Let’s face it, there are beauty myths that’s been handed down from generation to generation and most of us fell into the trap of believing them though we kind of have second thoughts especially when we look for scientific reasons behind it. Well, here are some beauty myths that is about to end after you read this.
1. When shaping your eyebrows, you have to follow your natural brow line.
Not true. Now, we’re not recommending creating super-high arches that look unnatural, but there is definitely more than one eyebrow shape which suits your face – even if it differs from your natural brow line.
2. It is not necessary to wear sunscreen during winter.
Just because you don’t feel the sun’s rays pounding down on you, doesn’t mean its harmful UVA and UVB rays are not penetrating your skin, causing significant damage. Sunlight can penetrate clouds and even cause your skin to burn. A good rule of thumb is this: if you see a shadow, you need sunscreen. Remember, a tan is the result of your skin’s reaction to an injury.
3. Eating chocolate and fried foods cause breakouts.
False (ohh geeezz thank goodness!!)! Studies have shown that pimples are caused from factors such as extreme stress or dead skin cells blocking pores. However, eating fresh fruits and raw vegetables does promote a healthier complexion.
The only way either of these foods might cause a breakout is if you smeared it all over your face and let it clog your pores.
You might get bloated from salty fries or get cavities from chocolate, but zits? No. Hormonal fluctuations, bacteria and inflammation cause acne. Period. And there is no scientific evidence linking chocolate or oily foods with any of these acne-causing issues, says Fusco.
Then again, you might scarf more chocolate or greasy French fries during those pre-period “hormonal fluctuations” (a clinical word for “raging PMS”) when both estrogen and progesterone surge. But it’s still not the food that’s causing the pimples to pop up; it’s the hormones. So feel free, scarf away.
4. Stick to one product line.
If you believe this, you have probably made more than a few salespeople very happy. You are not bound in any way to use any skin care programs nor should you feel obligated to fall for any such sales pitch. Of course, you may just love how all the products work together, but using products from different lines won’t hurt you either.
5. Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker.
Not possible. Shaving does not affect hair growth or thickness. It may appear that your hair has grown back thicker, but that is because you cut the hair at a sharp angle.
6. Split ends can be repaired.
The only way you are going to get rid of those split ends is to cut them off entirely. You can, however, hydrate your hair to prevent split ends from happening in the future.
7. Dry skin causes wrinkles.
These two things are completely separate from each other. Wrinkles are caused by a combination of internal and external factors, including collagen deterioration and sun damage. The good news is, moisturizing your skin can temporarily smooth out wrinkles.
8. Acne is caused by dirt.
In actuality, acne begins below the surface and is not affected by dirt in any way. Linking acne with dirt may give the impression that if you have acne, your face is dirty and hence, you feel the need to the need to scrub acne away. Not a good idea! Treat your skin gently for long-term health and beauty.
9. If you lose weight, you’ll lose cellulite.
False! Cellulite is a skin problem, not a fat problem. “When connective tissue and collagen and elastin fibers in the skin begin to break down, fat cells can push into the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, and show through the surface,” explains dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, author of “The Cellulite Solution.” Thus, losing some fat can smooth some of your dimples, but it won’t eradicate cellulite altogether.
Genetics play a big role in cellulite, as well as hormonal patterns and aging. “If it makes you feel better, even thin people with very little body fat can have cellulite,” says Wu.