Top 10 Beauty Myths Debunked

1 – Tanning is the Solution to Skin Imperfections :

Recent studies show that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. We all want that sun-kissed glow to cover up the blemishes we’ve been trying hard to hide and it is true that tans can help cover skin imperfections but, it is only temporary. In fact, “If you’re getting enough sun to get a tan, then you’re getting too much,” says Dr. David J. Leffell, professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine.

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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation   tans are the result of dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is received  either from exposure to the sun or from tanning lamps — which causes  damages to  our skin cells’ DNA and increases our risk of getting melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

2 You Should Let Acne Run its Course : Acne face map

While some people are lucky enough to bid acne goodbye as soon as their teenage years are over, others are not. You should start treating acne as soon as it starts bothering you. That way you can speed up the healing process and rule out any potential for scarring. There are several over-the-counter medications to treat mild acne but, if your acne is severe you should definitely see a dermatologist.

3- Age Spots Come with Age :

“Despite the name, age spots are not actually caused by aging, but rather a result of excessive sun exposure” says  HealthNews.org.

They are also known as liver spots and again this has nothing to do with liver problems.

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*Age spots are usually harmless, but it is preferable to have all your skin changes checked just to be safe.

4- Water Keeps your Skin Hydrated:

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As important as is drinking water for our overall health there is not enough hard evidence to prove that drinking extra volumes of water will keep your skin young and healthy. Suzan Obagi, assistant professor in dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center explains that glycosaminoglycans or GAGs are what keep the skin hydrated. So, in order to keep a fresh look you should focus on your skin’s natural moisturizers. This can be done by applying moisturizers containing alpha hydroxy acids and hyaluronic acid within 2 minutes of leaving the shower as the skin is most vulnerable then.

5-There is a Treatment out There That Eliminates Cellulite :

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There is nothing out there that can put an end to cellulites and that’s that. It is all about genes : either you’re lucky not to  have it or you’re not.

6 – Damaged Hair Can Be Repaired :

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What is dead cannot be undead. The same holds true for hair and humans. No matter what some hair products claim over and over, damaged hair cannot be repaired unless you  cut or trim  it . Some products may give your hair a healthier and glossier look but it is just to keep you buying, as the effect goes away once you stop using them.

7 – Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker :

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That is absolutely a myth. Shaving does not affect the thickness or rate of hair growth and if it did then balding men and women would be shaving their heads everyday. It is merely a matter of impression, as the hair starts to grow back the new hairs’ ends feel coarse giving us the impression that the hair is growing thicker.

8-  Standing Up for Long Hours Causes varicose/spider veins : 

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Unfortunately this one is true. Standing and walking put the pressure on our legs which causes the blood to flow backwards in our veins.  For some people varicose veins are just an aesthetic issue, for others they may lead to more serious problem. Whikr it is still unclear whether varicose veins can be cured, there are several ways in which you can ease the symptoms such as :

  • avoiding standing or sitting still for long periods and trying to move around every 30 minutes
  • taking regular breaks throughout the day, raising the legs on pillows while resting to ease discomfort
  • exercising regularly – this can improve circulation and help maintain a healthy weight (http://www.nhs.uk)

9 – Makeup is Bad for Your Skin : 

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Make up causes acne and other skin problems – WRONG. You can wear makeup daily without any problems. Not using the right makeup for you and not applying it the right way is what irritates your skin. Besides, if you do not remove your makeup, or even worse if you sleep with your makeup on then of course your skin is going to break out.

10 – Perfumes Do Not Expire :

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Although perfumes do not come with an expiration date, they do go bad.

After about two years, perfumes and colognes begin to lose their original scent, which may be replaced by an unpleasant odor. To prevent this from happening even faster, store fragrances in a cool, dark place. Sunlight breaks them down quickly, especially if the scents are packaged in light-colored bottles. (Global Post )

 

 

 

 

 

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