There are plenty of old wives' tales out there, like the idea that shaving makes your hair grow back thicker (false) or the notion that you can fix split ends with a product (false; only a trip to the hairdresser can remedy those), but then there are a whole bunch of pretty unbelievable beauty myths that are in fact completely true. Some of them are really quite bizarre that it’s no wonder people are sceptical.
We’ve racked our brains and trawled the internet to reveal the beauty myths you should start believing because they are 100% true. From the unusual rinse that plumps up fine hair to the nighttime mistake that's causing your spots, keep scrolling for seven crazy beauty truths you won’t believe are real.
Rubbing your eyes gives you wrinkles
Calling all computer users: If you tend to rub at your eyes when you're tired, make it your New Year's resolution to stop. The back-and-forth motion of knuckles on delicate skin can, over time, accelerate the onset of crow's-feet. Tired eyes? Keep eye drops on hand, and treat your peepers to the Soap & Glory Eyes Cool mask (£6) when they're feeling especially sensitive.
You should file your nails in one direction
If you go at your nails with the file with a sawing motion, you're just asking for trouble. This repetitive action weakens the nail edge and can cause them to peel or your nail polish to chip. File your nails gently, ideally with a glass file, from the outside edge in.
Mascara should be replaced every three months
We know, this sounds like yet another devious way to get us buying more beauty products, but if you are only diligent about replacing one product on the regular, make it your mascara. The wet consistency of the product makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause an eye infection if you're not careful, and since you bring that bad boy out of the tube on the daily, it can easily pick up bacteria in the air. Aim to replace your mascara every three months, if you don't pump the wand in and out on application (which can force even more air into the tube), you might be able to get away with six months, at a push. If you don't want to shell out for a pricey mascara every few months, give Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara (£8) a try.
A beer rinse gives you thicker hair
True! Although it totally sounds like an old wives' tale, the barley and hops in the beer is packed with nutrients and proteins that your hair loves. The alcohol also helps to cleanse the hair of any product that could be weighing it down. If you have fine hair, use beer on the roots and mid-lengths; the beverage will cause the hair strands to swell giving the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.
Sleeping in makeup causes spots
You may think this is a myth conjured up by the brands that bring us face wash and wipes, but it's actually true. At night, our skin goes through a process of renewal and repair where dead skin cells are sloughed off and new ones emerge. If your skin is having to contend with a layer of makeup, pores will get clogged, and the renewal process will be hampered. If you're too tired to wash your face, at least give it a once over with a face wipe or, better still, a cotton pad soaked in micellar water. We love Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (£15).
Tight-fitting clothes can lead to ingrown hairs
Wearing tight clothing can hamper hair growth, which can cause your follicles to become inflamed. This is particularly true for the bikini area, so keep things loose, and exfoliate regularly to keep your pores clear and ingrown hairs at bay.