Hopefully, you have a skincare routine you stick to and you don’t jump from product to product and following “trends.” There are a lot of things people do that they claim works for them but in the long run, they’ll just mess up your skin. There are a lot of myths in the skincare world and we need to set the records straight.
Myth 1 – Black skin doesn’t get sunburnt
Black skin can get burnt from the sun. You need adequate protection from the sun everyday hence the need for sunscreen; even when it’s cloudy. Wear hats, UV protected sunglasses and try to avoid the sun.
Myth 2 – “Black don’t crack“
This statement is usually made with reference to black skin not showing signs of ageing as early as other races. Black skin still does show ageing in the skin through a more mottled appearance, plus hyper pigmentation and age spots. All the celebrities you see on your screens know the value of a good skincare routine so they stick to theirs and it works for them. If you want the “Black don’t crack” statement to be used on you, invest in your skin.
Myth 3 – Hot showers are good for your skin
A hot shower may feel relaxing after a long day but it’s bad news for your skin. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry. Opt for lukewarm water instead.
Myth 4 – Antibacterial soap is best for keeping your skin clean
Your skin has bacteria on it and you shouldn’t clear all of them since some of them actually help your skin. Antibacterial soap is not necessary for everyday use. Regular soap is fine.
Myth 5 – You don’t need a moisturizer if you have oily skin
External factors like pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage oily skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and an increase in oil production—which could mean you’ll end up looking even shinier if you don’t replace the moisture that’s been lost. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free water-based moisturizer. (Source: lorealparisusa.com)
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