Easy-to-fall-for skin myths busted

Exfoliating excessively can strip the skin of essentials oils and spread bacteria.


Ians February 11, 2014
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LONDON: There are many misconceptions related to skincare like wearing sunscreen everyday is too heavy or exfoliating regularly will ensure a clear skin. So it's time to move away from such myths and get ready for flawless skin.

Here are some of the myths attached to skincare busted by experts at Proactiv brand, reports femalefirst.co.uk:

Myth 1: Wearing sunscreen daily is too heavy for my oily complexion.

Truth: To prevent damage or to help avoid a blemish outbreak, protecting your skin with a sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine. If you suffer with oily skin, try a lightweight formula underneath your make-up, or find a foundation or tinted moisturiser with an SPF built in.

Myth 2: To prevent blemishes you should completely strip away the oil from the skin.

Truth: While there is no doubt that oily skin should be controlled to keep the complexion clear and shine-free, completely stripping the skin of all its natural oils can play even more havoc with blemishes and spots.

Myth 3: I should exfoliate regularly to ensure my skin stays clear.

Truth: Exfoliating excessively can strip the skin of essentials oils and spread bacteria. Instead of a daily scrub opt for a much gentler exfoliant to keep your skin in a good condition.

Myth 4: You shouldn’t use moisturiser on oily skin.

Truth: Blemish-prone skin needs hydration too. In fact, drying out oily skin sends a signal to your body to produce even more oil; a nightmare for those who already suffer with problem skin.

Myth 5: The only thing that will cure my eyes bags and dark circles is more sleep.

Truth: Allergies, swollen veins beneath the skin’s surface or a diet high in salt may also be the cause of bags under your eyes.

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