Through beauty blogging, I have come across all kinds of advice and tips on makeup, skincare, beauty routines, and more. I think there are a lot of beauty "factoids" out there that have been passed down over the generations, but they might not necessarily be true. I've discovered, through some trial and error, which ones are just myths and which ones have actually turned out to be true.
Beauty Myth - You can shrink your pores
A lot of people think that you can shrink your pores if only you had the right product or see the right aesthetician, but it's actually not true. Doing a simple Google search will show that whether you have large or small pores is determined mainly by genetics. What you can do, though, is make sure you regularly clear your pores of any makeup/dirt buildup by using masks and treatments. When pores are clogged, they stretch and appear more visible. Using a clarifying mud mask each week will help suck all of the gunk out of your pores, making them appear more refined and less noticeable.
Beauty Truth - Always take your makeup off at night
This is one that I definitely learned the hard way. It can seem extremely tempting to jump into bed on a late night, but taking all of your makeup off first is so important. When you sleep in your makeup, it causes your pores to get all clogged up, resulting in some nasty pimples the next morning. If you have some nights when you just can't bare the thought of doing your full skincare routine before falling asleep, keep a package of facial wipes on your bedside table so you can at least take your makeup off (and make sure to thoroughly wash your face in the morning).
Beauty Myth - If you have dry skin, drink more water
While drinking plenty of water is important to keep our insides healthy and hydrated, it actually doesn't do anything for our skin. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, it's likely a problem with your skin cells due to lack of moisture. Having a good skincare routine (for both body and face) that involves exfoliation and moisturizing is key to skin that is soft, supple, and well hydrated.
Beauty Truth - Throw away makeup that's past it's expiration date
As much as it pains us to toss our favorite mascara after only three months, it really matters for the quality and health of our skin. The longer you use your makeup products, the more bacteria they gather. Powder products can last a long time (as long as you're being mindful about regularly washing your brushes), but liquids tend to have a shorter shelf life. For quick reference:
- Mascara, Liquid liner - 3-6 months
- Liquid foundations and concealer, lip glosses - 6-12 months
- Lipsticks, cream foundations and blushes - 12-18 months
- Powders (pressed or loose) - 24 months
Beauty Myth - You can get rid of cellulite
Got some lumpy bits on the backs of your thighs and really wish you could get rid of them? Well, you can't. But guess what? We're all fighting our own battle with cellulite, so you don't have to feel embarrassed. It's just a natural thing most females get, whether they're fat or thin, and is generally determined by genetics. Unfortunately, there's no way to actually get rid of cellulite, but you can diminish it's appearance with a healthy diet, exercise, topical firming creams, and coffee scrubs.
Beauty Truth - Everyone can wear red lipstick
For the longest time, I thought I was the only unfortunate individual that looked absolutely crap with a red lip. Turns out, I was just wearing the wrong shade. Blue-toned red lipsticks clash with my warmer skin tone, but reds with a yellow undertone? Absolutely flawless. Anyone can rock a red lip, it's all about finding the perfect shade for you. The next time you're in Sephora, ask for a few lipstick samples to try out and they'll be able to match you up with the right red.
Do you have any beauty myths or truths you've discovered?