August 29, 2023

Top skincare myths that come in the way of beautiful, healthy skin. We bring you the facts here.

Myth #1: Physical scrubs are bad for the skin. 

With the recent rise in the popularity of chemical exfoliants, traditional physical scrubs that contain naturally derived scrubbing particles have received a lot of unnecessary bad press. 

However, they have been used for centuries, and people haven't faced any issues. They are much gentler on the skin than chemical exfoliants, which can cause irritation, dryness, and redness. If you have resilient skin, any scrub can do wonders, but for those with sensitive skin, you should pick gentler scrubs. 

Some of the gentle exfoliators that remove dead skin cells effectively to reveal smoother, softer, and brighter skin are - 

Expert Tips: 

  • Don't use scrubs more than three times a week. 
  • It is best to use these scrubs during nighttime. 
  • NEVER skip sunscreen after scrubbing your face. Remember, the dead skin layer that protects your skin from the sun is gone, and you need to take extra care to protect your fresh, juicy skin with a generous layer of sunscreen. 

Myth #2: Oily skin doesn't need a moisturizer. 

Your skin is a super-intelligent organ. Whenever it senses it's getting dry or dehydrated, it produces oil to keep it nourished and hydrated. 

Now, with oily skin, it rarely gets dry because there's already enough sebum on the surface. But, within the deeper layers, it gets dehydrated. As the moisture level drops, the skin becomes dull, crepey, and wrinkly, producing more oil! 

So, beauties with oily skin should focus on hydrating their skin with lightweight gel moisturizers, serums, and toners. The high water content of these products replenishes the skin with moisture, making it look fresh, bouncy, and hydrated while balancing the sebum production naturally. 

Some of the best moisturizers for oily skin from Lotus Herbals are - 

Expert Tips 

  • Use a hydrating toner before applying your gel moisturizer to boost skin hydration without making it look oily. 
  • Choose science-backed ingredients like Niacinamide and Vitamin C in your serum step to balance oil production. 
  • Use mattifying sunscreen to give your skin a velvety look and sun protection. 

Myth #3: The higher the SPF, the better the sun protection. 

Speaking of sun protection, higher SPFs don't give "better" protection but protect the skin for longer. However, they also wear down as the day goes by. So, it is more important to re-apply sunscreen than to hunt for the one with the highest SPF in the market. 

Moreover, you should invest in sunscreen that can protect you from UVA (the sun's ageing rays) and UVB (the rays that cause hyperpigmentation). Sunscreen with PA+++ gives better UVA protection than PA+ or PA++ rated sunscreens.  

Myth #4: Drinking more water will give you hydrated skin. 

Our body is 70% water, and a portion of it is stored in the skin. Drinking excessive water will not magically make your body keep more water in the skin, making it more hydrated. Instead, it'll flush it out in the toilet. 

It is ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin that slow down the water loss from the skin and retain moisture. Thus giving it a hydrated, glowy, and bouncy look and feel. Moreover, a solid and healthy skin barrier is also essential for maintaining optimum skin hydration. 

Expert Tips 

  • Sheet masks are a great way to boost hydration and skin brightness. They are packed with super-hydrating serums that go deep into the skin to plump it up. Apply it whenever your skin feels dry. 
  • Apply skincare products to damp skin. Damp skin becomes like a sponge, soaking up the products better, and allowing deeper penetration. 
  • Use watery serums and toners to enhance the hydration level of your skin. 
  • Use a good moisturizer during the day and a facial oil at night to trap hydration within your skin. 
  • Look for skincare products with hyaluronic acid, like the Lotus Safesun UltraRX Sunscreen Serum SPF 60 PA++++. Look for skincare products with hyaluronic acid, like the Lotus Safesun UltraRX Sunscreen Serum SPF 60 PA++++. 

Myth #6: The SPF in your makeup or moisturizer is enough for sun protection. 

The SPF in your makeup and skincare products like moisturizer is a bonus, but a mere SPF of 15 or 20 is not enough to give you long-term sun protection throughout the day. Moreover, it would help if you used a 3-finger length of sunscreen for proper sun protection. 

You will likely have a cake face if you use that quantity of makeup. And if you use that much moisturizer, you will shine like a disco ball. 

Myth #7: Acne-prone skin needs strong, antibacterial face wash. 

Unless your dermatologist recommends anti-microbial face washes, it is best to avoid them. Antibacterial acne washes kill the harmful bacteria and wipe away the good bacteria, which keeps your skin healthy. 

Instead, use a sulfate-free gentle face wash with natural anti-microbial properties to control the bad, acne-causing bacteria. While also regulating your natural sebum production. The TEATREEWASH Tea Tree & Cinnamon Anti-Acne Oil Control Face Wash is great for acne-prone skin. 

Expert Tip 

Massage the facewash on your skin for at least a minute or two to let the ingredient do their anti-acne magic. 


As they say, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. We recommend following our blog to arm yourself with skincare tips from experts and dermatologists that are backed by years of research and science. And, not to forget the goodness of natural, gentle ingredients.

Written by Lotus herbals