Passed down between middle school lockers or from a helpful female relative, there are those beauty “secrets” that everyone seems to know but no one can actually cite any concrete sources or evidence. Let’s take a closer look at these beauty myths and find out which ones are fact and which ones are total crap!
In this edition, we’ll research some of the most common skin-care myths floating around. Knowing the truth could make a huge difference in your daily skin-care routine. What skin-care myths have you always believed? Let us know in the comments, plus any secrets you were surprised about the validity of!
The Myth: Drinking more water helps dry skin.
False! Sadly, chugging lots of H20 doesn’t do much for a flaky face. (Of course, you should aim for 8 cups of water a day for your health!) Instead, to fix dry skin, make sure you’re not skipping on moisturizers, especially in the winter. Cold climates plus harsh soap will make flaking even worse, and the only way to fix this is to add lotion daily.
The Myth: Stressing out can cause wrinkles.
True! (Drat!) As if you needed yet another reminder that stress is bad for your health, a scientific study found linkage between chronic worries and signs of aging. Even more so, stressing can cause you to forget to do important things for your skin, like staying moisturized or washing your face every night. Need help de-stressing? Check out this discussion thread for tips from MuT members.
The Myth: Eating junk food causes acne.
False! Your chocolate cravings and junk food binges have never been proven scientifically to cause acne. There’s just no strong connection between the two. Remember that acne is caused by hormonal changes, a build up of sebum in your skin, or a higher concentration of facial bacteria. The best way to avoid acne? Know your skin concerns and wash your face at least once a day.
The Myth: Put toothpaste on a zit to zap it.
False! Yes, toothpaste will dry out your pimple, but it can cause even more damage. Most toothpastes on the market today contain whitening ingredients; these bleaching additives can really irritate your skin. Instead, make sure you’re using products that are specifically designed for the face, like Clearasil Vanishing Acne Spot Treatment.
Written by Courtney Brown