The internet is full of polarizing opinions on Skincare, and naturally there’s a lot of myths floating freely out there. In this post we’d like to try and bust a few of them. Had this been the early 2000s, then some of these myths mentioned herein would’ve been alright, but it’s 2022 and it’s about time we got rid of them. So let’s get right into them, shall we?
Myth 1 : Natural is better – This has got to be the top myths out there generally about any consumer product, not just skincare. If we were to have skincare products with just natural ingredients they’d go moldy in just a week. Any water based products are prone to get moldy, and hence you have to have preservatives added in order to ensure a longer shelf life. The brands selling you things with the tag “All Natural” are incorrect about their claims, because if their claims were right – their products would go bad in just about a week’s time.
Myth 2 : Chemicals are dangerous – This too is one of the most common myths out there about skincare products – that organic and nature derived ingredients are better than chemicals. This is primarily due to the collective ignorance around the fact that everything on our planet is chemical, and secondly due to the constant fear mongering marketing adopted by some well known wellness brands around chemicals. We must first understand that chemicals are all around us. The water we drink, the air we breathe is made of chemical components (hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen etc.). The word “chemical” has been made to sound synonymous to “danger”. But one needs to consider that skincare products in general are regulated by various government bodies that deem these products safe for public use, after a lot of clinical testing and research.
Myth 3 : Sunscreen is not important – The next common myth about skincare is that sunscreen is not important. This is very common among some religious values which suggests that anything natural, or made by God wouldn’t necessarily be dangerous. Unfortunately that isn’t the case. There is plenty of research out there which has extensively proved that prolonged sun exposure can leave your skin prone to sunburn, deterioration of the skin barrier, and even worse lead to skin cancer. Hence it is very important that you protect your skin by wearing adequate sun protection even on cloudy days, and even while you’re indoors. Also make sure to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours.
Myth 4 : Drinking water clears your skin – Contrary to popular belief, drinking water doesn’t actually clear your skin – especially if you have conditions such as hormonal acne. We may have heard quite often that the secret to plump, clear and glowing skin is drinking a lot of water. Apparently there’s no adequate research that drinking water is directly related to improving the appearance of your skin. But not drinking any water at all would make you dehydrated, and in some extreme cases of dehydration it would take a toll on your skin. According to Margarita Lolis (who is a Board Certified dermatologist based in New Jersey) – “The truth is that when you drink water, it doesn’t automatically go to the skin—but it hydrates your cells, after it is absorbed into the bloodstream and filtered by the kidneys,”. Which means that drinking water is not directly proportionate to healthier looking skin, but drinking water of course comes with a lot of other health benefits and optimum functioning of your body.
So that was it for this time. We also have a YouTube video on this topic. You can check it out here –