Today, we seek to debunk some of the most obnoxious myths about skincare. For those who have believed some of these myths, it’s time to see the light!

Myth #1: Oily Food Causes Acne

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Most people believe that oily foods cause breakouts. However, instead of Oil, the real culprit that we should be avoiding is Sugar. In recent years, some researchers found that the best way to have healthier skin is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady.

Too much intake of sugary foods will trigger your body to make a burst of insulin and this disrupts the hormone balance in your body. So it is extremely important to regulate your consumption of sugary foods. 

 

Myth #2: The Higher the SPF, the Longer You Can Stay in the Sun

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SPF is not an indication of how long you can stay under the protection of the sunscreen. It refers to the ability of the sunscreen to block Ultraviolet B Rays (there are other types of UV Rays).

Here’s a quick reference guide:

SPF 15 – Blocks 94% of UVB Rays

SPF 30 – Blocks 97% of UVB Rays

SPF 45 – Blocks 98% of UVB Rays

After that, it does not really make much of a difference. The real trick is to reapply it often (every 2 hours or so).

 

Myth #3: It’s Wiser to Pop Pimples to Get Rid of Pus

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As good and right as it might seem, releasing the pus unprofessionally can cause more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spreading under the skin. That is also the reason why a few days after popping one, another one often appears.

It is best to leave the popping business to dermatologists and well-trained aestheticians. That will minimize the risk of scarring and spreading.

Next time you think about popping your pimples, please think again!

 

Myth #4: Everyone Eventually Outgrows Acne

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Parents tend to tell their children to not worry about their acne problems because they will disappear after they grow up. Sure, time may heal, but sadly, it does not heal everything. You can blame this on hormones.

For men, their hormone levels tend to level out after puberty, so they can indeed outgrow acne. However, because women’s hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime (thank you, period), the same, sadly, cannot be said.

 

Myth #5: You can Get Rid of Cellulite

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Truth be told: even Liposuction cannot entirely get rid of Cellulite.

Most treatments and creams can only minimize the look of Cellulite (the dimpled effect) by ironing out fat cells. However, the effect mostly lasts for at best, a few months.

The best advice would be to exercise often and regularly. Everyday energizing movements and skin warming exercises will help prevent the formation of Cellulite.

 

Myth #6: The Tingling Sensation Means that the Product Works

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No, this tingling sensation should not be confused with the one you get from love.

In fact, it is your skin telling you to abort mission! It is your skin responding to irritation, resulting in inflammation. Products that produce this sensation can even damage your skin’s healing process.

Make sure to check if the product contains any possible skin allergens, and if the tingling sensation does not die down after a while, pay a visit to your doctor/dermatologist!

 

Myth #7: There is no Need for Sunscreen on a Cloudy Day

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This is probably the most common myth today. But get this: unless there is a rare occurrence of a solar eclipse, UV Radiation from the Sun is always prevalent. So even on a cloudy day, UV Rays do indeed reach the Earth’s surface.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you apply sunscreen everyday, regardless of weather conditions. Do remember to reapply it for best results!

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Sorry people, the truth does hurt sometimes. But do share your new found knowledge with your friends as it might help them tremendously!

Chamomile tea is something we hear very often. It is in tea and sometimes, it is added as garnishing on meals. Chamomile contains nutrients that you need on a daily basis. These benefits include:

1. It accelerates the healing process and also disinfects the wounds.

2. It is an all-natural skin bleach. It lightens your complexion and gives it a healthy glow.

3. It helps to soothe skin irritation and sunburn.

4. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants that helps you fight acne and breakouts. It also helps to eliminate acne scars.

5. It also helps to protect skin from radical damage.

 

Porcelain’s Revive, Makeup Cleanser has chamomile as one of its key active ingredients. It is a pre-cleanser that doubles up as a makeup remover. Also it is suitable even for sensitive skin and is very gentle on the skin. With the orchid extract in the product, it has a very subtle floral scent.

Some of us have to go through the trouble of always having an oil-blotting sheet in our purse because we have oily skin. Do not fret, here are some tips that might help get rid of that oily skin.

1. Cleansers

Avoid buying cleansers that contain sulphates which will cause immediate tightness after cleansing as this will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary. Instead opt for an “Oil-Control Cleanser” that is formulated with activated charcoal that will help to purify the skin without drying it out. Also, do not wash your face with hot water but light steaming once a week accompanied by your evening regimen should be good.

