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Skin Care Myths - True or False

Skin Care Myths - True or False

The world of skincare is riddled with misinformation and half-truths. You find skincare-related fiction pouring from social media influencers, TV shows, magazines, and even your opinionated acquaintances. The fact is, you simply cannot trust anything born out of this chaos.

So, how can normal intelligent human beings stand a chance to educate themselves about the right skincare practices? This brief guide is an answer to that question. Part myth-busting guide and part consumer guide, we hope it will help you make informed choices about skincare products to use.

Dispelling Biggest Skin Care Myths!
Myth 1: Skincare does not matter
The changes that happen to the skin as we age are sobering. Not everyone can afford facelifts and other painful invasive cosmetic procedures. Moreover, these procedures will not necessarily improve the quality of your skin but skin care products can!

Also, better skin quality means better results in case you do go in for invasive procedures later! It is best not to waste money on those procedures if you do not invest in skin care.

Myth 2: I do not need to wear sunscreen every day!
Yes, you do, if you want to stop developing new age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. A good sunscreen is the foundation of every skin care regimen. UV radiation is always pounding on your skin, even on cloudy days.

Even if you work indoors, your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays when you are near the windows, or when you drive home in your car. You have to stop the sun from torturing your skin before you set out to repair the current damage. Therefore, a sunscreen or a sunblock is a must every day.

If you already have photodamaged skin, we recommend the CERM - The Advanced Brightening Concentrate. It contains shelf-stable Vitamin C along with a patent-pending Amino-Bright complex that reduces pigmentation, decreases melanin production, and gives you even skin tone and a brighter and healthier complexion.

Myth 3: I do not need a moisturiser because I have oily skin
This is one of the biggest myths, one debunked over and over by dermatologists. Even people with oily and acne-prone skin need to moisturise daily. Good moisturisers for oily skin do not add oil to the skin- rather, they contain humectants that draw in a water layer and emollients that trap that layer to create a protective barrier on the skin.

The best moisturisers for oily skin are gel-based and won’t aggravate acne. They are also non-comedogenic (which means they won’t clog the pores). If you use a sunscreen, look for a non-oil-based one without fragrances.

We would like to recommend CERM’s nutrient-dense Phytosqualane serum. It is a lightweight formula that forms a protective barrier on the skin and nourishes, protects, and moisturises all skin types without causing irritation or acne. The serum mimics the action of Vernix Caseosa which is a protective biofilm that covers the foetus in the last trimester of pregnancy. With regular use, CERM The Serum will give you baby-soft skin without any adverse effects.

Myth 4: Drinking water will hydrate my skin, so I don’t need any moisturiser!
Water is great for our bodies in many ways. But there is only so much it can do - especially when it comes to skin hydration. Studies show that oral hydration has no direct effect on the skin’s hydration.

Instead, one needs to use skin care products with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. These are scientifically proven to retain the skin’s moisture. Many of these elements are naturally present in the skin but diminish as we age. So, it makes sense to add them topically since our skin is capable of absorbing them.

Myth 5: If you’re young, you need not think about anti-ageing skincare and sun protection.
People of all, ages need to take precautions against sun exposure and other factors like smoking that tend to accelerate ageing. Bad habits acquired during youth usually start showing their effects in the 30s and 40s. Skin cancer can also occur due to sun exposure in the 20s.

Unfortunately, not many people are aware of this fact and very few youngsters use sunblock or sunscreen, despite the rising incidence of skin cancer. The fact is everyone should apply sunscreen liberally to exposed skin when going outside.

A good solution is to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50++ every day when going outdoors. Indoors, SPF 30++ should suffice.

We would like to take a moment to recommend everyone use CERM’s The Essence daily from their youth. It contains organic Korean rice water, mugwort, and ginseng which nourish, hydrate and restore the skin’s elasticity while calming irritation caused by sun exposure and other environmental stressors. The Essence’s purifying ingredients also protect the skin and its anti-oxidant action eliminates free radicals that are the culprits behind wrinkles and fine lines.

FAQs - Skin Care Myths

When should I put on sunscreen?
The peak hours when UV rays are most powerful are between 10 am and 2 pm. You should apply sunscreen before 10 am and reapply it every 2 hours to keep the protection shield. You must especially use sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you plan to go out in the sun.

Do I need to apply sunscreen indoors?
Yes. Since UV rays are always pounding upon the skin, one must apply sunscreen indoors as well.

How Much SPF do you need indoors?
Outdoors, you need a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50++ and indoors an SPF30++ should be sufficient.

Does drinking water help with dry skin?
There are no studies that show a direct link between drinking water and reduced skin dryness. It is important to use a good-quality topical product containing hydrating ingredients to lock the moisture in.

What are the best skin care tips for dry skin?
If you have dry skin, you must avoid prolonged exposure to hot water. Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin. Follow up with a good moisturiser - especially post-shower
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