizations who have a vested interest in selling a similar or competing product which can provide bigger profits.

Myth: You only get acne in your teenage years.

This is such a widespread and common myth that many people do consider it to be the truth. But the truth is that it is just a myth without any backing. Acne is very common amongst teenagers and generally does start around that time. But acne can happen to anyone regardless of age. You can have to face acne even if you are an adult and there is nothing abnormal about it. This happens because hormones always play a factor in your health and they could be a major reason for the occurrence of acne. Most teenagers have to deal with acne at some points but around 40-50 % of all adults also face acne on a regular basis. Hence, you cannot just grow out of acne, it is important to figure out the cause of your acne and create a routine to combat it.

Myth: Staying out in the sun can help you get rid of acne.

This myth is a true statement to some extent but it definitely is not a reliable or long term solution for acne. Exposure to UV rays can help reduce acne but the effect is only temporary. So, the sunlight can help you fight acne temporarily and reduce the appearance of acne. But it will also give you other problems that would be highly undesirable. Exposure to sunlight for long periods of time can cause your pores to enlarge and cause premature aging and appearance or wrinkles[15]. So, it will be beneficial for your skin health if you do not overexpose your skin to sunlight. You can figure out a skin care routine which can help you fight acne without damaging your skin by long exposure to UV rays.

Myth: Blackheads are caused when dirt gets lodged in your pores.

This is an incorrect assumption regarding blackheads. Blackheads are not caused when dirt gets trapped in your pores. Blackheads are caused by excess oils and dead skin cells in your pores. These excess oils and dead skin cells turn black when they come in contact with oxygen giving an appearance of black spots on your skin. To combat such issues you can cleanse your skin more to remove any excess oils and dirt or impurities from your skin. But, exfoliating is the best method to fight against your blackheads. Exfoliating will keep your skin healthy and get rid of any dead skin cells.

Myth: You can get acne if you eat too much chocolate.

Eating chocolate can result in acne breakouts is just a myth and definitely not a true factual statement. The pure chocolate part has nothing to do with your acne. Such desserts can cause acne but that is actually because of high sugar or milk content in them. The foods which have high sugar content and have large amounts of processed carbohydrates can lead to increased acne flare-ups. Moreover, such foods lead to more spots on the skin and cause increased production of oils. If you are fond of chocolate but also want to avoid acne, try eating more of dark chocolate as it as lower sugar content and dairy in it.

Myth: Use lemon juice to treat your blackheads and it is completely safe.

This is a false and unsubstantiated statement. Lemon juice is a useful natural ingredient but it is not 100% safe as it can cause some harm and irritation to your skin. Lemon juice could be a major irritant for your skin more than it could help it. Citrus juice can be seriously harmful to your skin as it could burn it when exposed to sunlight.

Myth: You should be washing your hands and face multiple times in a day.

This is a false and ultimately detrimental statement. Women often have no idea how often to wash and cleanse their face. Washing your face certainly helps clean your skin and keep it healthy and spotless, overdoing it can definitely result in some unwanted results. Over-washing can remove the natural oils and moisture which can cause irritation and dryness of your skin. This can subsequently lead to rashes. You can control this by washing your face only when necessary. A good recommended time would be at night before you go to bed. Washing at that time will remove your make-up along with dirt and impurities. To avoid over-drying of your skin use products which are gentle and hydrating to your skin.

Face cleansing

Myth: Acne is just a skin problem.

Acne does manifest itself on the skin but it can cause many further unforeseen and unlikely problems. Studies have shown that constant acne can cause mental or emotional issues on the person. Such persistent acne has shown to negatively affect the patient’s confidence and self-esteem. American Academy of Dermatology has found links between persistent acne and an increase in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and poor self-image. Acne can decrease the victim’s quality of life and cause them to avoid their social life and commitments.

