We’ve all received skincare advice from family and friends, but which of their so-called “words of wisdom” are fact and which are complete fiction? We’ve sieved out some common skincare myths and tell you what’s true and what’s not.
1. You should pop a pimple by squeezing it till blood comes out
We get it, squeezing a zit is an oddly satisfying experience. But no matter how tempted you are to try, you really shouldn’t run the risk of leaving a scar on your face. Instead, use a pimple cream or acne patch to treat the zit and resist the urge to touch it.
2. Micellar water is the only step you need in your cleansing routine
Micellar water is said to be able to remove all the gunk on your skin, but double-cleansing is definitely encouraged. Use a gentle cleanser after removing your makeup with micellar water and remember to moisturise your skin before you sleep.
3. Your skin should feel tight after cleansing
Your skin should feel tight after cleansing
This is a big no-no! The tightness you feel means that you’ve stripped your skin of the natural oils. If you do experience the tightness, it’s a sign that your cleanser is too harsh for your skin.
4. Staying indoors all day means you don’t need to apply sunscreen
Unless you make it a point to stay clear of the windows or any source of sunlight, you’ll probably still need to slather some sunscreen on your face. Windows can allow both UVA and UVB rays to enter your office, so it’s definitely wiser to protect your skin.
You don’t have to use a makeup remover to remove sunscreen
Definitely not! While the effect of your sunscreen may not last throughout the day, its particles definitely linger on your skin. To prevent any breakouts that it may cause, always remember to wash it off with a makeup remover at the end of the day, even if you were not wearing makeup.
6. You don’t need a moisturiser if you have oily skin
Everyone needs a moisturiser—the questions is, what kind do you need? If you have oily skin, go for an oil-free formula to hydrate your skin. Don’t skip it totally or you’ll upset the oil-water balance in your skin, which can lead to breakouts.
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