Monday,23 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1282, (11- 17 February 2016)
Monday,23 October, 2017
Issue 1282, (11- 17 February 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Fictitious beauty myths

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Last week we reviewed some of the most popular true beauty myths. This week we’ll drop the serious knowledge for the fake variety. Knowing the truth might not save your life, but it could save you some time in the morning. Here are some of the popular fake beauty myths around today:

Pumping mascara makes it last longer. This actually has the opposite effect and reduces the lifetime of the mascara. Pumping air into it forces air into the tube and creates clumps, shortening the lifetime of the mascara.

Frequent haircuts make your hair grow faster. Your hair will grow at the same speed with or without a haircut. Regular haircuts will only improve the overall health and look of your hair.

Makeup has no expiration date. All makeup, beauty and skincare products have expiration dates which are shown on the back of the products. Mascara has the shortest expiry date, and you should switch it every four to six months to reduce the risk of eye infections. Foundations and concealers are good to use for six months to a year and lipsticks for up to three years.

Lip balms are addictive. Though many believe otherwise, lip balm addiction isn’t a real medical condition, though the balms can make your skin “dependent” on ingredients like camphor, menthol and salicylic acid which are actually irritating rather than moisturising. While they work in conjunction with the rest of the formula to hydrate lips, they can cause further dryness, leading you to apply more of the product.

Chocolate causes acne. Hormones, overactive oil glands, heredity and dead skin cells that lodge in skin pores are what cause acne. A poor diet can exacerbate skin conditions, however. So stick to a healthy diet overall, and your skin, along with the rest of you, will be better off.

Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. Though it’s a common old wives tale, this is completely untrue. The truth is that when you shave, the tip of the hair is removed, leaving the rest of it blunt. This makes the hair shorter and feel sharper and may give you the feeling that your legs are turning bear-like days after you’ve shaved.

Cold water can shrink pores. No matter how much you splash your face with cold water, your pores are unable to shrink – you can only make them appear smaller. The size of your pores is determined genetically.

Hairspray can set makeup. Though using hairspray as a sealant is one of the oldest tricks in the book, experts recommend skipping it. Hairspray is packed with chemicals and other things you just don’t want on your face. If you find yourself needing to seal your makeup and make it last longer, invest in makeup setting products instead.

Toothpaste banishes spots. Although the menthol in toothpaste creates a cooling effect on the skin, it’s no good for use on spots. Other ingredients in toothpaste can actually cause more irritation.

Waxing hair off the lips area will make it heavier. Hair never grows back heavier than it was in the first place. When you wax it, the hair base grows out and it just appears to be heavier.

Wash your hair every day. Every time you wash hair you strip off the natural oils and damage it just a little bit. So unless you have a super-oily scalp, you should cut back to three or four times a week and use a dry shampoo or just a rinse in between.

Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out. What keeps the skin moist is oil, not water. Though drinking water helps your vital organs to operate properly, your skin can still look dry even if you drink eight glasses of water a day.  

People with oily skin don’t need a moisturiser. Oils coming through the skin are often a result of dehydration. Moisturising boosts the moisture in the skin, so even if you have an oily skin it’s still beneficial to use a moisturiser in your skincare routine.  

Tweezing is better than waxing for eyebrows. Tweezing makes the skin around the eyes less likely to sag. It involves a constant pulling that actually loosens the skin more than waxing, which is one quick pulling motion. If the skin around your eyes is going to sag, there is not much you can do about it that does not involve cosmetic surgery.

Never put oil on your face. Whether they’re used in their pure form or incorporated into products, argan oil, olive oil, and coconut oil, among others, are all natural hydrators that can moisturise your skin without causing acne.

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