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Mukha Beauty Myth Busters

1) You should never put oil on oily skin.

Add a little oil to your skin and you will start to produce less oil. Not only does normal to dry skin need hydration but oil-prone skin needs it as well. “When a person with oily skin uses a cleanser that removes all of the natural oils, the skin will overcompensate by producing more oil,” says Melissa Mitchel Willis, a makeup artist and image consultant in New Orleans.

2) Foundation doesn't let your skin breathe.

Skin guru, Renée Rouleau, actually advises you to wear foundation everyday. Skin doesn't actually "breathe" and foundation provides a barrier against environmental pollutants, dirt, and more. The trick is just choosing a formula that nourishes your skin or mixing your foundation with a little oil or moisturizer to really nourish your skin.

3) All of your skincare needs to be from the same line.

Actually, different product lines may excel in different areas and use different ingredients that will benefit your skin. Not only is everyone’s skin is unique, but everyone's skin care should be as unique.

4) Blackheads relate to skins cleanliness.

Blackheads are formed when hormones cause too much sebum (oil) to be produced, dead skin cells get in the way, creating a clog. As this clog nears the surface of the skin, the mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidizes and turns black. But you cannot scrub away blackheads, at least not completely. Using a scrub removes the top portion of the blackhead, but does nothing to the root of the black head. So don't feel like you have to rub your skin raw to remove all those black heads.

5) If you pluck a gray hair, three will grow back.

Luckily, you can chalk this one up to an old wives' tale. Scientists insist that getting rid of these first signs of aging will not make you look even older in the long run.

6) You should never tweeze above the brow.

You don’t have to abandon all above brow tweezing. “Go ahead and remove those hairs above the brow that are not part of the eyebrow and not quite part of your hairline,” says Ramy Gafni, a celebrity makeup artist and brow expert. But keep in mind what you want your brows to look like, if you over pluck your brows they will be too thin.

7) Shaving causes hair to grow back longer and thicker.

Yeah no, this is just another old wives’ tale . Shaving doesn't alter the hair at all, aside from cutting it. It just might appear dark as it grows in, since the ends are blunt from the razor but these hairs are not thicker or darker, in reality.

8) You should exfoliate daily.

Try once (maybe twice) a week. Scrubbing more frequently can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to that tight feeling, oil overload, dryness, and even lasting skin damage. If your face wash is a scrub, swap it out for a cream or foam cleanser, and use that wash for an at home spa day.

9) Facial exercises keep the skin taut.

Yeah, there is no reason for these “face exercises”, David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, N.Y. says. “Exercise does strengthen, tighten, and tone muscles, but it will not do anything to tighten the skin,” he adds. “In fact, repetitive muscle contraction can actually lead to further collagen breakdown.” So, in fact, it might make you age faster.

10) Your age is important when buying skin care products.

Products on the market claim to be designed for a specific age group, especially for mature women, usually referring to women over 50. How can someone who is 40 or 45 can’t be use the same products as someone who is 50 (only 5 or 10 years older), but someone who is 80 is supposed to be using the same products as someone who is 50?

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