We have grown up with our grandmothers telling us so many beauty tips that we always dismissed as old wives tales. Strangely enough many of these “myths” are now proving to be true. Knowing what to do (and more importantly what not to do), can help you look your best no matter what age you are. If you’re smart about your beauty regime, you can even avoid most of the damage that comes with age. Read on to know why grandma know best.
1. Pulling Back Your Hair Can Make It Fall
Those lovely scraped back styles that show off your features are not doing much for your tresses. Constantly pulling back hair in a ponytail or top knot restricts the flow of blood to the hair follicles. It also puts unnecessary stress on the roots and causes scarring. Because of this, hair starts to fall out and does not grow back. If you want to prevent your hair from thinning, it’s best to alternate hairstyles, letting it flow loose on some days. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even give yourself a hot oil massage every week to prevent hair damage.
2. Butter Is A Great Beautifier
Have you tossed butter out of your kitchen because you believe it will make you pile on the fat? Don’t be so quick to discard it because it could have some beauty benefits. Butter has deeply moisturizing fats that can do wonders for chapped lips. Rub butter on your cracked, dry lips during winter and you won’t have to worry about buying lip balms. You can even use clarified butter or ghee on your lips. Ghee was often used in Ayurvedic practices and is believed to be the ultimate skin hydrater. Just rub a little over your lips before going to bed and wake up to baby-soft ones the next morning.
3. Certain Foods Can Make Acne Worse
For quite a while dermatologists told us that we could continue to eat what we liked and treatment alone would cure those pimples. However, it’s now widely recognized that many foods can actually aggravate acne. Foods that are highly processed and sugary break down quickly in the blood causing blood sugar levels to suddenly spike. These spikes cause hormonal fluctuations that can lead to increased oil secretion, clogging of pores and ultimately an acne breakout. Keeping a food diary will help you notice a pattern. Eliminate foods you believe are leading to your breakouts if you want clear, blemish-free skin.
4. Rubbing Your Eyes Makes You Look Older
The skin around your eyes is very delicate and should be handled with the lightest touch. Rubbing it pulls the skin and over time will make it lose its elasticity and sag. Those dreaded crow’s feet start to make their appearance and your face might prematurely lose its signs of youth. Your eyes are usually the first thing that begin to show signs of aging. They are also the first thing most people notice when they look at you. To make sure they look bright and smooth, use an eye cream every single night before going to bed.
5. Skin Care Products Should Be Based On Age
Many beauty products are now being developed aimed at women of a certain age. This is much more than just a marketing gimmick. At every stage, your skin has different needs. When you’re in your late teens or early 20s, you use harsh cleansers that strip your skin of oil because you want to get rid of your acne. You don’t moisturize your skin too much because you’re scared of breaking out again. The cleanser that worked wonders for you when you were 16, might not be as effective at 50. As you grow older, you need to start using more hydrating products with active ingredients like retinol. Retinol would be much too harsh for a younger woman to use. Always pick products that are suitable for your age. When in doubt, consult with your dermatologist.