We’ve all been there. We’ve seen a hot stuff celebrity who has amazing lips/legs/skin pushing a beauty product that seems to give her said amazing lips/legs/skin. Or our grandmothers have scared us to death about not sleeping with a bra on lest we want our girls to head south before their time.
Beauty myths are all around us and we thought it was high time we burst the bubble surrounding some of the most ridiculous (and long-held) beauty myths.
Chip Resistant Nail Polish
Gels, selac, minx. They’re all touted as the next phase in nail adornment and boast a chip proof polish. While these lacquers may last longer than your $10 mani, they certainly won’t last forever.
Anti-aging creams promise to reverse the effects of aging like crow’s feet, wrinkles, dark spots. While they may help to minimize these traits, no product will ever completely reverse the aging process, aside from Botox. Skip these creams and false claims and take care of your skin, health and age gracefully.
Plunk One, Two Will Grow Back
Gray hair is having its moment in the spotlight. But before Stacy London and Linda Fargo popularized it, gray hair was dreaded. The myth that if you pluck it, you anger the Gray Hair Gods and two grow back in its place is a bunch of whooy. Not that you should go plucking your hair out.
Chocolate Gives you Pimples
Thank goodness this is a myth or the chocolate industry would take a big hit. Chocolate doesn’t give you pimples, a poor diet does. So as long as you’re not eating your weight in fudge you should be ok.
Black People Don’t Get Sunburn
Who knows where or why this myth came about. But somewhere along the way, African-Americans started to believe that sunscreen was something you put on the porch door. Contrary to this, black skin does need SPF protection and African-Americans are susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays and ills such as skin cancer.
Pumping Your Mascara Wand
Pumping the mascara wand to get more “masc” seems like it makes sense. Except it doesn’t really work. Instead it pumps air into your tube that can dry it out and decrease its lash popping power.. Skip the pump!
Cocoa Butter Eliminates Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, or our predisposition to get them, comes from a host of factors including genetics. Creams and lotions that claim to eliminate stretch marks are mostly baloney. Stretch marks appear due to weight gain or loss and once you have them, they usually can’t be erased.
Split End Repair
Ask any red blooded American woman what her hair woes are and it’s sure to include split ends. They are a fact of life. Once the hair shaft has split there’s not much you can do outside of trimming. No amount of olive oil, mayonnaise mask, miracle pomade is going to fuse the hair back together. Preventing split ends is key, by gentle hair maintenance, deep conditioning and regular trims.
Rock hard abs, tight thighs, we all want our version of the perfect body. But doing a billion crunches hoping to melt away your ab flab isn’t going to cut it. Spot reduction has long been dispelled in the fitness community. Good ol’ cardio, healthy eating is the way to reduce overall body fat, thus reducing in the areas you want.
Brushing your Hair will Make it Grow
Rapunzel, Rapunzel throw down your hair. If you’re after long locks, constant brushing and manipulation isn’t the way to go. While regular head massages can stimulate follicles for hair growth, constant brushing & combing can actually cause breakage and unnecessary hair shedding.
Do tell, what beauty myths did you used to believe?