Step into a drugstore or a supermarket and chances are that you will find a huge range of products that claim to offer the best care and protection for your skin. Head to your nearest salon and you will find a long list of services, most of which aimed specially keep your skin fair and beautiful. However, the truth behind all these products and services might be a little different from what is projected.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths and the actual facts about skin care products:
- Most people are of the opinion that the latest thing in the market is probably the best, because they feel that all the marketing hype associated with it, is correct and true. There is so much hype that is created with new products that most people tend to fall for it. However, the fact is that products that have been tried and tested over a period of time, will most probably provide you better results.
- Greater price tag equals better product is a common thinking. This is far from the truth, because some of the best products are those which are not extremely expensive. As a matter of fact, your local drugstore or supermarket will offer you skincare products which will be extremely effective on your skin, but not too heavy on your pocket.
- No matter what the advertisements say, there is no cream that can turn back the clock on your skin. Yes, certain creams can make your skin look healthier, but there is no way that you will start looking a lot younger. As a matter of fact, the only products that have shown substantial proof that they can help with skin repair and rejuvenation include Retinol, Renova, vitamin-C serums, hydroxy acids and antioxidants.
- Just because eating a particular fruit or vegetable can nourish your skin from within, does not mean that it will work from the outside as well. When such ingredients are formulated into a cream, the manner in which they react with the skin cells starts to differ. The skin itself acts like a barrier and does not allow for the effective absorption of the nutrients.
- Although they might try to make you believe that they are doing much research before the launch of each product, the fact is that most cosmetic companies do not spend ample time or money on research. There are very few companies which actually conduct proper trials and test the actual benefits. Just adding the names of exotic ingredients will not make a cream effective.
- There are several people who are allergic to certain plants, fruits and vegetables. This means that if the extract of any of these are added to the cream, they will cause problems. So, not all plant based creams will be safe for your skin and there are plenty of chances that you might have an allergic reaction to them.
- Anti-wrinkle creams will plump up your skin and hydrate it, which might make your skin look better for a while, but it cannot remove the wrinkles permanently. Only topical retinoids have shown proof of working properly, as these are able to penetrate the skin better and improve the turnover of skin cells. In addition, it has also been shown that the retinoids can help treat acne, reverse sun damage and reduce fine lines.
There are also certain other myths related to skin care, which might be popular, but are actually far from the truth.
- While many people might think that popping a pimple is a good thing, because all the pus will ooze out, in reality it can cause more damage. When you pop a pimple, not all the pus will flow out – some of it will flow back inside and deeper and this will cause further inflammation.
- Most of the time, pimples are born out of excess oil on or just below the surface of the skin and for this we are asked to keep our skin clean. For most people, this means scrubbing their face raw, with soap or scrub. However, this will rob the skin of natural oils, which is why you need to invest in a good gentle facial cleanser.
- Just because the label on the sunscreen lotion says a fairly high number, does not necessarily mean the same thing on how good it is. A lotion that has a sun protection factor of 30 and ingredients such as Oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, mexoryl or avobenzone would probably be the best bet for you. And if someone tells you that you need not wear sunscreen during the monsoons or when the weather outside is cloudy, they are wrong. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun is ever present, which is why you need to wear sunscreen, each and every time you step outside.
- Facials might feel good while they are being done, and they might make your skin feel healthier temporarily, but they are not going to do much in the long run. However, there is nothing wrong in going for facials once in a while, because they do allow you to simply relax and enjoy a nice massage!
- There is a lot of talk about laser treatment these days and many people regard it is a miracle therapy for the skin. Surely, laser could help in making the skin look healthier, it could also help with sun spots, fine lines and pigmentation, but it will not give you a brand new face.
Gaining a deeper understanding about all these things is what will allow you to make well informed decisions about skin care.
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