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Beauty Myths

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Posted on July 19 2012

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Beauty Myths

As women, we’re fed beauty advice from the time we strap on our fist heel of mary janes. We’re advised to brush our hair to ensure its growth, never to pluck any facial hair because it comes back with a vengeance, never to sleep with your makeup on, so on and so forth. But as you get older, you start to wonder what’s actually fact and fiction. We’re here to debunk a couple beauty myths for you.
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Does your hair grow faster in the summer?

The truth is, there may be a slight increase in the rate of growth, but it’s really marginal. A natural hormonal shift and increase in UV may contribute to some changes.

Does your body become immune to antiperspirant?

Most antiperspirants contain aluminum salts which block the eccrine duct, which is the tube that the sweat comes out of. There is actually no science behind that. The only possible explanation is that the body adapts and finds a way to unplug the duct.

Does sleeping on your side cause wrinkles?

The way you sleep does affect wrinkles — that’s why some lines are called sleep lines. If you crunch your face against a pillow you can get them. It’s best to sleep on your back. Satin sheets are great because they don’t crunch against the skin. and beauty sleep pillows are also an option, they are made with a special foam and have a unique shape which helps alleviate pressure on the face.

Does chocolate cause acne?

Chocolate per se will not make you break out-in fact, there is little evidence that chocolate or any specific fatty foods will cause acne, but we do know that a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body — which can lead to acne.

Can you shrink your pore size?

There are actual products that will make your pores appear smaller, but that doesn’t mean they are smaller. Certain medications will dry out your skin and make the pore seem smaller. If you pop a pimple or blackhead incorrectly you can damage the pore and enlarge it. Best to do it with a sterile needle after steaming, clean with alcohol before and use a comedone extractor with even pressure. Then apply a topical antibiotic.

Does hair grow faster with regular trims?

False. Ultimately regular trims do not make hair grow faster (health and diet factors play heavily here), but if you want length without the damage, stick to routine salon visits to get your longest, healthiest hair. In all, there is a potential for a net gain of four and a half inches per year.

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