Debunking Some Common Beauty Myths

We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, great aunt Mary Ellen’s best friends mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather perfect, so it must be true.
::come close and let me share a secret:: Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post… *ouch* I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain…)
Here are some common myths and what I found out about each.

Myth – Preparation H reduces eye puffiness

yeahokay – NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you’ll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You’re better off just saving it for your nether region.

preparation h is not for your face

Myth – Your skin pores open and close

A pore is not a door or window – they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (ie. dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Go ahead and exfoliate in order to remove that gunk stuff.

Myth – Cucumber reduces eye puffiness

The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this – have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No – it’s cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator. That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold.

Myth – Soap is bad for your skin

When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and have good stuff – like moisturizers.

Myth – Vaseline on your face every night will prevent wrinkles?

Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but it can’t prevent aging.

Myth – Never pluck a gray hair, because 10 more will grow in its place

Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in its place? It’s just not possible.

Myth – Alcohol-free is better
Not all alcohols are drying alcohols. There are also fatty-alcohols. Fatty = emollient. Emollient = softer skin. (examples of fatty alcohols would be cetyl-alcohol, benzyl-alcohol and oleyl-alcohol)
Myth – Cutting your hair and eyelashes once a week will make them grow longer
We’ll believe just about anything, won’t we? Try this one out and you’ll just end up bald.

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(originally posted 05.16.08)


  1. http://That%20lady%20with%206%20daughters says

    I must say that trimming split ends regularly (6-10 weeks, depending on the quality of your hair) prevents breakage and can make your hair “seem” to grow faster.

    The thought of Vaseline on my face makes me feel claustrophobic, I can’t imagine- blech! Whose Idea was that?

  2. http://How%20to%20apply%20make%20up says

    Great article and love your style of writing.

    I have found Latest beauty secrets, to be a site which helps explain some of the science in a pretty straightforward way

  3. http://Sarah says

    So funny, Karla! So, what about waxing off my eyebrows and drawing them on with pencil? will that make me look younger?

  4. http://Sandy%20Toes says

    I laughed about the carrots! How funny! Good I am going into the bathroom and pulling any gray hairs I see!
    -Sandy Toes

  5. http://texasholly says

    Thank God about the Prep H. Whew. I have always suspected that silly things might actually be silly…

  6. http://Jami%20@%20livelaughlove5 says

    Nobody seriously cuts their eyelashes right?!!! Thanks for debunking those myths for us!

  7. http://Anonymous says

    Great!!! By the way, what happened to “What the”? Did I miss something?

  8. My husband is in the military and some of the guys buy prep. H to put on their stomach before weigh in/measurements. They have their waist measured so they rub it on their stomachs to shrink it. Haha….seriously? If that worked wouldn’t women everywhere be buying it by the buckets?! I had to laugh when one of my husband’s friends told me he was going to do it. These grown men swear by it.

    Thought you might enjoy that. :) Great blog!

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