The reality behind beauty tricks you were taught as a teenager

The reality behind beauty tricks you were taught as a teenager

26 January 2016

When it comes to beauty, it seems as though everyone has their fair share of tips and tricks to pass on – and teenagers are no exception. Do you remember buying weekly magazines and religiously abiding by their beauty rules? Well it turns out that some of the tips you used to read may not actually have a lot of truth in them. Let’s investigate.

  • Myth: Pumping your mascara brush gives lashes more volume

While this tip may work for you, it’ll also leave you out of pocket. Why? Because pumping your mascara wand allows air to get into the tube, drying out the product inside. Extend the life of your mascara by swirling the wand instead.

  • Myth: Drinking water helps get rid of dry skin

While drinking lots of water is essential to keep skin cells healthy and to flush out toxins, it doesn’t actually have any direct impact on dry skin. To solve this problem, you’ll need to invest in moisturiser.

  • Myth: Toothpaste can be used to battle blemishes

Many people believe that the menthol in toothpaste will reduce redness and inflammation of spots. In actual fact, it’s the other ingredients in toothpaste you should watch out for as they may aggravate sensitive skin.

  • Myth: Chocolate causes unwanted breakouts

It’s likely that this myth originated as a way to curb teenage cravings for sugary snacks as skin experts maintain that eating chocolate does not cause Acne. If you suffer from unwanted breakouts, it may be a good idea to keep a food diary to see if there is a link between the spots and any food you consume.

  • Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker

Contrary to popular belief, hair regrowth is the same after shaving as it is with waxing. It may appear thicker simply because it is shorter in between shaving.

  • Myth: Waxing makes hair grow back at a reduced rate

In the short term, it’s unlikely you’ll notice much difference in hair regrowth speed from waxing. In the long term however, this tip is less of a myth. That’s because waxing pulls the hair out from the root – and repeat treatments over time (around 20 years) can damage follicles to the extent that they don’t grow back.

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