Are you confused by all the beauty advice people provide to you? So were we! We demanded five girls to pick out one piece of advice they have received and approached to a specialist with it. The reality appears to be different from what we have been led to believe. Here are five hair & skin myths you should know about. Read on… Fatty foods cause acne Reema Khanna, a 22-year-old student, has stopped consuming fried food and pickle because of her acne problem. Dr Atul Bharia, a dermatologist, suggests there is no proof to show that fatty foods cause acne. “Bacteria and hormones lead to the overproduction of natural oils in the body. Plus, if your parents had acne, chances are you will have it too. You have to make sure that your skin is clean. Wash it after every time you expose it to pollution and you will see a difference,” he explains. No moisturisers for oily skin in the night Rita Roy, a 27-year-old school teacher, for her, moisturiser at night is a complete no-no in the night because her mom told her that skin needs to breathe. Dr Bharia explains that most of the skin repair takes place in the night and it is the night time when the skin needs extra nourishment. “See that the moisturiser you are using does not have an oil base so that it doesn’t clog the pores. You can use a greasy one after a shower in the morning when the skin feels tight and dry,” he describes. You get clear and a glowing skin by drinking more water Aishwarya Agarwal, a 25-year-old content writer, thinks that the consumption of 3-4 litres of water every day will wash out dirt and oil that may harm her skin. Dr Bharia says water is essential for the liver and the kidneys but scarce amount of water actually reaches to the epidermis. “Instead drink fluids that will give you nutrition as well. Fruit juices and vegetables with high water content will make a difference. If you want good skin, eat foods that contain vitamin E such as asparagus, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, spinach, corn and wheat germ,” he says. Get rid of split ends through oft oiling “I even use a split end repairing conditioner,” says 26-year-old banker Apeksha Mani. You cannot get rid of split ends, says hairstylist Shamim Jaffer. “Conditioners can glue the splits together temporarily. Eventually the problem will return. The hair has to be cut off. Trim your hair every two months to make your hair strong,” she says. Oiling your hair can remove dandruff Amrita Kapur, a 26-year-old event manager, says, “I oil my hair every day to counter the severe dandruff problem I have.” Dandruff is the result of skin yeasts and not a dry scalp, says Jaffer. “Use an anti-dandruff shampoo that will get rid of these micro-organisms. If the problem persists, visit a trichologist,” she suggests. The one sure thing we still know to be true is that if not anything then your diet does affect the way you look. A balanced diet is the mantra for looking good!
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