Some Tips and Tricks for Skincare

  • Keep your skin clean. Wash or cleanse your skin regularly to keep it from dirt and bacteria which can cause harm to your skin and general health. To keep your skin from becoming dry use warm water when washing it.
  • Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. You should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day but that won’t do too much to hydrate your skin. To best moisturize your skin use a good moisturizing cream or lotion.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. But overexposure to the sun in an extended period of time is very harmful to your skin. Too much sunlight can attack your skin by harmful UV rays and causes skin damage and can even lead to skin cancer. Use a good sunscreen to shield your skin from the sun. Reapply the sunscreen every few hours and use a sunscreen with an SPF of around 30 to get the most efficient and effective results.
  • Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Whatever you put in your body has some sort of effect on the whole of your health. A healthy and balanced diet will aid you in maintaining your optimum weight and supply all the essential nutrients to your skin.
  • Exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliating your skin regularly will work wonders for your skin’s appearance and health. It will get rid of any dead skin cells and keep the texture of your skin balanced and smooth. Exfoliating also increases the blood circulation under your skin which promotes better skin health. Also, don’t exfoliate your skin too hard. Always be gentle when dealing with your skin as it is a delicate organ of your body.
  • Do not apply too much make-up on your skin. And always remember to clean it off before going to bed as sleeping with make-up on can be quite detrimental to your skin’s health.
  • Avoid sugary foods and too much dairy. These foods can be quite detrimental to your skin’s health and can result in breakouts and rashes. Eat more leafy greens than sugar to perk up your skin’s health. Sugary foods age your skin rapidly and can cause various skin issues. This is because sugar activates inflammations and binds to the collagen which consequently can make your skin rough.
  • Get ample rest. Having the optimum amount of sleep everyday work wonders for your skin’s health. If you are not getting enough sleep in a day it will cause issues to your skin health and it will prematurely age your skin can cause issues like dark spots under eyes. To avoid such problems make sure you are getting about 7-9 hours of sleep every day.

We wish that you have learned something new and of value from this extensive post about skincare myths and their debunking. It will certainly help you in treating your skin better and keeping it looking smooth and healthy.

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This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 10/3/2019



Prakhar Parihar

Prakhar Parihar

Health & Wellness Content Writer at Glowpink
Has a passion for writing and helping people with their health and wellness. A bonafide fiend for all things fictional, be it books, movies or shows. Loves living in Bengaluru.
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Has a passion for writing and helping people with their health and wellness. A bonafide fiend for all things fictional, be it books, movies or shows. Loves living in Bengaluru.

20 Comments

  1. Hai! I have an oily skin type naturally. Is it advisable to use moisturizer on my oily skin? Will this be an advantage or a disadvantage to my oily skin?

  2. I have come across many articles regarding the skin routine. Are there any separate steps that should be followed in skin routine? Will this skin routine help my skin get rid of any infections or ill effects? If yes, then please mention the basic steps that should be followed in skin routine. Thanks you so much in advance.

  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this article. I’ve heard many of the skin care myths that are mentioned in this article. But I have never known that those were really myths and not a true one. Covering most of the skin care myths in a single article is pretty amazing and very impressive too. Keep sharing such awesome articles and we will be supporting you all the time with our positive feedbacks.

  4. Lovely article! Also I wanted to know whether one of the skin care tips that I came across is a myth or not. Many people often tell that waxing can make your skin get tanned even more. They tell that the extra hair present in your hands and legs are the protective barrier when your skin gets exposed to sunlight. So when we do waxing, all those extra hair will be removed and our skin will not have any protective barrier when it comes in contact with the sunlight. And so, they tell that our skin gets tanned. I do waxing regularly in both my hands and legs. So, I wanted to know whether this is a myth or a true one. If it is a true one, the can you suggest me how to avoid my skin from getting tanned?

  5. I wanted to use sunscreen lotion on my skin as it gets tanned very much nowadays. But I am pretty confused with the lot of creams and lotions that are available in the market. So, can you please suggest me some of the best sunscreen lotions?

  6. Hello ADENA CLAYTON! Yeah you can and you must use a moisturizer when you have an oily type of skin. This will always be an advantageous feature when you use it on your oily skin. It will not cause any ill effects on your skin. But you should really be very cautious in choosing the right moisturizer fro your skin. When you buy the moisturizer, make sure that it is light weight and a non-comedogenic one. Using a heavy moisturizer can be a great disadvantage by blocking your pores. Also, it is best if you could opt for the moisturizer that contains or is made of aloe vera gel. This can benefit the health of your skin to a greater extent. For your reference, I have listed some of the best moisturizers that are best suited for the oily skin type. You can buy any of the products given in the below list based on your convenience.
    1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
    2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Anti-Shine Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin
    3. Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30
    4. Olay CC Cream Tone Correcting Moisturizer
    5. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Cloud Cream
    6. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Prescription Strength Retinoid Acne Treatment
    7. Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with Sunscreen
    8. Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisture Lotion
    9. Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF15
    10. Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer

  7. A bunch of thanks to you GISELE REYES, for sharing the required information regarding my doubt. So nice of you for sharing the added information on the list of top moisturizers that are available in the market. I will surely refer this list while buying the right moisturizer for my oily skin.

