There are lots of myths around about our skin – information that’s actually not accurate, information which can cause harm even. So it’s important to be aware of them.
Here are, in fact, five such myths about healthy skin:
Two liters of water a day is essential for hydrating your skin
Drinking water improves your skin, right?
How much water you drink actually has no direct effect on your skin, because how hydrated your skin depends on a whole host of things, including how hot or cold the weather is, air quality, how healthy and hydrated you are and so on. There is no hard and fast scientific basis about the amount of water you need to keep your skin hydrated.
At the end of the day, how much hydration your skin needs are determined and controlled by your internal organs – it’s not like you drink water and it directly goes to your skin!
As for the amount of water you need to drink on any given day – that whole notion of how you need to drink two liters every day has been disproved – there is no hard and fast rule about the amount of water you need to drink a day. Just drink anytime you get thirsty, unless you’re losing a lot of water (through being in a really hot place or working out, for example), then consider drinking more.
Water is important for maintaining good overall health, which of course includes your skin. But there is no basis behind you needing to drink two liters of water a day to keep your skin hydrated – the water you drink doesn’t have any direct impact on your skin.
That said, don’t ignore the importance of drinking enough water – it is essential for the proper functioning of your internal organs after all.
Water does not directly hydrate your skin
Eating chocolate can cause acne
Chocolates are often thought to be a cause of acne. Mainly among teenagers, there’s this common belief that if you have been eating chocolates that can give you acne.
But that’s not true.
The fat and sugar in the chocolates, especially when eaten in excess, is bad for your overall health. But what it doesn’t do, however, is cause acne.
So what does cause acne? It’s mainly a combination of our skin’s immune response to the microbes living on our skin, blocked pores, and hormones.
Eating chocolate does not cause acne
Washing powder can cause dry skin problems like eczema
Dry skin problems like eczema have long to be thought to be caused by washing powder.
But that’s not true.
Washing powder can make the skin irritations worse, but they don’t actually cause the conditions.
So what does cause them? For eczema, the causal factors are a combo of genetic factors and environmental factors. These then lead to the inflammations that cause the dryness and itchiness.
Washing powders can make an existing dry skin problem worse (mainly by removing oil from your skin, in the same way, they remove grease from your clothes), but what they do not do is cause dry skin problems.
Washing powders don’t cause dry skin problems like eczema
White marks on our nails are signs of calcium deficiency
If you’ve ever reached for calcium supplements at the sign of white marks or spots on your nails, you are not the only one.
But these spots (known as leukonychia), as it turns out, actually have nothing to do with calcium deficiency. They are in fact caused by trapped air! Nothing to be worried about though – they’re just a normal part of healing when our nails get damaged, and gets remedied naturally.
What these white marks definitely do not need is extra calcium – so don’t use such white marks on your nails as indicators for taking more calcium supplements.
Don’t take extra calcium supplements if you see white marks on your nails
Sunshine is good for you
Ok, this one isn’t totally false. Sunshine is good for you, but up to a certain extent.
Too much of it though can, and does, cause serious problems.
Prolonged exposure to the sun can expose you to a harmful amount of UV rays – that in turn can damage your skin’s DNA, which in turn can lead to cancer. So sunshine is good, but not to the point where you get sunburnt.
Everything in moderation.
Too much sun isn’t good for you
Not everything you hear online is necessarily true, so fact-check any time you come across something that doesn’t quite make sense or ring true. This especially applies to things you hear about anything that can impact your health.
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