Beauty Facts…or fiction?

Brush your hair 100 times a day

Well, if it was good enough for Marcia Brady it should be for us, right? Wrong, says hair stylist George Wilson. “You should try (to) brush your hair as little as possible, especially when it’s long, because brushing causes split ends,” he says. “And if you do have to brush dry hair, do it from underneath to avoid all those flyaways on the top of your head.”

Can excessive moisturizing speed up aging?

Yes, it’s true. Many moisturizers cause skin to be weak, lazy, and sensitive, and instead of rejuvenating your skin, will actually cause it to age faster. Here’s why: Normally, skin cells in the dermis collect water from the food and beverages that we consume, and supply that water to the surface of the skin. That’s what keeps skin cells active, vital, and producing collagen and elastin. But when moisturizers are the source for hydration, they satiate the superficial skin cells and send a message to the cells in the dermis to slow their production and supply of water. When that happens, the skin cells get lazy, retire, and eventually stop functioning. Not only do they not supply water, they slow the cellular regeneration process, and don’t produce sufficient amounts of collagen and elastin. All of that accelerates skin aging—wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity.

Never wash your face with soap

Soap can not only strip away all the natural good oils and sebum that keeps your skin healthy, it can disrupt the skin’s pH balance. “Instead, choose a soap-free, gentle facial cleanser suitable for your skin type (dry, oily, normal, combination), making sure that you use it in the morning and in the evening and massage it into the skin for up to 30 seconds or until all the impurities have dissolved,” Fransman says.

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