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Debunking 5 Common Beauty Myths

Does shaving make hair grow back thicker and faster?

Does shaving make hair grow back thicker and faster? Can toothpaste be used to treat pimples and blemishes? Will plucking grey hair cause more of them to grow?

These are just some of the many beauty myths that we have heard all our lives. But are they actually true? Read on to know more.

Myth # 1

Don’t Pluck Grey Hair Or Two Will Show Up In Its Place

This is totally baseless and false. Although we have been listening to this all our lives from our grandmas and parents, there is no proof of it. In fact, according to hair and beauty experts, plucking hair, irrespective of whether they are black or grey, can create bald patches on your head. This is the exact opposite of more grey hair growing. Thus, don’t pluck the grey hair, not because it will cause more grey hair to show up, but because you don’t want bald patches here and there in your head, do you? It is better to cover your grey hair with color or a good cut.

Plucking the grey hair is also not a long term solution to the problem, but just a temporary one. Since the follicle of the hair is still alive even if you pluck the grey hair, a hair will most probably grow back in its place. However, it is not necessary that a grey hair will grow out. The chances of a grey hair or a hair of your natural color regrowing in its place are fairly equal. Therefore, though we suggest not to pluck your grey hair in the first place, you don’t have to worry about two growing back in its place.

Myth # 2

Moisturizer Is Only Needed For Dry Skin

This myth is categorically false. Irrespective of the skin type you have, moisturizing is necessary not only for a healthy complexion but also a healthy skin over all. You will be surprised to know that if you do not use a moisturizer, the skin will actually compensate for it by producing more of oil or sebum. Conversely, to the old beliefs that using moisturizer on oily skin makes it oilier, using a moisturizer on oily skin is actually beneficial for the skin. It is indeed the best way to balance the oily complexion of the skin. However, it is important to choose the right moisturizer. If you have oily skin, go for a moisturizer that has a gel based light weight formula that provides your face with the right amount of moisture and does not leave it looking greasy and oily.

The skin needs its required amount of hydration to look flawless. If you deprive the skin of the moisture that it needs, as a counter action, it is going to produce more oil. This will not only make your skin look greasy and bad, but will also cause a number of underlying problems such as acne, pimples and open pores. It is therefore, important to find for your skin the right moisturizer that will provide it with the right kind and quantity of moisture for it to look and feel flawless.

Myth # 3

Shaving Your Hair Will It Grow Back Thicker And Faster

This is perhaps one of the most common and most frequently heard beauty myths of all. Razors have a bad reputation especially when it comes to women using them. You may have heard this myth from your mother, relatives or a friend that shaving hair using a razor will make them grow back faster and thicker. You might be pleased to hear that there is no evidence whatsoever to prove this myth.

When you shave your hair, you are just cutting them from the end. This is not going to have any effect on the roots and thus, it will not affect the growth of the hair or its thickness. However, there are reasons that you might feel that they actually grow back thicker and here is why. At the shaft base, the hair is the widest. When you use a razor to shave the hair, you are cutting them right across their widest part. When the hair begins to regrow, you may feel they are thicker and stiffer than the ends that you shaved earlier. This is the only reason behind this myth and we have debunked it for you.

Myth # 4

Protect Your Skin From Sunburn With A Base Tan

While there are a number of beauty myths that you might have heard of every single day, this might be the most ridiculous of all. This is simply utter nonsense as there is no such thing like a safe tan that exists in this world. A tan is simply a sign that your skin has been damaged due to the UV radiations of the sun. When you expose your skin to the sun and the UV rays coming from it, you actually cause the skin to react by producing a hormone named melanin that causes your skin to go darker. Having a base tan will provide you protection against sun burn even less than a white t shirt will do.

There is only one way to protect your skin from sun burn and the consequent damage related to it and it is a sunscreen with SPF more than 30. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet rays that can severely damage the skin. So the next time you are going to the beach, make sure you have a sunscreen. Don’t fall a prey to this myth that can actually cause more damage to your skin than protect it against the dangerous rays of the sun.

Myth # 5

Toothpaste Cures Blemishes And Shrinks Pimples

If you believe in this myth, you have been wrong all your life. Toothpaste has menthol as one of the key ingredients. While menthol can help in easing inflammation and cool burns, it can neither cure not treat blemishes or has anything to do with pimples. In fact, there are a number of active ingredients in toothpastes that can irritate the breakouts. It is, therefore, better to stick to the topical treatments that have been proven to help against these problems.

There are numerous treatments like using ingredients such as sulfur or salicylic acid. You can also take care of these skin issues using some natural remedies such as tea tree oil. If you have acne on your skin, don’t even think of using toothpaste as it is likely going to cause more irritation and will aggravate the skin condition making it worse. It is, therefore, suggested that you don’t aggravate such skin conditions using these methods, instead, take proper care of them using specialized products. After all, it is your skin and you don’t want to ruin it.

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How to sun proof your mien

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We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.

Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.

However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.

Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

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For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

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Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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