Makeup advice is everywhere. We hear beauty tips and tricks from our friends, mothers, sisters, and co-workers. Magazine covers scream, in neon headlines, that within its pages a reader will discover the secrets to eternal beauty. What many of us don’t realize, though, is that much of this beauty advice can do more harm than good. It’s time to separate beauty fact from fiction, and finally discover which tips will actually help when it comes to looking great.
Who knew that washing your hair every day could actually be damaging, or that fast food does not, in fact, lead to pimples? I’m sure that you will be just as surprised as I was to discover the truth behind these commonly held beliefs, among many others. Personally, I was glad to learn that I can save some money on haircuts, since trimming my hair will not actually help it grow faster. Check out the gallery to read more about the truth behind some of the most common beauty myths.
Did any of these truths take you by surprise? Will any Lovelies out there be altering their beauty routines? I know I will!
Myth: Washing hair every day is great for keeping it healthy
Fact: While it may sound beneficial, daily shampooing can rid hair of its natural oils, which make it soft and shiny. Unless you have extremely oily hair, try to shampoo every other day, or use a dry shampoo.
Myth: There are products that will shrink your pores
Fact: Pore size is genetic, and cannot be altered by topical creams. While many lotions and foundations can decrease the appearance of pores, no product exists that will actually make them smaller.
Myth: Greasy junk food can cause acne
Fact: While burgers and fries are terrible for your waistline, they will not necessarily cause severe damage to your skin. Acne is more likely to be caused by hormones, stress, bacteria, or pollution than it is by fast food.
Myth: Putting cucumbers on the eyes is key to reducing puffiness
Fact: While cucumbers on the eyes can get rid of puffy eyes, the secret to this trick is not in the cucumber itself. Rather, it is the cold temperature of the cucumber that helps with puffiness. The same effect can be achieved by soaking cotton pads in cold water and applying them to eyelids.
Myth: Toothpaste is great for zapping zits
Fact: Although it may be helpful in drying out pimples, toothpaste is far more likely to leave skin dry and irritated. To get rid of a problem pimple, I recommend using a bit of zit cream and a healthy dose of patience.
Myth: Concealer should be applied before foundation
Fact: When applying makeup, foundation should come first, as it evens out skin tone. After the foundation has been applied, use concealer to cover pimples or other problem areas.
Myth: Regular haircuts will help hair grow faster
Fact: Hair grows at a rate of about 0.5-1 cm per month, a rate that will not change based on how often hair is trimmed. While regular trims are encouraged, as they prevent split ends and dryness, they will not impact the growth of your hair.