We make hundreds of decisions on a daily basis — many of them dictated by common sense and years of trial and error: Will Jennifer Lawrence’s pixie cut work for my coarse curly hair? Do I go on a second date with someone who was mean to the waiter during our first one? Should I buy pleather-paneled leggings?
While these questions practically answer themselves — no, no, and if the price is right, why the hell not? — there are times when our instincts are way off the mark, and the strategies that we’ve followed forever are actually compromising how we look and feel
. If “avoid water when you feel bloated” or “oily skin doesn't need more oil” sounds like solid, appearance-enhancing advice to you, read on.We asked top experts to dispel some long-held beliefs about beauty and health, and tell us what to do instead
. Heed these tips and you just may have a dozen fewer decisions to make today.
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