Have you ever found yourself making choices regarding your beauty routine based off of myths that you heard?
There are many myths out there telling you to do or not do something so that you can feel more beautiful. However, which ones are actually true and which ones have been fooling you for too long?
I have picked 12 myths that I have heard mentioned many times that I want to uncover as false, in order to help you know whats best for your beauty health.
Here are 12 common beauty myths that you should ignore.
1. Facial Exercises Keep The Skin Smooth & Taut
As much as we dream of having smooth and young looking skin for most of our lives, unfortunately, we all get older and the elastins, collagen and fat in our face decrease causing sagging and wrinkles.
As much as you might have heard that facial exercises help to retighten the skin, this myth is actually not true and in fact, it breaks down collagen and creates more wrinkles and sagging.
The only true ways of creating tighter looking skin are with botox and/or facelifts, and even these are only temporary.
Instead, I recommend focusing on the health of your skin through regular skin care routines and treatments to help you fall in love with the skin you have.
2. Skin Adapts To Products & Stop Working After A While
Many people believe that using products for a certain length of time will cause the skin to adapt to the product and stop the effectiveness. This myth is far from the truth.
When you first try a product, it takes a little time to start noticing the effects, and once you do you can see big changes. After using the product a little while, the degree of changes that you notice slows down because your mind is actually what is adapting.
Your regularly treated skin is what you become used to, so when you do have skin issues arise such as a breakout or increase in dryness, your first thoughts are that the products are no longer working, when likely it is actually something else that is affecting your skin such as hormone changes, seasonal changes, diet changes, etc.
Before switching up your skincare routine and having to go through a process of adjusting to the new products, first look at any changes that have occurred in your life to see if they might be the reason for new skin issues.
You might also be able to fix the problem by just adding an extra step to your current routine, such as a monthly facial or a specific facial serum to aide in the issue.
3. If You Have Dry Skin You Should Drink More Water
While drinking a sufficient amount of water is incredibly healthy for your body, it, unfortunately, doesn’t play a role in effecting the dryness of your complexion.
There have been found no differences in skin types in people who consume a lot of water daily versus those who don’t.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says that “Dry skin is an external problem and is best treated from the outside. External factors such as cleansing products, environment and oil glands determine how dry your skin is or will become.”
So while I do encourage you to drink plenty of water daily, I also encourage you to find a good penetrating moisturizer and hydrating skin routine. One great tip also is to make sure you use SPF on your face every day as sun damage will dry out the skin.
4. Hair Grows Faster The More You Trim It
We all want luscious thick locks of hair, and if you are like me, then you have probably tried every product to add volume to your strands.
One well talked about myth is that cutting your hair regularly will help it to grow faster and thicker. Unfortunately, this myth is false.
Regular cutting will help to keep split end away resulting in less breakage giving the appearance of thicker and shinier hair.
The best way to promote healthy luscious locks is to give the body nutrients to promote healthy hair follicles. With the right blend of vitamins and minerals women with thinning hair can see a tremendous change in the thickness and growth of their hair.
Another tip is so also to make sure that you have a healthy scalp free from buildup of products and dry flaky skin which can all contribute to damaging the hair follicle. Using a clarifying shampoo once a month will help to remove excess products that have built up.
5. Chocolate Gives You Pimples
Ladies listen up because this just might make your day!
Studies have shown that chocolate does not contribute to acne breakouts. Yep, this means that on those especially hormonal days when they chocolate is calling your name, you can freely enjoy!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that consuming chocolate all the time isn’t bad for you, the issue between chocolate and acne has actually been realized to be a whole diet issue instead. Doctors are now saying that a general high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body — which can lead to acne.
Therefore, don’t be afraid to sneak a chocolate now and then, but make sure you are maintaining a healthy balanced diet if you want to see the best results in your skin.
6. Foundation Makes It Difficult For Your Skin To Breath
For many years I would hear how foundation and makeup, in general, can cause your skin to not breath and therefore is bad for you. This myth is a big misunderstanding.
The top layer of your skin cannot actually breath. It is dead skin and when people talk about skin ‘breathing,’ they’re usually referring to whether the skin is occluded or not. Occluding the skin can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It can also cause the skin to look dull, especially if a heavy amount of makeup is applied and not removed.
