You’d find a whole load of skincare tips and suggestions on the internet claiming what you should and shouldn’t do for your skin. Every other day, there’s a new, must-have product and skin advice buzzing on your phone. Before adapting to new skincare know-how, it’s best to research thoroughly as every skin type is different and every advice may not work for all. Also, it’s important to know the difference between hype and reality. Take a look at some common skincare myths and the facts behind them.

Myth: Wearing makeup regularly makes you age faster.
 

Myth: Wearing makeup regularly makes you age faster.

Truth: Good makeup products hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. While going to bed without taking it off harms your skin, as you leave the dirt and toxins on your face when you sleep, wearing makeup all day won’t harm your skin at all. Invest in good quality products and make sure you use them before their expiry date.

Myth: Washing your face with hot water is better for skin.
 

Myth: Washing your face with hot water is better for skin.

Truth: We cannot insist enough how wrong this is. Hot water strips the natural oils of the skin, making it dry. It also opens up pores which makes it easier to catch dirt and form acne. Also, if you have sensitive skin, it can cause irritation and rashes. Use cold or lukewarm water for cleansing your face.

Myth: Skin care products last up to 3 years
 

Myth: Skin care products last up to 3 years

Truth: Life span of most skincare and makeup products is only 12 to 18 months. Once opened, they are exposed to bacteria which can contaminate the ingredients. These products also have preservatives which do not last long so it’s better to use up the entire contents within a year.   

Myth: The higher the SPF, the better.
 

Myth: The higher the SPF, the better.

Truth: SPF in any product provides protection from only UVB rays. It means SPF 30 allows 3 percent UVB rays to hit your skin. SPF 50 is only slightly more protective than SPF 30. A higher SPF only gives false sense of security and nothing else. Also, layering several products with different SPF doesn’t mean more protection.

Myth: Toothpaste is the best home remedy for pimples
 

Myth: Toothpaste is the best home remedy for pimples

Truth: SPF in any product provides protection from only UVB rays. It means SPF 30 allows 3 percent UVB rays to hit your skin. SPF 50 is only slightly more protective than SPF 30. A higher SPF only gives false sense of security and nothing else. Also, layering several products with different SPF doesn’t mean more protection.