Forget celebrity gossip – the world of beauty gossip has more ‘what ifs?’ than the relationship status of your favourite reality TV couple.
Sometimes it can be near impossible to sort the speculation from the straight-up facts.
Here, we’ve tackled busted seven common beauty myths. You’re so welcome.
Myth 1: Dry skin needs moisturiser by the pot load.
VERDICT: There’s actually something it needs more. When your face feels tighter than a pair of men’s speedos, your instinct is to drench, drench, drench it in moisture. The problem?
One of the most common causes of dry skin is actually under-exfoliating; if you don’t get rid of those dull, ash-grey dead cells, they will use your skin as their local hangout. And they won’t let any moisturiser join their club.
Myth 2: Always shave body hair in the opposite direction to the way it grows.
VERDICT: Not if you’re sensitive. Yes, this technique does give the smoothest results. But if shaving is usually followed by an attack of the in-growns – the itchiest little enemies on the planet – you might want to change tack.
When a shave is extremely close, hairs can retract into the skin and curl back on themselves in the days afterwards. To prevent this in-grown assault, shave with the direction of hair. Bye-bye bumps.
(And, FYI, shaving doesn’t make hair grow back thicker – because you feel the blunt end of the hair when it grows back, it gives the illusion of thickness. Waxing regrowth doesn’t have the same sharp end, but the volume is the same).
Myth 3: A blob of toothpaste is great for getting rid of spots.
VERDICT: Only in emergencies. If toothpaste is literally your only option – say, you’re stranded on a desert island and Channing Tatum is coming to rescue you tomorrow, then, OK, we’ll let you. The menthol in toothpaste can help dry out a zit. But other ingredients, especially fluoride, can irritate or even burn skin.