Beauty Myths Smashed!

By First Posted: Sep 17, 2007 Mon 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

Consciously or unconsciously, openly or secretly, domestically or clinically, all of us care about our beauty and all of us have some beliefs and opinions about mere bal, meri aankhen aur meri skin.

But before you start on your expedition with creams, chemicals and a other beauty treatments, check out these common myths about beauty care:

1. Pores open and close
Your pores are no doors. Remember this and it will make your life simpler. A pore is an opening in the skin that allows sebum to flow to the surface in order to keep the skin supple and from cracking. They do not open, they do not close. If your pores are appearing larger it is most likely because dead skin cells have built up on the pore. This is why exfoliation is important. Exfoliation helps to buff away dead skin cells and keeps the pores looking smaller and cleaner. Picking and squeezing is a complete no-no, because that can stretch and scar them If you are prone to clogged pores it is necessary to use an acid based product to keep the pores clean on the surface.

Also as an added myth breaker those Band-Aid type strips (called black-heads remover strips) that are supposed to clean your pores do not work. They clean off hair and skin, but cannot pull the wax and oil out of a pore. An acid simply helps to buff off the surface oil and skin build-up which prevents the appearance of blackheads.

2. You must use products from one line only
Your face will not explode, crack, quake, wither, or die if you combine products from different lines. Many lines make wonderful products but not every product from a particular line is fabulous. That is why it is important for you to find items that work for you and pick and choose from what is available to you. Just because you like Ponds powder doesnt mean that their entire skincare, makeup and hair line is good for you. Also, everyones skin is different. Just because it works for someone else doesnt mean that it will work for you.

3. Skin needs to breath
Al these beauty products might be shouting day in and day out that your skin is being deprived od oxygen unless you use this cream and that bleach and that face wash and what not! Your lungs breath, your skin holds your bones and guts together. That is it! Although, it is still right not put makeup on your face everyday. Not because makeup suffocates your skin; but makeup, dirt, and oil can irritate and clog your pores. That is why your cleansing regiment is so important. Use good products and never sleep in makeup.

4. Oily skin should be dried out
Oil production is very important for the maintenance of our skin. Most people are not nearly as oily as they think. If you are truly an oily skin it is very important to not dry out the skin but keep it balanced and clean. Hydration and oiliness are very separate. Just because your skin is oily doesnt mean that it needs no moisture. We put moisture on the skin to help it stay supple as it receives oil and water from the inside. If the skin is dehydrated we often begin producing more oil as our skin tries to compensate. This is the reason that many skins breakout. They have a dry flaky layer on the top surface and the oil that the skin produces gets trapped underneath and becomes infected. This is why it is so important to keep the outer layer of skin exfoliated and moisturized.

5. Shine in the t-zone equates oily skin
First of all the t-zone is the area across your nose and down your chin. Think of a lower case "t". Second oiliness or lack of it is judged by the cheeks. If your cheeks develop a shine within a couple of hours after applying makeup then yes you are oily. Shine in the t-zone indicates a normal skin. Dry skins know that they are dry and oily skins know that they are oily. Normal skins tend to think that they are oilier than they are. Check the cheeks to be sure!

And the biggest myth of all is that worrying about your looks will make you look beautiful. In fact, they dig in deeper tension lines than any if your pending chores so intelligently begin sieving the beauty facts that your pick up from the hundreds of advertisements everyday, and smile to enhance and flaunt your looks!

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