Top Five Beauty Myths: Busted

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The internet is an amazing tool when it comes to learning new information, isn't it? We can Google away to our little hearts content, and find answers to just about any question imaginable. But a lot of the time it can be difficult to know what exactly we should believe, in regards to beauty there's so much contradictory and misleading information out there it's enough to confuse anyone. Much of the advice we're given may be a ploy by advertisers to get us to spend money on products we don't need, and home remedies can possibly cause more harm than good. Here are my top five beauty myths that are commonly accepted as fact, but are actually completely false. 

1. Hair gets used to shampoo and conditioner- FALSE
Hair is essentially dead so cant actually 'get used to' anything. It's just more likely that you're used to the effects of a certain brand, so doesn't feel quite as nice and novel as it did in the beginning. I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioner to try out new things anyway, but if you do find products you really like and work well you can stick with them indefinitely with no negative effects on your hair.

2. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker- FALSE
Think about it, if this were true then by the time women were in their thirties or forties, they'd practically be gorillas. I've been shaving my legs for over ten years now, and I'm happy to report no scary thick hair. This myth probably came about because shorter hair looks thicker, but hair thickness is determined by genetics and no amount of shaving will change that.

3. Cocoa butter will get rid of stretch marks- FALSE
Unfortunately once stretch marks have appeared there's not much you can do about them until they fade naturally with time. Using a cream such as cocoa butter may help new stretch marks from appearing, but the same is likely to be true of any intensive cream or oil. If you moisturise at the first sign of stretch marks appearing you might be able to slightly reduce the chance of getting more, but as the redness isn't actually on the surface of the skin they won't fade from the use of moisturisers. There are so many products on the market that claim they will eliminate stretch marks and it's so misleading because it's simply not true- once they're there that's it until they fade. They may be good for prevention but nothing more.

4. Toothpaste will get rid of a spot- FALSE
I used to hear about people doing this back when I was at school. I was lucky enough to never have suffered with acne, but can easily understand how people would want to take desperate measures. Although toothpaste can help to dry out a spot, the flouride can burn the skin and potentially end up making it look worse. There are quite a few 'spot zappers' on the high street that are apparently quite effective, so don't bust out the Colgate just yet.

5. Expensive eye creams can help reduce dark circles-FALSE
No topical cream, ointment, lotion or potion will reduce the darkness under your eyes. Dark circles can be improved with sleep and healthy lifestyle including exercise and good nutrition, although stubborn dark circles are likely to be a result of age or genetics and there's not much that can be done about them. This is another area of the market that I think needs closer monitoring, it's unfair for products to make claims that they quite simply can't live up to. If you do suffer with dark circles there are lots of great concealing and eye brightening cosmetics available though, so you can massively change the appearance of them with a bit of cleverly placed makeup.

Did you believe any of these things? I know I used to! Do you know of any more beauty myths?

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20 comments

  1. I learned the toothpaste one doesn't work. It burned the skin round my spot and just made the spot itchy and bright red, won't be doing that again! Sudocream does nothing either....
    It's like old wives tales! xx

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    1. I never tried that one but have tried other various home remedies over the years that really cant have been good. Think people will try anything when they're desperate which is why its soo bad that theres so much misleading information out there x

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  2. I was always told about hair growing back thicker too! It supposedly looks thicker because when you shave or whatever, the new hair grows back blunt which makes it seem darker? I don't really get it haha.

    xx

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    1. I was always told it too, it's weird because when you think about it you cant physically change the thickness or colour of your hair its all genetic. It's probably just because it's short and blunt like you say that makes it look different to how it would if it was longer x

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  3. my school friends all used to rave about the toothpaste one (apparantly it just made spots less red) well i tried it once and nothing happened. I also always used to try everything for dark circles, I'm one of the unfortunately people with bad genes, I've had dark circles under my eyes since I was really young. Of course nothing but makeup works, and even then it has to be a really heavy concealer or it just shows through ! Blasted genes !
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  4. Thanx for sharing these beauty myths. I definitly know about cocoa butter and stretch marks. The truth is you can use a million stretch mark creams but if your mom had them chances are you will get them too.Stopping by from Super Sunday Sync. I'm your newest follower!

    ~Danielle~
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  5. Awesome post, Stacey! xo-Tina

    Aginghotgirl.blogspot.com

    I wish Cocobutter got rid of stretch marks..because I have a large tub purchased last year for that reason.. didn't work. hah!

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  6. Hahaha,yes! I used to believe all of them once and some of them up untill now!

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  7. My mother-in-law used to swear by cocoa butter and tell me every day to rub it on my tummy when I was expecting my first, but I hated the smell of it, so I didn't. I did get stretch marks, and she still swears to this day that it's because I didn't listen to her, lol.

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  8. I can say cocoa really doesn't help with stretch marks. I've been using it since forever and my marks never disappeared. New follower here from the philippines. Mind to follow back?

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  9. Awkwardly sitting with toothpaste on a spot as I read that!! Quickly washing it off now hahaha, great blog xo

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  10. Great tips! Popped over form the blog hop. Am following now. X

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  11. Oops I'm guilty for believing the toothpaste one! Although I've never seen it work, I still try it on the bigger spots! Maybe not next time...
    It's funny how much we believe when it's posted on the internet :P
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    xxx

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  12. Thanks for linking up with Super Sunday Sync! We hope you found some great bloggy friends!
    ~dawn

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  13. I love your tips and myths. I have been using toothpaste for my pimples for years.

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  14. I've used the toothpaste trick many a times, never worked ;) xxx

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  15. Yesss you are so right! Even i have been told to try such things and me always telling 'em it ain't true =p :)
    Glad i found you through Blog-Hop today! :)

    agirlsfancies.blogspot.com

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  16. Great post and very interesting and useful material !! :)

    Love
    Fashion Ramble

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  17. Agreed ! eye cream really helps you to get rid of dark circles and wrinkles...i had it before and i used an eye cream as my doctor mentioned and the results is amazing in just one month.

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