The instant anxiety that comes with realising that you’re on your third chocolate this week, and anticipating that pimple outbreak. How about running out of your night cream at the wrong time of the month? Some say a few litres of water can remove all skin impurities.
Do you remember who gave you this beauty advice? Where do these claims come from? Ease your mind and let’s debunk some popular beauty myths!
We come bearing good news, consuming one, two or three chocolate bars will not cause acne. “There are no studies linking this sweet treat to the development of acne” according to Cassey Gallagher MD.
Gone are the days of strictly monitoring cacao intake when the real pimple-causing culprit could be dairy, hormonal or even stressed-related. Who knows? At least we don’t have to give up chocolate!
Brushing your hair too much will make it fall out
False. Experts warn that although combing hair often doesn’t contribute to hair loss, other factors might. The key is to do it right, start by evaluating the quality of your comb as damaged bristles and cracks contribute to hair loss.
Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out
According to dermatologist Joshua Zeit it’s a “complete myth that we should drink a lot of water to maintain hydrated skin. Water intake is important for many reasons such as flushing out toxins but environment and genetics play a large role in determining the skin’s condition. Therefore, “Drink a few litres of water” as skincare advice should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Toothpaste clears pimples
You have a work function, your outfit is ready, shoes polished, wait, what is on your face? The pimple you didn’t plan for. You reach out for toothpaste, a drop wouldn’t cause harm, would it?
The thought of putting toothpaste on skin has crossed many minds for far too long. This beloved skin remedy has no scientific support. Many of the ingredients in toothpaste are too harsh and can damage the skin causing irritation.
You need a day and night cream
Monthly beauty purchases can cause a headache on its own. Too many products, too little money, the dilemma we have all faced. The fear of running out of night cream can cause a pimple on its own, experts have debunked the importance of having a day and night cream. According to Paula’s Choice, “the only difference between a daytime and nighttime moisturizer is that the daytime version should offer sun protection of SPF 30 or greater”. Not because the skin needs different ingredients at night. You are not doing your skin a disservice by using your day cream at night.