The skin is the body's most expansive organ, but few people know how to take care of their skin properly. Between media hype and amateur beauty tips, it is hard to differentiate between myths and reality. For example, should we splurge on an expensive moisturizer or not? Here's the truth behind six common beauty myths.
1. Sunscreen is needed only when one is outdoors on a sunny day.
Sunscreen should be applied every day whether indoors or outdoors. It is a misconception that we are safe from the sun's UV rays when we're indoors. However, UV rays are of two types. While the UVB rays that cause sunburn are blocked by walls, we are still vulnerable to the UVA rays indoors. UVA rays are responsible for skin aging and skin cancer. Similarly, on cloudy days, we are safe from UVB rays but still need protection from UVA rays. Ideally, the sunscreen should have a minimum SPF of 20-30. If someone doesn't like having to layer makeup over sunscreen, pick makeup products that are enriched with SPF.
2. One needs to moisturize and tone the skin every day.
No two people have the same skin requirements. While it may work for a person with dry skin to moisturize their skin every day, this may be detrimental for someone with oily skin. If you have oily skin, look for a lotion instead of creams. For someone with dry skin, cream-based moisturizer is better. Similarly, a toner is great for oily skin but can disturb the Ph balance of dry skin. Also, take a look at the climate before moisturizing the skin. Moisturizing the face regularly in a humid area can lead to breakouts while using a toner in dry weather can make the skin rough.
3. Makeup causes acne.
Makeup aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief; wearing makeup for extended durations does not lead to acne. The way we use makeup and the type of products we use are the villains here. Contrary to popular belief, the foundation is designed not to be absorbed into skin pores but to form a layer over the skin. Using expired products is also one of the main causes of acne. The other reason makeup is thought to trigger acne is that if one sleeps with makeup on, they may wake up with a breakout. This is because not washing the face, clogs the skin pores with the day's grime and dirt.
4. The laser is harmful to the skin.
There are plenty of myths associated with laser treatments. Often there are claims like laser exposes the patient to radiation, it can cause cancer, it can cause burns, it can cause skin thinning, they are expensive, etc. But these are all just the myths and do not have any relevance.
5. Salons are the best place for getting facial.
Not all salons are apt to provide facial treatments as per the individual skin needs. One must consult an expert dermatologist to know the needs of the skin before going for any facial treatment.
6. The anti-wrinkle injection is only for film stars.
It is a common belief that anti-wrinkle injection is just for film stars as they have to look young as long as possible. But it is not true. Anyone can have botox as it helps in keeping away the signs of premature aging and wrinkles. Several people are recommended anti-wrinkle injections in their twenties and thirties just to ensure beautiful and radiant skin.