Is it true that brushing your hair 100 times before bed gives you stronger, more beautiful hair? Or that dry skin causes wrinkles? With so many beauty myths out there, it’s hard to know fact from fiction. I can help bust those beauty myths right now!
1. Brush Your Hair with 100 Strokes before Bed for Shiny, Healthy Hair
False! You should only brush your hair as much as you need to in order to get rid of tangles. Over-brushing can over-dry your hair, and give it static.
2. Dry Skin Will Give You Wrinkles
False! Dry skin will only give you… dry skin. Wrinkles are caused by a lot of things but dry skin is not one of them.
3. Shaving Will Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker, Quicker
False! Shaving your legsor any other body part for that matter will not make your hair grow back any thicker or darker. When you shave, you’re cutting the hair off above the skin, not pulling it out from, or damaging, the follicle. It may seem like stubble is thick and dark, because longer hair tapers off at the end, but it’s exactly the same thickness and color as the hair you shaved away.
4. Wearing High Heels Can Give You Varicose Veins
True! The pressure caused by standing up, especially in high heels, can lead to varicose veins., If you can’t ditch the stilettos, try this: every hour, sit down, take your shoes off, wiggle your toes , then put your heels back on. This will help lessen the risk of varicose veins.
5. Toothpaste Can Cure Acne
True! Ingredients found in toothpaste have been shown to lessen and get rid of acne. But use it sparingly! There are also harsh chemicals in toothpaste which can over-dry and irritate your skin!
6. Crossing Your Legs Can Give You Varicose Veins
False! Standing up, especially with high heel shoes puts pressure on your legs, not sitting with your legs crossed, and it’s that pressure that can cause varicose veins.
7. You Can Shrink Your Pores
False! At least mostly. An egg-white or other masks can minimize your pores, but only temporarily.
8. Wearing Polish Will Turn Your Nails Yellow
True! Wearing dark polish for an extended time period can make your fingernail and toenails appear yellowish because the polish stains your nails. Don’t worry though — it’s not harmful and it’s safe to apply new polish right over it again. Try a bottom-coat, though, to minimize staining.
9. Cocoa Butter or Olive Oil Can Get Rid of Stretch Marks
False!Stretch marksreside in a different layer of skin, one so deep that cocoa butter and olive oil can’t penetrate into.
10. A Beer Rinse in the Shower Will Give You Thicker Hair
True! Using room-temperature beer as a final rinse in the shower will make your hair thicker until the next time you wash, but it will also make you smell like the pub! Try a thickening shampoo with hops in it, like Aussie Aussome Volume Shampo, instead.
11. Pulling out One Gray Hair Will Give You Ten More
False! Plucking the hair from one follicle has no effect on nearby follicles. So feel free to pull that one gray hair!
12. Your Hair Grows Slower in the Winter than in Summer
False! This popular hair myth only applies to men’s beards that grow faster in the summer, but our hair doesn’t change its growth rate at all throughout the year.
13. Chocolate Can Give You Acne
There you have it! Feel free to rinse your hair with beer, pluck gray hairs, and eat chocolate! But avoid wearing red nail polish and high heels for too long… What’s your favorite beauty myth, and is it true or false? Please let me know… I’d love to hear!