Beauty experts weigh in on the most-heated skincare debates


Beauty experts weigh in on the most-heated skincare debates

It's going to be tough to pick sides

By Drishti Kapadia  January 23rd, 2020

Since we take our job of keeping up with the latest in beauty very seriously, we often perk up our sceptical ears and ask: should we skip it? So, we quizzed the pros on their opinion on the most-heated debates of skincare and beauty.

Parabens

Say yes: “They are typically added as preservatives and, when used appropriately, in the right dose, they are perfectly safe.” 

Discover: “Commonly found in skincare, haircare and make-up.”—Dr Aneesh Sheth, Founder, Dr Sheth’s

Say no: “Products often contain methyl-, ethyl-, butyl-, propylparabens that help lengthen their shelf life. However, there have been studies that have indicated that they could cause hormonal imbalances, fertility issues and an increased risk of breast cancer.” 

Alternative: “Look for paraben-free formulas.”—Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder, Isaac Luxe

Peel-off masks

Say yes: “Most peel-off masks are safe to use, but if you have dry and sensitive skin, use them sparingly and monitor the frequency.” 

Discover: “Look out for masks with hyaluronic acid, green tea or aloe that are beneficial for Indian skin.” —Dr Aneesh Sheth, Founder, Dr Sheth’s

Say no: “Depending on their strength, they may lead to excessive removal of sebum and the epidermis, which increases skin sensitivity, redness, dryness and a burning sensation.” 

Alternative: “Cleansers and face washes can do the same amount of cleaning without being too harsh on the skin.”—Dr Jaishree Sharad, Medical Director, Skinfiniti Aesthetic & laser Clinic

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Silicones

Say yes: “They’re present in various make-up products and give them a smooth texture. As such, neither do they damage skin, nor are they known to cause irritation or allergies.”

Discover: “They’re found in creams and lotions, and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores.” —Dr Jaishree Sharad, Medical Director, Skinfiniti Aesthetic & laser Clinic

Say no: “It forms a barrier on top of the skin that locks in moisture as well as dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris.” 

Alternative: “Look for plant-based silicones that are derived from coconut, castor bean or sugar cane—ingredients that also make skin more radiant.”—Dr Blossom Kochhar, Founder, Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic

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