This is why it is incredibly important to wash your makeup off each day to allow the natural oils in the skin to hydrate and maintain its healthy levels and to prevent breakouts.
7. Using Toothpaste On Pimples Will Make Them Go Away Faster
Have you ever been told not to use something for something else which it is not intended for? The same thing goes for this toothpaste myth.
Using toothpaste on pimples will only irritate the skin.
While it seems to have worked for people, what is actually happening is that the toothpaste is drying out the pimple causing peeling that makes it seem as though it’s going away faster, but you can also overly dry out the skin causing more breakouts and burning of the skin.
Instead, it is recommended to use products that are made for acne that won’t cause extra damage to the skin. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid work great to clear acne — and help prevent it, as well.
8. Shaving Will Make Your Body Hair Grow Back Thicker
The short answer in this myth is no. Shaving will not make your body hair grow back thicker, and thank goodness!
When the hair is cut with a blade it ends up with a blunt tip causing it to seem coarse and feel thicker for a small amount of time as it grows out.
The hair thickness all depends on your DNA in combination with the health of your hair follicles.
However, in the case that someone might have a sudden increase in hair growth, I highly recommend talking to your doctor as this could be due to a health concern such as PCOS.
9. All Skin Care Products Need To Be From The Same Line
Just like all other brands of products out there, skin care product lines all excel in different areas. It is not necessary to use all one skincare line as it depends on what products work best for your skin.
You might love a moisturizer from one line, but the cleanser might leave your skin feeling dry and so you might use one from another line that works better for you. In this case, its for you to decide. Maybe using all one line is just easier so you can go to one counter to pick up your products, but if you are interested in trying different products to find out if there are better combinations for you, then go for it.
There isn’t too much need to worry about combining products until you start getting into using harsher chemicals on the skin such as different acids that can cause skin irritations if combined. This is why it is a great tip to always read your labels in case you buy a product that doesn’t work with another one that you own.
10. Don’t Put Oil On Oily Skin
If you have a naturally oily skin complexion, the idea of putting more oil on the skin can be quite nerve-wracking for fear of producing more oil and therefore more breakouts and shininess.
But the truth in this myth is that all skin types need oil, especially oily prone skin.
The key thing to understand here is hydration. The more oil you strip from the skin, the skin is then told to produce more oil. So, in order to balance out the skins production levels, it is important to add the necessary amount of oil and hydration to the skin so that the oil production slows down.
Jojoba Oil is a beautiful lightweight oil that is nearest in molecular structure to our own natural sebum so it is a great option to use daily to properly hydrate the skin and keep oil production levels down.
11. Tanning Beds Are Safer Than Laying Out In The Sun
As much as you might love a nice golden glow, both laying out in the sun and laying in a tanning bed put you at risk for skin cancer.
Somewhere along the way, this myth that tanning beds are safer got into the minds of many people, which unfortunately has caused an increase in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
The fact of the matter is that you are exposing yourself directly to UV Rays in order to create a change in your skin, but these rays are extremely harmful to you, and you don’t get less of them depending on where you choose to lie.
Instead, if you are looking for a nice tan, I recommend you finding a sunless tanner to do the job. These days there a many great options that can give you a really natural looking colour without the damage. I recommend checking out St. Topez Tanning Mousse next time you want to bronze up.
12. Plucking One Grey Hair Will Make 2 More Grow In Its Place
This myth is definitely an old one, but it luckily not true.
Plucking a grey hair will only get you a new grey hair in its place because there is only one hair that is able to grow per follicle. Your surrounding hairs will not turn white until their own follicles’ pigment cells die.
In fact, plucking out hairs is not recommended as it can cause damage to the hair follicle and you run the risk of it becoming infected or scar formation possibly leading to balding.
Instead, you can either carefully trim the hair near the root or use hair dye to temporarily colour the grey hairs. However, we all turn grey eventually, so why not rock a sweet silver look!
In this day and age beauty routines are so diverse and every person finds something that works best for them that might not work for others, but there are some pieces of advice that are best followed for health benefits in the long run. I hope that this list answered any questions you had and helped you to understand some myths that are worth ignoring.
Was there any beauty myths on this list that you found as a surprise or believed?
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