We are bombarded with information everyday. At this day and age, beauty information is so readily available where the desired beauty data can be accessed with a simple click of a button.
But the sad truth is that not all the information are facts, and in most instances, reports and news are conflicting – coffee is good for you one day and the next day a research will counter that coffee is bad.
To sort out the beauty myths from the facts, we look at the top 10 beauty questions.
Beauty Myth 1: Pimples develop overnight
Myth – Pimples take at least 1 week to form. If you wake up in the morning with a zit on your forehead, it is probably caused by a blocked pore with a build up of sebum 2 weeks ago that has become infected.
You go to bed with skin clear as a newborn’s and wake up with an angry red zit on your forehead — but that pimple is no overnight star; it was actually days in the making.
Beauty Myth 2: Eating Junk Food, Fast Food and Oily Foods will Cause Breakouts
Myth: There are no direct correlation with junk food and acne.
Over production in sebum, hormonal fluctuations, bacteria and inflammation causes acne.
However, over indulgence with oily fatty foods is not ideal for ones health and can lead to other more serious health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol etc.
Beauty Myth 3: Laser Hair Removal is Permanent
Myth – Laser hair removal only gets rid of up to 80% of hair. One reason for this is that hair grows in cycles. Since some will be dormant at the time of your appointments, the laser can’t zap every hair at every session
Repeated treatments will help reduce more hair but it is not permanent as many believe. The good news is that hair that grows back after treatment will be alot finer and less dense.
Beauty Myth 4: The Sun Will help reduce acne
Myth – You may look alot better immediately after spending time in the sun due to the masking effect from the sun redness and tan. But long UV exposure will cause an increase in oil sebum production and constant exposure can also leave you with dark pigmentation marks.
Beauty Myth 5: Facial Exercises Helps You Look Younger
Myth – Facial exercises is not going to tighten up and fill in the fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike other parts of the body where we can do weight or resistance exercises to tone up the muscles, we really have no way of doing weight exercises on our face.
The opposite is true. Repetitive motions using your facial muscles — such as frowning, laughing and smiling can actually bring more fine lines out in the face. (Expression Lines)
Beauty Myth 6: Hypoallergenic Products are Suitable for All Skin Types
Myth – Don’t be fooled. Just because a product label has the word “Hypoallergenic”, it does not mean you will not get an allergic reaction to it. There is currently no legal standard for using this word and any cosmetic company can put it on their labels.
The best way to determine if you are allergic to a product before purchasing is to go through the ingredients label to see which ingredient you are sensitive to.
Beauty Myth 7: The more Expensive the Skin Care Products, more Effective it is
Myth: Price does not determine quality.
More importantly, we all have different skin types and respond differently to different products. As a consumer, we need to find the right combination of skin care products that is suited to our specific skin type.
Companies slap on a big price tag to pay for the big celebrity endorsement contracts.
Beauty Myth 8: You can make a Bruise Disappear Faster
Myth - A bruise develops when an area beneath the skin is injured, rupturing blood vessels and leaking blood into the tissue. The pooled blood forms the black and blue color beneath the skin and it takes time for the body to heal and reabsorb the blood.
There are certain creams and gels which claim to help fade the bruise faster, but this is not true. Creams can help prevent a bruise from forming, but after a bruise is formed, the only way you can get rid of it is through time. A dermatologist can use an ultrasound on the area to fade the color a bit, but the bruise won’t actually go away any faster.
Beauty Myth 9: Losing Weight will Help You Loss Cellulite
Myth - Cellulite is a skin problem, not a fat problem. It has more to do with your predisposed genetics, as well as hormonal patterns and aging.
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. Losing some fat can smooth some of your dimples, but it won’t eradicate cellulite altogether.
Beauty Myth 10: Cucumber Reduces Eye Puffiness
Myth – The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. It’s really the coldness and chillness that acts as a vasoconstrictor, constricting the blood vessels and pulling excess fluid out of the tissues to reduce puffiness.
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