You have heard or been told a lot of skincare tips over the years. Skincare is important to us.
So, our in house expert is busting some common skincare myths and revealing the truth behind them.
Myth 1 – Lasers can make you look 20 years younger
Truth – There are many different types of lasers being marketed and they all do different things. Some help with sun spots, some help with wrinkles.Some go deep and activate collagen. It’s all marketed so much that people think it can make you a completely different person!
Myth 2 – Expensive skin products work best
Truth – This is so not true! Many mass market products are better than the expensive ones. Most of the active ingredients found in the anti ageing creams are similar whether they are sold by a local brand or an expensive brand
You can usually get something similar for a lot less.
Myth 3 – Its better to get the pus out of a pimple by popping it.
Truth – The truth is even though it feels really good to release the pus, a lot of it goes in deeper. It causes more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spread under the skin. That’s why you will get another one a few days later close to the first one. Its crucial that you do not pick your face. But if you absolutely cannot resist, be sure to do to right. Don’t squeeze and pop the pimple. Instead use a comedone extractor- an inexpensive tool you can purchase at most beauty supply stores. Apply firm pressure with the extractor and then roll it across the pimple to take it out.
Myth 4 – The higher the SPF in a suncreen, the better the protection.
Truth – There are 3 kinds of UV rays – UVA UVB and UVC.
UVA penetreates the skin fairly deeply and intereferes with your pigmentation to produce a tan.
UVB are primarily sunburn rays.
UVC are absorbed by the atmosphere and don’t make it to the ground.
The SPF on a sunsreen refers to the amount of protection the product offers against UVB rays.
Many sunscreen therefore need to offer protection from both UVA and UVB.
Always look for a SPF of atleast 15! Or broad spectrum suncreens that offer protection against both UVA & UVB.
Myth 5 – You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day or when your wearing makeup with an SPF.
Truth – Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface.
so make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every 3-4 hours as well as after swimming and heavy sweating. Also, don’t fall prey to the myth that your are protected just because you are wearing makeup with SPF.
You would have to put on 14 t 15 times the amount of makeup that a normal person would wear to reach the SPF on the label of the makeup.
Make sure you use sunscreen in addition to your makeup.
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