Beauty Myths Fact or Fiction

There are literally thousands of ways to get information on beauty these days. This blog being just another example of the many ways women get their information. When it comes to fact or fiction in the beauty world it is a matter of trial and error. What works for me, may not work for you, and vice versa. However, I found it interesting to delve into the "true and false" tips that are out there in the world of internet. I found some that I read said false on one site and then true on another. Again this is an example of trial and error because obviously what worked for one person did not work for the other. Just keep that in mind when reading below, just because it says True or False next to it, does not mean it is 100% correct. We are all so different that it is impossible for a "one size fits all" beauty regime. 

Myth: Your cell phone can cause breakouts. 
FACT ✔  
In fact some experts claim that cell phones have more bacteria than doorknobs and toilet seats! 
Solution: Take a clean cloth LIGHTLY moistened with alcohol and softly clean you cell phone. This will lessen the amount of bacteria present, thus causing less breakouts. 

Myth: Certain cleansers can shrink pores. 
What they can do at best is make them appear smaller. This is a temporary fix as pore size is mostly genetic. 
Solution: Find what works best for you, but remember that its only TEMPORARY. Don't set your heart on shrinking pores forever, just enjoy how gorgeous you look while the product does it's "magic" for the time being. 

Myth: Plucking gray hairs causes more grays. 
FALSE ✘   
Plucking one or two grays will not cause you to turn into 
Cruella De Vil (lol), but it will cause the root to become damaged. 
Soultion: Try an at home hair dye specifically formulated for gray hair coverage or discuss it with your hair stylist. 

Myth: Expensive products are better than inexpensive products. FALSE ✘  
The truth is, no matter what the price, there are good and bad products in all price ranges. It's all about their formulation not their price tag. 
Solution: Try out a cheaper cosmetic before you write it off or rush out to buy a more expensive one based on just the name brand. Take advantage of many stores cosmetics return policy. (I finally got over my shyness of returning cosmetics when I started building my makeup collection. If I didn't like it then it went back the next day!)

Myth: Toothpaste is a good way to get rid of a zit. 
While this may dry out the zit and make it disappear, the Fluoride in it irritates the heck out of your skin and can cause burns. 

Myth: Putting your nails in ice water will make them dry faster. FALSE ✘ 
Doing this will actually slow down the process. 
Solution: If you're in a hurry use a quick drying polish, top coat, or spray. 

Myth: Sushi and shellfish can cause breakouts. 
FACT ✔  
I had never even heard of this when I came across this fact. Apparently due to their high iodine content the above listed culprits can cause breakouts and further irritate current ones. 
Solution: Keep sushi and shellfish to a minimum when you are experiencing breakouts. If seafood is something you enjoy and you have problematic skin then try eating only farm raised seafood, like farm raised Catfish, Salmon, or Tilapia. 

Myth: Skin that feel "squeaky" clean is healthy skin. 
Skin that has been stripped of all its oils using harsh detergents and cleansers is the opposite of healthy skin. Your skin needs these oils in order to maintain itself healthy and protect itself from outside irritants and elements. 
Solution: Use mild cleansers with added moisture instead.

Hope this information was helpful for you. If you know of any other beauty myths you'd like to share leave them in the comments below :)  

XOXO - Angel Lee ❤  


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