5 Beauty Lies Most of Us Believe (And the Truth behind the Lies)

Source: Paula Begoun Cosmetics Cop

The world of beauty can indeed be beautiful, but all too often the information you get is anything but beautiful—actually, it can be downright ugly! Sometimes the advertising and sales pitches you read and hear are minor distortions of facts or borderline deceptive; in other cases, they are out-and-out lies. Whether this information comes from a physician or from a well-intentioned website, the Paula’s Choice Research Team spends a lot of time untangling the insanity to help you get to the truth.

Below we present five beauty lies that many people believe. Perhaps you have come across this information in a magazine or online, or heard it from your doctor, a friend, or a family member. No matter how you got this misinformation or where you heard these lies, we’re here to set the record straight—to give you the most up-to-date, reliable information so you can take the best possible care of your skin! Knowledge is beautiful!

Lie #1: Dry skin? Drink more water! The truth: We see this tip all the time, and wish it were true; after all, it doesn’t get much easier than just drinking water! But, have you ever met someone who said that their dry skin went away from drinking lots of water? It doesn’t happen. The truth is dry skin isn’t about water consumption. If all it took to get rid of dry skin was drinking more water, then no one would have dry skin, and companies would stop selling moisturizers—and we all know that’s not the case! The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than just drinking water; plus, drinking more water than your body needs will only result in more trips to the bathroom. Read more about how to treat dry skin.

Lie #2: You can repair damaged hair. The truth: Countless hair-care products, including hair masks and so-called “deep” conditioners, make claims of repairing hair, as if all the damaging things we do to it (coloring, straightening, brushing, sun exposure) can be mended by using these types of products. The truth is hair is dead. Period. It’s dead, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you get your hair cut. Given that it’s dead, it cannot be repaired or permanently revert to its normal state. You can no more mend a hair strand than you can mend a dead leaf or soften a rock. What does happen when you use good conditioners and good styling products is that your damaged hair can feel smoother and softer and it can look shinier and more healthy, but it’s not repaired. These products provide only a temporary fix—if you don’t keep using them, you hair will go back to looking and feeling damaged. If a hair-care product could truly repair your hair, you’d need to use it only a few times and then you’d be done, but clearly that isn’t what happens!

Lie #3: There’s a product that can get rid of cellulite. The truth: The 85% of women who have cellulite would love it if this were true (all of us here at Paula’s Choice would, too), but, alas, it’s just one more falsehood. The cosmetics industry, and lots of doctors and aestheticians, want to sell you products and/or provide treatments (especially expensive ones) claiming to slim, trim, tone, and de-bump your thighs, but if any of those worked, who would have cellulite?

Trying to navigate and separate cellulite facts from fiction isn’t easy, but there is a bit of positive news. There are a few options, such as some lasers and retinoids, that may make a difference, but even these treatments, which do have some potential for working (and we mean only the “potential” for working; it’s not a sure thing) rarely live up to the claims asserted. Still, a bit of improvement, as opposed to merely wasting your money, is definitely a turn for the better! Read  moreabout what you can do to improve (but, sadly, not get rid of) cellulite.

Lie #4: One special ingredient (like vitamin C or peptides) is all aging skin needs. The truth: Given the advertising, it would seem that most cosmetics companies believe this is true—that one ingredient alone can do it all—because they perpetually launch products with one showcased ingredient, be it plant stem cells, a special melon extract from the south of France, or a plant oil from Morocco. Although there are lots of special ingredients that are great for skin (and hair), the truth is that giving your skin what it needs to act younger and be more healthy is far more complex than providing it with one ingredient, no matter how good it is.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and it needs an array of beneficial ingredients to protect and repair itself from environmental assaults and the effects of aging. Looking for skin-care products with one superstar ingredient cheats your skin of the range of ingredients it needs to significantly improve. Think of it like your diet: Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, but if you eat only vegetables, you soon will be malnourished because veggies alone don’t provide everything the body needs to maintain itself and stay healthy. Check out some of our  favorite products with a range of beneficial ingredients proven to help skin look and act younger. More favorites can be found on Beautypedia.

Lie #5: Parabens are bad for you, so avoid products that contain them. The truth: The “parabens = bad” myth is so pervasive that many people have opted to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach. We can’t say we blame you for being cautious, but make sure your decision is based on facts, not on media-fueled misinformation. As it turns out, parabens are actually some of the gentlest preservatives used in cosmetics.

Parabens may come in the form of butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. They’ve been linked distantly (meaning in limited studies on only a handful of subjects or in animal studies) to breast cancer due to their weak estrogenic activity and their presence in a tiny number of breast cancer tissue samples. That cancer connection, however remote, has some people worried. The truth is: There is no research proving parabens should be avoided when shopping for personal-care products, for yourself or for your family, at least no more so than avoiding plants that have estrogenic activity.

According to published research and global cosmetics regulatory organizations, from the United States and Canada to Europe and Asia, parabens, especially in the small amounts present in personal-care products, are not a problem. According to these studies (and assuming the parabens get into the body), parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream,” which is more than can be said for some plant extracts with estrogenic activity, but no one is trying to scare you into avoiding plants.
In a review of the research into the estrogenic activity of parabens, the study’s author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” Although more cosmetics companies have opted to avoid parabens, those who continue to preserve their products with them are not making a mistake. Parabens are among the most effective (and safest) preservatives around. Indeed, their undeserved reputation has left many cosmetics chemists scrambling to find equally effective options. Read  more about the paraben controversy here!

The next time you come across a beauty tip or a claim that sounds too simple, too good to be true, or downright scary, you can almost always count on it being a beauty lie—and you can count on us to help you understand why!

 

 
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Toilet Of The Future

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“Toilets are extremely important for public health and, when you think of it,
even human dignity,” Gates said in a statement at thegatesnotes.com.

If you don’t have access to water, water treatment plants, sewage then a flushing toilet isn’t really ideal. Apparently flushing toilets are for the rich. So what kind of technology are we talking about for these toilets that will be used for developing countries. I wish our country could start off using these new technologies. i would kill to have an apartment that ran on solar power and have no power bill.

The Toilet Fair was described as a swirl of about 200 inventors, designers, investors, partners and others passionate about creating safe, effective, and inexpensive waste management systems.

Universities from Britain, Canada, and the United States were awarded prizes in a competition launched a year ago challenging inventors to come up with a better toilet.

First place went to the California Institute of Technology for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen gas and electricity.

Loughborough University came in second for a toilet that transforms waste into biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water.

Third place went to the University of Toronto for a toilet that sanitizes human waste and recovers minerals and water.

The  Gates Foundation said that 4 in 10 people don’t have a sanitary place to do “their business”. This is obviously a health hazard and isn’t good for communities. When the water can’t be treated and it is tainted with fecal matter you have a whole lot of health issues.

Designing more economical toilets decreases children’s deaths and helps conserve water.

Michael Phelps Is New Louis Vuitton Model

It looks like the most decorated olympic athlete will have a new career as a model. He was photographed by  Annie Leibovitz for the Louis Vuitton shoot in a bathtub wearing his speedo of course next to his monogrammed Louis Vuitton duffel bag. Look for Michael Phelps new ad campaign in most popular magazines. It looks like even though Michael Phelps has retired as an olympic swimmer he still will be bringing home the gold in other ways. I’m defiantly looking forward to this ad. Looks like Michael Phelps will be joining the Louis Vuitton model club with Angelina Jolie, Muhammad Ali, Sean Connery, Bono, Mikhail Baryshnikov with Annie Leibovits.