Beauty myths: The good, the bad and the bizarre

A simple scroll on Pinterest, YouTube and Google will give you a million and one seemingly effective ways to switch up and improve our beauty regimes. But with the abundance of magazines and beauty blogs giving rival opinions, it is easy to get lost in the sometimes-mythical world of beauty.

Whilst some of the beauty myths hold a level of truth, others are downright bizarre. From washing hair with coca-cola to using glue to remove blackheads, some beauty tips and tricks that have swept the internet over the years can cause more harm than good.

One craze that we see in countless movie montages of pampering sleepovers and makeovers are cucumbers being placed on the eyes. Popping a few slices on the lids may feel like you’re creating your own at-home spa and reliving a Princess Diaries scene – but is there any truth behind this popular myth? The answer: kind of.

Cold temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict, which means that swelling may be temporarily reduced. However, cucumber slices have no proven benefits when used to treat the pigmentation of those pesky dark circles.

Other acclaimed cures for dark under eyes include applying crushed mint leaves, drinking cranberry juice twice a day and using the juice from raw potato juice to lighten the delicate under eye skin.

Another beauty myth that we hear and that actually holds truth includes using toothpaste to treat small pimples and spots. Whilst there are several horror stories around this method, the beauty hack actually holds some level of truth – but should be used with caution.

Toothpaste contains alcohol which has the ability to dry up small spots and reduce swelling. However, some skin types are more sensitive than others and toothpaste may cause irritation when used on larger pimples and when used in bigger quantities.

While some beauty myths do hold truth, they shouldn’t necessarily be used. Using lemon juice to lighten hair has proven to be a cheap and effective way of lightening hair. However, the citric acid can cause extreme irritation. Greater control of colour as well, as well as eliminating the risks that come with prolonged sun exposure, can be achieved through box-dying hair, or visiting a hairdresser.

As unappealing as a cold shower sounds, especially on cold Manchester days, cold water is a cheap and extremely effective way of making your hair shinier as it closes the hair follicle that may be susceptible to environmental conditions that often damage it.

Whilst the tips and hacks so far have held some truth, the following myths have proven to be false and ineffective at fulfilling the promises they make.

A myth that were we told as children was that having your hair trimmed makes it grow faster, and that’s exactly what it is – just a myth. According to sources, hair growth stems from the follicles in the roots of the hair and trimming the ends has no effect on this. However, having a hair cut will give the appearance of fuller and healthier looking hair by getting rid of damaged, split ends.

Along with hair myths, another one which we see countless times on TV adverts is a shampoo’s ability to magically repair damaged ends. Whilst certain conditioners can improve the condition of the hair, they unfortunately cannot repair broken ends.

It is often said that switching shampoo brands will prevent your hair familiarising itself to the products you are putting on it – which in turn, will stop them from not working. Unfortunately, this is not true. Just as is the same with skincare, your hair and skin will not stop an effective product working on it.

Drinking water to hydrate your skin is another myth that hides the whole truth. Whilst water intake can affect your skin if you’re extremely dehydrated, drinking gallons of water won’t have a direct impact on skin. Hydration works through oil production as well as external absorption through creams and lotions. However, it is suggested to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day for good general health – our skin is indicator of good health so keeping healthy will result in better-looking skin.

Fighting back all the claims that wearing makeup is bad for your skin comes the revealing truth that failure to remove makeup properly is worse than wearing it. More often than not, makeup products contain SPF which helps protect skin against sun-damage and premature aging. It is the failure to remove all its traces that can lead to clogged pores and dreaded breakouts.

What are the beauty myths you swear by? Add to the growing list by commenting below or tweeting @TheNubianTimes.

TNT Beauty Alexia Hendrickson

Photo Credit: KayKarol

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