Video: Busting some common skincare myths

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and that is why it is important to take good care of it. But with so many beauty and skincare tips available online, it is quite common to get confused. Most people tend to try out every remedy and treatment they overhear, without cross-checking it with an expert. At last, they end up with no results and sometimes even bigger worries. It’s time to stop believing all kinds of misconceptions and old wives’ tales about skincare and get experts advice on this sensitive issue. We talked to dermatologist Dr. Navin Taneja and tried to bust some of the common skincare myths for you. Read on to know more:
Myth 1: Is regular steaming good for our skin?
Fact: Steaming increases oil and oil pumping activity. If you consider doing it this month or the next, it is not good as it is going to be quite hot and humid. By getting sauna and steam, we are increasing the oil pump and aggravating our open pores. So it is better to wash the face frequently. Going for a sauna does not mean that your pores will open. Too hot means you are making your skin dry.

Myth 2: Is shaving better than waxing?
Fact: Shaving is a million times better than waxing. Most of the women in the world shave. In our society, there is a myth that by shaving, the hair growth will increase. The growth is hormonal dependent and it never increases by shaving. The other myth is that the hair becomes thick after shaving, which is incorrect. You are cutting it from the bottom so it is going to grow from the bottom. The disadvantage of waxing is that you are pulling the hair. You can get folliculitis. You can get a post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation around the hair follicle and black spot on the legs. So it is better to shave your legs rather than waxing.

Myth 3: Eating oily food aggravates the acne
Fact: Acne aggravation is not dependent on oily food, rather it is related to your hormones and genes. If you are acne-prone, you are bound to get acne. Diet does not have an important role to play in it. But still, one should take low glycemic index food, which means too much caloric value food should be avoided. Taking too much chocolate truffle and chocolate bar can lead to pustular eruption on the skin. So low glycemic index food is important. You can have normal paratha and samosa.

Myth 4: Are dairy products are fine?
Dairy foods can be taken in moderation. Dairy food means the caloric value is more. Suppose you are taking hot chocolate fudge, it is a dairy product but the milk is good for health. Drinking milk has no direct relation to acne.

Myth 5: Do anti-aging creams really work?
Anti-ageing creams work little if they are titanium-based or retinol-based. It stimulates a kind of collagen, but it is important that they are aggressive exfoliator. Make sure you use anti-ageing cream only at night and in the day prevent your skin from the rays of skin with a good sunblock with PA+++

Myth 6: It is good for the skin to put so many layers of product
The simple step is you cleanse, tone up your skin and then moisturise it. These are the three main things. But remember that our skin can exfoliate on its own. Simply cleansing the exposed part and protecting it from the sun is the key criteria rather than applying layers and layers of product on the skin. Covered up skin is more beautiful, which is better than the exposed skin. Protection is the key criteria rather than layering it up.

Bottom line:

1. Sauna does not open your pores.

2. It is always better to shave your hair than wax it.

3. Acne aggravation is not dependent on oily food. It is related to hormones and genes.

4. Cleansing, toning, and mositurising are the three essential steps of protecting your skin.

5. Apply anti-ageing cream only at night and in the day prevent your skin with a good sunblock.

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