We’re all suckers for beauty tricks, but while your grandma’s tip on natural ways to whiten your teeth might have a grain of truth to it, not all advice you picked up on the internet are science-backed facts. As a matter of fact, most beauty hacks you’ve probably stumbled upon on the web are myths and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Not sure whether the latest beauty trick you found online is a myth or fact? Here, check out the top five personal care misconceptions, each of them debunked for your convenience.
Trimming your hair makes it grow faster
You’ve probably heard that a regular trim can make your hair grow faster, but much to a would-be Rapunzel’s dismay, this isn’t exactly true. Chopping off split ends won’t make your hair grow any faster: it will only make it look healthier and more voluminous. To encourage hair growth, you should make a few dietary tweaks and increase your intake of hair-friendly nutrients such as protein, vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, iron, potassium, and zinc.
Shaving makes bodily hair grow thicker
Shaving bodily hair will make it grow back thicker, right? Wrong: this is yet another beauty myth ladies around the world still believe in. Shaving bodily hair doesn’t impact its density or growth speed: it just makes it seem a bit stubbier and thicker in between the shaves. This is good news for all girls out there whose pain threshold is low: you can drop the wax strip now and pick up the razor without the fear of turning into a Yeti in a matter of weeks.
You can file your nails as you like best
Have you ever watched manicurists as they bustle about with files? If you have, you’ve probably noticed they always file nails in the same direction. The reason for such a file treatment is pretty simple: filing the nail from both directions weakens the nail plate and ups the risk of breakage, splitting, and peeling. One-directional filing, on the other hand, makes nails grow faster, so it’s a better option if you want your nails to stay strong and long.
Morning facial washes prevent pimples
A while back, Salma Hayek stunned ladies around the world by saying she owes her impeccable complexion to the fact that she never washes her face in the morning. Instead, she said that girls who want to preserve a youthful, radiant complexion in years to come should clean their skin in the evening using first-class face cleaning products. That way, you’ll avoid removing natural oils that keep your skin moisturized and protect pores from dirt, sweat, and other irritants.
Sleeping on your back prevents wrinkles
Contrary to popular misconceptions, your sleeping position has nothing to do with formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Sleeping on your back may make your face appear less misshapen in the morning, but it won’t impact the look of your skin in the long run as skin texture doesn’t change overnight. If you have a habit of waking up to a crumpled countenance, you can try sleeping on your back, but if you’re looking to banish signs of aging by the tweaking sleeping position, don’t go sacrificing your sleep comfort in vain.
Truth isn’t always pretty, but if you want to stay on the dazzling side of the mirror, you’d better base your regime on facts, not myths. If you’re still here, you now know which beauty myths to ditch from your regimen without delay. Ready, steady, go and let gorgeous looks grow on you!