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Beauty Myth Busters
By Holly Richmond
More than likely you know that chocolate and French fries don’t cause acne, but did you get the surprising news that oil cures oily skin, that popping pimples won’t make them go away, and that concealers make you look younger? Neither did we. That’s why we rounded up a bevy of beauty experts to debunk common misconceptions and offer natural solutions in their stead.
MYTH #1: Shampoo daily for healthy hair.
A recent study conducted by the Hair Sciences Center of Colorado, a research and surgical hair restoration clinic, revealed that more than 65 percent of those surveyed considered people with “good hair” to be more successful, while 46 percent believed that people with “good hair” are smarter.
The secret to luxurious locks? Give up your daily suds. “Shampooing opens the hair cuticle and removes oil, and if done too often can strip moisture,” says Clay Patane, owner of the Loft Hair Lounge, a Los Angeles salon featuring organic products. “The body’s natural oils need to have a chance to move from the scalp to the hair ends to create sheen and fullness.” For most people, shampooing three times a week is adequate.
If you simply must shampoo daily, Patane recommends a quick, warm-water rinse rather than lathering up or using only an extremely mild, moisturizing shampoo. Patane adds, “People with dry or colored hair, which is more porous, will be amazed at how much better their hair looks two days or even three days after they’ve shampooed.” On off days, a lightweight, moisturizing styling aid can help create a polished, nongreasy look.
When choosing a gentle shampoo and styling aid, look for key ingredients like lemongrass oils, ginkgo biloba, soy protein, and vitamins A, E, and B—all of which nourish the root to promote growth as well moisturize the hair.
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MYTH #2: Oil not your oily skin.
It seems completely counterintuitive, but oil is no foe of oily skin—it is, in fact, a necessity. According to ayurveda, many people with oily skin actually suffer from dehydrated skin as well. The key to clear skin? Separating the good oils from the bad to restore balance for a glowing—not greasy—complexion.
People with oily skin often try to wash away excess oil with harsh cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide. This may remove the unwanted excess oil, called sebum, but it also strips away beneficial oils, namely the lipids that promote healthy, well-hydrated skin. Once these are gone and the skin dries out, a backlash begins as the skin overcompensates by producing even more sebum.
So as scary as it may sound, women with oily skin should reach for products that contain naturally derived, lightweight, and noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) oils. Apricot kernel oil, safflower oil, and sweet almond oil regulate sebum produ...
Author: Holly Richmond
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