You probably know that eating a chocolate bar won’t make your skin breakout, a hundred brush strokes could actually lead to hair breakage, and shaving your legs won’t make your hair grow thicker. But if you think you’ve got your beauty rules all figured out, don’t be too sure.
While some beauty myths are easily debunked because of their sheer absurdity and unfounded claims, some sneaky fallacies continue to flourish, no thanks to false advertising and misleading scientific evidence. We dug up beauty and skincare ‘facts’ that sound so true, but are actually so false.
Myth: A natural scrub is safer than a synthetic scrub
Busted: It’s a common misconception that anything natural is safe; when in fact, scrubs that contain pulverized seeds and fruit pits have uneven, jagged particles that can be too rough on the skin. Opt instead for scrubs that contain fine micro beads that will exfoliate your skin without causing any abrasions.
Myth: Facial exercise will make you look younger
Busted: A hundred crunches a day may tone your abs, but regular facial exercise will not help tighten the skin or fade wrinkles. In fact, repetitive motions like frowning, smiling, squinting or even sipping from a straw can speed up the appearance of lines on the face. If you want to prevent those lines, get a good anti-ageing product.
Myth:Hypoallergenic products for sensitive skin
Busted: In general, the term ‘hypoallergenic’ is used to indicate that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than other products, but it’s still possible to have some kind of reaction. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid products with common irritants like fragrances, alcohols and high-strength acids altogether.
Myth: You shouldn’t mix skin-care brands
Busted: It’s not the brand that matters, but the content. Skin-care products differ in their active ingredients and potency, but your skin reacts to a product based on what works for it or doesn’t work. You can mix-and-match brands as long as you read the labels and make sure that the ingredients suit your skin type.
Myth: Layering two different SPFs gives you higher sun protection
Busted: Layering SPF 30 over SPF 50 doesn’t add up. For the best sun protection, use a sunscreen with SPF30 or higher if you know you’re going to be outdoors, and don’t forget to reapply. If you want more protection, why not double your defence from within?