Beauty Myths Debunked

Whether we hear it from our mother or friend, read it in a magazine, or hear about it on the television, there are common beauty “myths” that we believe to be true. Some of these beauty folklores are just that, myths, and others actually are true.

Here are a few of the common ideas broken down:

Myth: Chocolate causes acne

Truth: Chocolate itself does not directly cause acne. Some individuals may have a sensitivity to chocolate, which in turn could cause breakouts. One of its biggest ingredients – sugar – can cause acne, however. Too much sugar can lead to a dull complexion, pimples, and oiliness, but it is not just chocolate that contains sugar. To improve the complexion overall, avoid consuming too much sugar on a daily basis, and incorporate more water and fruits and vegetables into a diet.

Myth: Using the phone causes acne

Truth: Using a phone can cause acne! This “myth” is actually factual. The phone is one item that carries exorbitant amounts of dirt, germs and bacteria, that when put up to our face can block pores and cause acne. If a phone is shared at work, make sure to wipe it down with an anti-bacterial wipe at least once a day

If a cell phone is the primary method of communication, make sure the case is washed once a day (if it can be washed) or wiped down with an anti-bacterial wipe. Also, wash your hands after touching the phone! Dirt and bacteria can transfer from the phone to hands and can lead to breakouts.

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Myth: Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will keep skin hydrated

Truth: While a nutritionist may say drinking eight glasses of water a day is the key to staying hydrated, much more must be done to keep the skin soft and hydrated. Consuming water keeps us hydrated internally, which helps the skin to appear more radiant, but moisturization of the skin is what keeps it hydrated and plump.

Make sure to moisturize day and night, and incorporate a serum into the beauty routine in the morning that will help retain moisture, such as Soy Face Serum by Fresh, $42.

Myth: The side of the face a person sleeps on will have more wrinkles

Truth: This “myth” is actually true. Sleeping on one side every day puts stress and pressure on the skin which can lead to development of wrinkles. However, it is not as if that side of the face will look 20 years older and have deep lines.

There are many more factors that cause aging and wrinkles such as genetics and environmental aggressors. If sleeping is of concern, try sleeping on your back and angle the pillow, which will let fluid drain so skin is radiant and not puffy in the morning, giving a more youthful appearance.

Myth: Shampoo and conditioner must be changed every few months

Truth: This is definitely a myth! Hair does not become tolerant to shampoos and conditioners, so a new brand or formula is not necessary every so often! If hair is starting to become lackluster or the products don’t seem to be working anymore, try one of two things: first, try a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will remove any excess buildup from oils, hairsprays, and conditioners, and will leave hair refreshed and volumized. Second, let hair relax! Go a few days au natural; no blow-dryers, straightening irons, or curling irons. Trying both of these will make a huge difference!

New Beauty Items For Fall

When the weather starts changing and the leaves start turning different colors, out comes the sweaters and the new lip colors. Fall is not just a season of wardrobe changes, but the make-up bag should be getting an overhaul as well. Here are some great new items to purchase for the new season.

Fragrance

The change in seasons tends to evoke new emotions in people (think of the way pumpkin spice lattes and cinnamon apple scones make us feel), and fragrances do the same thing: they stir up different emotions. The chilly weather fall brings makes one want a warmer fragrance, and the new Gucci Guilty can do just that. This new fragrance from Gucci is described as a sensual, oriental flower with notes of amber and lilac, as well as mandarin and pink pepper; it’s an enticing fragrance at $95 for 2.5oz.

Gucci Guilty also comes in a shower gel, $45 and a body lotion, $50.Or for something a little lighter, try English Pear and Freesia by Jo Malone. This new fragrance captures the scent of sweet, crisp pears and the freshness of a bouquet of freesias. It’s described as the fragrance of the autumn air for $55 for a 1.0oz.

Lip Color

One item that is always good for a switch when the temperatures change is lipstick. While some associate the cooler weather with deeper, richer colors such as burgundy or a deep red, neutrals and shades of pink look just as pretty. Yves Saint Laurent has a new lipstick, Rouge Pur Couture, $30, which contains natural extracts to keep lips soft and hydrated. The elegant solid gold case, designed by Stefano Pilati, contains one of 18 new shades.

Eye Shadow

It is always fun to play with different eye shadow shades, as each one can drastically change one’s appearance. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with new colors, including shades of gold, browns, burgundies, and greens. Estee Lauder’s new Pure Color Eye shadows, $20, are a great option for eye color. These shadows go on effortlessly and true to color, and have good staying power.

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Try Sizzling Copper for a good gold option, or Berry Burst for a burgundy – both enhance any eye color. Chanel also has a gorgeous new 4-color palette for fall, Les QuatreOmbres in Enigma. It contains different shades of browns and pinks for a perfect fall look at $56. And, with any eye shadow, an eye base is extremely important: a favorite is Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $18, by Urban Decay.

Nail Polish

An easy and inexpensive way to change one’s look is with nail polish. And, nails need special attention once the weather starts to turn colder which leads to dry, cracked cuticles and more brittle nails. While there may be a color of the moment, nails can rock any shade during this time. NARS has a gorgeous new palette of nail polishes, from a deep, sage green to a metallic gold, for $16. Try adding a bit of glitz and glamour by adding a coat of a glittery polish on top, such as the gold “Boom Boom Pow” or the silver “Today Was a Fairytale,” both $18 by Lippmann.