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10 Worst Pieces of Beauty Advice You Can Safely Ignore


More often than not, fad beauty tips can yield terrible results and can be dangerous for you, too. We know it’s hard to cut through the noise and get the actual facts, so we’ve collected the 10 worst beauty tips you should avoid at all costs. We promise, your skin and hair will thank you.


1. If you have oily hair, skip conditioner.

Conditioner isn’t directly related to an increase of grease in hair, as long as you use it correctly. If your hair is oily, keep the conditioner concentrated on the ends and avoid applying it to the root. But no matter the hair type, conditioner is always recommended.

2. Gray hair is caused by stress.

Each hair follicle contains a certain number of pigments, which makes a chemical called melanin. The color of your hair is determined by how much melanin the hair has. As we age, the pigment in the cells begins to die, which is why hair turns gray.

It’s mostly genetic, but according to Scientific American, “no clear link has been found between stress and gray hair.”


3. Pumping your mascara wand is the best way to get the most of the product.

Moving your mascara wand in and out might coat it fully, but the pumping action causes air to get into the tube, which quickly dries out the mascara. It also creates clumping and flaking and ultimately, decreases the mascara’s shelf life.

Instead, gently twist the wand in the tube and use circular motions to get the product on the wand as you’d like it.


4. Drinking water hydrates skin.

It’s a good general rule of thumb to drink a lot of water, but it turns out, it doesn’t have any obvious effects on your skin. According to Dr. Dendy Engelman, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in New York City, “water intake doesn’t really correlate with skin hydration unless one is extremely dehydrated.”

In fact, skin hydration is produced naturally through oil production and through moisturizers, creams, and oils, she says.



6. Rotating products is good for your skin.

Turns out, your skin loves consistency. Dr. Harris says if the products in your routine are working for you, you shouldn’t make any changes. Basically, when it comes to your skin, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!


7. Use toothpaste as an acne spot treatment

This is another home remedy that could be quite dangerous. While there are ingredients in toothpaste that could dry out pimples, “there are also so many harsh ingredients in toothpaste that work for inside of your mouth, but not on your face,” says Dr. Harris.

She says using toothpaste on your skin can create dermatitis and other skin problems.


8. Tone oily skin with rubbing alcohol.

If your skin is oil prone, we get the instinct to use alcohol to quickly dry it out. But it’s not a good idea. When applied to the face as a toner, rubbing alcohol strips the skin’s surface, which leads to dehydrated skin.

Plus, it doesn’t have any added benefits,” says Dr. Harris. For a safe alternative, she recommends Retin-A followed by a moisturizer.


9. You can eliminate split ends.

If you find yourself with split ends, you can work to strengthen the hair strand by using a heat protectant spray or applying a deep conditioning treatment. But nothing can fully repair them, except for eliminating them with a hair cut or trim, of course.

10. Hairspray can be used as a makeup setting spray.

Hairspray is great for preventing static and keeping frizz at bay, but that’s about it. Using it on your face—whether you’re spraying it and walking through it, or spritzing it directly onto your skin—is bad for you.

Hairspray’s harmful ingredients can dry out your skin and make you look older. Not to mention, it leaves a sticky film behind, too.


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