Updated: Jan 30
Feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of product options, product information, these "should do", "supposed do", the new skincare trends and rules? Sometimes just feel like we need a special degree to buy a moisturiser for our skin and skincare shouldn't be this complicated!
All thanks to the internet and old wive’s tales, with so much information circulating around, it is definitely a challenge to differentiate fact from fiction. Some information are just plain wrong and might even bring more harmful to your skin and health than anything else!
If you’re new to the skincare game or want to switch up your routine to address specific issues, it is important for us to bust some skincare myths. I've gathered some of the common myths from veterans from the beauty industry to weigh in on the facts and myths of skincare.
Read on to learn about these common myths – and learn what really works!
Expensive skincare products are better than inexpensive ones.
Fact: There are good and bad products in all price categories. Some of the best skincare products can be found on the shelves of your local drug store. Everything boils down to the formulation of the product, and not the price. So take note of the ingredients that each product contains.
The more products you use, the better it is for your skin.
Fact: You don't need a million different type of products to have a healthy looking skin. Each of our skin is unique and our skin type varies. As long as the skincare is tailored to your skin needs and is suitable to our skin type, even the most essential routine will be enough.
This product works for my best friends/ sister/ favourite influencer, it'll work for me.
Fact: Recommendations are good. However, like mentioned before, each of our skin are unique. So not all products will suit all the skin type or skin conditions that we have. In order to know what's right for you, it is recommended for you to either do a skin test on your hand or consult a qualified professional before using that product on your face.
Anything marked "natural" or chemical free" must be better for me.
Fact: We all hear all the time about all-natural ingredients in skin care and cosmetics, often recognised for amazing "junk-free" results. But according to the Food and Drug Administration, ingredients from sources considered natural do not make them healthier, safer or better for you.
If you’re having serious skin issue, it is recommended to seek help from dermatologist who can recommend products that will likely work best for your specific needs.
The products will stop working once my skin gets used to them.
Fact: Your skin does not build up tolerance to skincare products. You might think this is happening if you’re using active ingredients (vitamin A, vitamin C, AHA) since they tend to deliver a dramatic result in a short period of time. In fact, they’re still progressively working, just that the effects won’t seem as drastic since the major change occurs when you start using the products.
There's no such thing as washing your face 'too much'.
Fact: I'm pretty sure you have heard "Too much of anything, is bad for you." Over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity and irritation, so we need to be sensible about cleansing. The ideal cleanser should be sulphate-free to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils, and it's important not to rub your skin too harshly.
The harder you scrub/exfoliate, the better.
Fact: Scrubbing too hard or too often will cause damage to your skin. Too often will strips off the essential moisture and make your skin susceptible to infections, clogged pores and free radicals that can lead to wrinkles in the future.
If it burns, it means it's working.
Fact: FALSE. If it burns, immediately remove it with a cool damp cloth. You might think “No pain, no gain” or “Beauty is pain.” But when it comes to skin care, a little tingling is normal (with some products); stinging or burning, however, is not.
This type of reaction may indicate that you have sensitive skin, or it could be something more serious like an allergy to an ingredient you’re using. If something feels off to you, remove right away. And if the pain or irritation does not go away within a few minutes, contact your dermatologist right away.
There you have it, the top skincare myths debunked! Let us know in the comment which one surprised you the most.