I read a lot of beauty magazines (surprised?), and though they are full of great idea’s for all-over beauty care, there is always those annoying beauty myths that I see hanging around. Well, I think it’s high time this beauty expert lights the fuse “MythBusters” style and debunks some of these beauty myths.
Sweating Cleans Out Your Pores
Pores is a pretty general term for the small openings of the oil gland and even tinier sweat gland (yes, there are 2). Sweat pores are very tiny and are not prone to build up like oil pores are (we know this build up as white and black heads). So sweating does not clean out sweat pores (because they don’t need cleaning out) and sweat does not clean out oils pores (because sweat is water and water cannot cut through the grease that is skin oils).
You Can Shrink Your Pore Size
Sorry babe, but pore size is genetically determined…for the most part. You can’t shrink their size, but you can minimize the appearance of large pores by exfoliating 1-2 times per week (gentle please, no scrubs) and by using a clay mask that will “suck-out” any debris inside stretching out the pore. Sadly, you can make your pores permanently larger by not clearing out blackheads with a monthly facial and by exposing your skin to things that degrade your skins elasticity (like smoking, sun exposure, a junk food diet).
Drinking Water Hydrates Your Skin
Uh-oh, I’ve even heard skin professionals say this one. Sorry, drinking more water will not hydrate your skin. Think about how your skin would feel if you just splashed it with water and let it air dry. Tight and dry, right? Now how would it feel if you put a light moisturizer instead. Ah, soft and refreshed! The difference is oil. Oil keeps skin hydrated, and that’s true about the oil you put apply as well as the oil you eat!
Laser Hair Removal Is Permanent
I’ve had nurses tell me this with full sincerity. But if that were true, then why must I still succumb to the torture that is bikini waxing after 12 laser treatments? Oh that’s right, because laser hair removal is not permanent. The reason being is that the laser, powerful is it may be, is not powerful enough to overcome hormonal triggers that stimulate hair growth (like pregnancy in my case). Though the hair may disappear for a while, expect some (sometimes all) of it to return with pregnancy or menopause. There is only one FDA approved way to permanently remove hair: electrolysis.
For Perfect Eyebrows, Measure From The Outer Corner Of Your Nose
I really don’t understand why eyebrow experts like Anastasia and Damone Roberts perpetuate this myth when they do not shape eyebrows with this rigid rule. Truth is, if you have a wide nose and you begin your inner eyebrow from the outside of your nose, you’ll be left with eyebrows that are too wide apart (notice how Oprah’s perfect eyebrows are not measured by her nose). A better rule of thumb is to have around 1-1.5″ of space between your inner eyebrows. Less space means eyes will appear closer, more space and your eyes appear further apart. Inner eyebrows should actually be determined by how far apart your eyes are and what look you want to achieve.
Surprised by the truth? Curious about other beauty myths you’ve heard? Let me know in the comments below!