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Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Whether you’re a salon regular or you couldn’t care less about your claws, you are sure to have heard some myths about nails. Considering they are such a small part of our bodies, it is hard to believe some of the nail myths.

Our nails are important to our health, they can protect our fingers and can improve the look of our hands. As there are a lot of myths about nail care it is important for you to know the truth and the facts.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cutting Your Cuticles Is Harmless

Most of us don’t think twice before pushing back our cuticles or allowing a technician to cut them. Although we may not like their appearance, keeping our cuticles in tact is actually crucial to keeping our nails healthy.
Cuticles are part of your skin and are there to keep bacteria out and prevent infections. When you trim them away, you open up your skin and risk infection or nail problems instead of getting rid of your cuticles, moisturizing as much as possible in order to keep them soft. You wouldn’t want to take away your nail’s natural barrier against bacteria, fungal infections, and yeast.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
2. Green Spots On Your Nails Are Fungi Or Mold

When it comes to assuming you’re going to need your finger amputated over a horrid green spot making itself at home on your nail, well, I’ve been there and done that. Contrary to popular belief, these green spots are not usually mold. Instead, the spots might be “pseudomonas,” a household bacteria that can form under your nail enhancement.
When bacteria become trapped between the nail plate and your artificial enhancements, this oxygen-free environment can cause pseudomonas to thrive. This pesky blemish may not be pleasing to the eye, but you can rest assured knowing that it’s a bacterial, and not a fungal, infection. Keep in mind that nail technicians cannot treat green spots, and you should visit a doctor for curing the infection.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
3. UV Gels Are Better Than Acrylics

No matter how much anyone tells you that UV gels are much better than acrylics, it’s just not true. Both processes involve chemicals and complex processes to bond to the natural nail. Aside from breathing in the toxins, our skin and nails absorb what we put on them. Acrylics can cause more damage to the nail bed, leading to risks of infection, white spots, and rigid nails. But gels are no better. Setting them under UV lights opens skin up to risks that stem from this exposure, and soaking them in harsh chemicals can damage nail beds and cuticles.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
4. White Spots Indicate Vitamin Deficiency

Perhaps one of the most common nail myths I’ve heard is that white spots on nails are signs of a calcium deficiency. More often than not, white marks are actually the result of nail trauma. I see a lot of women that have white spots caused by a bad gel or acrylic manicure, or their nails have been destroyed in the removal process. Picking, biting, using nail tools improperly, or any other injury to the nail causes these white spots. To avoid such marks, take extra care with your nails, especially after a rough manicure.
5. Nails Need To “Breathe”

As a salon regular, I’ve heard this phrase repeated oh so many times. While a break between enhancements is never a bad idea, your nails don’t actually need to “breathe” oxygen. “Nails get nutrients from our bloodstream and not the actual air. Still, you can stand to give them time to grow and rehydrate if you’re looking to repair damage caused by artificial claws.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cold Water Dries Polish Faster

If I had a nickel for every time I ruined a fresh manicure within the first five minutes, I’d be a millionaire. Rumor has it that plunging your nails into ice water will dry your polish faster. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Getting polish to dry requires evaporation of solvents, which can’t happen when your nails are submerged in water. The ice water may only harden the top layer of your polish, which will leave the underlying layers wet and prone to dents. Besides, if the ice water trick truly worked, wouldn’t they do it in salons?

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Eating Gelatin Strengthens Nails

Nails are made of the protein keratin, which may explain the misconception that eating gelatin, another type of protein, will strengthen them. However, there is no scientific proof to back up this claim. The same goes for applying topical gelatin to nails. To improve weak nails, taking a break from harsh chemicals and enhancements, and consuming balanced diet instead will definitely work.

  1. Nail Enhancements Damage Natural Nails

Your artificial enhancements themselves are not necessarily the sole cause of nail damage. It is true that the chemicals involved with enhancements take their toll on nail and cuticle health. However, the technique used to apply and remove them is at the root of the problem.
“If you go to someone who does not know what they are doing, or rushes through your services, or uses dirty tools or improper technique, then you are really in trouble. Rather than the cosmetic itself, improper and excessive filing, drilling, and soaking during application or removal process can harm our nails.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
9. Adding Acetone To Clumpy Nail Polish Will Refresh It

You may have heard that adding remover to your old nail polish will revive it if it has become yucky and old. Well, guess again! Most removers contain acetone, which only ruins the formula of your polish. Nail polish thinner is the way to go to restore your lacquer back to its glory days. A thinner will evaporate the chemicals in your polish without breaking down the formula like acetone.

