16 Beauty Myths: What is true or false?
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16 Beauty Myths: What is true or false?

We've all heard the wives' tales of beauty secrets and remedies, but how much of what we hear is actually true?

16 Beauty Myths: What is true or false?

1. Shaving makes your leg hair grow back longer and coarser.

FALSE: Uncut hair is the widest at the base, then narrows to a point. When you shave, you chop the hair the hair off at the widest part, which is what you see when it grows in. However, shaving does not actually change the texture or thickness of your hair.

2. Carrots make your boobs grow.

TRUE: While carrots cannot guarantee significant breast growth, they are an estrogen-rich food that can potentially increase breast size.

3. Getting the goosebumps makes your leg hair grow back faster.

FALSE: Goosebumps spark a reaction called piloerection, which elevates the hair follicles above the rest of the skin so the hair seems to "stands on end", when it is not ACTUALLY growing.

4. Lip balm actually makes your lips MORE chapped.

TRUE: Contrary to what most people believe, some lip balms don't hydrate the lips. Instead, they seal moisture out, so lips can't absorb it. Any lip balm that contains menthol, camphor and peppermint might also irritate your chapped lips, keeping them from healing.

5. Tanning beds are worse for your skin than tanning in the sun.

FALSE: Although everyone hears how horrible tanning beds are for you (which is true), there is actually no evidence that supports tanning beds are WORSE for your skin than the sun. Although the sun exposure is more condensed, it is not more damaging than laying in the sun all day.

6. Washing your hair with cold water will make it healthier and shinier.

FALSE: Despite many stylists spreading this rumor, your hair actually contains no living cells -- it doesn't react to cold (or hot) water.

7. You get MORE sun when it’s cloudy versus when it’s sunny.

FALSE: While you still get sun through the clouds, it is untrue that you get actually more sun exposure while it is cloudy.

8. If you wax, your hair will grow back thinner and fewer.

FASLE: Hair growth is genetic, so despite what waxing centers tell you, waxing can not actually change your long-term hair growth.

9. Sleeping in a bra is bad for you.

FALSE: There is actually no medical or scientific support that says sleeping in your bra with make you "sag", or increase the risk of breast cancer.

10. Drinking a lot water keeps your skin from drying out.

FALSE: Drinking water will not change your skin. However, oil is supposed to do the job.

11. You can’t get rid of cellulite.

TRUE: Although toning your body will help reduce the appearance of cellulite, there is actually no way to get RID of it once it's there.

12. It’s possible to shrink the size of your pores.

FALSE: Pores are genetic--therefore, although there is a way to increase the "cleanliness" of your pores, there is not a way to change the size.

13. Cutting your hair will make it grow back faster and thicker.

FALSE: Cutting the ends of your hair doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp, which is what actually determines how fast and how much your hair grows.

14. Chocolate and unhealthy foods give you acne.

FALSE: A number of different studies have found that there is in fact no direct link between acne and chocolate (or any other food for that matter).

15. Using Toothpaste at night will help get rid of acne.

FALSE: Although the menthol found in toothpaste helps decrease inflammation, there are other ingredients in it that can cause skin irritation.

16. Sleeping in a ponytail makes your hair grow slower.

TRUE: Pulling all your hair back like that puts strain on your hair and causes damage to the strands.

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