10 Popular Beauty Myths… Finally Debunked!


Popular Beauty Myths Debunked

It’s time to debunk some false beauty beliefs! Spoiler alert: NEVER use hairspray on your face…

Popular Beauty Myths Debunked

Myth 1: Banana peels can get rid of spots and acne scars

While everyone loves a natural remedy, this one is a bit far-fetched. Pressing a banana peel against your spots will not soothe them so much that they totally disappear. And the same goes for scarring unfortunately.

Myth 2: If you pluck a grey hair, several more will appear in its place

It is physically impossible to increase the number of hair follicles on your head from plucking out one.

This myth first originated because when a grey hair follicle has formed, usually another one is forming nearby, so once you’ve got rid of one, another is likely just waiting to make an appearance anyway!

Myth 3: Drinking lots of water will give you glowing skin

We’re not questioning the benefits of staying hydrated, which is of course vital, but there’s little evidence to suggest that drinking water will make your skin less dry.

The best way to tackle dry or flaky skin is by applying a moisturising cream or oil straight after the bath or shower when skin is damp.

Popular Beauty Myths Debunked

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Myth 4: Pores can be opened with steam and closed with skincare

Unfortunately, your pores are not doors. They do not have muscles of their own and cannot be opened or closed.

However, steam will loosen the dirt inside your pores, making them look smaller and your complexion appear a little clearer.

Myth 5: Natural ingredients are much better for your skin

The term ‘natural’ is so often used in the beauty community that its meaning has become loosely regulated. This means that even if you think you are using natural ingredients, they may have just been ‘extracted’ or ‘purified’ rather than being totally organic.

Also, just because a cosmetic ingredient is synthetic does not automatically mean that it is bad for the skin.

Myth 6: Shaving makes body hair grow back thicker

Much to our surprise, this common mantra is actually false. Although it may seem as though your hair grows back a little thicker each time you shave, the hair is actually just shorter and so a bit more stubbly, making it seem thicker than what it really is.

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Myth 7: Pumping your mascara brush into the tube makes for better application

Although it might seem as though you’re picking up more product, in actual fact by pumping your mascara tube you’re actually just letting more air into it, which will make your mascara dry out sooner than it should.

This leads to dry, flaky lashes plus bacteria in the mascara tube. Instead, swirl the mascara wand around the inside of the tube to pick up more product.

Myth 8: Make-up is what causes acne

If you’re taking your make-up off correctly and consistently, there is no evidence that backs up the myth that your products will give you spots, as make-up is designed to stay on top of the skin rather than melt into your pores.

However, if you don’t take your make-up off properly, this can cause breakouts due to a build-up of dirt and grease clogging your pores.

Myth 9: You can use hairspray to set your make-up

This is possibly the worst idea ever! All it does is clog pores and make your face sticky. Stick to actual make-up setting sprays that are made for purpose.

Myth 10: If you only use hot tools on hair sometimes, you don’t need heat protection spray

Excessive heat is one of the most damaging things that can happen to your hair. Regardless of how often you use hot styling tools, you should be using a heat protection spray every time.

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With thanks to the hair and beauty expert s at Hairtrade.com

Eve MacDonald

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