Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Beauty Myths Beware

Split ends can be repaired
Myth. Sure your deep treatments and masks can give dry ends a moisture boost making them feel silkier and repaired but once the damage has been done sealing ends is nigh impossible. The only solution is, yes, to cut them off and keep a schedule of regular trims. A treatment or mask once a week and a thermal protectant if you’re going to use heated styling tools will keep split ends in check. 

Shaving makes hair grow back thicker
Myth. What you’re feeling when your hair grows back after shaving is the blunt end of the hair that has been cut by the razor, which might give the illusion that the hair is thicker. When we wax hair grows again naturally, so there’s no blunt end and it might feel thinner but in reality the hair is the same.

Eating chocolate causes pimples
Myth and fact. Chocolate is high in refined sugar, which is known to promote breakouts so it’s not just chocolate alone that is the culprit, it’s anything high in refined sugar. This doesn’t mean you should avoid it completely - just stick to that golden rule: everything in moderation.

Fake tan will protect your skin from the sun
Myth. Some of you might already know this but the pigment in fake tan does not, repeat, does not, protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Just like make-up the only thing that is going to do the job is something with a real SPF - we’re talking 30+ or higher (50+ is the ideal) – read more here. We love ModelCo’s bronzer and sunscreen combined in Bronze Dry Touch Sunscreen 50+

Plucking the top of eyebrows is a no-no
Myth. If there are rogue hairs above the brow that need to go, then they need to go. This one has been bandied around because an over-plucked brow is never a good thing. As with many areas of beauty, if you’re unsure, leave it to a professional.

Cutting your hair often will make it grow faster
Myth. If you think about it hair grows from the root, so it doesn’t make sense to increase your trims if you want long hair. If you want healthy hair, then yes, a regular trim will lop off those tired and dried out ends, but it won’t affect the hairs natural growth rate. This is controlled by nature, not by you.

Make-up causes breakouts
Myth. If you don’t wash your brushes, or throw out your makeup though, it will. If you wash your brushes in warm water with a small amount of soap and then leave to air dry regularly, as well as removing makeup every day before you go to bed, it shouldn’t exacerbate breakouts.

SPF foundation protects skin from the sun
Myth. Pigments in foundation won’t offer enough protection to block out the sun’s rays. If you’re heading out in the sun, apply some real sunscreen over a makeup with an SPF. We love SPFs like Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster 50+ on top of a foundation like Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua Makeup SPF 15.

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