I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve tried A LOT of fad beauty tips over the years, but how many actually work? Does pulling out one grey hair cause two to grow back? Wrapping your body in cling film to encourage sweating helps weight loss right?
Let’s dispel 10 of these common beauty myths.
Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
It sounds plausible and judging by experience also sounds possible. It’s actually not true. The hair actually just seems denser and more stubbly because it has been cut. There is absolutely no way hair can grow back thicker due to shaving…
Stinging is a sign of something working.
We’ve all heard the “no pain, no gain” rule before right? If you start to experience any stinging or tingling when applying products to your skin, that’s its way of saying “I do not like what you are putting on me!” Stop using whatever it is instantly – it may also be helpful to check the ingredients to make sure your not allergic to anything in it.
Drinking water gives you glowing skin.
This one actually surprised me, as I drink so much water because of this. The facts though, show very little proof that drinking water contributes to clearer or more hydrated skin. The cells of the upper layer of the epidermis are already dead, therefore, do not absorb water from the inside. Who knew?
The sun will dry out acne.
Okay it’s half true – the sun really does dry out the skin, however, your skin will just combat this by secreting more oil which will actually clog the pores even more.
Brush your teeth after every meal.
Brushing your teeth after every meal is not only useless, it’s actually harmful. The acid that gets into the oral cavity with products eats into tooth enamel and contributes to its erosion. If you keep brushing your teeth within 30 minutes of a meal, the tooth enamel will decay faster.
Plucking one grey hair makes two grow back.
If you are going to go grey, you are going to go grey. Grey hair if formed when a follicle loses pigment. The hair grows in dry and wiry because the oil around the follicle is depleted. You can live with it or dye it; speaking of which….
Wash hair after dying it.
No! Don’t shampoo for at least two days after dying it. The colour needs to penetrate and attach itself, so if you shampoo too soon, you’ll disrupt the process and lose some colour.
Use toothpaste on spots for a quick fix!
Okay, this CAN work but it’s definitely not recommended. Although toothpaste does indeed have a drying effect, a lot of the other ingredients can be irritants for your skin so will make the initial problem worse. Toothpaste is the Russian roulette for skin.
Not sleeping well gives you dark circles.
Dark circles come from a variety of different factors – genetics is the first. The skin under your eyes is very thin and there are a lot of vessels under there. Light reflects off the bluish pigment in the blood vessels under the eyes. If you are sick or tired the blood vessels will likely be engorged which will only accentuate any existing issues.
Sweating makes you slimmer.
For real? Sweating increases our well-being but it does not make you slimmer. Whether during sports or in a sauna: the water we lose from sweating is immediately restored when we have a drink afterwards…. not to mention sweating too much depletes essential salts and vitamins from our bodies.
How many did you already know were myths? Have any surprised you?
Comment and let me know!