I clearly remember the magazine-approved beauty tips I held dear to my heart in high school. It wasn’t until later in life that these tips and tricks were doing more damage than beautification. That’s the thing about beauty myths. They start out as beauty tricks, and it feels good to experiment with what just might be an insider’s secret. There was the one about pumping the mascara wand to load the brush up with product, making lashes extra full. Whipping that wand in and out of the tube before I applied my mascara made me feel like a real pro. Then there was the tip about toothpaste as a topical acne remedy. I perfectly recall trying that one — a minty scent, followed by a stinging sensation that became more and more acute as the seconds ticked by.
Beauty myths span rom your complexion to the hair on your head to the follicles on your legs. And while it can feel good to take charge of your beauty routine by employing expert advice, the better option would be to assess what’s true and what’s just some kind of weird cosmetic urban legend. To get you started on an actual beauty path, here are 11 common beauty myths that you probably believe in high school, and may still think hold some truth.