Beauty Myths: True or False?
Posted October 14, 2008on:
Beauty Myths. We’ve all heard a few: “If you wax enough, you’re hair won’t grow back” or “the more you shave or wax the thicker and faster your hair will grow back”. But what’s true and what’s not? WEEN is exposing the 5 biggest beauty myths:
The more you wax, the less your hair grows
Possible, but it would take up to 20 years! Wax rips hair out at the follicles, and repeated injury to the follicles will cause the hair not to grow back, but you would have to wax regularly for 2 decades for that to happen.
Preparation H deflates puffiness under eyes
Makeup artists everywhere use this trick. While a lot anecdotal evidence proves this myth to be true, no clinical studies have been done. One of the product’s ingredients, (a yeast derivative that is said to reduce puffiness) is no longer found in the version that’s available in the States. The other ingredient that is credited with reducing inflammation is phenylephrine, which temporarily constricts blood vessels. Nevertheless, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin, so use it wisely… and correctly!
Applying Cocoa Butter or Olive Oil can stop stretch marks.
The most popular beauty claim ever! It’s been tested time and time again, but this is not true (*insert sad face here*). Stretch marks occur when skin expands quickly (e.g. pregnancy), breaking the collagen and elastin fibers that normally support it. The most you can do is quell the itching that occurs when skin expands. So, ladies you’re out of luck, unless you have this amazing thing called genetics (I do, yay!!!).
Tanning or applying toothpaste helps get rid of acne
Don’t tell her I told you, but my cousin Ashika does this (the toothpaste one). There is truth to both claims, tanning and toothpaste. With tanning, a particular wavelength of light has been shown to stimulate porphyrin, a chemical that eradicates the bacteria that cause acne. But while some sun exposure may help pimples get better temporarily, you can experience a rebound effect. If the skin is overexposed to sun or light, you’re body will naturally produce oil (and you know what that does!). As for toothpaste, it often contains menthol, which can help dry out a pimple. But don’t reach for the tube of Colgate just yet, there are other ingredients in toothpaste that irritate the skin, so just reach over the counter for some Neutrogena and Clearasil.
Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out
I’ve heard this one, but what keeps skin moist is oil, not water. Drinking water helps vital organs operate properly, and too little water in your body can give you a wan appearance, but your skin can still look dry even if you drink eight glasses a day. So drink up, but not for moist skin.
So there you have it, what’s true and what’s not. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, because as females we can’t help it, but don’t spend years and years trying things that simply doesn’t work!
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