Beauty often comes with a list of don’ts, shouldn’ts, and mustn’ts. While there is no set manual on how you should go about your beauty regime (we have all tried finding one!), it surely comes with a plethora of free advice—from family, friends and colleagues. If there’s any scope for some more information, internet will be at your service. This web of half-knowledge is a major reason why trial-and-error is so prominent when it comes to self-care. To initiate the culture of informed-choices, here’s debunking ten common myths around beauty. Read on:
Just as cleansing is an important step, similarly moisturisation is a must for all skin types—dry, normal, and even oily skin. Moisturisation replenishes the skin with the natural oils that might get stripped off when you wash your face, thereby promoting the right pH balance. It also shields you against environmental aggressors like pollution, dirt, etc. Having said that, the type of moisturiser you pick largely depends on your skin type. For oily skin, one should opt for light-weight, non-greasy variant.
All-natural beauty has been a rage for quite some time. On the one hand, it has made herbal beauty brands a big hit. On the other, home remedies from grand mama’s kitchen are back in the game. While it is true that such remedies are chemical-free and therefore better than their store-bought counterparts, not everything natural will be the right fit for your needs. It’s important to take into consideration which skin or hair concern you wish to tackle, understand the ingredient, and discern how well it aligns with your needs. The ingredients that work better together are another science that you need to know. When picking herbal products, you should carefully see how far the green quotient goes beyond the packaging.
Experts advice to wear sunscreen all-round the year. Even on days when the sun is not shining bright the UV rays are still harmful enough to cause skin damage. During monsoons, you can switch to a water-based sunscreen gel to avoid excessive oil secretion.
4. Exfoliation helps clear acne
Scrub your face for a clear, spotless skin; exfoliation should be a part of daily skincare routine; oily skin needs to be washed more frequently—these are some of the most common myths we give into. While cleansing is important, going overboard with this practice can strip your skin off natural oils causing dryness. In addition, exfoliation, which is a great way to clean deep-seated dirt from the skin, isn’t a daily ritual. If performed frequently, it can be harsh as scrubbing your face rigorously irritates acne-prone skin, causing more harm than good. Opt for sheet masks instead to get clear skin without causing any damage.
Getting your hair trimmed regularly is advised to get rid of damaged ends and thereby promote healthy growth. This often translates to the myth that trims will accelerate the growth of the hair. If your hair is prone to split ends, you should plan your salon visits more frequently—ideally, every three to four months. However, if the mane doesn’t show that much damage, a hair trim can be pushed to every fifth or sixth month. To add to that, no matter what your products promise, split ends can’t be repaired. You can care for them with proper nourishment and conditioning, which will help make the appearance of your hair better for the time being; but to promote healthy growth, you will have to get the ends removed.
Makeup is almost as much loved as it is dreaded. While all will agree that a pop of colour hair and a good contouring there can take any look several notches higher, many think that using it on an everyday basis will cause damage. The true culprits here are bad quality makeup, dirty brushes, and products that don’t work for the weather. Keep these pointers in check and enjoy a good makeup day, all day every day.
7. Toothpaste is a good remedy for pimples
Any product that’s not formulated specifically for your skin is bad for it. Toothpaste contains harsh, abrasive additives that work for cleaning teeth but aren’t the best ingredients for your skin. Besides, many women have suffered from lasting acne spots after resorting to toothpaste as a remedy. Instead, go for natural ingredients or medicated topical application that are designed specifically to treat your skin condition.