One can easily survive a bad hair day by hiding their hair behind a huge hat, or wrapping a scarf around their head but when an ugly zit decides to make a spot on a pretty face, the only solution that one can think of would be to ground themselves until the zit, and the ugly marks are gone. No wonder, the first thing every woman wishes for when she wakes up in the morning is – fresh, beautiful and flawless skin, always!
Therefore, without a surprise, when it comes to skincare tips, we have heard plenty of do’s and don’ts, which makes it even hard to separate the fact from the myth. However, worry no more, since we have come up with a list of common skincare myths that have been there for long, but now it is about time you bid them goodbye, and know the facts!
Myth: Dry skin cause wrinkles
Fact: Although, oily skin may create a great defense against wrinkles as oily skins tend to have higher testosterone levels, however, that does not mean dry skin is prone to getting wrinkles! The major causes of wrinkles are sun damages, excessive muscle movements and low oestrogen levels in women. So, if you are worried about your dry skin causing wrinkles, it is maybe because of low oestrogen levels or too much of sun damage, no need to blame your skin type anymore!
Myth: Sunscreens are only for sunny days
Fact: Cloudy day or sunny day, sunscreens are a must! Even if you cannot feel the sun on your skin, does not mean the UV radiation is not reaching you either. So, make a point to apply a healthy coat of sunscreen everyday to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. It is generally recommended to apply sunscreen after every two hours. Yes, that can be a lot to do, but even on cloudy days, the UV rays can penetrate through, leaving behind no other option than wearing a good layer of sunscreen every day.
Myth: Chocolates and greasy foods cause acne
Fact: In contrary to the general assumption, recent researches suggest consumption of greasy and oily food does not cause acne. Consuming oily food, may not be particularly harmful to your skin, but consumption of foods containing high levels of carbohydrates can easily cause breakout of pimples, particularly for those skin types that are prone to acne.
For the chocoholics out there, there is a good news! Recent researches say, eating chocolates does not cause acne. Instead, it is caused by dead skin cells and excess of skin oil, which has hardly anything to do with the kind of food you eat, or the amount of chocolates you gobble! So, eat whatever you wish for without worrying about acne. Nevertheless, it is always a great idea to exfoliate and cleanse your skin on regular basis.
Myth: See a pimple? Pop it to get the puss out!
Fact: Popping pimples to take out the puss makes a common practice used by many to quickly get rid of pimples. Although, popping the pimples to release the puss might feel good at first, but in reality, a lot of the puss actually stays there and gets deeper in the skin, to cause even worse inflammation, and even scars! Therefore, no matter how ugly you think your pimple is, it is always a better idea to leave it the way it is, instead of popping it altogether. Popping your pimples may cause a series of undesirable acne and permanent skin scars that can be very difficult and expensive to get rid of.
Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker
Fact: Another common myth that is far away from the reality is the assumption that shaving makes the hair grow back thicker. We have all been through the situation when our waxing lady finds it hard to pull thick hair off our skins, and the first question she asks is, did you shave before this? Well, it might be hard to believe but no, shaving does not make the hair grow back thicker, it although gives that impression as once you have shaved hair off your skin, the hair that grows back are the blunt edges, that are generally thicker. However, once you wax or pluck your hair off, you remove the entire follicle, so the hair that comes back, grows all over again, and does not appear to be as thick. Although, we all might have regretted those moments when we hurriedly shaved hair off our skins, as the hair always seem to grow out to be thicker, it nevertheless does not mean thicker hair for a lifetime!
Now that you can easily separate skincare myths from the reality, we leave it to you to take care of your skin, and to fall for the facts not the fallacies!
This article was originally published in Incredible Dar magazine.