How many of these beauty myths do you believe?


Maria Trimarchi

6 Min Quiz

Can split ends be fixed?

There's nothing you can do to fix, flatten or glue your split ends back together. But a haircut or regular trim can help breakage and flyaways.


You've heard most of the skin damage from the sun happens during your teens, so is it too late to start using sunscreen?

Just as it's never too late to stop smoking cigarettes, it's never too late to start using sunscreen. There's evidence that because sun damage is an ongoing, cumulative problem, you can still prevent some damage.


Is it true you should sleep on a satin pillow to prevent wrinkles?

There is some truth to this. If you always, for instance, sleep on your left side, the left side of your face is usually going to be subtly more wrinkled than the right side. The type of pillowcase, though, has nothing to do with it -- it's the pressure on the collagen and elastin in your face that does it.


What's the trick to getting rid of cellulite -- permanently?

While a fake tan can help camouflage cellulite, nothing can permanently get rid of these fat deposits.


When should you wear sunscreen?

Because up to 80 percent of the sun's harmful rays still get through on cloudy and rainy days -- and can damage your skin through glass windows, as well -- it's important to wear sunscreen every day, all year long.


Why does cutting your hair make it grow faster?

Although it can seem like cutting your hair often triggers a growth spurt, nothing about a haircut actually makes your hair grow faster.


Experts recommend using dry shampoo no more than how many days in a row?

Because it can create scalp irritation or inflame hair follicles in some people, the pros recommend using dry shampoos no more than twice a week, and no more than two days in a row.


When is the only time a woman's hair is proven to grow faster?

Although it may seem like hair grows a lot faster in the summer, the only time it's been proven to is during pregnancy, and that's because of hormonal changes.


What causes crow's feet?

Crow's feet are more likely to happen if you have fair or thin skin. And if your mom has them, you may, too. But the main culprits are sun exposure and squinting.


What type of facial exercises are best for keeping your skin taut?

These exercises can strengthen and tone your muscles, but they can't tighten your skin or prevent wrinkles or sagging.


Is it true that shaving effects your hair growth?

When you shave, the angle the razor cuts across the hair shaft can make hair feel stiff and prickly. Shaving has no effect on your hair's thickness or growth -- it just sometimes looks that way.


Which type of toothpaste is most effective for clearing up pimples?

Because it can aggravate acne, skip the toothpaste. Instead try a product with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or resorcinol to clear things up.


Why can't you smell your own perfume?

It's because of something called olfactory adaptation. Human noses adapt to smells pretty quickly. Our brains are more interested in new, potentially dangerous threats than Chanel No. 5.


Is water the fountain of youth?

Sorry, drinking a lot of water isn't going to keep your skin from aging. Being so hydrated may temporarily plump up your skin, but all that water doesn't do very much for your complexion.


Which isn't a reason for a breakout?

Eating chocolate, no matter what you've heard, isn't going to cause a breakout. But not caring for your skin and beauty products can.


If you pluck a grey hair, what will happen?

It's not possible to increase the number of hair follicles if you pluck, and plucking one grey hair won't make several more appear.


Is soap bad for your skin?

Not all soap is created equal, and some is made with moisturizers and other good-for-your-skin ingredients to make it less drying. You may or may not like the super-tight, squeaky-clean feeling you get from using soap, but according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, it's not bad for you.


What's the best way to shrink your pores?

The size of your pores are genetically determined and stop growing during puberty. What can make them appear smaller are anti-aging creams such as alpha-hydroxy acids and Retin-A, which remove gunk like keratin, skin oils and bacteria from inside. If you're serious about pore shrinkage, non-ablative laser treatments may help.


Is this true or false? Daily exfoliation is important for clear, polished skin.

If you exfoliate more than twice a week, you're probably overdoing it. Scrubbing too often, or scrubbing too harshly, can lead to skin irritation, and may even cause breakouts.


Which polish colors are more likely to turn your nails yellow?

The darker the nail polish color, the more likely it is to stain your nails. Avoid the yellowing by applying a clear base coat first.


