Busting Myths on Beauty Tales

Hiya Poutlings!

Let’s get down to business the stuff we’ve heard and seen advertised – is it an old wives tale or does it really work? I’m playing Mythbusters today 🙂

1. Blackhead removing strips work

False. The truth is, the only way to remove blackheads is via manual extraction, something that’s typically part of a facial. Those black spots you  see when you rip off a strip from your nose are nothing more than dirt and  hair.

2. Cellulite creams work

False. It’s unfortunate, but true, no matter what a particular cream or gel tube tells you, there is no miracle in a bottle when it comes to fighting  cellulite. That said, some products can create a tightening effect, but nothing  permanent in the way of ridding the body of dimples.

3. You only need sunscreen when it’s sunny

False. UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles), are equally strong all year round and unlike UVB (the ones that cause sunburns), they penetrate through  window glass. You might not see the damage now from not wearing SPF year round,  but age spots, wrinkles, or in the worst cases, skin cancer, begin to appear as  you age.

4. Serums are a waste of time and money

False. Many women don’t apply a serum under their treatment product and  while it’s not the end of the world to have your anti-aging cream, moisturizer,  or whatever cream you are applying to improve your skin texture perform to its optimal potential, applying a serum beforehand will not only help loosen up your  skin making it more permeable, but serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients, making it critical when you’re having a hard time seeing results.

5. Toners are a waste of time and money

False. A skincare routine should ideally start with a toner once the skin is cleansed (if you find  your toner irritating it might be because it contains alcohol, so opt for an  alcohol-free one to be on the safe side), especially in the wintertime to maintain optimal skin hydration.

6. You can use the same skincare products year round

False. Skin reacts to weather, so it acts differently from summer to winter,  meaning that products have to be adjusted even if only slightly. For example, skin tends to produce  less oil in the winter, so opting for moisturizers and hair products that target dry skin is crucial for most people.

7. Greasy food and chocolate will make you break out

False. If the grease in your burger and slap-chips is drizzling all around your  mouth area while you eat, I imagine you might break out, but there has been no  hard evidence to suggest that just eating these foods causes breakouts. They are not ideal for healthy skin but eating Mc Donalds won’t be the major cause of your breakout.

8. Oily skin doesn’t need hydration

False. Moisturizing is an essential component in maintaining healthy skin cells. When treating oily skin (common in the summer), skip greasy, oil-based  moisturizers and opt instead for water-based, oil-free ones.

9. Crossing legs will cause varicose or spider veins

False. A commonly held belief is that sitting with your legs crossed  increases vein pressure resulting in varicose or spider veins, but this theory  has never been proven. The main culprits are family history, pregnancy, and  aging. Some studies, however, have shown that wearing compression hosiery can  help prevent them (to a minimal degree), since they apply slight pressure around  the leg, decreasing the volume of the veins.

10. Heavy creams are the most effective

False. More is not better when it comes to skincare. Skin can only absorb so  much and if you over-apply, especially when dealing with heavy creams, skin will  have a hard time absorbing what you’ve applied. As a result, the product will  just sit on the skin’s surface, weighing down skin tissue.


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