Beauty Myths: True or False?
In honor of April Fools' Day, experts from some of the world's biggest beauty brands have come together to keep you from ever being fooled by any widely believed beauty rumor ever again! Read on for the surprising truths about these 10 beauty myths.
Myth 1: A haircut makes your hair grow faster. According to Aussie's celebrity stylist, Sarah Potempa, this one is false. "If you're trying to grow hair, grow as long as possible and maintain healthy hair with the use of a heat protectant or heat mask treatment in between 1/4 inch trims two to three times a year."
Myth 2: Rinsing with cold water locks in moisture to leave hair shinier. This one is true, says Potempa. "A quick rinse with cold water and a cool blast of air after blow drying helps seal hair cuticle."
Myth 3: Waterproof mascara is tougher on eyelashes than regular mascara. Another rumor based in truth, says Amy Nadine, celebrity makeup artist for COVERGIRL. "Only use waterproof mascara several times a year or over regular mascara as a last coat."
Myth 4: Find harshest possible lighting to apply foundation. No need to seek out flourescent bulbs, Nadine assures makeup lovers. "Apply makeup in a forgiving light for a more natural look," she says.
Myth 5: Shampoo fades hair color. This one is, surprisingly, false. Lesley Bride, Clairol's principal scientist explains, "At least 80% percent of fading is caused by shower water alone."
Myth 6: Sweating causes body odor. Well, sort of. "Sweat itself is odorless," explains Dr. Susan Biehle-Hulette, Secret's senior scientist. "Body odor is caused by bacteria, which consumes components in sweat, like protein and amino acids."
Myth 7: For every grey hair plucked, two will grow in its place. We've all heard this, but according to Potempa, this is actually just an old wives tale. "Plucking grey hair will cause one new hair with less pigment and coarser texture to grow in its place. To help a strand look more like a highlight, let it grow and add toner to mask grey."
Myth 8: You can add collagen back into skin with anti-aging cream. As much as we wish this were true, unfortunately, Olay's principal stylist Mary Johnson, assures us that it is not. "Collagen in creams is too large to penetrate skin," she explains. "The most promising way to increase skin's collagen is with a moisture containing active ingredients like matrixyl and niacinamide."
Myth 9: Waxing eyebrows causes wrinkles around the eyes. I don't know about you, but as a faithful eyebrow waxer, I sure hope that this rumor is falseand it is! "Natural aging, environmental damage, and constant movement of eyes contribute to fine lines and wrinkles," explains Johnson.
Myth 10: Wearing nail polish turns nails yellow over time. Does this mean we should put away our favorite shade forever? Depends on what its made of! "Temporary yellowing of nails depends upon shade and types of pigments used in polish," says COVERGIRL's principal scientist Dr. Sarah Vickery. "So always apply a basecoat to prevent potential nail staining."
Have you been fooled by any of these beauty myths?
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