From wise old words from your granny to age-old beauty nuggets that have been around for so long we just assume they must be right, we reveal some of the biggest beauty myths that simply aren't true.
Myth: Brushing your hair 100 times a night will make it shine
Truth: Too much hair brushing will actually cause more damage than good, as it will weaken the hair shaft and make hair prone to splitting and breakage. There is no doubt that daily brushing helps hair as it removes knots and tangles, helps to distribute natural oils down the hair shaft for added shine and stimulates circulation in the scalp, but just a few strokes will do the trick!
Myth: If you pluck a grey hair, seven more will grow back in its place
Truth: If plucking out hair made more grow in its place, balding would be a thing of the past! So although if you pluck out a grey hair another grey one may just grow back, you can rest assured you won’t be increasing the amount of grey hair on your head.
Myth: Only teenagers get spots
Truth: As if our spot-ridden teenage years weren't bad enough, it turns out they don’t necessarily disappear the moment you hit your 20s. While crazy teenage hormones are often responsible for skin breakouts, it’s not the only cause and other hormones and genetics also play their part, with some people suffering with spots throughout their 20s, 30s and beyond. One cause that can be prevented though is a poor skincare routine and ensuring you cleanse your skin thoroughly twice a day can go a long way towards a clearer complexion.
Myth: Regularly trimming your hair will make it grow faster
Truth: What you do to the ends of your hair won’t have any impact on growth at the root of the hair. What regular trims will do however is help stop split ends and breakage, which can cause thinning at the ends of the hair. So not only will your hair look healthier but it can also look fuller, too.
Myth: You shouldn't use oil-based skincare if you have oily skin
Truth: All skin types need natural oils (sebum) to protect and hydrate the skin, so if you have oily skin and you use a product that ‘strips’ the oil away, your skin will simply react by producing more sebum and making the problem worse. Instead, oil-based skincare products can help to balance oil production within the skin and leave it feeling comfortable instead of ‘stripped’ and tight.
Article by Jenni Retourné from Style with Substance.