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8 Common Beauty Myths

Updated on July 24, 2013

Myth 1: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker and faster

  1. We must spend a small part of a fortune on hair removal, especially when most of us believe that if we resort to the quick (and significantly cheaper) route of shaving, we will be left with super strength fuzzy limbs in the space of a couple of days. Razor’s sure do have a bad rep, but in fact, the belief that shaving will result in rapid and thicker hair growth, is totally unfounded! Shaving has virtually no effect on hair growth or thickness. What we experience when we feel that unwelcome prickle (or even worse when someone else feels it!), once hair starts growing back, is the thicker part of the hair shaft which is a result of the razor cutting the hair straight across this shaft, rather than pulling it out from the root. So of course, if we want longer lasting smoothness, waxing or epilating are usually the best bet, however take comfort in knowing that shaving will not make your hair suddenly grow back thicker or faster!

Myth 2: Steam helps to open pores

Pores are mysterious things, and many of us are confused as to their exact purpose, apart from the knowledge that they can be opened and closed, and that we do not want them to get bigger! So, let us clarify that whatever beauticians or the latest “pore opening” serum may have us believe, pores do not have muscles or hinges for that matter, and therefore no amount of steam will open them, and no amount of cold water will close them! Steam simply helps to loosen any dirt inside your pores, which means that it is easier to get out them. However, the good news is that there are various beauty products that can prevent pores from getting any bigger, although they won’t be opening or closing them anytime soon!

Myth 3: Removing grey hair causes more grey hair to grow back in its place

I have been asking my husband to remove the one grey hair he has for ages now, but unfortunately he is one of many who have been told that plucking out a grey hair will make more grey hairs grow in it’s place. After research, it is clear that this myth is simply another urban beauty legend. There is no research to support this belief, although research does suggest that removing grey hairs can cause the hair to grow back coarser and frizzier.

Myth 4: You know your skin is clean when it squeaks

This beauty myth is about as far from the truth as possible. In actual fact, if your face feels tight or uncomfortable in any way, you are either using the wrong cleanser for your skin type, or you are using too much for your skin, and not allowing it to breathe. Using a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner wiped gently over your face with cotton wool should ensure that your skin is fully cleansed, and is happy and healthy!

Myth 5: Pumping the mascara wand helps to apply it better

This is a big mistake as far as mascaras are concerned! The only thing that happens when you pump the mascara wand is extra air and bubbles in the tube, which makes mascara inside the tube dry out and finish quicker. If your mascara is running low but there is still a little left in there, just slowly twist the wand as you remove it to pick up more of the product.

Myth 6: Cutting your hair will make it grow faster

Although I for one wish this one is true, it seems that your hair will grow in its own sweet time (usually about half an inch per month) no matter how many trims you have. It is always a good idea to trim your hair once in a while though, as it will look much healthier and ensure you get rid of any split ends! It has taken me about 15 years and 10 dodgy short cuts to research and confirm that trimming unfortunately does not make hair grow faster!

Myth 7: Applying petroleum jelly to your eyelashes makes them grow faster

After various sticky situations involving eyelash glue, false lashes and some tweezers, I have officially resigned at trying to apply false lashes, and decided to research a method I heard about involving applying Vaseline or other petroleum jelly to my eyelashes to get the thick gorgeous lashes that I am dying for! Unfortunately eyelash length and thickness is all down to genetics. In fact, any sort of petroleum jelly or equivalent could actually plug the glands on the inner rims of your eyelids that produce tears, flush out any debris and fend off infections – time to tackle those falsies again!

Myth 8: Applying cocoa butter will stop stretch marks

Once again, this common belief sadly is not true. Stretch marks occur when skin expands quickly (as in pregnancy, or rapid weight gain/loss), which breaks the collagen and elastin fibers that normally support it. Or they can simply be down to unlucky genetics. Stretch marks are formed below the top layer of skin, where cream or oil can’t reach. However, frequent moisturising can reduce the appearance and improve overall skin health.

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