Facts vs Myths | Skincare Version

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Like everything else in life, skincare has its fair share of myths surrounding it. Let’s expose some of them and set the record straight!

Shea butter can clog your pores

Myth: Shea butter and oil are very heavy to apply on your facial skin, can clog your pores, and even cause breakouts.

Fact: Shea has a low comedogenic rate of 0-2 that can rarely clog your pores or cause breakouts. In fact, it’s a super moisturizer that can help greatly in cases of dry and dehydrated skin and is perfect to use as an after-sun moisturizer.

Although Shea has a low comedogenic rate, beware of cocoa butter! It has a high comedogenic rate of 4 that can actually clog your pores if used in high concentrations. Check our blog post to know more about non-comedogenic oils.


Lemon can whiten your skin

Myth: Lemon is a natural skin whitener that can be applied directly to the skin.

Fact: WRONG! Never do this! Lemon is very harsh on the skin. It can sensitize your skin and cause severe irritation in some cases. Kojic acid and alpha-arbutin products, on the other hand, are much safer to use and will actually deliver results!


Hot water opens pores and cold water/ice closes them

Myth: Open and close your pores with the help of hot and cold water to get rid of blackheads or improve the look of your skin.

Fact: Pores are basically endings on your skin that release oils and sweat from the deep layers of the skin to the surface. They cannot relax or contract because they are not muscles!

Applying hot water can strip your face of its natural oils and damage your skin. Applying ice is even more catastrophic! It can cause severe inflammation and dehydration.

Pores appear dilated when they are congested with dirt and oil build-ups, so make sure to de-clog your pores using niacinamide. Always use lukewarm water on your skin.


Oily skin doesn’t need moisture

Myth: Applying moisturizers on oily skin will make your skin even oilier and super greasy.

Fact: Oily skin needs hydration and moisture like every other skin type. It can even get dehydrated! Make sure to apply face moisturizer packed with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid which work perfectly with oily skin and boost its hydration level without the greasy feel some moisturizers leave behind.


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