Don't be ashamed, you're not alone. We've all believed these infamous beauty myths at one stage or another in our lives. Prepare to have your mind blown friends because I'm about to shake some shit up:
1) Chocolate Causes Spots
Your skin is a great indication of how well your body is functioning on the inside. So, with that in mind, you could say that too much junk food will eventually show on your face. However, spots are due to excess production of sebum, and no amount of clean eating will stop them in their tracks. So now you can eat that chocolate bar in peace. But remember, all in moderation okay?
2) Your Skin Needs To 'Breathe'
I always find this one funny.. your skin doesn't have lungs. It doesn't need to breathe. You can wear makeup every day if you want! But who are we kidding, we all love a no makeup day anyway.
3) Wearing Makeup Causes Bad Skin
Like I said, you can wear makeup as often as you want. Just remember to remove it thoroughly before going to bed because that's the time when our skin repairs itself. Otherwise, you will end up with bad skin. Also, makeup wipes aren't enough, you need a cleanser to fully remove any trace of makeup and daily grime.
4) Your Hair Grows Back Thicker When You Shave It
The reason why hair appears thicker after shaving, is because, one, you've got hair where it wasn't two days ago and two, the hair is being cut at an angle with shaving, so it grows back blunter. Not thicker.
5) Steam Opens Your Pores, Cold Water Closes Them
Your pores have no way of opening or closing, no elements will affect that! However, steam does loosen the dirt particles clogged in pores, so steaming your pores is a good idea when removing dirt from your skin.
6) You Can Shrink Your Pores
Again, pores can't change size as they're genetically influenced and cannot be reduced or enlarged. But you can reduce the appearance of pores by exfoliating regularly and keeping your skin squeaky clean.
7) Toothpaste Is A Great Spot Treatment
People tend to use toothpaste as a solution to their spot problems as it dries out the spot and causes a cooling effect due to methanol. But toothpaste can also act as an irritant and is not the best solution for your poor spots. Stick to spot creams, please!
8) Strips Are The Best Way To Remove Blackheads
Au contraire, blackhead strips are very bad for your skin as you can risk damaging the capillaries around your nose! Yikes. You're better off extracting them gently with your nails, or using a blackhead removing face wash. *Yuck*
9) Your Hair 'Gets Used To' Your Shampoo
So many people think that they need to switch up their hair care routine or your hair will adapt to the products and will no longer work. Completely false. Usually the cause of limp or greasy hair is the build up of excess product as opposed to your shampoo just not working anymore. Use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of excess product. Or alternatively, leave your shampoo in for 5 minutes to allow a deep clean.
10) Water Hydrates Your Skin
Yup, I was just as surprised as you are right now. Water is essential for your body to function and keeps it healthy, but no amount of water will solve your dry skin problem. It's actually oil that hydrates your skin. Too much water can actually dry your skin out. Many people think that oil is your skin's enemy, but it's actually essential for healthy skin. If you feel as though your skin is a little on the drier side, use coconut oil to hydrate it naturally.