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5 Big Beauty Myths–Busted

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.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:33PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thanks

9:54AM PDT on May 1, 2013

thanks

11:59PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

thanks

9:28AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

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...

1:47AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

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.

10:27AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

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

1:37PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

thanks for debunking the myths

7:06PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

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.

3:17PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

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?

2:48AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

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.

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