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6 Health And Beauty Myths Debunked

We look at the truth behind six common beauty beliefs

6 Health And Beauty Myths Debunked

Friday February 24, 2017,

3 min Read


The healthy living trend is in full swing. More and more people are cutting out products that contain gluten and unhealthy byproducts in exchange for a Paleo diet and an all-natural beauty regimen.

However, it appears that the obsession is potentially doing more harm than good.

While there is no argument about the importance of taking care of your body, all the misinformation on the topic of healthy living is causing surprisingly adverse effects. In short, this misleading data could end up doing as much harm to the body as eating high-fat foods for a month.

Why It’s Important to Question Everything You Read

While searching online for the latest and greatest gluten-free or detox recipes, keep in mind that you can’t necessarily believe everything you read. While you may not want to admit it, deception is out there.

Spoiler alert: those unique recipes and trendy diets don’t always work. It’s time that somebody discredited all the health and beauty myths out there.

The Top Health and Beauty Myths Debunked

We are all told things growing up, and we cling to that information as if it’s fact. However, not everything you learned about health and beauty is correct.

Let’s start at the top:

Myth #1: Hair grows back darker/thicker after you shave.

This is so false it’s hilarious. No need to fear your razor anymore, because hair does not grow back darker or thicker after you shave it because shaving does not affect the hair’s roots in any way.

The thicker appearance you see if the effect of the hair’s base popping back up through the pore, and that effect is only temporary.

Myth #2: Washing your hair every day is important.

The fact of the matter is that washing your hair too much can damage it because of the harsh chemicals in some hair products.

Your hair can take care of itself if you leave it alone, so try washing it only a few times a week and see it start to shine more than it would with high-end shampoo.

Myth #3: Juicing is very beneficial.

Yes, weight loss is possible if you juice in the right way for long enough, but that’s only half the story.

Nobody ever tells you that most people gain all their weight back as soon as they resume a regular diet of solid foods.

Liquid diets slow down your metabolism, and that’s not a good thing for someone trying to shed pounds.

Myth #4: Detox diets are popular for a good reason.

The buzz you hear about detox diets is misleading. Detox/juice diets are still misunderstood. Because the human body already can detoxify itself (via the kidney, liver, and digestive system), all you need to do is consume whole fruits and vegetables. It would help to limit your intake of drugs, alcohol, and junk food as well.

Myth #5: Acne is caused by eating too much unhealthy food.

Munching on some junk food isn’t the healthiest choice, but it certainly isn’t the reason for your acne. However, embracing junk food as your primary nutritional source may have that effect. Keep your skin balanced by eating a balanced diet; it’s that simple.

Myth #6: Split ends can be healed.

Those expensive shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are a waste of money. The only way to fix split ends is to cut them off.