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Debunking common skincare myths: Separating fact from fiction

I think this is the worst century to be consulting about skincare routines and products because the moment you ask, is the moment you’ll hear the most ridiculous routines, like applying snail slime with pounded avocado.

Most, if not all women can bear witness when I say just how daunting the process of getting a workable skincare routine can be. We have an array of information on the internet about the best natural and organic food products and items that are healthy for different, if not all skin types, yet, almost most of these things won’t work.

It’s a frustrating thing to sit back and see so many women with beautiful silk smooth skin when you’re struggling to find a product that works for you. In desperation, you find yourself going for “Mkorogo” products along River Road all in the name of you’re trying to get your skin to look as beautiful as the rest.

But if we are to take a step back and look at just how the modern world has influenced the way we perceive skincare, we’d be surprised at how much time, energy, and resources we have misused just for a glimpse of a pretty face in the mirror. Have you ever wondered how our parents used to survive in their time (hard as it were) without all the so called “skincare products”? I can’t even tell you the last time I saw my dad apply vaseline on his face and it’s still as smooth as ever.

The likes of Garnier, L’Oreal products all came in just the other day, and with the help of influencers, everyone is buying them regardless of their hefty prices. I have honestly come to believe that these skincare products in the market today are only making things worse. I mean, it’s normal for a teenager to have pimples and break outs, but that ends on its own after a few years of puberty. There after, your diet most of the time dictates the kind of skin, healthy or otherwise you’ll have.

But teenagers and youths nowadays have grown into a world that greatly worships skincare products that only do them more harm than good. They start using products that make them dependant, for only when they stop using them is when they see the problem.

The truth is, there’s a lot of misinformation going around about skincare routines and products that people will recommend as the best, but you need to be careful and wise about the kind of tips you digest and those that are complete bolderdash.

As you navigate through the aisles filled with promising creams and serums, it’s crucial to distinguish between what’s factual and what’s just a myth. In this article, I take you through a few measly know myths about skincare that you probably didn’t know were worth considering. Let’s go!

Myth 1: You should wash your face frequently to avoid breakouts.

Reality check: Over-washing your face can actually strip it of natural oils, leading to irritation and potentially more breakouts. Stick to washing twice a day—morning and night—with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type.

Myth 2: Natural ingredients are always better than synthetic ones.

Truth be told, not all natural ingredients are suitable for everyone, and not all synthetics are harmful. What matters most is finding the right ingredients that work for your skin concerns, whether they are natural or lab-derived.

Myth 3: The higher the SPF, the better the protection.

While a high SPF is essential, the number alone doesn’t guarantee foolproof protection. Reapplication and proper application are key. Experts recommend SPF 30-50 for daily use and reapplying every two hours, especially when exposed to direct sunlight.

Myth 4: You don’t need moisturizer if you have oily skin.

False. Even oily skin needs hydration. Skipping moisturizer can lead to your skin overcompensating by producing more oil, exacerbating the problem. Opt for oil-free, lightweight moisturizers to keep your skin balanced.

Myth 5: Popping pimples helps them heal faster.

Ah, the temptation to squeeze! But popping pimples can lead to scarring and even more inflammation. It’s best to let them heal naturally or seek advice from a dermatologist for safe extraction methods.

Myth 6: Aging creams can reverse wrinkles completely.

While anti-aging creams can help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, they won’t make them disappear entirely. Consistency and combining such creams with a healthy lifestyle are crucial for noticeable results.

Myth 7: Exfoliating every day gives you smoother skin.

Over-exfoliation can harm your skin barrier, causing redness, irritation, and even breakouts. Stick to exfoliating 2-3 times a week, using gentle exfoliants to slough off dead skin cells effectively.

Myth 8: Skincare products work immediately.

Unfortunately, skincare is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time for products to show results. Consistency is key—give products at least a few weeks to start seeing changes in your skin.

Separating skincare facts from fiction is essential for achieving healthy, glowing skin. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s crucial to understand your skin’s unique needs. Consult a dermatologist for personalized advice and build a skincare routine based on science rather than trends or myths.

By being informed and discerning, you’ll pave the way for a skincare routine that truly nurtures your skin’s health and beauty.