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The world of beauty is masked in mystery. Behind the flimsy veil of these time-honored beauty myths lie plenty of in-depth scientific research to help you distinguish fact from fallacy. Let’s look at some common misconceptions and let the truth be told....

 

 

1. Beauty Myth: Botox can cause facial paralysis

 

Truth: Botox does cause slight, temporary muscle paralysis. To cause complete paralysis, you would have to inject huge doses. What botox does is to relax muscle contractions that aggravate wrinkle formation. It is, however, broken that it will down by the body within six months.

 

 

2. Beauty Myth: The more expensive the product,  the better it is

Truth: Yes, let's admit it, good quality comes with a premium price tag. But it does not necessarily mean that it will deliver better results. Understand and know what works for your skin. Always request for product samples at beauty counters before parting with your precious dollars.

 

 

3. Beauty Myth: Applying toothpaste on spots help them go down

 

Truth: Toothpaste contains little amount of Triclosan, the same anti-bacterial ingredient commonly found in spot treatments. However, along with that, it also contain other ingredients not specifically target for problem skin and can cause blockages, thus making the condition much worse.

 

 

4. Beauty Myth: You do not need to wear sunscreen during winter or cloudy days

 

Truth: Ever wondered why you still get a tan in air-conditioned car? The truth is even though you do not feel the burn on your skin, ultra violet rays are stronger and easily penetrated through the clouds on overcast days. My tip is, if you see a shadow, wear your sunscreen.

 

 

5. Beauty Myth: Cocoa butter prevent stretch marks

 

Truth: Stretch marks occur when the skin expand quickly and breaks supportive fibers like collagen and elastin. Cocoa butter and other oil emollient such as olive oil only soften external skin temporarily. Laser skin resurfacing penetrates deeper.

 

 

6. Beauty Myth: Rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles

 

Truth: Gravity, sun damage, repetitive motion of facial muscles and the breakdown of collagen are the actual culprits.

 

 

7. Beauty Myth: Exercising can get rid of cellulite

 

Truth: Cellulite, a result of fat deposits trapped deep between fibrous bands of tissue, is largely due to genetics. Exercising can only reduce the appearance of dimples but it cannot get rid of cellulite completely. Liposuction or laser cellulite removal procedures can effectively reduce unsightly cellulite and fatty tissue, resulting in smoother appearance. Thin girls do get cellulite.

 

 

8. Beauty Myth: Mayonnaise makes a great hair conditioner

 

Truth: I admit, I fell for this one. Mayonnaise makes your hair look and feel greasy and tangled. The vegetable oil, eggs and vinegar does nothing but weigh down your hair. You will probably end up smelling like stale sandwich and a messy bathroom. Not worth trying. It is much wiser to use store bought products instead.

 

 

9. Beauty Myth: Regular trims make your hair grow  thicker, fuller and faster

 

Truth: This is totally ridiculous. Trimming does not alter the fact that hair grows about half an inch every month. If it was the case, men suffering from sparse hair condition will be running to barbers every other week to try growing their hair back faster! A healthy diet rich in proteins like fish, lean meat and eggs is the secret to luscious locks.

 

 

10. Beauty Myth: You can shrink the pores on your face

 

Truth: Wrong again. This myth fuels the cosmetic industry. Your pore size is genetically determined and cannot be minimized no matter how expensive the cream you use. They may appear larger because of bacteria and dead skin cells that build up. To visibly reduce their appearance,keep your face clean with cleansing products that contain salicylic acids, AHA & BHA. Retinol-A and Alpha Hydroxys are designed to break up clots and bring the pores back to original appearance.

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