We all have our own beauty rules – don’t pluck the hair above your eyebrows, don’t bite your nails, accentuate your best features, hide the worst and clean your makeup brushes. This one I’m still trying to make a habit of. Gross, I know.
With so many different beauty rules floatin’ around out there (thanks Pinterest!) it can be downright difficult to decipher which are true and which are big beauty myths.
That is why I’m taking it upon myself to bust these beauty myths so we can all get back to primping!
#1 – The Pluck
There are some women out there, myself included, who have had it ingrained in them that plucking above the eyebrow is a big no-no. Turns out: not true. Actually, not true at all!
In fact, some of the best shaping of your brows can be done by plucking above the brow. I know, mind blown!
Just be sure you don’t overdo it because, well, that’s just not a good look for anyone.
#2 – You Don’t Need Sunscreen in the Winter
Ah, wrong! You need to slather on the SPF in the spring, summer, fall AND winter – whether it’s cloudy or not.
And peep this. Did you know that over 80% of our overall sun exposure comes from incidental exposure?!
That means those short walks to the mailbox, from the parking lot to the store, or even to walk the dog is all piling up, blasting your skin with UV damage and making you look older, sooner.
Moral of the story – make SPF your new BFF.
#3 – Shaving Causes Your Hair to Grow Back Thicker
This is one of those moments where I need a buzzer sound…or learn how to phonetically spell it because this one is oh-so-false. Thank tha lawd!
Even though our hair may look thicker or darker once it starts to grow in, it isn’t actually darker or thicker.
When we shave, we are cutting the hair follicle at it’s thickest point – the base. So when it starts to grow back, it is starting from that point again which is what gives it that look of dark, thick, gross body hair. But rest assured beauties, this is not the case. Phew!
#4 – You Can Wash Your Face as Much as You Want
Nope. Not true. In fact, not true and not good for your skin.
When we wash our face too often we are actually causing our skin harm by drying it out. Though cleansing your face does help to wash away nasty dirt and oil that can get caught in your pores, it’s also helping to wash away the oils that our skin naturally produces to keep our skin hydrated.
Another side effect of drying out your skin is that your skin can start to crack, allowing dirt and oil to get caught in your pores which can lead to future breakouts.
If you absolutely must, wash your face twice a day – once in the morning and once at night – but leave it at that. Or give this quick and easy pumpkin face mask a try, it might be just the thing you need!
#5 – You Need to Wash Your Hair Every Day
Hellllllll no! Trust me when I say, you do NOT need and should NOT be washing your hair every day. In fact, shampoo isn’t even that good for you.
Hear me out.
We are told day in and day out that if we don’t buy this product, that cleanser, this serum, or that conditioner that our hair is going to end up looking like one big ol’ ratty mess. Not so much.
It turns out that many store-bought shampoos (I don’t mean the organic products) actually strip your hair of the natural oils, or sebum, our scalps produce which is what leaves it looking dry and lacklustre.
I repeat, the shampoo is what is causing your hair to look like that, not your un-washed hair itself.
With that being said, here is a quick DIY tweak you can test out to see if going ‘poo-free (that’s my new cheeky way of saying shampoo. I think it’s funny.) works for your hair.
- 8 – 10 drops of your fave Essential Oil – I love Rose, Lime, Coconut, or even Peppermint mixed with Rosemary
- 2 tablespoons of Corn Starch
- 2 tablespoons of Rice Flour
- 2 tablespoons of Arrowroot Flour
From there, mix all your ingredients into a small bowl, give it a good stir, and pour your mixture into a (clean) spice shaker. Then all you have to do is simply shake your dry shampoo onto your roots – or pour some into your hands and massage into your roots – anytime you think your hair is looking a little greasy.
Not only will your hair be much more manageable but it will look healthy and have a nice shine to it. Plus you will save money on not having to buy anymore shampoo and conditioner. Of course, if you just can’t seem to tame those tresses, try these simple DIY hair masks – they should fix those follicles in no time.
Et voila! 5 popular beauty myths, busted!
Now I’m sure there are hundreds more beauty myths that need to be busted, so if you have one, or 3, please share them in the comment section below. Extra points for those who post ridiculous beauty myths that give us all a good little giggle.