Don’t fall for these 4 skin care myths

How confident are you in your skin care knowledge?

The original purpose of skin care is to help us achieve clear and healthy skin. However, not having the right skin care knowledge may lead to more skin problems instead. To help you avoid making skin care mistakes, we debunk these 4 common skin care myths that you need to stop believing!

Skin Care Myth #1: You can only use Vitamin C at night

There’s been a lot of debate on when you should apply Vitamin C. Can it be applied in the day or should it only be used at night?

Our answer is – yes, you can use Vitamin C products during the day too, but here’s the clause – make sure to apply sun protection.

With its strong antioxidant properties, using Vitamin C products in the day can help to neutralise free radical damage caused by harmful UV rays, while using them at night promotes skin repair and renewal. 

We recommend using highly concentrated Vitamin C products at night. Firstly, they are great for boosting the skin’s renewal and regeneration process, which often happens while we sleep. Secondly, this will help to prevent oxidation of Vitamin C in the day, which may leave an orange or brown tint on the skin.

C15 Essence 7

Another way to get around this is to layer on other skin care products after applying a Vitamin C product such as the C15 Essence 7. Double up on your sun protection by applying sufficient sunscreen as the last step! If you are still concerned, a fool-proof way is to keep to using Vitamin C at night.


Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Long exposure to air may cause oxidation, turning the product yellow. This is normal and common among concentrated Vitamin C products. Please be assured that under proper/normal usage, the product quality will not be affected.

To prevent severe oxidation, a good practice of using Vitamin C products is to tighten the bottle cap immediately after use and store the product in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

*This applies only to DR’s Secret C15 Essence 7. For other Vitamin C products, please refer to the product packaging or instruction for accurate information about storage method and efficacy.

Skin Care Myth #2: You only have to start your anti-ageing regime when you turn 40

Anti-ageing is a form of preventive skin care. Hence, it is best to start early before the signs of ageing set in. Rather than setting a specific age to begin anti-ageing, a better way is to assess your current skin condition to determine if you need to incorporate anti-ageing products into your routine.

In our mid-20s, our skin starts to lose collagen, causing a decline in elasticity and firmness. Starting an anti-ageing regime early can help to slow down the skin’s ageing process, keeping the wrinkles at bay.

Fine Lines

Once stubborn ageing signs like fine lines and wrinkles are formed, it takes more time and effort to treat them. Thus, we say to work on prevention before it’s too late.

Read our guide to find out how you can nail your anti-ageing routine when you’re in your 20s, early 30s, late 30s and 40s.

Skin Care Myth #3: Natural products are better

Are natural skin care products always better? While natural products have their merits, that is not to say that a “natural” product equates to high quality and safety standards.

Skin care products are formulated with a wide range of ingredients, which may include natural and synthetic ingredients. Each ingredient plays a specific role in the formula, such as providing a specific benefit or helping to stabilise the product.

Whether an ingredient is selected is often determined by its ability to perform and provide the product’s desired results.

Eye Mask, Conditioning Lip Butter, Refining Serum, C15 Essence 7, Cleanser 1, Sunscreen 5

The source of an ingredient does not determine its safety profile. Factors such as quality and purity of ingredients, the dosage used, formula compatibility and the final product form need to be assessed as well.

Skin Care Myth #4: Your skin gets used to skin care products and they lose their effectiveness over time

Ever tried a new product, loved it, but after using it for some time, its results are no longer as impressive? Could it be that your skin has become “immune” to the product?

The simple answer is — no, your skin does not become immune to products.

Miraglo, Cleanser 1, Emulsion A6, Toner T2, Refining Serum 9, Sunscreen 5

During the skin transformation process, there comes a point when your skin reaches its best state and starts to stabilise. The transformation effects become less obvious, and it is easy to perceive that the products you have been using are no longer as effective.

In reality, this is a misconception. Maintaining a good and stable skin condition is also proof that your product is still working well for you.

As your skin condition may change with lifestyle, seasons and age, you may also require different nutrients to cope with the changes.

Instead of eliminating the essentials from your routine, try adjusting your skin care routine by including one or two boosters such as masks or serums for glow-boosting effects. If you have been focusing on an intensive routine for a period of time, switch to a conditioning or hydrating routine for a change.

Skin Buddy

Lastly, feel free to approach your Skin Buddy for regular reviews on your skin care routine and get an opinion on whether it’s time to make adjustments.