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by Natasha Poynton (subscribe)
Founder of Your Write, freelance writer, editor, corporate communicator and TV Producer in my spare time, around being a busy mum to 3 little ones and managing our team at Your Write. Find out more www.your-write.com.au where words come effortlessly
Published October 24th 2012
How much do you really know? The answers may surprise you
I'm sure you know many beauty myths that have been dispelled - things like you don't need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy day are of course false or knowing that your cosmetics have an expiry date and reasonably short shelf life is probably something you have picked up already. Here are six beauty myths that you may not know about, or in fact, still believe.

1. You don't have to have dirty hair to have the colour 'take' better
According to Sarah at Naitre Hair & Body Studio in Norman Park, the myth about clean hair not taking or holding colour and dyes is completely false, but amazing pervasive. In fact, she says that the opposite is true. The tint has to work through all of your natural oils and product build up if it is really dirty, taking longer to break through these oils and products and therefore not having full process time to penetrate into the hair shaft. The only time when it is good to have really dirty hair for a visit to the salon is when you are having a bleach on scalp service on your roots. This is simply to protect your scalp, as bleach is more harsh than the tints.


2. A flabby tummy is not going to be helped by special combinations of food
You may have seen the internet advertisements, but a healthy balanced diet that includes foods from all food groups combined with an exercise program is the most effective approach for burning away tummy fat, says Manager and Personal Trainer David Eggins from Drive Fitness. Any fad diet completely eliminating foods from one of more food groups will not provide safe, sustainable weight loss and should be avoided. See here and here for some great, healthy recipes or search Weekend Notes site for more.



3. Spot reducing exercise does not reduce fat in one particular part of your body
David from Drive Fitness recommends an exercise program that includes both cardio and whole body weight training workouts combined with a healthy balanced diet to reduce fat from all over the body. Working a specific part of the body will build strength in the muscles underneath the fat, but will not specifically burn the fat away from that area. Drive Fitness offers personal and group fitness training, or you can find more ideas to get moving here.

4. You don't need a facial every month to keep your skin looking its best
Tracy Dobbin from Aesthetica in Coorparoo says a facial even every now and then, or preferably, seasonally is all that's needed if you can take care of skin yourself reasonably well at home. However, if your skin care regiment is severely lacking at home, or if you are simply looking for time out to relax, regular facials seasonally, can be a great idea. Read about Aesthetica's facials here.



5. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them
No matter what certain products claim, split ends cannot be reversed but can be prevented with good hair care. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them, says Sarah from hairdressing salon Naitre. Many products that claim to fix your split ends only disguise them. Aim for a haircut every six to eight weeks to keep your hair looking its optimum health. But to dispel another pervasive myth, cutting your hair does not make it grow faster - it will just look better for it. And if you are thinking of a haircut soon, consider the National Haircut Week as another excellent reason.

Get a check up and professional clean every 6 months

6. At home tooth whiteners can damage tooth enamel
Dr. Huy Tran from Hawthorne Dental explains that dentist-prescribed tooth whiteners will not damage your tooth enamel if used correctly. The principle of take-home whitening kits is to brighten the inner layer of your teeth (i.e dentine, not the enamel), to whiten the teeth from the inside out. The "natural" colour of your teeth is determined mainly by the colour of your dentine (inner layer of your teeth) as opposed to the surface colour of your teeth.

However, many over-the-counter products purchased from chemists or supermarkets may damage your tooth enamel as these products do not aim to whiten your dentine, but achieve their goal by stripping the enamel and surface staining from your teeth. This in turn can cause extra sensitivity and even further staining on your teeth. Always read the instructions carefully, or better yet, see a dentist for advice and for a professional clean every six months.

I have to confess that through the course of my research many of these points came as a bit of a surprise to me. But now I know, and so do you. Do you know of any other pervasive and enduring beauty myths that need to be dispelled? Share them with us here.
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Myth: "You need to use a lot of different skincare products". Most skins really don't need an extra serum, eye cream, daily exfoliating as well as a moisturiser. Many skin problems are caused by product overload (either too much or too many prods). Beauty companies just want to sell you more product. Sometimes less is more. Let your skin tell you what it needs. PS you do need sunscreen!! If you're young and not seeing much sun damage wait till you're 40+. If you haven't been taking care of your skin you'll see it then.
by caz13 (score: 2|159) 2086 days ago
Good points Caz. I remember hearing much the same from Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, many years ago. She got into a bit if hot water saying that, but it's absolutely right. Especially about the sunscreen.
by Natasha Poynton (score: 2|329) 2086 days ago
To Caz13. not entiry I do agree. After the age of 40+ you do need to care of your skin bettern when you are in your 20's. The other factor which most therapist are ... not telling thats my secret... If you taking care of your skin from early on 20+ it does pay dividens when you going to be 40+ when actually you dealy the aging process of the skin. And of course a good Sunscreen 50+ is a must if you are on the sun...
by mgdcr (score: 0|2) 2036 days ago
To Caz13. not entiry I do agree. After the age of 40+ you do need to care of your skin bettern when you are in your 20's. The other factor which most therapist are ... not telling thats my secret... If you taking care of your skin from early on 20+ it does pay dividens when you going to be 40+ when actually you dealy the aging process of the skin. And of course a good Sunscreen 50+ is a must if you are on the sun...
by mgdcr (score: 0|2) 2036 days ago
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