2. Exfoliation

Exfoliate your skin mildly. Scrubbing your face too often or too long might cause more oil production. Do it once or twice a week and lightly scrub the face. Buying a facial scrub that contains Salicylic Acid will help to gently exfoliate and also reduce acne.

3. Toner

Use a toner that is acetone and alcohol free. If the toner contains alcohol, it will send messages to the oil glands to produce more oil. It would be best to avoid them.

4. Moisturiser

Instead of using a moisturiser, use a hydrating serum. If your skin is very oily, use the serum only at night. But if your skin is somewhat oily, you can use the serum once in the morning and once at night. A hydrating serum does not only help to hydrate the skin, it also helps to keep skin glowing and smooth. Only use a hydrating moisturiser when skin feels dry after using the serum twice per day.

5. Sunscreen

Never forget to protect your skin from the sun. End off your skin care routine with a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more and your skin will thank you for it! Do not use a moisturiser containing sunscreen. Your sunscreen should just be purely a sunscreen.

 1. BANANA PEELS

Most of us just throw out the banana peel after enjoying the fruit. While many feel that the skin has no benefits, it actually helps to reduce acne and acne scarring. Here is how you do it!

Just take a small piece of banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Keep rubbing until it turns brown. Leave it on for 30 minutes. As it dries, your skin will absorb the vitamins and nutrients from the peel. Do it 3 times a day and you will start to see the results!

 2. AVOCADO

After a whole day of working and schooling, our skin might be dry and dehydrated with all the environmental aggressors around. Just grab an avocado on your way home as it is a natural moisturizer. Here is how you do it!

Take a small amount of avocado and mash it up. Gently spread it all over your face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash it off with warm water.

 3. KIWI

Apart from cleansing, you must exfoliate your skin twice a week, especially for those with oily skin. Did you know that an exfoliant can also be edible? Have half a kiwi and use the other half as your facial scrub. The seeds act as an exfoliator. Also, it has Vitamin C that helps the skin to look young and radiant. Here is how you do it!

Take a quarter of a kiwi and slice it. Gently scrub the kiwi slices all over your face. If you do not want to waste the other quarter, you can mash it up and make a face mask out of it. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

 4. ICE CUBES

Who would have thought something so simple could help with our skin care routine right? Ice cubes help to give you a more refreshed and toned complexion. Here is how you do it!

Get some water and freeze it up. You can choose to also add lemon juice or cucumber while you freeze. Grab an ice cube and gently rub it on your face in an outward and upward motion. You can also choose to freeze up green tea to get the anti-inflammatory extracts from it on top of the toned complexion.

There you have it – 4 tips that can help you get better skin. Try it out and you’ll definitely see the results!

There’s a lot of goodness packed in one cucumber! Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, including:

– Vitamin B1
– Vitamin B2
– Vitamin B3
– Vitamin B5
– Vitamin B6
– Folic acid
– Vitamin C
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc

1. Cucumbers for energy 
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.

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2. Cucumbers for smoother, younger looking skin
The photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layer. What you can do is try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. To tone skin and tighten open pores, you can try using cucumber as a toner. You can either mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar, and with a few drops of Lemon, honey & aloe vera gel or use it alone. This can help you achieve more youthful and radiant skin.

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3. Cucumbers fade dark circles & reduce puffy eyes
Cucumbers have the ability to quickly and easily reduce the appearance of dark circles. Due to the antioxidants and silica present in cucumbers, they can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. A common tip is to place 2 cucumber slices on both eyes and let it rest for 20 minutes while relaxing your eyes.  Due to the large amount of ascorbic acid in cucumbers, they can also reduce water retention and overall puffiness!

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4. Cucumbers cure your hangover!
Cucumbers contain sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients that the body lost. If you eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed, you will wake up feeling refreshed and free from headache and an awful hangover.

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5. Cucumbers freshen your breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30s. The photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth which is the culprit of bad breath.

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6. Cucumbers treat sunburn 
If you are guilty of staying out in the sun a little too long and are dealing with sunburn, cucumbers have cooling effects on your skin, and is a very gentle and easy method to soothe and calm your skin, speeding up the healing process.

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7. Cucumbers treat cellulite
Cucumber can reduce the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Mix half a cup of ground coffee with some cucumber juice and a tbsp of organic honey to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, and gently massage for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will appear smoother and long term use will help to reduce cellulite 😀