Fact or Fiction: 5 beauty myths from Grandma

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I bet we all love our grandmas as much as I do. She’s been around the block a few times, so it’s no wonder that we listen to what she has to say. But when it comes to crazy beauty regimes is she speaking the truth?
That’s what we’re all here to find out. Sorry nan, we still love ‘ya!

1. Fatty food makes you break out

Every now and then you just gotta have that over sized kebab with the lot, dripping in garlic sauce. I get it, and being drunk. It tastes soooo damn good. Even though in the back of your mind you hear Grandma tut tutting, you’re going to wake up with a bunch of zits on your face. But is Grandma telling the truth?
Well, unless you slather the kebab all over your face (who knows… that might end up happening anyway), keep on chowing. The only foods known to cause breakouts are those that are rich in iodine. Foods such as sushi, soy sauce, shellfish and sea weed. Basically, don’t eat Japanese.

Verdict: Fiction

2. Cucumber slices to treat puffy eyes.

You’ve seen these photos everywhere. You know, the one where someone is lying in a spa with cucumbers over their eyes? Maybe you’ve tried it yourself. The claim is that cucumber slices soothe swollen, puffy eyes. But does a salad vegetable actually help eye bags?
The truth is, Grandma is onto something here. Cucumbers work because they’re cold and moist. That being said, though, anything cold and moist will do. But cucumbers are most often used because they work, they smell nice and they’re really cheap.

Verdict: Fact

3. Dry skin = wrinkles

Moisturizers. They seem to fix a lot of things these days. Too bad they don’t actually “fix” wrinkles. Wrinkles happen when collagen breaks down deep beneath the surface of your skin. Too much exposure to the sun is the number one cause of this. Moisturizers can hide wrinkles by hydrating dry skin above but don’t touch collagen.
But, if you want a moisturizer that’s going to protect you from wrinkles, make sure you get one with sun protection, and avoid tanning.

Verdict: Fiction

4. Mayonnaise Hair Mask

Hey you there, stop spreading that mayo on your bread and start spreading it in your hair. Grandma’s advice on mayonnaise hair masks actually works! Egg yolk contains lecithin, which encourages hair growth and moisturizes. Vinegar exfoliates the scalp, and oil also moisturizes and conditions. All three of which is in mayonnaise.
Apply it to warm, wet hair and wrap it up with cling wrap, then leave it for an hour to do it’s magic. It’s great for damaged hair, so long as you’re OK with the smell. But make sure you use real whole egg mayonnaise, because anything else might have the opposite effect.

Verdict: Fact

5. Aloe Vera to the face

A long time ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see someone rubbing the leaves of this plant onto their face. Now you just feel like a idiot when you do it. But Grandma’s everywhere swear by aloe vera, and with good reason.
Aloe vera is anti-bacterial, preventing infections and inflammation. It also boosts collagen production and improves skin elasticity. Finally, scientists have proven what Grandma already knows. Aloe vera is an amazing natural emollient moisturizer, when means it not only hydrates but also prevents moisture loss.
Thanks Grandma for showing us this super-plant!

Verdict: Fact

If you can’t get your hands on an actual aloe vera plant, or don’t want the sticky mess, we recommend you try this!
Holika Holika’s 99% Aloe Vera Gel, is pure aloe vera gel in a handy squeezable tube for all-over-body moisturizing. No fuss, no mess, get one for yourself and one for Grandma. She’ll love you for it!
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Does your Grandma have any other age-old beauty tips up her sleeve? We’d love to find out!
Leave it in the comments below.

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