In case you haven’t guessed I’m a pretty honest type of girl. I tell it like it is – the good, the bad and the ugly. Absolutely no holds barred here!
So now it’s time to debunk a few more totally crazy beauty myths. Bring out the tissues because some of your best and worst fears are about to be proved true…
Myth: Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out.
Once again not true. What keeps skin moist is oil, not water. Sure, drinking water will help keep your vital organs operating properly, and not enough water can give you a parched appearance. But your skin still has the potential to look dry even if you drink eight glasses a day, if it is that way inclined.
Myth: You only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny.
Ooh that’s a bad one to believe. Trust me the sun and its harmful rays are hiding there, behind those clouds, whether you realise it or not. As such wearing sunscreen year round is must because it’s the only way to adequately protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Myth: You should wash your hair every day
Gosh talk about giving yourself more work than is required. The truth is your hair relies on the natural oils it produces to keep it healthy, strong, and shiny. Washing your hair too often will strip your scalp of these important nutrients and has the potential to cause dry, brittle and damaged hair. To be honest the less you wash, the better – a few times a week is optimal by any standard.
Myth: Best Way to Use Perfume is to Spray First and Walk through the Mist
I don’t even know where I first heard this gem but it seemed glamorous enough when I was a teenager to spray perfume in the air and walk through it. Unfortunately this isn’t the best or correct way to apply perfume. Walking into the mist simply means you are coating yourself – your clothes and head too with fragrance. Since fragrance is formulated to work with the heat of your body, it’s best to apply perfume to pulse points: 1) the wrists, 2) the back of the knees,3) base of the throat and 4) just behind your ears. Extra tip: Don’t rub wrists together as this can break down the molecular structure of perfume.
Myth: Never, Ever Tweeze Above the Brow
Whoever made up this myth is responsible for all the dishevelled looking women around the world walking around right now with messy brows. Please I beg of you, pluck below and above the brow – do whatever you can to clean up the unruly stray hairs because there is definitely no law written anywhere that says you cannot pluck above the brow. So many girls think they can only pluck below the brow and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Oftentimes the best shape for your face can only be achieved by plucking above the brow.
Finally one more silly myth thrown in for good measure…
Myth: A Good Lotion Will Prevent Stretch Marks
Once again this is not really true. There are lots of women who swear by a particular lotion or oil to prevent stretch marks (I myself swore by Ella Bache Floral Oil when I was pregnant) but the simple truth is stretch marks are caused by weight gain or weight loss.
Some women don’t get stretch marks because their skin reacts well to expanding. Others get stretch marks because genetically, their skin can’t cope. If your mother had stretch marks during her pregnancies or you got them from a growth period in your youth, then it’s more than likely you’ll get them too whilst pregnant no matter how much oil or lotion you rub every day on your body.