5 Common winter beauty myths busted
Shedding light on the dark side of beauty myths
Aah, winter is back. The cold wind, hard rain and icy air are moving in for the next few months and there is nothing we can do about it. Whether you love winter or live for the summer, there are always slight changes in routine that you become accustomed to at the turn of the season. Most women’s beauty routines are one of the first things to change; while some of your routine should change slightly, there are a few definite no-noes that have become untrue rules.
We’re here to debunk the myths once and for all. We want your skin to look and feel great all year round, so check out these five common winter beauty myths.
Thicker moisturiser works better
Nope. Finding a moisturiser with a higher aqua content will help but that does not mean that it is thicker. The point of a day cream is to provide your skin with all the hydration it needs to stay healthy and soft. It is usually labelled as aqua under the ingredients, and often you’ll be able to see the percentage. Check with the sales assistant about whether your current moisturiser will be sufficient for winter, or whether you should get a stronger one. Remember, thicker or creamier does not mean better.
Cold weather causes dry skin
Not necessarily. The cold weather is a small contributor to dry skin – but you’ll have to place blame elsewhere. The problem we experience with dry skin is a result of fluctuating humidity levels. Low humidity cause moisture to be drawn from your skin, which leaves it dry and sometime flaky. Even adding multiple layers of clothing or increasing the temperature of your central heating system will cause dry skin due to the low humidity levels. Try to maintain a good balance to keep your skin hydrated.
You don’t need sunscreen during winter
This is one of the most common misconceptions. You need sunscreen on your skin all year round – even when it’s cloudy and there is no sun. The reason for this confusion is because people associate hot weather with sunscreen. The sunscreen is used as protection from the sun’s harmful rays. These UVA rays still emit harmful emissions to the earth’s surface, which we need to protect ourselves from. This is a leading cause for cancer and aging, so no matter what the weather looks like outside, you should protect yourself from the sun every day.
Lip-gloss prevents flaky lips
While lip-gloss may feel like it is adding moisture to your lips, it is only temporary. Cosmetics such as lipstick, gloss and blush contain chemicals and colour pigments that exist to create a beautiful LOOK. When looking at the wellbeing of your lips, you should be wearing something endorsed by a medical expert or an all-natural solution.
Hot showers will moisturise your skin
Sorry to disappoint – we know hot showers and baths are absolutely crucial in winter, but it can cause dry, dull-looking skin. Earlier we mentioned that a fluctuation in humidity levels cause moisture to draw out from your skin, well the same principle applies here. Try to take short lukewarm showers as your hour-long singing sessions are doing more harm than good.