There’s beauty advice and then there’s beauty advice – the ones that defy logic or biological explanation. These beauty myths do more harm than good to your beauty ritual, preventing you from achieving real goals. Here are few that we have debunked:
Myth: Fairness creams can completely change your complexion, making you very fair.
Truth: You cannot really fight your genes. If you are dusky to dark you cannot become fair, no matter what you try. So fairness creams cannot really make you fair – no matter what the product ad says. These potions just help in lightening your skin tone. These creams have sun protection and melanin blockers which work together to protect your skin from tanning and prevent extra pigment from forming. They help clear out your complexion so that your skin appears lighter in colour. While you cannot become fair, but these creams do smooth out the complexion and make your skin up to two shades lighter.
Myth: All natural products are harmless and are good for you.
Truth: Not necessarily. Even natural products contain acids and minerals which can react with your skin. You might be genetically predisposed to be allergic to them. Whether naturally sourced or lab synthesised, you have to be aware of the actives that go into a product. Even the so called herbal products have some chemicals to stabilise the actives and increase shelf life. So it is important that you test a product for efficacy and allergic reactions, even if it is made of natural actives, before going all out in using it.
Myth: People with oily skin do not need moisturisers.
Truth:It is the biggest myth that most people with oily skin believe in. If it were true, then oily-skinned people would not have dry patches on their skin. The truth is that all skin types need moisturisers. Oily skin means excess of sebum or skin’s natural oils on the skin, and not necessarily the right moisture or water balance. That is why you need to apply moisturiser. Moisturisers retain the hydration balance of the skin, making it supple and soft to the touch. Oily skin types should use a light gel-based moisturiser, or a light lotion or moisturising milk. You should avoid creamy moisturisers that are heavy on the emollients (oil-based actives). Avoid over washing your face, and moisturise twice a day.
Myth: Botox and dermal fillers are essentially the same and serve the same purpose.
Truth: Not really. While Botox eases your muscles and minimises the appearance of fine lines, dermal fillers add volume or fill out parts of your features that have lost shape due to loss of fat or are hollow naturally. The only thing same about them is that they are both administered with needles as in they are injected into your skin.
Botox is used to deal with frown lines and can help reshaping your lower face. It can be used to tighten your neck area and firm up your jaw line – giving more definition to your face. Botox works on the underlying muscles in your face.
Dermal fillers are a great replacement to cosmetic surgery and have a natural effect. Dermal fillers can be used for defining the nose area, cheek enhancement, chin enhancement, lip line, temple hollows etc.