10 Beauty lies you've been told

Oct 31, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ET

For years, we have been told certain things about skin, hair and beauty care that we have accepted as the truth, no matter how ridiculous they sound. We decided to get to the bottom of this and uncover the truth. Here are 10 of the biggest beauty myths revealed.


Pluck a gray hair and seven more appear

Woman finding a gray hair

Truth: Oh this is such a scary one! But rest assured, it is completely false. Sandra Gilman, trichologist and educational director for The Elan Center for Trichology, says, "The only time more than one hair grows from one spot is when, for some undetermined reason, there is a merging of two hair follicles." But more hair growing back is not a result of plucking.


Sharpies are a fine substitute for eye liner


Truth: Becky Sturm, CEO and Founder of StormSister Spatique, says,"Though this practice does work, it certainly cannot be good for the eye area. Chemicals in the marker cannot be good for your eyes and trying to remove the ink from the Sharpie would cause much too much friction for the delicate eye tissue." Basically, stay away from anyone in the Crayola family when it comes to your eyes.


Putting Vaseline on your face
before bed prevents wrinkles

Woman applying Vaseline

Truth: This one seems like it would make sense! Plus, Jennifer Aniston does it and look at her skin. But according to Dr. Dina Strachan, a board certified dermatologist and director of Aglow Dermatology, Vaseline is great for keeping the skin moist but it isn't going to get rid of your wrinkles.


Brushing your hair 100 times a day makes it shinier

Woman brushing hair

Truth: Haha annoying girl in my class whose hair always looked perfect because she brushed it so much! You were actually doing more damage than good. "One hundred strokes is too much," says Christopher Mackin, a trichologist at the Gil Ferrer Salon, in New York City. "You'll do more damage than good." Excessive brushing can weaken strands leading to breakage.


Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins

Women crossing legs

Truth: According to beauty expert Linda Miller, crossing your legs at the lower thigh can put pressure on blood vessels and obstruct flow from your legs, but this does not mean it is a cause of vein enlargement. Your veins are more heavily influenced by genetics and the strength of your valves. If you have varicose veins, Miller recommends working out regularly and elevating your legs when you sit.


Wearing makeup every day causes your skin to break out

Woman applying makeup

Truth: The real problem is not thoroughly washing your face after wearing makeup all day. Adriana Martino, aesthetician and co–founder of NYC's SKINNEY Medspa, says that "makeup isn't usually the culprit of breakouts but rather the unwashed makeup brush and/or sponge that has makeup build-up and residue. These harbor bacteria and you are putting that bacteria directly into your pores causing clogged or congested skin, thus allowing for breakouts."


Over washing your face is the
best way to remove dead skin and dirt

Woman washing face

Truth: Beverly Hills aesthetician and skin wellness expert Gina Mari says over washing your skin is actually not a good thing. When you over wash your face, you are stripping away at your pH balance and not allowing your skin to achieve the perfect natural moisture factor. Stick to cleansing your face one to two times a day.


Lip balm actually dries out your lips

Woman applying lip balm

Truth: No, because that would just entirely defeat the purpose. The belief was that the people at the lip balm companies did this to keep you going back and buying more. Dr. Debra Jaliman, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, says lip balm only makes your lips drier if it contains certain ingredients that can be drying like camphor and menthol or flavoring that causes you to lick your lips. Otherwise it's fine.


Your hair can get "used to" shampoo

Woman washing hair

Truth: According to celebrity hair and makeup artist Julia Papworth, there is really no scientific evidence that states that at some point hair will become “used to” a shampoo and that product will therefore stop working. "If you still have the desire to mix up your beauty routine, try purifying shampoo once a week to deep cleanse your hair — it is a great way to get rid of any dirt and product build-up," says Papworth.


Pumping your mascara brush
makes it better for application

Woman applying mascara

Truth: Mari says over-pumping your mascara brush is not a good thing. It will actually pump air into the tube causing the formula to dry out more quickly. It's best to not overuse your mascara and purchase a new one every couple of months to avoid clumps.

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