As we all know, Myths are never true except proven and it can only be debunked by facts. It’s important to be aware of facts so you don’t become a paranoid beautician, a product basher and spreader of lies.
1. Myth: Shaving hair makes it grow back fuller
If you’re hairy and you occasionally shave, you’ve probably have heard it time and again. I know I have. So is this myth true or not?
Truth: No, shaving hair doesn’t change its thickness, colour or rate of growth.
Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. During the phase of when the tip feels coarse and stubbly, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker, but it’s not. When hair starts to grow back it will feel coarse and thick compared to the softer, thinner ends you shaved off.
2. Myth: Hot water opens pores.
I’m so guilty of believing in this, anytime I want to observe my normal occasional facial treatments I always ‘steam’ my face.
Truth: Skin openings do not change in size.
In reality, hot water loosens hardened dirt, oil and makeup within pores, allowing for better cleansing. It doesn’t open pores. But you have to be careful because it can strip/contribute in stripping your skin of its natural oil, which might lead to irritation and dryness.
3. Myth: Drinking water hydrates your skin.
Water is said to have a special healing effect for your skin. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Also that it gives you glowing skin.
Truth: Water doesn’t cure dry skin.
Water is actually not effective in curing dry skin and I think that the myth has been peddled well enough. We tend to think that drinking a lot of water can cure dry skin, the truth is the water doesn’t actually make it to your skin plus dry skin is an external problem and is best treated from the outside.
True skin hydration either is endogenous — meaning we create it ourselves through natural oil production — or it’s exogenous, [meaning] we add moisture to the skin through creams, lotions, or oils.
External factors such as cleansing products, environment, and oil glands can cause dry skin but the best solution for dry skin is to treat it from the outside with a moisturizer such as a lotion, cream, ointment, petroleum gel or oil, which forms an effective barrier to water loss. You could also try not to bathe more than twice a day limiting time spent to just 10 minutes and using just warm water.
4. Myth: Trimming your hair enhances its growth.
Another myth that has made its rounds.
Truth: Trimming your hair just creates the illusion that it’s growing.
It’s an ancient legend, but it doesn’t do anything to the roots. You might ask, but why does it seem like your hair grows faster if you go in for regular trims? Actually, it’s all about split ends. Breakage starts at the bottom and works its way up the hair follicle.
Chopping off the damaged ends only just makes your mane look fuller and healthier, but it won’t turn you into Rapunzel.
Also, goes for combing your hair 100 times a day. It doesn’t turn you to Rapunzel.
5. You’ll eventually outgrow acne.
We all wish, I mean if there was an age we can get to and be free of acne, it would be a delight and it would be the age to look forward to.
Truth: What triggers acne and helps it resolve aren’t dependent on age.
Alas, blemishes and pimples can follow you well into your older years. Outgrowing pimples is only a myth that doesn’t hold water. So if you’re a teen and you’ve been given the hope that come 10 years you would be free, I’m sorry for that false hope. Even if you’ve always had clear skin, your battle with breakouts could hit in your 30s