While we love a beauty tip as much as the next gal, we’re here to shed some light on some not so fab fixes.See our list below for some well established beauty myths that need to be debunked.
Myth 1: Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker and Darker
An oldie but not a goodie. This is just simply not true; shaving has zero effect on thickness, colour or growth rate of your hair. So go on with yo’ sassy, sleek selves.
Myth 2: Avoid Moisturiser for Oily Skin
If your skin is on the oily side, don’t believe the tale that you should avoid moisturisers and oils. If you deprive your skin of moisture your body will actually produce more natural oils to counteract the dehydration. Instead of going without, get yourself a nice, light facial moisturiser especially formulated for oily/combination skin.
Myth 3: Coconut Oil is good for Skin
While we LOVE coconut oil for a healthy mouth (check out our 14 Day Oil Pulling Kit), it is not so flash for the skin. Applying coconut oil to your skin as a moisturiser or using it as a makeup remover can actually be very comedogenic; meaning it will clog your pores leading to breakouts!
Myth 4: Over-brushing Leads to Hair Loss
While you will notice a bit of hair loss with each brush (especially if you have long, tangly tresses), brushing your hair actually stimulates the hair follicle, helping it to grow faster. Get the most from your hair with a silicone hair brush to avoid excess breakage.
Myth 5: Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Although it says it right there on the bottle, washing your hair twice is not the way to go. Over-washing can actually strip your hair of its natural oils; drying out your hair and leading to damage.
Myth 6: Zap Zits with Toothpaste
A classic beauty myth straight from the pages of those teenage beauty mags. While we wish this easy trick was the real deal, sadly it’s too good to be true. Instead, keep an eye out for a blemish solution containing salicylic acid to help target those pesky pimples.
Myth 7: Lighten your Skin with Lemons
Oh honey, no. While it can slightly lift blonder hair tones, using lemon juice to improve dark spots on the skin is a big no no. The harsh acids in lemon juice can actually damage your skin and even cause blistering and inflammation. Leave stubborn pigmentation issues to a dermatologist ladies.
Myth 8: Juicing to Clear your Skin
This fad diet is said to ‘detox’ the body and help clear your complexion, but it can actually do the opposite. The high amount of sugar (albeit natural sugar) in fruit juice can actually lead to breakouts. For clear skin, instead stick to a diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats such as can be found in blueberries and avocados. Yum!
Myth 9: Add Lip Volume with a Dark Liner
This may be a big insta trend, but using a liner darker than your lipstick only looks ok in very specific lighting conditions. IRL, it’s not so hot. To avoid looking like a 90’s nightmare, make sure you opt for a liner that matches your lipstick. Mwah!
Myth 10: Exfoliating Prevents Acne
It is a common misconception that scrubbing your skin on the daily clears your pores and prevents acne. Over exfoliation can actually irritate your skin and cause dehydration, leading to excess oil production and breakouts! Stick to a gentle scrub once or twice a week to keep your face on fleek.