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Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Outdated or Untrue Beauty Tips

We've all heard them!

Tips from Grandmothers, Moms, friends, teachers, whatever, but how many of these tips are actually a load of BS?

Below I have compiled a list of some of the most common and untrue beauty tips that I've heard and sometimes believed over the years!

#1 - Never wear mascara on your bottom lashes.

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This is the first beauty tip I can remember hearing as a kid, aside from the infamous "don't wear white after Labour Day".
This tip is going to fall under the category of outdated simply because it had purpose but is now irrelevant. The argument here is that mascara on bottom lashes falls off, smudges and creates raccoon circles. All of these issues can be true with the wrong mascara and/or too heavy of application. Bottom lash mascara actually opens up the eyes making them look bigger, therefore, should be a personal choice based on eye shape and style. 

#2 Sleeping with makeup on will cause you to age faster.

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I'll admit, I did believe this one for a while. My thought was that if your skin couldn't breath, it would age! Not the case here, although its not the best habit for your skin, the only thing that will happen is that you may get a few zits from clogged pores but that`s about it.

#3 You can fight aging and loss of Collagen with cream products containing Collagen.

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Sorry ladies! This one is unfortunately untrue. There are tons of anti aging creams that claim to contain "collagen" to make you feel like you are able to get back that wonderful protein that gives children such youthful skin. Unfortunately Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate our skin; so, the loss of collagen from aging, smoking and the sun is unfortunately not fixable with that magical cream. 

#4 Always use Paraben free products to avoid getting cancer.

This one is my favourite because I hear it so often and people seem so passionate about it. 
We're all scared of getting cancer but there comes a point where we need to stop irrationally black listing products. 
The average person buying Paraben free doesn't even know what they are. Parabens are preservatives that are added to products to stop any growth of fungi and harmful bacteria that can cause infections and other health concerns.
The FDA has also concluded that Parabens in cosmetics have not been shown to be harmful, especially with the very small amount that is used. 

Good news is that you can now stop buying that shitty drying Paraben free shampoo! 
click HERE to read a great article about Parabens and breast tumours! 

#5 Your Hair grows faster in the summer and slower in winter.

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I really thought this one was 100% true before researching it a little bit! There is a little bit of truth behind this one though. While female hair grows at the same pace all year round, the hair in men's beards actually does grow faster in the summer. This is all thanks to the male sex hormone DHT which is the hormone also responsible for male pattern baldness. 

Thanks for reading! What are your favourite beauty myths? Let me know in the comments!

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