Debunking Skin Myths

I've always been an avid reader. One of my favorite genres is Mythology. I love reading about the sacred tales and cultures that give India its rich cultural heritage. It is the interpretation that we choose to believe in. Not just Indian, I'm very keen on reading about different cultures as well. I often end up reading different books on the same topic to have fresh perspectives. As much as I love myths like these, I hate the myths that revolve around our skin. At Wikka, we have always tried to debunk these myths. Fortunately, I've been able to do a lot here. This is what I gather from the habits and skin routines of my clients. They don't believe in WhatsApp forwards which say, ' New study shows, we don't need sunscreen when it's raining'. They prefer to call me up and discuss it at length. I've had so many discussions like these that I've lost count. Because there are so many different perspectives involved when it comes to beauty, it gets a little difficult to straight away say 'it won't work' to a recipe that has been passed on by someone's dear friend or colleague. But that's where we research, experiment, and come up with better versions that will work. Otherwise, it's plain old experience guiding us wellness professionals. We are all fans of nature. Even after this, there is a fraction of the audience that tells us to elaborate more and at Wikka, we love doing that. So, today, I decided to pen down a few skin myths. Be ready to bid adieu to some of your old habits.


1. You can't apply face oils if you have oily skin

One question that people with oily skin ask me all the time, 'Why should I add more oil to my skin if it's already oily?' To understand why you should, begin by asking yourself if you are using products that strip those oils away. If the answer is yes, then you should definitely get face oils. The reason is, when we use harsh products that take away the oil,  our glands produce more oil, and then it clogs the pores which makes it difficult to keep the skin moisturized. Face oils not only help keep the skin moisturized, but they also help the glands reduce oil production.


2. You don't really need a night cream

How does it feel to close your eyes and rest after you've had a long tiring day? Blissful. Our body works on itself during those hours and gets us ready for our adventures the next day. Similarly, our skin works on itself too, and repairs the damage caused during the day. We all need a night cream so that we can help our skin accelerate tissue repair and also in cell regeneration. At night, our skin is in its repair mode. Hence the stress on night creams.


3. Lycopene doesn't work

Lycopene is a nutrient in the carotenoid family that gives the color to tomatoes and watermelons. 'The red pigment that we see?' Yes, that. This nutrient quenches the free radicals and helps the skin cells in our body to cope with the environment. It helps boost the health of the collagen in the skin as well. Studies have found that people who have fruits/food rich in lycopene, suffer less from sun damage. This doesn't mean that you can skip your Sunscreen and have tomato juice all the time. It just means that if you enjoy tomato juice, or cooked tomatoes (in a delicious curry), it will definitely help keep your skin healthier and protected from the sun.


4. You can't have carbs if you want healthy skin

Let me tell you something, you cannot have good skin without carbs. Having said that, excess of anything is bad. It absolutely doesn't mean you can't have an excess of happiness. It just means that when you relish something heavy make sure you are having it as the main meal and not as a snack. It's very important to compensate for your cheat meals by having something healthy in the next meal. I've talked more about this on ( my page.

So, I won't say you can't have carbs, I'll just say you should have good carbs. Let's take an example of Amaranth flour/Ramdana flour (filled with good carbs which you should include in your diet), a gluten-free, protein-rich option that improves heart and bone health and has lysine in it (an amino acid that the body cannot produce). It strengthens the hair follicles too. We can also include Ragi or Nachni atta which contains 65-75% Carbohydrates and is excellent for building Collagen. It also consists of Lysine which makes the skin tissues less prone to sagging. Try these and go for all healthy options.


5. Your diet doesn't affect your skin that much

To be honest, out of all the myths that are mentioned, I'm amused by this one the most. If our body is the home to our soul, why won't it matter if you keep feeding junk to it? You are what you eat. Try to eat healthily. Maintain a diet that is a perfect blend of all the essential nutrients that your body needs. Everything that you eat will have a certain impact on your skin. Like I've said, eat healthy food and think clean, your skin will reflect the same.


6. Use harsh soap to treat acne

Generally, soaps contain all sorts of harmful chemicals unless it's made from natural products. I've seen using soap for face becoming a routine for people who think it can make their skin acne-free. It's because they are under the impression that harsh soaps will eventually dry out the acne. It's addictive. People tend to buy all sorts of harsh soaps regularly, thinking it will give them healthy clear skin. This doesn't happen though. Scrubbing your face with harsh soaps will not only take off all the protective oils and barriers from your skin, but it will also make it rougher. The oil production increases in this way and the cycle continues. Because the drier the skin, the more efforts our glands make to balance it out. This is why, for the face, one should always use sulfate-free face washes. Choose skin-friendly options that don't dry out the skin ( I'll always advise using soaps for a fragrant bathing experience. Bathing bars that are loaded with Shea Butter, Lavender blossoms, Neroli, Patchouli, and more will retain fragrances for long and keep your refreshed.


In conclusion, try to:

-Balance oil production using face oils

-Have Lycopene-rich food

-Use Night Cream

-Have good carbs

-Have a healthy diet

-Use a Sulphate-free face wash for face

Never let the skin myths get into the way of skin health. Have a clear, acne-free skin in the most natural way possible.



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