We’ve looked at strange remedies… now lets dissect the weird and wonderful things people will do to create picture-perfect salon finish skin: Snail facials: snails, fed on an organic diet of fruit and vegetables are placed on the skin and allowed … Continue reading
Last post we looked at strange home remedies, this time we’re looking at some common beauty myths:
- Chocolate causes pimples – this is a big fat no. Chocolate doesn’t make you break out. But, here is where the line gets a little bit shaky… Chocolate in itself will not make you break out, but if you are having more than what is a balanced amount for your body, then you will start to run into breakout issues. An undesirable bump in your blood sugar can create havoc in your sebaceous glands, which can lead to systemic acne. This really doesn’t just mean chocolate though, it actually refers to your entire diet. Balance is key. If you are worried about blood sugar issues, steer clear of refined sugars in large amounts, and go for low GI instead.
- We age faster on the right side – this is completely true, with most people (in Australia anyway), and here’s why; one word. Sunscreen (or lack thereof). Another word; driving. People that drive a lot tend to age faster on their right side (or the left depending on your country) because we expose ourselves to the sun on the right side while driving. Also, people that tend to favour one side when they sleep will wrinkle faster on that side.
- Pores ‘open’ and ‘close’ – like a book? No. They don’t. They produce sebum, and clog. But they don’t actually open and close, contrary to popular belief. Some pores can become enlarged due to excessive clogging. The reason that some people worry about getting large pores on their nose or similar, is usually because there is an imbalance in the skin which is causing areas with a higher concentration of sebum excretion (like the T zone etc) to clog. If this imbalance isn’t corrected, the clogging will worsen over time.
- Wearing make up is no good for your skin – not true. It’s not fantastic for your skin, but provided it’s non comedogenic (doesn’t cause comedones, or blocked pores), as long as it is cleansed off properly, it’s more than fine to wear.
- Oily skin doesn’t need moisturising – so false. Oily skin needs just as much (if not more) love than dry skin. The reason being, is oil is different to water. A healthy, hydrated skin will maintain it’s own balance much more efficiently, meaning oily skin will remain balanced. If an oily skin isn’t moisturised, the sebaceous glands will go crazy and compensate by making more oil to make up for the imbalance. This becomes even worse if you’re using stripping cleansers to remove oil as well.
- Nail polish will turn your nails yellow – the only reason that nail polish turns nails yellow is because some of the pigment is absorbed into the nail bed. There’s a reason that your beauty therapist seems to paint layer upon layer when polishing your nails, the first layer, the base coat, prevents this discolouration of your nail
- Toothpaste will kill a big pimple – this is true, to an extent. It isn’t a guaranteed fix, but it can help to absorb some of the excess oil and help stop the spread of the p acnes bacteria. Don’t put too much on though, and don’t leave it for too long.
- Cleanse, tone moisturise… right? – not necessarily. You should think of it more like ‘clean, condition, moisturise’. Clean – cleansing your skin, removing make-up and the day’s pollution build-up. Condition – this is when your skin should become balanced. If you are using a good cleanser that is pH balanced, then performing a second cleanse on your skin will be all you need to do to correctly ‘condition’ it. No toner necessary. Moisturise – well you should know this one by now. And if you don’t, have a look through some of my old posts!
- Strange but true… completely true home beauty tips (facetedbeauty.wordpress.com)
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