Magazine racks are lined with covers boasting that they contain the secrets to a youthful appearance, and practically everyone I meet is willing to weigh in on what I absolutely must avoid or absolutely must do to try to have long, luscious locks and clear, glowing skin. It’s no wonder that looking your best sometimes seems like it requires a university degree. To help you navigate these tricky waters, here are five beauty myths that we consider totally busted.
Myth #1: Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker and darker
Hair grows in a point, with the thinner, softer part of the hair at its tip. When you shave, you cut off this part of the hair and when the wider portion grows out, it appears thicker and darker. But once these hairs fall out naturally, they’ll grow back the same colour and density as before you shaved.
Myth #2: Carmex lip balm is addictive
The story goes that Carmex lip balm contains tiny shards of glass that cause a pleasant tingling sensation but creates micro cuts on your lips that require continued use of the product. But guess what? This would never fly with the USFDA or Health Canada; and, you can rest assured that it doesn’t contain any addictive ingredients.
Myth #3: Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for colour-treated hair
The thing about this one is that while mayonnaise contains fatty oils that can condition your hair, it also weighs down your locks and makes most people’s tresses look greasy. Opt for a deep conditioner instead – it’ll smell much better, too.
Myth #4: Plucking a grey hair causes more to grow back
Pluck away because the fact is, if you’re going to go grey, you’re going to go grey!But no amount of yanking them out is going to make it happen any faster.
Myth #5: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins
Genetics, obesity, skin trauma, pregnancy and aging can all lead to expanded, twisted, spidery, stretched veins. Luckily, crossing your legs can’t. These veins form as a result of the blood flow slowing down or reversing – your ladylike posture simply isn’t going to cause this kind of damage.