Has your hygienic routines been influenced and restricted by beauty myths that you are not even certain are true? Let’s say you have a friend that swears by a specific skincare brand and convinces you that all your products, from facial wash to toners to moisturizers, must come from the same brand. Do you follow your flawless friend’s advice? Will you spend thousands of pesos just to achieve immaculate skin without even questioning this beauty myth? For those of you who are easily persuaded by misconceptions and hearsay, Beautypreneur is going to dissect a few famous rumors and let you know whether they’re bona fide beauty hacks or senseless hoaxes.
“Acne is only for those in their pubescent years”
It is true that the increase in hormones in a person’s adolescent years causes acne, but people past these developing stages are not exempted from these skin imperfections that come in types like whiteheads, pimples, nodules, etc. Just like teens, hormones can change in adults due to stress, sleep deprivation, bad diet, all of which can cause acne to a victim of any age. How to stop this? Have a change in lifestyle or scout for a good spot cream that matches your skin type.
“Shaving will result to thicker hair regrowth”
It’s time to debunk this belief – shaving does not affect hair growth, no matter how convinced you are that the new hair you see on your legs may be a little bit thicker or darker than before. Shaving causes a prickling sensation, leaving the skin feeling rough and hoarse, which may lead some to believe that the hair growing out is thicker. For those who think that the hair is darker than usual, it is because the newly grown hair have yet to be exposed to sunlight and other chemicals.
“Curling your eyelashes after applying mascara can damage the lashes”
This practice is true – to some extent. The main reason why makeup artists discourage curling your eyelashes once mascara is applied is because the mascara tends to harden the lashes, plus the formula may stick to the curler and bring your lashes with it. However, some makeup artists have discovered that you can curl them even with product on, but the mascara must be dry already and have to be gentle. There are many other tips to get the effortless falsies effect, such as heating the curler beforehand or moving the curler upward while squeezing on them gently for a more natural curl.
“Toothpaste can get rid of pimples”
Although home remedies are more convenient and economical, applying toothpaste to that red spot may lead to more skin problems. For one, toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide and triclosan which kills bacteria and dries up the pimple. But keep in mind that toothpaste was never meant to clear out skin imperfections in the first place, and applying it to something as sensitive as a pimple can lead to irritation and continuous dryness. If you cannot wait for the pimple to dry out on its own, try an acne spot treatment that uses safer and more specialized chemicals made to effectively remove pimples.
“Teeth can undergo continuous whitening”
Everyone wants a pearly white smile, right? Even so, dentists have found that too much whitening can make your teeth look chalky and translucent because of the overload of peroxide can lead to cellular damage. Whitening strips and mouthwashes are readily available at any drugstore, and of course brushing your teeth at least 3 times a day is a must. But when it comes to bleaching or more abrasive procedures, it would be best to consult with your dentist regarding the strength or sensitivity of your teeth before taking another step into having a brilliant smile.
So remember; the next time you hear a dubious beauty hack, make sure that science is there to back it up! Be wary the it comes to what you put on your face, and do your research as well! If you have any myths worth debunking or verifying, don’t hesitate to comment below! I’d love to hear what keeps our Beautypreneurs on their toes in terms of skincare routines and makeup habits!