7 Beauty Myths to Stop Believing
Go ahead, pluck that gray hair
Remember when your cool, older cousin warned you that shaving your legs too often would cause the hair to grow back thicker? Lies. Lies. LIES. We set out to debunk seven of the most common beauty myths.
Myth: Sitting cross-legged will give you spider veins
Truth: Spider veins can be caused by prolonged sitting or standing, smoking and obesity. They’re also genetic. So you can blame any of those sources, but there’s no need to uncross your legs.
Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker
Truth: This one’s an old wives’ tale. Shaving doesn’t change the structure of the hair follicle, hence why some women are OK shaving their faces.
Myth: You can shrink your pores
Truth: Unfortunately, pore size is genetically determined, and can’t be changed. You can, however, make your pores appear smaller than they are.
Myth: Plucking a gray hair will make two more grow back in its place
Truth: Pulling out one hair doesn’t affect the follicles that surround it, so more hairs won’t magically appear. You should, however, resist the urge to pluck at will--nobody wants a bald spot.
Myth: Only people with dry skin need to use moisturizer
Truth: It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s actually super important for people with oily skin to moisturize. When skin is deprived ofmoisture, say, like when you're trying to dry out a pimple, it overcompensates by producing even more oil. Neutrogena and Murad make great formulas for shine-prone faces.
Myth: Toothpaste is an effective treatment for acne
Truth: Toothpaste does dry pimples out, thanks to ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and baking soda. But in the long run, its other ingredients could cause irritation, redness and peeling.
Myth: You don’t need to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy
Truth: You’ve heard it a million and one times, but please wear sunscreen every single day, no exceptions. Even when the sun isn’t shining brightly (or at all), its rays can cause damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 percent of the sun's UV rays easily pass through clouds.