Busted: We Debunk 8 Popular Fashion & Beauty-Related Myths

Posted Friday January 25, 2013 9:34 AM GMT

Did you know you can cross your legs at the office without fear of creating spider veins? And that chocolate bar you’ve been eyeing? Go ahead and eat it — you won’t break out.

We set out to find the truth behind some of these popular “rules” in the fashion and beauty realm — and did a little debunking while we were at it.

Read on to see what facts we've unveiled:

MYTH: You need to wash your hair everyday.
False: While we do suggest washing your body every day, your hair doesn’t need the same treatment. Your strands rely on the natural oils they produce to stay strong, supple and healthy looking. Shampooing and conditioning your tresses daily strips them of these oils, causing them to become dry, brittle and damaged. We suggest washing your hair three or four times a week, depending on your fitness regimen.

MYTH: You only need SPF in the summer.
False: UVA rays are still prevalent — if not more so — when it's cloudy. You want to be sure you’re using a serum, moisturizer or makeup products with sun-protection year-round. This way, your skin is protected from the harmful rays that cause premature aging and skin cancer.

MYTH: You should never wear white after Labor Day.
False: This outdated rule was kicked to the curb last season and the color wasdeemed completely acceptable post-Labor Day. The key to rocking the hue during the cold weather months is to wear shades that aren’t so stark; try muted ivorys and winter whites.

MYTH: Eating greasy foods and/or chocolate will cause a breakout.
False: Eating fatty foods may not be the best thing for your health, however, they will not cause you to breakout. Acne is caused by three things: a build-up of dead skin cells within pores, an excess of sebum and growth of bacteria — none of which are triggered by the things we consume. Go on, eat that piece of chocolate cake ... you know you want it.

Click here to see a list of foods that foster a healthy-looking complexion.

MYTH: You should never wear black and navy blue together.
False: Contrary to popular belief, the two hues look fantastic together! The color combo is very chic, sophisticated and slimming. Need we say more? If you’re feeling extra fashion forward, wear black and brown together — the duo might surprise you.

MYTH: I can’t use a moisturizer if I have oily skin.
False: Moisturizing is an essential step of a skincare regimen — even if you have oily skin. It helps to maintain a healthy-looking complexion and combat the drying effects that many oil-fighting products cause. To quench your skin’s thirst, opt for oil-free and/or water-based products.

MYTH: Never mix and match prints.
False: Recent fashion trends have been all about pairing funky patterns against each other, and when done correctly, the final result is awesome. The key is to pair a subtler pattern (like pinstripes) with one bolder in nature (like a jacquard top). Also, be sure the two share the same color palette — they should bring out the complimentary shades in each other.

MYTH: Crossing your legs will give you varicose veins.
False: Crossing your legs won’t cause varicose veins, but standing might. Being on your feet all day causes your vascular system to work double time. If the blood within your vessels isn’t flowing properly, it can pool up and cause the problem. Overly pronounced veins also pop up on those who are genetically predisposed to them. So go ahead all you desk junkies … sit back and relax.

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