  8. Hello FERNANDA JHONSON! I have given a list of the best sunscreen lotion that are available in the market for each skin type. You can refer this and buy the product based on your skin type. Before you buy the product make sure that you are clear with the type of skin you have. Thank you.

    Sunscreen lotion for oily skin type
    1. Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen
    2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ PA+++
    3. Cetaphil Daylong Light Gel – SPF 50 PA++++
    4. Lakmé 9 To 5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50
    5. Aroma Magic Aloe Vera Sunscreen Gel With SPF 20

    Sunscreen lotion for dry skin type
    1. Lakme Sun Expert with Spf 30
    2. Kaya Daily Moisturising Sunscreen with Spf 30+
    3. Lacto Calamine Sun Shield with Spf 30
    4. L’Oreal Women UV Perfect 12H UV Protector
    5. Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion

    Sunscreen lotion for normal skin type
    1. Lotus Safe Sun 3-In-1 Matte Look Daily Sunblock SPF 40
    2. Biotique Bio Sandalwood 50+ SPF UVA/UVB Sunscreen
    3. Kaya Youth Protect Sunscreen SPF 50
    4. Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion SPF 50 PA+++
    5. Lacto Calamine Sun Shield SPF 30 PA ++

    Sunscreen lotion for Acne-prone skin type
    1. Suncros 50 Aqualotion SPF 50
    2. Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+
    3. La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50
    4. Clinique Super City Block Ultra Protection SPF 40
    5. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection SPF 21

  9. Hello everyone! I have normally heard of one statement regarding the usage of skin care remedies or creams or lotions on your skin. They tell that when your skin burns after applying the remedial mixture or cream, lotion then it means that the product or remedy is working. But when I use the products, it does not cause any burning sensation on my skin. I wanted to know whether that statement is true. If yes, then does it mean that the skin care product which I use is not working and less effective on my skin. Please clarify my doubt if you are aware of it by giving the required explanations over here.

  10. hello FELICIA PETER! Logically speaking when you do wax on your legs and hands, the entire top layer of the hair that is grown will be completely removed. And your skin will appear very clear without any extra hair. So, at this time after the waxing is done, you skin will be very much sensitive to heat and the rays coming out from the sun. So, when you expose your waxed legs and hands too much in the sunlight, there are many chances for your hands and legs to get tanned. But then, your skin will be too sensitive after the first two days when the waxing is done on your skin. Then after two days your skin will return back to its normal state so that it will be protective when you get exposed to sunlight. So, it is always better to avoid any kind of exposure or preferring any other remedies or skin care treatments for days after the waxing is done. This is because it might cause any effects on your skin as it will be too sensitive.

  11. Yeah DEANA DAVID! As you heard, following the regular skin care routine can really benefit your skin with a pack of advantages. You will really feel the visible changes happening in your skin after following the skin care routine. this can be very helpful in removing all the impurities, dirt and other dust particles from your skin completely. It can also help your skin to get rid of many of the skin infections and other harmful effects that might be caused due to certain bacterial and fungal growth. I will explain the steps that are involved in the basic skin care routine that is suitable for all types of skin.
    Step 1: Cleansing – The first process would be to wash your face with clean and warm water. You can use a mild cleanser of your choice to wash your face.
    Step 2: Ex foliating – Now you should remove all the dead skin cells that are present in your facial skin. You can use certain natural ingredients that has the ability to act as a natural ex foliating agent when applied on your skin. Some of the natural ex foliating agents are fresh lime juice, salt, baking soda and oatmeal.
    Step 3: Moisturizing- Now choose an appropriate moisturizer that would best suit your skin type. Apply a small amount of moisturizer all over your face to prevent any dryness issues. You can also apply some oil like coconut oil, almond oil on your face if you face excessive dryness in your facial skin. Leave the oil or the moisturizer to stay on your face for overnight.

  12. No, this statement is completely a false one and it is a dangerous myth which many of the people are unaware of it. Thank you much Sidra Hardy for asking such a useful and the mostly wanted question. Many people think that only if your skin burns, then it means that the product or mixture is working on your skin. But this can be acceptable to a certain extent. This is because a little tingling effect on your skin after using the product or mixture is fine with any type of skin. But when your skin starts to burn too much after using the product or mixture, then it literally means that it does not suit your skin type. This will mostly occur when you have very sensitive skin types. This is because not all of the products or remedies go fine with the sensitive skin. You have to be very careful in selecting the product when you have sensitive skin. Also, when you face too much irritation or burning on your skin, then take a damp cloth and remove the product or remedy from your face by wiping it. Do not wait for too long as it might even cause some serious effects and reactions on your skin. Your skin might face redness, swelling, irritation and burning issues. This can also lead to skin damages and peeling of skin.

