There are certain universally known facts about skincare that we’ve all accepted and adopted without so much as a question. And many of us actually swear by them because why not, right? If they are universal facts they ought to be true… but are they really true? Or are they just some historically-rooted, misguided claims. Well, the truth is that while some of these are, in point of fact, facts (like always applying sunscreen even when it’s cloudy outside or studiously cleansing your face before bed to get rid of the day’s make-up and dirt), there are others that are nothing more than mere myths. And today we’ve decided to bust five biggest skincare myths of all time for you.
Here goes the list…
Myth 1: All Natural And Organic Skincare Products Are Good
With little to no regulation around the terms ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, the two have often been used to mislead buyers into thinking what they are purchasing is healthy. A product could have natural and organic ingredients blended with toxic ingredients making it not safe, to say the least. When shopping for skincare, the keyword to look for is CLEAN. That’s the one that would be non-toxic, safe and free of any harmful additives… like all Shea Butter XO blends are.
Myth 2: Skincare Is For Women
Given that skincare as a term is often used in association with beauty, its meaning has somewhat become ambivalent. In reality, skincare simply means maintaining the health of your skin. As long as you have skin protecting your body (which is the case with most living things) from several bacteria, pathogens, pollutants and other damaging environmental factors, you can have skin troubles and not attending to them could impact your overall well-being.
Myth 3: Anti-Ageing Care Is For When I’m Older
When you don’t have fine lines or wrinkles, you don’t need to worry about getting rid of them, right? WRONG! The thing is that once you have fine lines and wrinkles, you can reduce their appearance but you can’t get rid of them completely, at least not with topical applications. You can, however, drastically delay their arrival by using the right products that can slow down these signs of ageing. And if it’s a clean and natural product like SBXO’s Age-Defying Moisture Care, it can be used as early as your mid-20s.
Myth 4: Moisturisers Are Not For Oily Skin
This is, by far, the most common and widely accepted myth. What most people don’t know, however, is that the skin produces excess oil when it does not get enough hydration. So not moisturising your skin is actually causing it to produce excess oil called sebum. Now, sebum, as many would know, is comedogenic which means it clogs pores thereby leading to acne outbreaks. Furthermore, since people with oily skin tend to use cleansers more often, it leads to further dehydration of the skin cell and hence, triggers excess production of sebum. Using a moisturiser after cleansing can actually reduce the excess oil that bothers you so much. It is important to note here that the moisturiser you use should be non-comedogenic in nature. This is why shea butter works as an excellent natural moisturiser and harmonizer. Not only is it non-comedogenic, it also has a chemical structure similar to that of sebum. So its application tricks the skin into believing there’s enough oil and therefore, controls excess sebum formation leading to a clean, hydrated and healthy skin.
Myth 5: If It’s An Essential Oil It’s Beneficial For Me
We at SBXO, for one, are firm believers (through personal experience) of the healing powers of essential oils. The problem is that to benefit from them, you need to have a thorough understanding of oils- which one to use, when to use, how to use and most importantly, how much to use. Essential oils are highly concentrated lethal weapons that can cure several ailments but their incorrect use could also cause serious damage. While there are some that can be used by everyone, knowing how much to use is crucial. The essential oils used in SBXO blends are not just fine quality pure oils that can be used by anyone but are also added in recommended doses.
PHEW! At least, we have our facts straight now! Hope these will help you make an informed choice.