Every now and then, we come across a lot of products, advertisements about various off the shelf skin products. Sometimes, we even rely on some home remedies and DIY tricks in order to get that perfect mane or get rid of that adamant pimple or acne. We all crave to look beautiful, or at least most of us do. Even if not beautiful, we at least want to tackle skin problems and maintain healthy skin. In that quest, we mostly believe the old wife’s tales or anything that catches our eye on the internet. But, let us burst your bubble. Most of those tips, tricks are myths. That only destroy your skin in the long run, rather than making it healthy. So here we are debunking 8 Beauty myths that are believed by most of us but are simply myths and do more harm than good to our skin.
1. Dab toothpaste on acne to get rid of it-
Personally, I have fallen for this myth. Yes. When I had that not-ready-to-leave acne, I simply applied toothpaste on that overnight and waited till the next morning. After gently cleaning the toothpaste off that acne, I could see that the acne had become more red in color. Quickly, I washed my face, and also washed off this useless idea down the drain.
2. Too much makeup can destroy your skin
The above myth has been spread among most of the women. But this only holds true, in case the makeup is not cleaned properly. If the makeup is removed properly, it has no chance to damage the skin. What damages the skin is not makeup, but sleeping without removing it properly does more harm.
3. Washing face with hot water is useful-
Washing face with extremely hot or ice-cold water are both dangerous for your skin. Either way, the skin must not be exposed to extreme temperatures and so, a not-so-good lukewarm temperature works the best for your skin. You can steam a towel in hot steam, and dab it on your face slowly, to get the best results. But, washing your face with extremely hot water can strip it off of its a natural protective barrier, by drying it out.
4. Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer-
Every type of skin needs to be moisturized. Be it oily, dry, normal, dehydrated or any other type. But, moisturizer is a must-have for every woman. The type of moisturizer may differ from skin types. Oily skin requires a moisturizer which is light in texture and has less oil. Something like micellar water works best for oily skin. So, the myth that oily skin doesn’t require a moisturizer is not true at all.
5. All-Natural or Organic products are the best-
Going to all-natural? It can be wonderful for your skin, but that doesn’t mean that all-natural ingredients ultimately benefit your complexion—especially if you have any allergies or sensitivities. If you’re taking a DIY approach, do your research before putting any ingredients on your face or skin. Not all the products labeled as ‘all-natural’ are actually ‘ all-natural ‘.
6. Shaving hair off your skin results in thicker hair next time-
Many of us have believed in this, and many still are. It’s just a myth. The fact is, the hair gets off from roots while shaving, and thus when it grows the next time, it simply looks thicker in the beginning, as roots are thick. But eventually, the hair grows just as thick or thin it was before shaving.
7. Always look for collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle creams-
Products with collagen and elastin can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin’s natural supply of these supportive elements.
In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in skin. Thus, this is simply a myth.
8. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated
Verdict – Partly True
It’s a universal fact that water has a lot of benefits overall. It helps the body in many ways, after all, it’s an elixir of life. But in the case of skin, drinking plenty of water is just hogwash. As there has been no scientific proof for that, though many people including celebrities have advocated that. But since it’s not proven, we don’t believe it totally.