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7 skincare myths that need to be put to rest once and for all

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Thanks to those old wives’ tales and the Internet, there's a lot of false information on skincare floating around out there —and not all of it is good. In fact, some of it actually fall off the mark and can be harmful to your skin and health.

Here, Onmanorama Women investigates seven common skincare claims to see exactly why they don’t hold up. See what we found out below, plus, get recommendations on what you should be doing instead.

1. Oily skin needs no moisturizing

Many people think that oily skin doesn't require moisturizing. However, every skin type needs a moisturizer. Whenever you cleanse your skin, you strip it of its natural moisture, which might trigger excessive oil production in oily skin. That can lead to additional breakouts and scarring. To avoid the dreaded shine, a light water-based, oil-free moisturizer works the best.

2. Sunscreen for sunny days

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun penetrates into your skin. So make sure you use sunscreen every day, and reapply after every two hours especially, after swimming or sweating. Don't fall prey to the myth that just because you are wearing a make-up with an SPF, you are protected. Make sure you use sunscreen in addition to your make-up.

3. Label reads ‘natural’, means it’s organic

The process of organic certification is a long process, which takes many years and is greatly regulated. Unfortunately, the use of the word organic alone does not ensure that the product is certified organic. A product that carries Ecocert, Onecert and nature certified label entail that the product has been qualified and certified as having organic ingredients.

4. You can skip deep penetration massage

Deep penetration massage effectively removes the free radicals and daily pollutants that rest in the open pores within the skin. Apply and gently massage some clarifying gel wash onto the skin daily every morning. This will help increase the blood circulation on your face and if done routinely, can reverse the slightest signs of skin-aging.

5. Layering is just a fad

Unlike what you thought, dermatologists suggest that we incorporate fluid-based serums in the skincare routine. Due to the light texture of the fluid serums, the product is able to administer a more potent dose of say Vitamin C or minerals into the skin and it will be absorbed better in the deeper dermal layers.

6. The harder you scrub or exfoliate, the better

This is one of the most common myth we hear about acne-prone skin. Cleansing too often, using too much pressure, or over-exfoliating your skin can actually make the problem worse.

7. Skincare products need to have preservatives to be safe

Preservatives are added to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungus when water is part of the ingredient list. While preservatives are safer than bacteria, if your skin care product does not contain a water-based product, then there is no need for preservatives. Read the description before you start using a product.

The opinions expressed here do not reflect those of Malayala Manorama. Legal action under the IT Act will be taken against those making derogatory and obscene statements.

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