  13. Thank you much HERTA BAKER for such a quick response. I am really grateful to you for helping me in choosing the right sunscreen lotion that would perfectly suit my skin type. I will surely use this list as a reference while buying the sunscreen lotion.

  14. Hello! I am a 24 year old woman and I have small white marks on two of my nails in the right hand, Some of my friends say that it might be a sign of the calcium deficiency in my body. I wanted to know whether it is a truth or a myth like as many other that are listed over here. Please help me with this so that I could get treated very soon from it if it was due to calcium deficiency.

  15. Hi VALENTINA MCKAY! The statement which some of your friends gave is completely a myth and not a true one. The white marks on your nails occur only when the gaps in your nails gets filled up with the air. When you bite or hit your nails somewhere the matrix in your nails will get damaged. This will lead to an irregular growth of your nails. So at this point of time, there are many chances for the air to get filled up in the empty spaces in your nails occurred due to the irregularity in its growth. So, these air gaps will start to appear as white marks on your nails. These white spots will disappear automatically once you cut your nails properly and pave the way for its regular and proper growth. You should also understand the other fact that calcium is the most essential one that would be required for the growth of your nails. So when there is a deficiency in that then your nails will become very weak and will be easily prone to damages and breakages. Your nails will start to face growth and health issues. So, these white spots are completely due to the air gaps and you don’t have to fear about it. Also, make sure that you don’t bite your nails anymore if you have the habit of it and also prevent your nails from getting damaged externally.

  16. People often tell that inadequate sleep could only be the reason for the dark circles to appear under your eyes. I wanted to know how far this statement is true. Also, please mention a home remedy to cure the dark circles if you have tried any of them and it worked well.

  17. Yes I strongly accept that the inadequate sleep can be one of the major reason for causing the dark circles under your eyes. But then there are some other huge reasons for such dark circles to appear under your eye. Some of the other reasons are any allergy to the excess or usage of creams, lotions and cosmetics, impurities and other dust materials, low hemoglobin level in your body. There are also some other reasons like asthma, rubbing your eyes harshly very often, hay fever, genes and regular intake of certain medications that could cause dark circles. Though you have enough sleep these might make your skin dull and also the dark circles to appear on your face. So, it is always better to find the appropriate reason and then look for the remedy. Do not go with the random choices of remedy as it might lead to some other side effects on your skin and eyes.

  18. Hello YASMIN ANTHONY! I got dark circles due to the constant usage of certain skin care products like creams and lotions on my skin. And with the reference from my friend, I tried one home remedy and it really helped me a lot in curing those dark circles under my eyes. It is a very simple DIY that anyone could try at your homes.
    1. For this you will require
    • 1 tbsp of fresh lime juice
    • 1 tbsp of fresh cucumber juice
    • A cotton ball
    2. Place a small bowl and mix both the lime and cucumber juice in it well.
    3. Then dip the cotton ball and start applying it under your eyes on those dark circles.
    4. Make sure that you don’t apply the juice on your eyes as the lime juice might cause some irritations and burning sensations when it comes in contact with it.
    5. Repeat the same procedure for a couple of days before going to bed.
    6. You can notice some changes under your eyes gradually as you start using it.

  19. Hello every one! I have heard many people telling that if we leave the face masks on our face for overnight, then it will offer more benefits. They say that only if we leave them for overnight, the mask will penetrate into our skin and work effectively in curing the infections or help in offering the desired results. I wanted to know whether it is a myth or a true one.

  20. Hi SAYO ANDO! The statement which you told is partially correct and partially a wrong one. To make you understand well, let me explain you with the appropriate examples. It is not that you can leave all the face masks to be there on your face for overnight. There are specific ingredients that won’t cause any side effects or infections when you leave them on your skin for overnight. But there are certain other ingredients which can cause a lot of side effects and infections on your skin when you leave them for overnight on your face. This completely depends on the type of skin your have and the ingredients you are suing while preparing the face mask. Suppose if you have dry skin type, then if you should not leave the mask to be there for a long time if it contains any ingredients that might lead to excessive dryness in your skin. The same follows for the oily skin type also. And when it comes to the ingredients some of the natural ingredients like tea tree oil, baking soda, apple cider vinegar can be highly acidic and strong by nature. So, when it is used in your face masks you should not leave them to stay on your face for overnight. Make sure that you follow the given duration of time strictly without any mismatch.

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