Here’s the thing about myths - they spread easily and lack the facts or proof. Unfortunately with so many skincare myths doing round, it is hard to disparate a fact from a lie.
Should you moisturize oily skin? When to apply sunscreen? While Korean beauty comes lined with many benefits of healthy skincare, the plethora of myths surrounding it is a whole other subject. Stress no more! Take a cue from Skinbae’s beauty directory and re-think your skincare routine based on dermatological facts and expert studies. Now, let’s get to some real fact hunting.
Myth 1: Your skincare routine must comprise 14-15 layers of products
If the impracticality of the feat was the first thing to cross your mind, well congrats- you aren’t alone. Attaining a flawless skin is a defining aspect of the Korean skincare regime but the process to do so need not necessarily be that extensive. While it isn’t unusual to see beauty bloggers advertising no less than a 10 step guide, it is still important to remember what works for your skin and what doesn’t. So how to go about the confusion?
Our answer is simple. Identify your skin type, make a list of your specific needs (pigment reduction, acne control, etc.), and invest in the right products that identify with your needs. Here is the usual sequence: cleanser, toner, essence, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Layer them right, and you are good to go!
Myth 2: Oily-skin doesn’t require a moisturizer
If you have found your oily-skin getting considerably duller over time, skipping the moisturizer might be one of the reasons. Probably the most popular of all the myths, this one sure has some serious followers. The bottom line is, your skin needs to be hydrated. A light-weight, gel-based moisturizer not only helps you achieve a deep-hydrated healthy skin but also keep the sebum buildup at bay.
Research has also shown including oil-based products in your skincare routine can help breakdown the oil buildup on your skin. While this may sound a tad bit ridiculous, it does have logic to back up the claim. A lot of products designed for the oily-skin tend to strip away the skin’s natural moisture. Including lightweight oil-based products thus, keeps your skin soft and healthy. The Real Barrier aqua soothing gel-cream from Skinbae, is the product for the job.
Myth 3: Anti-aging creams shouldn’t be used early
What is the ideal age to start using an anti-ageing cream? For the Koreans, it is somewhere between late teens and the early twenties. For long we have associated anti-ageing products with old people and something that should be used when the skin starts showing signs of ageing.
Starting early not only keeps your skin healthy but also makes sure that your skin continues to look great even as the first signs of ageing become visible. Rovectin's Skin essentials barrier repair cream is an excellent product to try.
Myth 4: Sunscreen is for the outdoors
The correct version of the statement will be: sunscreen is for the daytime, irrespective of whether you are indoors or outdoors. Sunscreen protects your skin from dark spots, skin darkening, skin pigmentation, dryness, and even cancer by blocking out the UV rays from the sun.
While wearing sunscreen outdoors is an obvious conclusion, you might be wondering why wear it indoors? According to Joyce Park, a California-based dermatologist, UVA rays from the sun are capable of penetrating a standard glass window and thus result in skin damage. Sunlight streaming inside a room is still a sun-ray and has the potential to cause harm as much as stepping outdoors. Our advice is to keep Skinbae's Control T-Barrier sunblock nearby.
Myth 5: K-beauty is not suitable for Indian Skin
While Korean skincare was quick to trend and gain acceptance from the global markets, Indians are still warming up to the foreign concepts of product-layering and 10-step regime. Either way, it still is an empty argument to claim that Korean beauty is ill-suited for the Indian skin.
On the contrary, the Korean ideas of double-cleansing and introducing masks as part of the skincare routine are excellent habits to attain a supple and naturally radiant skin. Adapting the routine, however, should be a measured and well-researched affair depending on what works for the skin the best.
Myth 6: Use hypoallergenic products for sensitive skin
While the term ‘hypoallergenic’ implies that a product is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, blindly assuming that the product must suit your sensitive skin can prove to be a detrimental affair. Nowadays, the market teems with products labelled as hypoallergenic. This, however, shouldn’t be the end of your research. Flip over to the product's backside and do a quick scan of the composition. Typically paraben-free, and fragrance-free products are suitable for sensitive skin and greatly reduce the risk of developing an allergic reaction.
Now that we have summed up our fact hunt, let’s take a moment to figure out how you can re-align your skincare routine to make the most of our guide. Your first step can be checking out Skinbae’s amazing range of skincare products, suitable for all types of skin and skincare needs. Our products are manufactured from high-quality ingredients which aid skin regeneration and improve the skin quality from within. While myths have no business to be a part of your skincare routine, Skinbae's active ingredients, in your daily ritual pave the way for flawless, healthy skin.