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!

A continuation of the 5 Skin Care Myths..

There are so many misconceptions floating around out there, and with the consumer demanding more knowledge, we’re here to share what we know to be true! You’ll enjoy this one!

The skin should feel squeaky clean after you wash. That’s when you know it has been effectively cleaned.

If your skin feels tight after washing, it is a clear sign that your skin has been stripped off all of its water. This will eventually cause surface dead skin cells to buildup. Anything that leaves you feeling tight is absolute no-nos. The most important part of your entire routine is ultimately what you wash with!

An SPF 30 offers twice as much protection as an SPF 15.

The truth is that an SPF 30 offers less than 4% more protection than an SPF 15. The keys to good sun protection are to apply sunscreen generously, reapply often, and avoid the sun during peak hours.

The richer the eye creams, the better it is for wrinkles.

Most eye creams that are rich and greasy typically contain Mineral Oil or Petrolatum. Our skin acts just like a sponge that absorbs what it needs and the rest just sits on the surface. As these ingredients are not absorbed easily, they too, sit on the surface and suffocate the skin. They can also cause excessive puffiness in the eyes in the morning. A high-performance eye cream should therefore be absorbed, yet still leave the skin feeling moist and supple.

Oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer.

Oily skin needs moisturizers, but the last kind of moisturizers that this type of skin needs is heavy and greasy oil-based moisturizers as they have already got enough oil. Water-based moisturizers are therefore necessary to keep the skin cells healthy and to discourage dead skin cells buildup.

Pigmentation comes only from sun exposure.

Research shows that pigmentation (or brown spots on the skin) comes not only from accumulative sun exposure, but also from heat and hormones. An increase in melanin activity can actually be triggered by pregnancy, menopause and birth control pills as well. The good news is increasing your exfoliation and using sunscreen will help discourage melanin formation.

It’s  best to let your skin breathe at night by avoiding the use of night cream.

The latest research shows that the skin repairs itself most effectively at night, between 10 PM and 11 PM, hence indicating the need for night cream application before midnight. A good way to give your skin a chance to renew when you sleep is to wash off the day’s dirt and grime, and nourish it with a good moisture and nutrients. As long as your night cream is free of Mineral Oil and Petrolatum, it will not suffocate your skin and clog the pores.

There are so many skin myths and legends out there and with everything you see and hear, our heads often get cluttered with information. It’s time to forget all of that and grasp the fact that your skin may be suffering due to everyday mistakes that you can literally change in a flash. Skin care is a lot more complex than making sure you’re using the right products for your skin type and getting regular facials–it’s often the little things that make all the difference in the world. With the pointers below, you can easily transform your skin by simply changing your everyday activities.

If your skin is dry, washing it in the morning could actually make things worse. Instead, rinse with only water in the morning, and wash your face with cleanser at night. If you wash it with only water, you’ll still be cleaning it rather than stripping it of its natural oils.

When you work out, if you get too hot and sweaty, watch out. If you’re sweating it up in your Bikram yoga class, the temperature may trigger hyper-pigmentation, especially areas on your face that are already red. If you’re prone to redness, try an alternative type of yoga and definitely stay out of the sauna.

How often do you wash your pillowcase? If you’re having an issue with acne, your pillowcase may be to blame. They collect oil, bacteria, your lotion residue, and even dead skin cells–when you rest your face against all of that, the grime gets right up into your pores. Change your pillowcase once or twice a week to ensure that you’re not making your skin issue any worse.

When you don’t sleep, your skin will look duller, drier, and it will be more prone to wrinkles. If you have trouble sleeping, take a warm shower before bed to raise the body’s core temperature, ultimately making you sleepy. Since hot water tends to dry out skin, make sure you moisturize it right when you get out of the shower.

You know the rumor that birth control helps your skin? Well, that’s not always true. Oral contraceptives can actually upset your skin since the hormones in it make pigment cells more sensitive to the sun–resulting in blotchy and unattractive skin. Try switching to a low-dose estrogen formula and always, always wear sunscreen.

It’s summer time! This is the perfect time to be flaunting your perfect bikini figure at the beach. But hold your horses babes! Don’t forget to protect your youthful skin while having your fun and games! Repeated or prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation leads to skin cancer. Your skin also starts to age prematurely if you don’t shield it from the harmful rays of the sun. You can find out more about the sun and premature aging here.

With the sun being so evil, our only protection against it is to slap on sunscreen religiously.

According to Patricia Agin, director of photobiology research at Schering-Plough Corp., the maker of Coppertone products, sunscreens work by either absorbing or reflecting and scattering UV.  This means that most of the sun’s harmful rays don’t get to penetrate or damage your skin when you use a product with a minimum of SPF15. It is highly recommended to use a broad-spectrum coverage, meaning a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB. This information can usually be found on the product label.

