04 March 2010
We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, my friend's mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather, so it must be true. Come close and let me share a secret. Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (Which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post... ouch I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain.) Here are some common beauty myths and what I found out about each. Myth: Cucumber Reduces Eye Puffiness The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this, have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No, it's cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator. That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold. Myth: Preparation H Reduces Eye Puffiness Yeah okay. NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you'll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You're better off just saving it for your nether region. Myth: Your Skin Pores Open and Close A pore is not a door or window - they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (like dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Seek out an expert esthetician http://www.sageskinspa.com for deep exfoliating in order to remove that gunk stuff. Myth: Soap is Bad for Your Skin When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and often have good stuff like moisturizers. Recommendation - soaps of sage, handcrafted organic olive oil based soaps in 9 varieties. http://www.sageskinspa.com Myth: Vaseline on Your Face every Night will Prevent Wrinkles Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but can't prevent aging. Myth: Cutting Your Hair and Eyelashes Once a Week will Make Them Grow Longer We'll believe just about anything, won't we? Try this one out and you'll just end up bald. Myth: Never Pluck a Gray Hair; Ten More will Grow in it's Place Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in it's place? It's just not possible.