Every generation has their share of preconceived notions on beauty, which they pass on to the next generation. But much of the conventional and modern wisdom around beauty just doesn’t hold water. To debunk these old wives’ tales and clever marketing strategies, Fashion101.in helps you separate facts from fiction.
Myth: Your age is an important factor in designing your skincare routine.
Fact: Your skincare routine depends on how dry, sun-damaged, oily, sensitive, thin, blemished, or normal your skin is, all of which have nothing to do with age. All you need are well-formulated skincare products loaded with antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients that suit your skin-type.
Myth: Everyone needs an eye cream.
Fact: Eye creams are nothing but expensive moisturizers in small packaging. There is no evidence or research authenticating the claim that the eye area needs ingredients different from those you use on your face or neck area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work equally well when used around the eye area. Here are 7 sure-fire tips by a dermatologist for preventing dark circles.
Myth: Natural ingredients are better for skin than chemical-based ones.
Fact: There is no research that proves natural or organic ingredients are better for the skin than those developed in laboratories. In fact, several natural ingredients can be irritating to sensitive skin when used directly. Most need to be used regularly over a long period of time to show any results at all. Ideally, your skincare products should contain a mix of beneficial natural and synthetic ingredients. When properly formulated, these ingredients work in harmony to give your skin the best results.
Myth: You can shrink pores.
Fact: There are tons of treatments and creams that claim to shrink pores, but, it is not true. The size of your pores is related to your genetic coding. Once you reach puberty, the pores become larger in size. However, they will appear overly enlarge if filled with sebum and bacteria. You can follow these tips to prevent enlarged and clogged pores.
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Myth: Drink more water if you have dry skin.
Fact: The issue with dry skin is not as simple as just a lack of water in the body. And, surprisingly, drinking more water won't make dry skin look or feel any better, though it has other health benefits. To prevent dry skin, the primary goal is to avoid and reduce anything that damages the outer barrier, including sun damage, products that contain irritating ingredients, alcohol, drying cleansers, and smoking. Click here to know the 5 worst things you can do to dry skin.
Myth: Skin repairs itself only at night.
Fact: The much-touted claim that the skin does more repair work at night is nothing but a marketing strategy. Though cosmetics companies usually offer a separate repertoire of daytime and nighttime moisturizers, the fact is that the skin does repair work day and night. Any beauty benefit that accrues at night is due to the wonders of a good night’s sleep – such as increased blood flow to the skin – and not necessarily due to the product you are using.
Myth: Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.
Fact: Blackheads happen when too much sebum is produced and, when combined with dead skin cells, the path for the oil to exit gets blocked, creating a clog or blackhead. Merely scrubbing off won’t help the issue. Instead, use salicylic acid to eliminate the problem, or try these treatments at home.