There’s so much beauty advice out there; some of it right, and some of it completely misleading! And please, anything your bestie tells you is NOT gospel truth. Here are ten beauty myths you need to stop believing right now.
Here are the common beauty myths & facts:
Just use your ring finger to apply eye cream!
The logic behind this dictum was that the ring finger is supposedly the weakest, so you would apply the least pressure, leading to a gentler eye cream application. Actually the little finger is the weakest digit. Besides, it doesn’t matter which finger you use provided you apply the formula with gentle strokes and never rub the delicate skin under eyes. Better still look for a formula that comes with an applicator like Pond's Age Miracle™ Firm & Lift Eye Contour Lifter.
If you pluck grey hairs, more will grow back.
Not true! What you do to one hair follicle doesn't affect the others. But plucking out greys will not do much good because greying happens at the follicular level, so the hairs will grow back exactly as white as their predecessors. Instead of torturing your mane, why not give in to the color craze with a scrumptious shade from L'Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Hair Color
Shaving will make hair grow back thicker.
Hahaha! If that was true, we would have all shaved our eyebrows in the hope of elevating them to Deepika P's status. Shaving doesn't affect the follicle or control the way the hair grows, it simply cuts it off on the skin surface. Since hair is thicker at the base and tapers as it grows it just looks thicker when it grows back. It's just an illusion my dear! Shaving aficionados try Braun Female Groomer FG1100
and you'll thank us forever!
Sunscreen is worse for your skin than the sun.
Don't believe this claptrap. Going sunscreen-free can and will damage your skin, cause premature aging, fine lines, age spots and wore, skin cancer! You just simply have to choose a formula that works for your skin type. An oil-free formula if you are prone to breakouts and a moisturizing one if you have dry, sensitive skin. Nykaa suggests Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+
It's okay to sleep in your makeup.
Tell this one to the birds! It is not okay to sleep with your makeup on, unless it's a lashing of kajal. Not only does makeup clog pores and choke skin while you rest, it also encourages bacterial growth deep in your pores which can cause serious acne outbreaks and eye infections. So there, we warned you! At a crunch if you're too tired to take it all off, keep wet wipes like Ginni Clea Cleansing & Makeup Remover Wet Wipes - Strawberry (10 Wipes)
handy to swipe it all off before you tumble into bed.
If you use hot tools on your hair only once in a while, you don't need heat protectant spray.
It's like saying you don't need to bother wearing running shoes if you only go for an occasional jog. The fact of the matter is that intense heat—from hair styling tools—can burn hair, so regardless of how often you use heat styling tools on your hair, ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray. Nykaa suggests Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist: High Temperature Protection.
Wearing makeup every day is bad for your skin.
While wearing makeup everyday will add a few steps to your cleansing routine—never go to bed without taking it all off—wearing makeup all day, every day will definitely NOT damage your skin. Sure a day without makeup and just a slathering of sunscreen can feel liberating but actually makeup protects your skin from the elements. The real culprit is not taking off makeup properly and going to bed with a full face. We recommend L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip & Eye Make-Up Remover.
Toothpaste gets rid of acne.
Please don't believe this! Toothpaste, especially whitening toothpaste, contain hydrogen peroxide, menthol and alcohol that can seriously dry out skin. While this sounds like the ideal spot treatment, the combination can irritate already inflamed skin, causing redness, itching, peeling, and (eeks) even more zits! Your safer bet is turning to a tried and tested spot remover like Avène TriAcnéal
You need to cut your cuticles for healthy nails.
Noooo! Most beauticians love having a go at your cuticles but in fact they form a barrier between your nail bed and the outside world. Cutting them exposes the nail bed to all kinds of infections. Worse, once you do clip them, they often grow back ragged and then you have to keep clipping them to make them look tidy. Instead, just push them back gently and moisturize your hands regularly. Use Colorbar Back in Shape Nail Shaping Set
to do so.
Always look for collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle product.
Not necessarily! Collagen and elastin in skincare products bind water but can't fuse with your skin's natural supply of these supportive elements. Besides collagen molecules are too large to penetrate skin. Instead look for a nourishing formula that has peptides, retinol, Vitamin C and E, known to tighten and lighten skin. Nykaa suggests L'Oreal Paris White Perfect Laser Overnight Treatment Cream