Top Beauty Myths and Their Truths

If you read beauty magazines, you have probably read a lot of advice from skin care to hair care. You have probably even heard that eating chocolate can cause acne. Not true.

Here are 10 beauty myths that you should ignore:

Myth #1: You can shrink the pores on your face

Truth: Pore size is also genetically determined. Bacteria and dead skin cells may cause them to look larger, though, so certain anti-aging beauty products can get rid of them and bring the pores back to their normal appearance.

Myth #2: Dry skin causes wrinkles

Truth: Fact is, too much sun causes wrinkles. So does smoking, smiling, and frowning.

Myth #3: Tanning clears up acne

Truth: It may cause blemishes to disappear for a while by drying out the skin. It actually causes more breakouts in the end by interfering with healthy skin cells. And it causes wrinkles.

Myth #4: You don’t need sunscreen on cloudy days

Truth: You should be wearing sunscreen every day. Even when the sun isn’t shining, your skin is being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.

Myth #5: Chocolate causes acne

Truth: Chocolate does not cause acne. In fact, dark chocolate has many health benefits. No food has been proven to cause breakouts, so it is fine to eat in moderation.

Myth #6: Drinking lots of water clears up acne

Truth: Drinking water is good because it helps you stay hydrated. It does not clear up acne, however. Acne is caused by bacteria and dirt that gets trapped under your pores. Regular cleansing will help clear up and prevent acne.

Myth #7: Organic and natural products are better for your skin

Truth: This is not necessarily true. Each product should be individually researched and evaluated before using it to determine whether it is good for the skin or not.

Myth #8: Concealer should be lighter than your skin tone

Truth: Choose a concealer that is yellow-based to conceal dark circles.

Myth #9: Split ends can be repaired with hair products

Truth: Split ends can be temporarily sealed with hair products. To get rid of them altogether, they need to be cut off.

Myth #10: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker

Truth: The actual amount of hair on your body is genetically determined and cannot be altered. Shaving, however, can make it appear “stubbier” which makes it look thicker once it grows back.

Next time someone tells you that eating chocolate will make you break out, tell them that you know better. Then savor your favorite chocolate bar!

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