The question of a beautiful appearance for many girls is very acute. They dream of smooth skin without rashes and wrinkles, long luxurious hair, strong nails, an attractive smile, etc. However, this cannot be achieved if you follow pseudo-useful rules that have long been firmly entrenched in their minds. Novate.ru talks about them in more detail.
Myth 1: After brushing your teeth, you need to rinse your mouth
Parents have been putting this information into our heads since childhood, and the habit is so firmly rooted in the mind that there is not even the slightest doubt about its effectiveness. However, researchers at Queen Mary University of London urge us to change our habits. They argue that rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth is impractical, as water washes away the most important element in toothpaste - fluoride. If left on the enamel, it will create a barrier that protects against dirt and dental diseases. Dentist Karen Coates recommends doing the following: “When you brush your teeth, just spit it out and forget about the water. To avoid filling your mouth with foam, do not wet the brush or fill it completely with the paste - a small drop the size of a pea will suffice.”
Continuing the topic, it should be said right away that the need to brush your teeth after every meal is also a myth. Such a habit will not do any good, only harm. The fact is that the acid that enters the oral cavity along with food eats into the tooth enamel and contributes to its erosion. If you brush your teeth every day for half an hour after a meal, the enamel will break down even faster.
Myth 2: If the bottle is marked "hypoallergenic", the product is suitable for all skin
In most cases, hypoallergenic cosmetics do not contain only the most common allergenic ingredients, such as alcohol. However, do not forget that the only substance that any skin does not react to is distilled water. Therefore, be sure to familiarize yourself with the composition of the care products before purchasing, even if they have various marks indicating safety. Cosmetics based on natural ingredients are not suitable for every skin.
Myth 3: combs don't need to be washed regularly
Many people have no idea how many bacteria are on a regular comb, and we use it several times a day. To avoid hurting yourself, start looking after your combs. This is not as difficult as it seems at first glance:
• remove hairs from the comb after each brushing so that they do not accumulate on the surface;
• Once a week, immerse the combs for half an hour in warm water with the addition of shampoo, liquid soap or shower gel, and then brush with an old toothbrush;
• Be sure to wipe metal combs dry after “bathing”, and it is better to wipe wooden combs several times a week with a cotton swab previously moistened with alcohol-containing liquid.
Myth 4: Soda and lemon juice are good for cleansing the skin
Do not count how many beauty life hacks exist on the Internet, designed to improve the condition of the skin. Typically, the main ingredients are foods that can be found in every kitchen. One of them is soda. They write that it helps get rid of age spots, wrinkles, acne, inflammation, and therefore the use of baking soda as a peeling is a panacea for all ills. This component is really useful, but only in the composition of professional skin care cosmetics. By itself, baking soda is quite aggressive, as it is alkaline, and if used incorrectly, it can lead to dryness, premature aging, and problems with skin regeneration.
The same can be said for lemon juice, which is often advised as the main ingredient for cleansing the skin. It has an acidic environment and can burn the delicate skin of the face or cause allergies. Also, after using lemon juice, many have a rash, redness, burning, peeling. Rubbing your skin with lemon and then going outside can cause a chemical reaction that will cause burns or age spots.
Myth 5: Ice wiping is beneficial
Rubbing the skin with ice cubes is considered a home analogue of cryomassage, which is widely used in cosmetology as a rejuvenating procedure. However, the effect of low temperatures on the skin is not always beneficial: sometimes blood flow is disturbed, puffiness and spider veins appear, the functions of the sebaceous glands decrease, which leads to a loss of elasticity. This procedure should not be abused, and girls with dry or sensitive skin type should completely abandon it.
Myth 6: Hair from the nose should be pulled out regularly with tweezers
If hair removal is acceptable in other areas of the body, then the hairs located in the nose should remain in place. They only at first glance seem useless, but in fact they perform many useful functions: they trap dust and allergens on the way to the lungs, increase the friction of cold air when inhaling, which heats it up a little, protects the mucous membrane from hypothermia, which means it reduces the risk of colds. … And research results show that people who don't remove their nose hair are three times less likely to get asthma.
You can only remove what seems too noticeable from the outside. To do this, arm yourself with a special trimmer or nail scissors, having previously disinfected them. And forget about the tweezers - they are only suitable for eyebrow shaping.
Myth 7: You need to wash your hands with hot water
It used to be that hot water was best at killing germs, which meant washing your hands with it. However, recent studies by scientists from Rutgers University (USA) have shown that temperature matters only when you need to quickly remove grease or mechanical contamination from your hands. If we are talking about disinfection, and not washing away visible stains, you can use warm or cold water. Choose whichever temperature you feel is more comfortable. But it is better to give up hot water right away, as it damages the skin, makes it dry and irritable.
Note: To remove bacterial contamination, just ten seconds of intensive hand soaping is enough. Of course, the procedure can be extended, but there will be no visible improvement or a radically different result.
Myth 8: Deodorant should be applied immediately after showering
This pseudo-useful rule is largely due to the manufacturers of deodorants themselves, because what is written in the instructions? Apply to clean skin. So people apply it immediately after leaving the shower or bath. However, there is one caveat: the armpits should be not only clean, but also dry. If moisture remains on them, it will simply wipe off the protective layer of the deodorant or draw it into the pores, which is even worse. In any case, the effectiveness of the tool will be minimized. The best option is to use a deodorant 15-20 minutes after water treatment, so that it will definitely get rid of sweat and unpleasant odors.
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