Busting common beauty myths

Last updated 11:17 17/05/2012
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Ever feel baffled by the amount of conflicting beauty advice on offer these days?

With so many beauty tips and tricks doing the rounds, it can be difficult to cut through what's fact and what's fiction.

So allow us to debunk some of the most common myths and shed light on what's actually true.

Waxing or shaving makes hair grow thicker
Fiction! Waxing or shaving removes the hair but doesn't actually make it grow back thicker. What actually happens is that after it's been shaved or pulled out, the hair is coarser, so appears to be thicker than long hairs.

Cucumber banishes puffy eyes
Fact! Cucumbers certainly do help banish the appearance of puffy eyes. Since cucumbers are cold, they will help diminish the water retention under the eyes that causes a puffy appearance.

Chocolate gives you spots
Fiction! Hooray, the truth is that chocolate won't actually cause a breakout, but it is true that a poor diet can irritate your skin.

Toothpaste can clear a blemish
Fact! Toothpaste can clear a blemish due to its ingredients which dry the skin. Applied on the spot only, toothpaste will help dry it, thus speeding up the healing process. However, there's also the possibility that it will irritate your skin, causing dryness and flaking, so be warned.

Lots of face washing can eliminate acne.
Fiction! Over-washing your face will dry it out and remove natural oils, which will put your face into over-oil production mode. Stick to washing your face twice-daily, once in the morning and once at night.

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