Is it true that rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles?

There is no truth to this old wives' tale. Crow's feet and other wrinkles are mostly caused by sun damage and facial expressions but never because you rubbed your eyes.


Where on your body should you match your foundation?

While you may have heard the best match is to your wrist, it's actually your neck that will give you the best match to your natural coloring.


What does it mean if you have a flaky scalp?

Most of the time a flaky scalp isn't caused by dry skin. It's caused by dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis) -- and that's the result of overactive scalp oil glands.


What type of moisturizer should you use if your skin is on the oilier side?

While creams and ointments can work wonders for people with dry skin, if you're prone to oilier skin, you'll want to look for a light one, preferably noncomedogenic (which means it's unlikely to clog your pores).


What type of hair removal method will make fewer hairs grow back?

It's possible that waxing over a long period of time -- decades, not months -- could injure hair follicles enough that some hairs won't grow back, but don't count on it.


What are most of the lines and wrinkles on your face caused by?

Sun damage causes most of the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. The rest you can thank your facial expression -- smiling, frowing, squinting -- for. Using soap and having dry skin may make lines and wrinkles seem more apparent because your skin has less natural oil.


If you wear makeup with SPF, do you still need to wear sunscreen?

Wearing makeup with built-in sun protection doesn't give you a free pass to skip sunscreen. The amount of protection is too little to prevent sun damage.


All of these can cause you to develop varicose veins, except which?

Sometimes no matter what you do, your genes predispose you. If your mom has varicose veins, your odds are higher. Standing a lot can also cause them to develop, as can pregnancy. But it's a myth that you'll get them if you cross your legs while sitting.


All of these but which will protect you from getting a sunburn?

It's a common myth that a base tan will protect you from getting burned. But a tan doesn't offer enough protection from the sun's damaging rays.


Using what color liner on your top lids can make smaller eyes appear larger?

Using a dark liner on your eyelids can make your eyes appear larger.


How many strokes a day should you brush your hair to make it shiny?

Put down the brush, Marcia Brady. One hundred brush strokes a day is not going to make your hair shiny and healthy. In fact it'll probably cause damage. Instead, a few brush strokes will do a better job distributing your scalp's natural oils.


As skin ages, it can't retain moisture as easily. Which product can prevent aging?

Just because a celebrity or your grandmother had good luck with products like petroleum jelly, only products with proven ingredients, like a retinol cream, can slow the progression of wrinkles.


Is it true hemorrhoid cream can reduce those tired bags under your eyes?

Yes, because it contains an ingredient called phenylephrine, which temporarily constricts the blood vessels in your skin, hemorrhoid creams may reduce undereye swelling. But they may also cause the sensitive skin around your eyes to become dry and inflamed.


Whose hair loss determines your odds of hair loss?

A lot of things, like hypothyroidism or stress, can affect hair loss, not just what runs in the family (including both mom and dad). But your risk of hair loss is highest if your mom has female-pattern baldness.


How would you correctly finish this sentence? Lip balm makes your lips ____.

Because there are no oil glands in your lips, they're prone to drying out -- especially if you're prone to licking them, too. But check the ingredients before applying -- not all types are drying.


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About This Quiz

The fun thing about, well, anything, is that there are so many myths surrounding it. For example, there's a myth that Napoleon Bonaparte was short. That turns out to not be true. In fact, he was 5' 7", which was tall for French men at the time. There's also a myth that bulls hate the color red which is also not true. Bulls just react to the fighter waving the flag at them. And there are myths about beauty. 

Have you ever heard that split ends could be glued back together? That rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles and crows feet? That hemorrhoid cream can reduce under-eye bags?   And even that you shouldn't wear sunscreen if your makeup has SPF? 

Some of these myths were created to stop bad habits or to encourage people to adopt other habits, but it's up to you to tell us where the truth lies. Are the myths in our quiz true, false or a mixture of both? It's time to test your beauty myth knowledge and see if you've been believing the wrong things all these years. 

Will you come out on top and knowing all the facts? Or have you been tricked by your hairdresser and the internet all your life? 

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