Looking on the internet for makeup and beauty tips can be very confusing. There is so much advice out there, some of which ought not to be there at all. When it comes to beauty and skin care there is often no right or wrong. However, sometimes there is. Here I’ve brought you my top 10 beauty myths debunked! I hope it straightens out some ideas for you.
Myth 1: Chocolate can cause breakouts and acne
Until recently most people believed this to be true. Thankfully this has been proven to be incorrect. I’m sure you know people who eat tons of junk food and they have amazing, smooth skin and other people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables who have a lot of breakouts. This is because it’s hormones and stress that are the main factors in causing breakouts and acne. This isn’t to say that the food you eat doesn’t affect your skin. It does. Eating well and drinking water improves your skin, making it healthy and glowing.
Myth 2: Toothpaste can help get rid of your spots
Toothpaste is not a good idea for your spots. People think it can help spots because some kinds of toothpaste have an ingredient called menthol. What menthol does is soothes inflammation and swelling. However, this same ingredient can irritate, dry out and cause damage to your skin. My advice to you is to skip the toothpaste and use a product that’s made for your skin. This is one of those ongoing myths that many people still believe today.
Myth 3: Clean skin squeaks
There are things that are supposed to be squeaky clean. That is things like your sinks, bathrooms. Not your skin. Your skin should never feel squeaky clean. After cleansing your face your skin should never feel tight or uncomfortable if it does it means you’re using the wrong products for your skin or you’re using it too much. Consider changing your cleanser to a more sensitive one. When you buy skin care products look for products that are pH balanced- these are generally better for your skin.
Myth 4: Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and coarser
Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or coarser. This is one of the biggest myths out there- there is no science behind it. The only thing that can change the way your hair grows is hormones and genetics. One of the reasons people believe this myth is because a human hair thins out at the end- like a pencil. When you cut the end of with a razor you are left with a thicker end, this results in the hair looking thicker.
Myth 5: Squeezing spots to get rid of pus
I think a lot of people know this isn’t recommended, however, it’s hard not to squeeze when you see an ugly spot that’s practically begging you to squeeze it. Read these reasons why you shouldn’t squeeze perhaps, you’ll be convinced next time to refrain from it:)
When you squeeze a spot you’re forcing all the pus, dead skin cells and bacteria further and deeper into your skin. Even if you think you’re getting it all out, a lot of the infection is actually going into your skin. It also often makes the spot bigger and uglier than before and there is very often scarring when the spot has healed.
Myth 6: Pulling out a grey hair causes two more to grow in its place
I know I’m one of those guilty people that believed this myth to be true for waaay to long. But to be straight with you – it’s complete rubbish! Pulling out a grey hair from one hair follicle does not create two hair follicles. If you have unwanted grey hair the best option for you is to see your hair colourist simply because pulling out hair is a bad habit.
Myth 7: Acne is caused by not cleaning your face properly
Not cleaning your face properly causes spots and minor breakouts. It does not cause acne. Acne is caused by genetics and stress. Furthermore, if you have acne and you wash your face too much you’ll only aggravate the acne causing more oil to be produced. If you have acne consult your dermatologist for the best course of treatment for you.
Myth 8: Never tweeze above your eyebrow
This is an old myth that one must not remove hair above the eyebrow, only below. To be straight, this is rubbish! All you will achieve is your eyebrows looking half done. If you don’t want to shape the top completely then you can remove only the unruly messy hairs.
Myth 9: You can shrink the size of your pores
Your pore size is determined by your genetics and not by your lifestyle. Therefore, you cannot change their size. However, there are ways to improve the appearance of your pores. When pores are clogged they can appear bigger because of the dirt that’s in them. Using a gentle cleanser every day will clean out your pores resulting in them not seeming so big. Exfoliating also helps since it removes the dead skin cells which do make your pores bigger. Also using a good primer can make the pores invisible.
Myth 10: Drinking a lot of water keeps your skin from drying out
This myth so many people believe in and understandably, if you drink water it will go into your skin and soften it. However, this is not true! Oil is what keeps the skin soft, not water. Drinking a lot of water will hydrate your skin but if you have dry skin, you will still have dry skin after drinking.
Not drinking enough water for a long period of time will affect your appearance, but on the flip side if your skin feels dry one day don’t go and drink more than the recommended amount of water. Too much water is not good for you and it can have a reverse effect.
These are my top 10 beauty myths. I only chose these 10 but I can assure you there are plenty more. Do you have a favourite myth? If so, I’d love to hear in the comments below.
I hope this article has helped you gain a better understanding about popular myths. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below!