Debunking 10 Common Skincare Myths
November is National Healthy Skin month and we, at Ansaligy, are debunking some common skincare myths
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Being on the outside, the skin has to endure the harmful effects of pollution, sun rays, and other environmental irritants and bacteria. Taking care of your skin with a daily skincare routine is as essential as taking care of any other part of your body. A good skincare routine gives you healthy skin that stays hydrated and moisturized while looking flawless. And there is no denying the fact that all of us desire healthy skin free of any woes.
National Healthy Skin Month at Ansaligy
November is ‘National Healthy Skin Month,’ and so is the time we transition to colder months. Winters take away a lot of hydration and moisture from the skin, leaving it dry and dehydrated, which is why it becomes paramount to take care of your skin. We believe everyone has a right to healthy skin because healthy and flawless skin not only gives you confidence but also works as a shield to protect other organs. As we endure the ‘National Healthy Skin Month,’ why not bring your attention to some of the skincare myths you thought were true. These myths may be depriving you from achieving healthy skin that you always longed for.
- What tingles, works! Many people believe any skincare product that stings, tingles, or has a burning sensation is working. That is not the case, girls! Your skincare product should not feel uncomfortable at all. If you feel a burning sensation or any sort of tingling, it means your skincare product is not suitable for your skin, even if it’s a toner.
- Drink extra water if you have dry skin. Although drinking lots of water is a healthy habit for your body to release toxins, but having it in extra quantity is not entirely beneficial for the skin, even if you have dry skin. Dry skin or any skin type is determined by genetics or other factors that change with time. Drinking extra water will not help the dry skin that came to you genetically. It is advised to drink an adequate quantity of water for your skin and body to remain healthy.
- Oily skin does not need moisturizer. This is undoubtedly a myth, too. Every skin type needs to apply moisturizer, including oily and acne-prone. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it is because your skin produces more sebum and not because your skin is or isn’t dry. Oily skin can still get dry with a loss of moisture and hydration. Moisturizers contain humectants that help bind the moisture in your skin cells and help other skincare products like serums or spot treatments to work better. Make sure to use an oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer if you have oily skin.
- You do not need to apply sunscreen if you are indoors. Many people believe this myth and go on to mess up their skin. Remember, the only time you do not need to wear sunscreen is when the sun is not there; it means in the night. You should wear sunscreen during daylight even when you do not go outdoors because UV rays can pass through the glass doors and windows and still harm your skin.
- The order of skincare products does not matter. Generally, people believe the skincare order doesn’t matter, and in the end, everything has to be absorbed by the skin. This is definitely a myth because “Girls, order matters.” The general rule of thumb to use skincare products is from thinnest to thickest. It means thinnest and active products like serums or spot treatments must be applied before applying thicker ones like moisturizers, creams, or face oil. You cannot put on face oil or sunscreen first and toner later, right.
- Wash your face as many times to get clear skin. No, the more you wash your face, the more you lose your skin’s natural oils that make up the protective barrier. Dermatologists advise washing your face twice daily before doing your skincare, or when you remove makeup, or after a sweaty workout session. Make sure to follow other steps of skincare after cleansing your face.
- Skincare products will completely cure signs of aging. Aging is a natural process. As you age, your skin will age too, and signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin will come no matter what, and trust us, it’s completely normal and natural. No skincare treatment or products will completely stop your skin from aging. Yes, a good daily skincare routine can delay or reduce signs of aging, but it cannot completely cure it.
- Exfoliation is not necessary if I do daily skincare. This is another myth people tend to believe and mess up the skin and daily skincare. This is because daily cleansing, toning, serums, and moisturizers do not clean up the dead skin cells accumulated on the top layer of your skin. If these dead skin cells are not exfoliated once or twice a week, they will not let any skincare product get into your skin layers and do their job. Exfoliation also helps in the regeneration of new skin cells, and hence, brightening the skin. Exfoliation evens the skin tone, de-tans your skin, and de-clogs the pores, helping you with sebum control. Every skin type must exfoliate once or twice weekly.
- Anti-aging products are for older people. Anti-aging products are for older people as well as for people who wish to delay signs of aging. To make it better, if you start using anti-aging products in your late 20s or early 30s, you have a better chance of delaying signs of aging than people who start caring for their skin in their 40s or 50s.
- What works for one will also work for the other, with the same skin type. That is not the case. Skincare is trial and error until you find out what works for you. Any skin care product that works for one might or might not work for the other, even with the same skin type. Find the right one that works on your skin and use it regularly to achieve results.
These are some of the common skincare myths people believe. Let us now discuss a few skin care tips that would help you to get flawless skin in winters and prep it for the holidays.
- When you exfoliate, never forget your lips. You can also make an organic exfoliator at home for your lips. Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar, massage this on your lips for 10 minutes and rinse it off.
- Include hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid will maintain the moisture and hydration levels in your skin that winters take away while also keeping it supple and younger-looking. But, make sure you use the hyaluronic acid with a moisturizer.
Use weekly face masks and under-eye patches.
Weekly skincare is also essential to maintaining healthy skin. Besides exfoliation, use face masks as they deliver quick hydration to make the skin plump and glowy. Under-eye patches instantly revive the dull and puffy eyes and make the signs of aging go away with regular use.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Again, you do not have to drink extra water. Just take an adequate amount of water, and your skin will stay healthy.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Healthy skin necessitates healthy habits. If you follow a healthy and nourishing diet along with taking good care of your skin, you are not far from well-deserved healthy and glowing skin.
- Include antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants are any day good for your skin when consumed orally as well as when used topically. Eat fruits rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, or vitamin A like berries, oranges, lemons, kale, beets, spinach, and more.
For more information on taking care of your skin during winters, check out our blog that discusses ‘how to get healthy and glowing skin in winters’?
Healthy skin free of any woes is something everyone desires but, are we actually putting in efforts to deserve good skin? Simply unfollowing certain myths and giving a few minutes daily for your skincare routine is sure to get you glowing and healthy skin. It’s just a matter of ‘trial and error’ before you find out what’s best for your skin. Again, aging is a natural process that’s supposed to happen. You cannot prevent it but you can always give your skin some TLC to keep it healthy away from any woes.
November being the ‘National Healthy Skin Month’ gave us a reason to debunk some of the myths about skincare. But, as a vegan skincare brand, we deliver skincare tips 12 months a year. Keep an eye on our upcoming blogs to explore more on skincare. Until then, take care of your skin.