Does make-up give you spots and shaving make leg hair grow back thicker? Beauty Editor Stephanie Smith busts some beauty myths. Plus Celeb Get the Look and beauty products of the week.
As sure as it’s unlucky to cross on the stairs or walk under ladders, there are certain beauty rules that many of us believe to be true, without a shred of evidence to back them up.
“There are a whole load of beauty myths that are drilled in our heads from a young age, some of which can actually be quite scary,” says Joanne Dodds, of Hairtrade.com.
So, here are some of the beauty myths that have been investigated and unravelled by the retailer.
Shaving makes body hair grow back thicker: Quite untrue, although it can look and feel as if there might be something in it. But really, all that is happening is that the hair regrown after shaving is shorter, blunter and more stubbly.
If you pluck a grey hair, several more will appear in its place: It is physically impossible to increase the number of hair follicles on your head by plucking out one. This myth first originated because when a grey hair follicle has formed, usually another one is forming nearby.
Make-up causes acne: If you are taking your make-up off correctly and consistently, there is no evidence that make-up will give you spots. But if you don’t take your make-up off properly each night, this can cause breakouts due to a build-up of dirt and grease clogging your pores.
You can use hairspray to set your make-up: This is possibly the worst idea ever. All it does is clog pores and make your face sticky.
Pumping your mascara brush makes for better application: Although it might seem as though you’re picking up more product, you’re letting more air in, which will make your mascara dry out and leads to dry, flaky lashes plus bacteria in the tube.
If you only use hot hair tools once in a while, you don’t need to use heat protectant spray: Regardless of how often you use hot styling tools on your hair, you should use a heat protection spray every time.
Natural ingredients are better for your skin: Even if you think you are using natural ingredients, they may have been extracted or purified rather than being totally organic.