"SKINCARE MYTHS DEBUNKED - SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION": VORAKA
Updated: Jul 16
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN VORAKA
Article Published on: 09 MAR 2023 | www.vorakamagazine.com
In recent years, skincare has become a popular topic of discussion and debate. As a result, there are numerous skincare myths and misconceptions that can be confusing and even harmful to your skin. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common skincare myths and separate fact from fiction.
Myth 1: You only need to wear sunscreen on sunny days.
Fact: Sunscreen should be worn every day, regardless of the weather. The sun's harmful rays can penetrate through clouds and cause damage to your skin, leading to premature aging, sunspots, and even skin cancer. Make sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and apply it generously to your face and exposed skin 15-30 minutes before going outside.
Myth 2: The higher the SPF, the better the protection. Fact: While a higher SPF does provide more protection against the sun's harmful rays, the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is not as significant as you might think. An SPF of 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, while an SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. However, higher SPF sunscreens can also be more expensive and have a thicker, heavier texture that may not be suitable for all skin types.
Myth 3: Oily skin doesn't need moisturizer. Fact: All skin types, including oily skin, need a moisturizer to maintain hydration and protect against environmental stressors. If you skip moisturizer, your skin may overproduce oil to compensate, leading to breakouts and clogged pores. Look for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that won't clog your pores, and apply them after cleansing and toning.
Myth 4: You should always exfoliate every day. Fact: Exfoliating too frequently can strip your skin of its natural oils and cause irritation and inflammation. Over-exfoliation can also lead to premature aging, as it can weaken your skin's natural barrier function. Instead, aim to exfoliate once or twice a week, using a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliant that won't damage your skin.
Myth 5: Natural skincare products are always better. Fact: While natural ingredients can be beneficial for your skin, not all natural products are created equal. Some natural ingredients, like essential oils, can be irritating and even harmful to your skin, especially if used in high concentrations. Additionally, many synthetic ingredients are designed to mimic natural compounds and may be more effective at addressing specific skincare concerns.