Skincare Myths : Busted



  • Myth: Washing your face with hot water will open up the pores for a better clean.

Fact: Careful not to wash your face with hot water. Yes, steam will open your pores. Use a hot towel or let your pores open up in the shower or bath. It doesn’t have to hurt to work”

You don’t need to shock your face with freezing cold water, but a lukewarm—not hot—temperature is ideal. Though a steamy, hot shower or rinse might feel soothing, it could damage your skin by stripping it of its natural, protective barrier and drying it out. A good way to tell if the water you’re bathing or cleansing with is too hot? If your skin is red after rinsing, the water you used was too hot.

  • Myth: Oily skin doesn't age as fast as dry skin.

Fact: Excess oil can make fine lines and wrinkles a little less noticeable, but it doesn't determine how quickly your skin ages or makes you less susceptible to the early signs of ageing.
Regardless of your skin type, unprotected sun exposure (the biggest culprits), genetics, repetitive facial movements (plus skin pulling and pulling) , health, lifestyle, gravity, and more, all play a role in how quickly skin ages. Research supports that it is essential to be as gentle as possible with skin care. It's important to make sure you're getting a healthy dose of antioxidants, ingredients that replenish, repair, and soothe skin every day. Most importantly, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, as that's your best defence against the signs of ageing.
  • Myth: A cool or tingling sensation means a product is working.

Fact: A brief, seconds-long tingling sensation such as you may get from a leave-on exfoliant is OK, but a lingering cool or tingling sensation is you skin’s way of telling you it’s being irritated, not helped.Some people experience a slight, short-lived tingling sensation when trying higher concentrations of exfoliating ingredients such as glycolic acid. If the sensation is brief (lasting just a few seconds) and subtle, it’s not concerning. Why? Because sometimes this is skin’s initial response to a bio-active ingredient. In the case of exfoliating acids, the benefits these provide overweigh the brief irritation.Ideally, this sensation will subside once skin acclimates to the exfoliating ingredient. If it does not or if the sensation worsens, it would be best to stop using the product (if may be too much for your skin.)The most common ingredients that cause a cool or tingling sensation on skin include denatured or SD alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, peppermint oil, camphor, and eucalyptus. Avoid products that contain these ingredients, especially when they are among the first ingredients listed.
  • Myth: The order you apply your skincare products does not matter.

Fact: Applying skincare products in a certain order matters a lot for key steps at the beginning and end of your routine, and there’s a simple rule for layering the products in between.The general rule for any skincare routine is that the first step is to cleanse skin, then apply a toner, and then apply a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant. After those steps you apply all the other products in your skincare routine in order of their consistency, from thinnest to thickest. The last product you apply during the day is always sunscreen (nothing except makeup should ever be applied over sunscreen).At night, you can finish with a facial moisturiser and eye cream, if desired, although if you have oily skin, you may find the hydration provided by treatment-oriented products like serum is enough. If you plan to use a facial mask meant to be left on overnight, apply this as the final step in your night-time routine.
  • Myth: Drinking more water cures dry skin.

Fact: Studies show drinking extra water has little to no impact on visibly alleviating dry skin.There is only one study indicating drinking more water could nominally help dry skin, but it took approximately a gallon of water to see improvement (and a gallon is double the eight glasses of water you usually hear recommended). More important, the improvement was so minor, most people wouldn’t notice a difference in real life unless they were dehydrated, in which case resuming normal (not excess) water consumption would likely make skin look better.What can help? Applying replenishing ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, omega fatty acids, lecithin, electrolytes, niacinamide, non-fragrant plant oils, and glycerin. 

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