Hi guys, I’m Jenny and I blog over on Penned by Jenny! I never usually write about style or beauty so I thought it’d be fun (and different) to contribute a post to Neesha’s amazing blog. Today’s topic revolves around beauty myths and modern, WORKING alternatives:
We are constantly drip-fed with ‘facts’ about health and beauty in our day to day lives. Take the belief that chocolate leads to spots, a belief that annoys me to no end. There’s just not enough evidence to support it and I always shake my head in disbelief when people believe this. Fortunately for us, bizarre potions, concoctions and rituals belong to the dusty pages of spell-books, fairy tales and legends. And that’s exactly where we should leave them, letting them lie as mementos of a time gone by. For every myth your mother told you, there’s at least one modern…and working alternative. Now excuse me while I grab another cheeky chocolate bar.
Cocoa Butter is a stretch away from the facts. Dispel the belief that it will reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Stretch marks usually occur during pregnancy and puberty when the skin expands and stretches, breaking the collagen and fibres that keep the cells together. This myth probably evolved from the fact that cocoa butter is a natural skin protector and therefore safe for an unborn child. Unfortunately, stretch marks are impenetrable to cocoa butter. Instead try moisturiser, Retin-A and glycolic acid which have been successful in reducing stretch marks.
Curl up in shame. Eating bread crusts will not magically wave your hair.
Rather a curling iron or those reliable GHDs will put some volume in those locks. Research tells me that this particular myth was formed around 300 years ago in Europe. Back in those days, life expectancy was a lot lower and starvation was prevalent within Europe. Starvation can lead to hair loss and bread was a staple part of the diet. The equation went like this: fit and healthy hair = bread. Over time, curly hair was correlated with bread crusts and that’s why we have the myth today. This doesn’t mean that you should bin bread crusts altogether as crusts do provide numerous health benefits.
Say good night and good bye to your night-time Vaseline ritual; this will not prevent wrinkles.
Contrary to popular belief, layering your skin with Vaseline before bed-time will NOT prevent wrinkles. This myth was introduced by Marilyn Monroe who actively advocated this ritual. Whilst it’s true that Vaseline can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it won’t actually prevent wrinkles appearing.
It’s true that Vaseline can make wrinkles appear less obvious because it adds moisture to the skin. But you’ll have to start using a cream with ingredients like peptides and retinol if you want to prevent the effects of aging and appear more youthful for longer.
Brush away the myth that equates shiny hair to 100 brush strokes.
Ouch, guys! Stop brushing your hair so vigorously. Hair will break if you fiddle around with it too much. If you’re desperate for shiny locks (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), try a few gentle strokes which will flatten the hair follicles and make your hair appear shinier. It will also disperse natural oils down the length of your hair to increase shininess. Before the invention of conditioner, girls used to brush their hair 100 times before bed to distribute the natural oils.
It’s important to know the difference between a sneaky old wives’ tale and an actual beauty fact. Your hair, body and skin will thank you.
Were you shocked by some of these myths? Did you believe any? Leave your lovely comments below and let us know!