Looking sharp: 7 beauty and skincare myths for men busted!
From whether shaving your chest is a good idea or not to using sunscreen indoors, experts bust myths related to men’s beauty and skincare routine.Updated: Jul 21, 2017 08:23 IST
Gone are the days when looking well-groomed was a women’s domain. More and more men are taking to metrosexuality these days. However, it is often difficult to tell the difference between the myths and facts. But fret not. New York-based celebrity dermatologist Kiran Lohia and Ankit Khurana, CEO and founder, BeYouPlus, an aesthetic app, have shared beauty myths related to men:
* Myth 1: Chest shaving is good.
Reality: A bare chest is a big yes, however, chest shaving is a big no. It not only gives you rashes but encourages faster growth too.
* Myth 2: Aesthetic treatments are a girl’s thing.
Reality: From facelift to blepharoplasty, there has been a huge boom in the number of men choosing to go under the knife.
* Myth 3: Men need to wash their face at least three to four times a day to get rid of skin’s greasiness.
Reality: When you over-wash your face, you make your skin dry, signalling the oil glands to produce even more oil than it was making before. Then you wash it again, and the oil glands get stimulated again. Never wash your face more than two to three times a day with a pH balanced cleanser.
* Myth 4: Men don’t need to moisturise their skin, it is oily anyway.
Reality: Without adequate hydration, your skin will overcompensate by producing more oil, leaving you with clogged pores and breakouts. Consider buying serums, gels and liquids instead of greasy ointments or creams.
* Myth 5: Regular soap is the best way to wash your face.
Reality: Your body soap is drying out your skin and not in a good way. Since body soap is harsh, you are making your face drier, more irritated, and more likely to getting allergies or even skin conditions such as acne and zits.
* Myth 6: Men don’t need shaving gel or cream to shave.
Reality: Dry shaves are not the way to go as it causes the skin to be dry, rough and irritable. The best option? Use a gentle cleansing lotion, apply it to the area, then shave the hair in the opposite direction.
* Myth 7: Men don’t need sunblock when indoors.
Reality: Even when you are indoors, the UVB and UVA rays are working on your skin and causing long-term and short-term damages. Wear at least two tablespoons of sunblock whether indoors or outdoors.
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