Whether from well-meaning friends, relatives or teen magazines, we’ve all heard these tall tales at some point. Who knows what to believe when it comes to grooming? Luckily, our friends at PureWow have debunked seven of the most common beauty myths. Learn which practices you should keep—and which you can kick to the curb.
Myth: Sitting cross-legged will give you spider veins.
Truth: Spider veins can be caused by several factors, but crossing your legs isn’t one.
Myth: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
Truth: Nope. Learn why your follicles are safe from shaving here.
Myth: You can shrink your pores.
Truth: Sorry, but those pores aren’t going anywhere. You can, however, make them appear smaller.
Myth: Plucking a gray hair will make two grow back in its place.
Truth: False. The real concern is overplucking.
Myth: Only people with dry skin need to use moisturizer.
Truth: Find out how your oily skin reacts when you don’t moisturize here.
Myth: Toothpaste is an effective treatment for acne.
Truth: While toothpaste can dry pimples out, its side effects can be worse for your face in the long run.
Myth: You don’t need to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy.
Truth: Going out without sunscreen is a no-no, zero exceptions. Find out why.