Some of these beauty lies have been going around for too long. Time to separate fiction from fact.
Myth 1: If you donít get enough sleep, you get dark circles.
Fact: Dark circles happen because of the concentration of veins in the very thin skin underneath the eyes. They are genetic. But yes, puffy eyes can be caused from lack of sleep, because of liquid retention in the area. Does this mean you can do nothing about dark circles? No. If you eat a nourishing, balanced diet, your eyes will reflect the radiance!
Myth 2: Dry skin leads to wrinkles
Fact: Wrinkles are not affected by oily or dry skin on the surface. They happen when collagen starts to break down far below the outer layer of skin. So, applying a moisturizing cream that contains retinoids, antioxidants and broad-spectrum sunscreen can delay wrinkles, whatever the texture of your skin.
Myth 3: A nightly routine of 100 brushstrokes rewards you with shiny hair.
Fact: Actually, too much brushing can cause hair to break, making the hair look dull and unhealthy. Just comb out your hair and remove tangles carefully, using your fingertips–they are the gentlest comb!
Myth 4: You should always apply face cream in upward strokes to avoid sagging.
Fact: The direction of the strokes does not matter, the gentleness of pressure does. Make sure you donít irritate or rub your skin too hard, and you should be fine.
Myth 5: Eighty percent of all skin damage happens by the time you step out of your teens.
Fact: Studies show that this once-favorite mantra among skin experts is wrong. If you protect your skin from the sun adequately, and look after it as best as you can, youíll stay sun-damage-free late into life.