When it comes to beauty, there are many ideas and hacks that people like to share or pass down. And while we may learn some valuable lessons from others, sometimes the beauty tips are just untrue.
Some of these myths have been perpetuated through years of being shared and have somehow stuck and become widely accepted. However, among the beauty gems are a bunch of useless stones that are based on falsehoods.
From misconceptions about shaving and SPF, we are busting common beauty myths that have become widely believed over the years.
Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker
The darkness and thickness of your hair are primarily determined by your hair follicle. Shaving doesn’t affect your follicle and consequently won’t affect the thickness of your hair.
Natural Ingredient Are Better
There’s a common misconception that “natural” ingredients are inherently better or more effective than “non-natural” ingredients. For one, the terms “natural” or “clean” are not formally regulated. As a result, the companies can use these terms as they like.
Expensive Means More Effective
Price is not a determining factor for efficacy as every price bracket has its good and bad products. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you in the price range that fits your pocket.
Smiling Causes Crow Feet
This is not necessarily the case. The fine lines between your brow are more likely to form in people with thin, fair skin. Instead, Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center, highlights that it may be more about squinting to “Real Simple.”
The Higher The SPF, The Better
Using a sunscreen with a high SPF is well-advised, but when it comes to face, it’s often recommended to use an SPF of at least 30. It’s also important to reapply your sun protection during the day.
Tingling Means It’s Working
Feeling a tingling sensation when you’ve applied a product doesn’t exactly means it’s working. Instead, this might be a sign of skin irritation, resulting in inflammation, redness, or rash.
You Can Permanently Shrink Your Pores
Pores can become bigger and more prominent on the face from sun exposure and frequently clogged pores, but Day points out that there is no way to make them smaller again.
Age Spots Are An Indication Of Age
The brown spots of discoloration result from years of exposure to sun damage, not necessarily a sign of age. They can appear no matter a person’s age.
Removing Skin Tags Causes More To Appear
Skin tags tend to be inherited, and if you’re prone to skin tags, you’ll likely have more pop up on your body. However, removing one, you run the risk of it growing back. If you’re bothered by a skin tag, instead see a dermatologist to take care of it than trying to remove it yourself.
Crossing Your Legs Causes Varicose Veins
Chances are you’ve heard that those blue, prominent veins are caused by always crossing your legs. This isn’t exactly true. Varicose veins are essentially a result of genetics.