5 Big Beauty Myths–Busted

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.

 

69 comments

Sarah M.
Sarah M3 years ago

Thanks

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thanks

Angie V.
Angie V3 years ago

thanks

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

I'll AGREE WITH THE AUTHOR...THESE INDEED ARE MYTHS. HOWEVER, THE SKIN ABSOLUTELY NEEDS RE HYDRATION SO AS THOSE TINY DRY LINES, DO NOT TURN INTO RIVERS RUNNING THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON! YOU MUST MOISTURIZE...

D D.
Dolores D3 years ago

Trying to limit my exposure to the sun. I've heard some sun exposure is good b/c that's suppose to be a good source of Vitamin D? Don't know how true that is.

Angie B.
Angela B3 years ago

Thanks...I get puffy eyes from not sleeping enough and crying before bed :(

J.L. A.
JL A3 years ago

thanks for debunking the myths

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

Interesting article! I am not too obsessed with appearances, but these are really cool random facts to know if I ever heard someone say them. It makes complete sense to me.

Mary L.
Mary L3 years ago

WE want natural food and unnatural bodies. I am happy that I've lived to 60. I try not to stress to much and got over not being 5'8" and weighing 100 pounds quite sometime ago.

I wish everyone could relax about it. Common sense is so rare... why is it call common?

Elizabeth Jobbins

I would suggest, John W, your friends got wrinkles, maybe not from smoking, but from living in the UK and sunbathing. We get so little sun that everyone goes wild about "getting a tan" during our brief summer or in a two week holiday abroad. That's where wrinkles come from. Same answer to Jelka V - don't think the people you knew owed their flawless complexion to smoking, but to staying out of the sun.