Any beauty addict will believe almost anything in her (or his) quest for healthy, glowing skin. There is so much information out there that it becomes difficult to sort the useful from the not-so-useful information.
The ultimate truth is that your skin is an organ that requires sustained and regular but simple maintenance and care. So what are some of the myths that haunt you? We asked our readers and here we bust the most common ones, so you finally know the myth from the truth.
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- Myth: You should wash your face multiple times a day
- Myth: Sunscreen is only for summer
- Myth: The harder your exfoliate, the better
- Myth: You do not need a moisturiser of your skin is oily
- Myth: You have to wash your face with hot water
Myth: You should wash your face multiple times a day
Truth: If you are the kind who is obsessed with washing your face multiple times a day, stop! Washing your face frequently causes your skin to feel dry, irritated and dehydrated. The soap and water strip your skin of is natural oils.
Wash you face once or twice a day with room temperature water and a mild cleanser. Hot water makes your skin feel drier.
Myth: Sunscreen is only for summer
Truth: Skipping or skimping on sunscreen is an absolute no-no! Sunscreen is a must, all through the year. The reason is that sunscreen protects you not only against the sun rays, but also against UV rays, and these ultra-violet rays are present all through the year, irrespective of the season.
Myth: The harder your exfoliate, the better
Truth: Exfoliating your skin aggressively actually does more harm than good. The granular nature of an exfoliating agent, when scrubbed too hard on the skin can cause the skin to bruise. So use your exfoliating agent to gently massage your skin and clean out the pores.
Myth: You do not need a moisturiser of your skin is oily
Truth: Oily of dry, moisturising your skin is a must and is vital to keeping your skin healthy. The inner layers of your skin need the extra moisture and the nutrients provided by a good quality moisturiser. If you have oily skin and are sceptical of using moisturiser, start by using a gel-based one, which is light on the skin.
Myth: You have to wash your face with hot water
Truth: Hot water is not good for the health of your skin. It strips your skin of its natural oils and leave sit feeling dry and dehydrated. It can also damage the outer barrier of the skin if you use very hot water on your face. Use room temperature water to wash your face and you can always steam your face to open up those pores for a deep clean!