Sun Protection Factor, SPF

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Sun Protection Factor, more commonly known as SPF, measures the extra length of time a sunscreen will protect your skin from reddening or burning. A generally the higher the SPF, the more protection you have. For example, without sunscreen, you can usually stay in the sun without reddening or burning for about 20 minutes. Theoretically, a sunscreen with SPF15 should increase your skin’s protection levels by 15 times. This means that your skin should be able to last for about 5 hours, instead of 20 minutes. However, that does that mean that if you apply a sunscreen for SPF15, you will definitely be fully protected during the 5 hours. Sunscreen will wear off after a certain time.

Common Sunscreen Myths

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It is important to know that layering products with sunscreen doesn’t give you more protection against the sun. On the contrary, you are only given the protection of the highest SPF. For example, you use 3 sunscreens of SPF 15, 30 and 60 at the same time. This does not mean you have SPF105 worth of protection. You are only protected with SPF60.  It is also not advisable to skimp on sunscreen when you are indoors. UV rays are still able to penetrate the windows and glass. Similarly, it is also not advisable to skimp on sunscreen on cloudy days.

Sunscreen Tips

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1. Apply sunscreen SFP 15 or higher 20 minutes before going outside

2. Remember to re-apply sunscreen!

Set your cell phone timer to remind you to re-apply sunscreen every two hours when you are outside. Sunscreens often degrade in the sun – “all-day protection” does not exist.

3. Avoid the hottest time of the day – Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm

4. Don’t forget your – Lips, Ears and Eyes

If you’re worried about melting sunscreen that irritates your eyes, you can try using lip balm with SPF 30+ on both your lips and your eyelids. It doesn’t bother the eyes and it stays on really well.

5. Always choose a Broad-spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA & UVB rays.

6. Use water-resistant sunscreens

This is useful whenever you go swimming or exercising as your perspiration will wear the sunscreen off. Water-resistant sunscreens are also useful for daily use in Singapore’s humid weather since we tend to perspire more.

7. Exfoliate often as it helps the skin absorb moisturizers in the sunscreen

8. Seek shade especially when you feel your skin burning

Don’t worry if you’re currently using a sunblock! Sunblock also shields the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, deferring only in mechanisms. Sunscreens usually last for about 3 years, so invest in a good one and start including sunscreens in your daily skincare routine to fight the prowess of the evil sun!(:

P.S: Porcelain’s Flawless Tinted Moisturiser not only shields the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with SPF 20, but is oil and Paraben free as well.

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Skin Care Myth No. 1: Expensive skin care products work best

This is absolutely not true. In fact, there are many mass market products that are better than expensive ones. This does not mean that expensive products are not as effective. It’s just that you might be able to get something similar at a cheaper price. So do not let the price affect your evaluation of the product. Rather, try to understand your product by researching on the ingredients and find out what it does for your skin.

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Skin Care Myth No. 2: It’s better to pop your pimple and remove the pus

Even though it feels really good to pop your pimple and remove the pus, improper handling of it will lead to further inflammation and might lead to scarring. In a worse case, further inflammation might spread under your skin and cause another pimple to pop up within the next few days, close to the first one. Hence, you should bear in mind not to squeeze or pop you own pimple. Rather, you should turn to your professional skincare provider to do it for you. They are equipped with the right skills and equipments such that it will not leave unsightly scars.

Skin Care Myth No. 3: You don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface. Hence, it is important that you apply sunscreen daily, whether rain or shine.  Invest in a good sunscreen which has SPF 15 or above and protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays. This way, you will be able to prevent your skin from aging and having pigmentation or uneven skin tone.

Skin Care Myth No. 4 : Hypoallergenic products will work well for any skin type

What causes allergies for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another person, so the term “hypoallergenic” is rather ambiguous. Instead, to ensure your skin stays clear from allergies, observe which products lead you to have breakouts or skin rashes and remove these products from your skin care regime. Ultimately, taking care of your skin is about choosing the right products and having a good skin-care regimen which you follow diligently. Only then, will you be able to achieve the desired effect.

Skin Care Myth No. 5: Scrubbing your face will keep your skin healthy and free from acne

Many people feel that scrubbing your skin makes it cleaner as it has undergone exfoliation, making it feel smoother. But in actual fact, you’re taking off some of the protective oils and barriers, which may lead to a more sensitive and irritated skin. Hence, when your skin is already feeling inflamed, you should avoid scrubbing it too often. Instead, use a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer or sunscreen. Remember, do not scrub your face more than once or twice or week. Anything done in excess will not do your skin good.

Now that you know about the skincare myths and the truth behind them, you can make an informed decision about how to care for your skin. You are now a step closer to achieving clearer, smoother and more youthful skin!