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11 Beauty Myths That Make Us Look Worse

Beauty requires sacrifice and in order to stay beautiful, we readily make these sacrifices. However, as it turns out, many habitual actions and beliefs for sustaining a perfect appearance are actually not that necessary. Moreover, many of them not only waste our time and money but also damage our looks.

Bright Side wants to help you figure out what myths you’d better stop believing in order to stay beautiful.

Myth #1: Everyday makeup is harmful to the skin.

In fact, it’s not makeup itself, but instead, the act of neglecting to remove it properly before going to bed that harms the skin. The skin should have an opportunity to breathe and oxygenate. In the daytime, modern cosmetics contain UV filters, moisturizing and protective properties that are useful since they can protect the skin from the aggressive impact of the environment.

Myth #2: If there’s a “hypoallergenic” sign on a cosmetic bottle, the product will suit any skin type.

Hypoallergenic” cosmetic products lack only the most widespread allergenic ingredients like alcohol, for example. However, distilled water is much closer to your skin’s pH — which means it might be much nicer for your skin. That’s why it’s important to review the contents of even the most harmless products before buying them. Cosmetics based on natural ingredients aren’t for everyone.

Myth #3: Moisturizing creams don’t prevent wrinkles.

In fact, today many moisturizing creams fight the appearance of wrinkles. The main thing to keep in mind is that there should be UV filters and vitamins containing antioxidants in the composition of the cream that you use.

Myth #4: If you perform face gymnastics regularly, you can get rid of facial wrinkles.

The face is the only part of the body where the muscles are attached directly to the skin. Constant stretching and exercises don’t contribute to smoothing existing wrinkles.

Myth #5: It’s helpful to warm acne in the sun — this process dries acne.

Sun really dries out the skin but the skin reacts to it by secreting more oil that clogs the pores. Moreover, long exposure to the sun without protection can promote a sun allergy, which causes the appearance of blemishes.

Myth #6: An even tan is the main indicator of healthy skin.

Tanning is a protective reaction the body has against damaging effects. A good and even tan says that the skin is damaged and is trying to protect itself.

Myth #7: Removing moles can be harmful to your health.

mole is a pigmented formation on the skin. Moles can have different colors and shapes. Most moles are harmless but some of them can turn into melanoma under the influence of external factors. That’s why it’s necessary to remove all benign lesions on the skin. This medical procedure is absolutely harmless.

Myth #8: It can be helpful to wipe your face with ice.

Ice wipings are not good for everyone because low temperatures can harm the skin. As a result, the blood flow can be disrupted. Additionally, puffiness and spider veins may appear. Moreover, a decrease in the function of the sebaceous glands leads to a loss of elasticity. This procedure should be ignored by those who have dry skin, while others shouldn’t overuse it. There are many facial cosmetic products that have better effects than ice.

Myth #9: If you cut your hair frequently, it will grow faster.

Hair grows at the same speed — about 0.40 inches per month — no matter how often it’s cut and whether it’s cut at all.

Myth #10: You should brush your teeth after every meal.

According to recent research, not only is brushing your teeth right after a meal useless, but it’s also harmful. The acid that gets into the oral cavity eats into the tooth enamel and contributes to its erosion. If you brush your teeth within 30 minutes after having a meal, the tooth enamel might decay much faster.

Myth #11: Nail polish harms nails because it prevents them from breathing.

Nails are dead cells. The reality is that nails do not actually “breathe” — they receive their nutrients and oxygen from the bloodstream and not the air.

Did you ever consider any of these myths useful before reading this article? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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