Beauty myths - True or False?

By Hannah Lisa Makeup, Sep 20 2015 11:43AM

I’m always asked what beauty rumours actually work and which ones don’t. They say there’s no smoke without fire, meaning there must be some truth them. So here, I get to the bottom of some of the most common beauty myths and tell you which ones are true, which are false and which are simply misunderstood…

‘Wearing makeup will give me spots’

This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, wearing makeup can actually protect your skin from harmful environmental damage such as pollution and UV rays. Most foundations, nowadays contain an SPF, which is a crucial factor in anti-aging, and you can easily come across mineral based products which are gentle on most skin types. You must make sure you remove your makeup properly every night. This is the key to wearing makeup and keeping your skin healthy. While you’re asleep, your body repairs and rejuvenates the skin cells. If you’re wearing makeup, the cells and products will clog your pores causing blackheads and spots. Use a gentle cleansing formula, like Khiels ultra facial cleanser, every evening to remove makeup and dirt before going to bed. Use an intense deep cleansing mask once a week to remove stubborn dirt and impurities.

‘Egg whites shrink pores’

This one is not strictly true. Unfortunately, nothing can shrink your pores. Egg whites can, however, tighten your skin enough to diminish the appearance of sightly pores. Egg whites are full of protein which will nourish the skin. Simply separate the whites from the yolks, mix, and apply to the face and neck. Add a few drops of lemon juice if you skin is oily. Leave for 10-15 minutes. You will feel your skin tightening as the egg dries. A great way to ensure you’re looking glowing before a big event!

‘Bathing in milk will make you beautiful’

Cleopatra was on to something here, ladies! While it’s not necessary to (and would be pretty expensive) fully bath in it, milk it does have its benefits when used topically. Milk contains lactic acid, which will soften, soothe and help to remove dead skin cells. Goat’s milk has the closet PH level to our skin, so try and go for that. Fresh bio yogurt also has the same benefits. Fresh and organic is always best, whichever product you decide to use! Simply apply to the skin in sweeping motions, using a cotton ball. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse. You can also try this on agitated areas like eczema or psoriasis.

‘Brushing your hair with 100 strokes will make it grow’

This one is false. In fact, doing this could be detrimental to your hair. Especially if it’s thin. Excessive brushing can cause excess oil and breakage. Try stimulating the blood flow with a head massage instead. Your hair grows from the roots, so increasing blood flow with a massage will make your hair grow thicker and stronger. Stronger hair will grow longer as it’s less likely to break. Using a hot oil and massaging it in once a week before shampooing, will not only help, but is extremely relaxing too. Simply looking after your hair will give the impression that it’s growing faster. Get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks, and use a mask once a week to give strength and shine. I love Rahuas omega 9 hair mask, which really works to penetrate the hair and strengthen it from the inside, rather than coating it like most masks do.

‘Blackheads are caused by dirt’

Wrong! Blackheads are a build-up of sebum (oil) in your pores which is then blocked by dead skin cells. Those with oily skin are more prone to blackheads due to the over production of sebum. Ensure you regularly exfoliate to keep dead skin cells away, and so preventing the formation of blackheads. Try using a daily cleanser that contains a small amount of salicylic acid. This will help prevent blackheads by removing dead skin cells. NUXE aroma-perfecting cleansing gel (21$), is great for gentle yet effective cleansing. For an extra kick, use a treatment once or twice a week. Biodermas ‘sebium’ exfoliating gel, is perfect. For your daily moisturiser, don’t go too heavy as this will clog the pores, caudalies vinoperfect day perfecting cream is great, and contains an SPF too.

Ultimately, skin care, hair care and makeup is all such a personal choice. You really need to use what works for you which means trying different products and deciding which you prefer. The secret to every beauty trick or product, is to compliment it with a smile.

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