Nowadays, there are so many commonly-held beauty beliefs floating around (thanks, Pinterest!) that it’s hard to keep track of what's true and what's completely bogus. Today, I thought we’d go over 10 popular beauty myths and tips we’ve heard over the years and demystify which ones are factual and which ones are just plain wrong. Check them out below and let us know which myths you're guilty of too!
False. Wearing sunscreen year-round is a must. Find out why here. And, if you’re wondering what the heck SPF means, you can read about that here.
It’s wrong to pluck above your eyebrows.
False! So many girls think that you can only pluck below the brow, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes, you can achieve the best shape for your face by plucking above the brow. Just be sure you see a professional to determine the best shape for your face first.
Crossing your legs will cause spider veins.
False! Actually, extended standing can cause varicose or spider veins. Usually though, this has a genetic predisposition.
True! Lauren blogged about her nail polish vacation a while back and everything she said still remains true. Every few months, take a break from the polish — especially darker tones sans a base coat — or else your nails will start looking a little yellowish. No, thank you!
Oily skin doesn’t need hydration.
False! Even though your skin might seem hydrated because it's oily, that's not the case at all. Moisturizing is essential for maintaining a healthy complexion, no matter your skin type.
There’s no way to get rid of cellulite.
True. Some say that finding a true cure is like the holy grail of dermatology. Sadly, nothing can be done to fully get rid of it — not creams, not even liposuction. There are temporary fixes (like using creams with caffeine), but it’s just something we all have to deal with (or get over). For Lauren’s best tips on keeping your legs looking good all season long, check out her post on getting gorgeous gams.
False. When your hair first grows out it looks thicker and darker because hair is widest at its base when it is cut. So really, shaving doesn’t change the thickness or color of your hair. Check out Lauren’s Smart Girl’s Guide to Shaving for her best smooth-skin tricks.
You should wash your hair every day.
False! Your hair relies on the natural oils it produces to keep it healthy, strong, and shiny. Washing your hair excessively can strip your scalp of these important nutrients causing dry, brittle, damaged hair. If you ask us, the less you wash, the better. I usually try to wash my hair only three or four times a week, workouts permitting.
False. Whoever came up with this old wives' tale was a bit overzealous. If you brushed your hair 100 strokes a day, you’d be doing way more damage than good. However, light brushing can be really good for you since it stimulates circulation to the scalp, helping to nourish your strands and even promote growth. Be sure to take a peek at Lauren’s list of 10 foods for heavenly hair as well as her favorite hair care products for her tricks on how to liven up dull or damaged hair.
It’s possible to shrink your pores. False. Like cellulite, this is another incurable beauty ailment. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the appearance temporarily. Try using egg whites: We know it sounds odd but they tighten the skin, which gives the illusion of smaller pores. Or, give this five-step facial a try.
There you have it. We love hearing all about the crazy beauty myths that are floating around, don’t you? Do you have a beauty myth that you would like debunked?
From her laid-back, effortless style to a fresh, ahead-of-the-trend beauty aesthetic, Lauren Conrad is a girl after our own heart. So, each week, the born-and-bred California girl and editor-in-chief of LaurenConrad.com will share with us her insider secrets and personal musings. Plus, check out her visually stunning guest pinning here!