 

  1. Storing Polish In The Fridge Makes It Last Longer

There’s no need to crowd your refrigerator with your polish collection, because this trick won’t help you over time. The cooler temperature may prolong the shelf life of your polishes, but exposing them to extreme temperature changes may harm the formulation. Your polish eventually won’t apply smoothly when it’s going from the chill zone, to room temp, and back over again. Storing your polish tightly secured at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, is best.

Nail Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted
11. Technicians Should Soak Your Nails Before A Manicure

When it comes to getting your nails done professionally, soaking before a manicure is a complete no no. Soaking will soften your nails, which you don’t want to do, so it’s best to go waterless. H2O can act as a breeding ground for bacteria, so skipping the pre-polish soak can also greatly reduce your risk for infection. As a bonus, this will help your polish last longer.
“Think of nails like a sponge. “When you soak them, they get waterlogged, so nail enamel can’t fully adhere. As your nails dry out, they pull polish, causing tiny fissures in the varnish that cause color to chip.” I think we can all agree that making our polish more prone to chipping is never the objective.

12.Any manicure cream can treat nail infections

Nail infections are a common problem. If you have a nail infection don’t use creams or ointments suggested by your friends or relatives as the wrong application might make it worse. Visit your doctor or dermatologist. Understand that it’s an infection and should be treated with a professional approach.


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Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

As promised, here is part two of Myths Busted. This time we are covering hair care.  We all know at least one woman in our lives with perfectly groomed, non-frizzy, salon-worthy hair that could have bounced straight out of a L’Oréal commercial.

Your precious mane deserves more than tall tales. Here are few myth busted by our in house  expert:

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

1.Brushing hair many times a day makes your hair healthier

This is now known as a risk to damage your scalp and follicular anatomy. Brushing pulls out hair that isn’t ready to fall out and also breaks healthy hair and scratches the scalp. Brush gently and only whenever required and that too by a good structured and smooth edged brush or comb.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Stress does not affect hair health

New evidence proves stress is bad for hair health, so do take steps to reduce stress. Being stressed makes your hair fall out! When someone is under stress, hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase. Telogen effluvium is a very common hair loss problem that can occur up to three months after a stressful event.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

  1. Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster.

Trimming your hair does not affect your hair growth but proper nutrition, good Hb levels and oiling (nourishing) your hair surely does!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

4.Shampooing makes your hair shed

Don’t blame the shampoo! Your hair will simply fall our somewhere else of because of something else. People often lose hair in the shower so they associate shampooing with shedding. But do switch to organic / herbal ones rather than chemical loaded ones!

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

5.Colour treated hair is unhealthy

Bleaching indeed is one of the worst 5 things you can do to your hair but try using natural hair colours which do not affect your hair strands and follicle / scalp health. It is ok to color your hair.

Hair Care Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

6.Oil is no go if your hair is greasy

You need to apply oil to your hair regularly for nourishment even if your hair is greasy! Opt for nourishing oils with good ingredients like amla , almond, shikakai, jatamansi, henna, etc.


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Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

You have heard or been told a lot of skincare tips over the years. Skincare is important to us.

So, our in house expert is busting some common skincare myths and revealing the truth behind them.

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 1 – Lasers can make you look 20 years younger

Truth – There are many different types of lasers being marketed and they all do different things. Some help with sun spots, some help with wrinkles.Some go deep and activate collagen. It’s all marketed so much that people think it can make you a completely different person!

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 2 – Expensive skin products work best

Truth – This is so not true! Many mass market products are better than the expensive ones. Most of the active ingredients found in the anti ageing creams are similar whether they are sold by a local brand or an expensive brand
You can usually get something similar for a lot less.

Myth 3 – Its better to get the pus out of a pimple by popping it.

Truth – The truth is even though it feels really good to release the pus, a lot of it goes in deeper. It causes more inflammation that can lead to scarring and spread under the skin. That’s why you will get another one a few days later close to the first one. Its crucial that you do not pick your face. But if you absolutely cannot resist, be sure to do to right. Don’t squeeze and pop the pimple. Instead use a comedone extractor- an inexpensive tool you can purchase at most beauty supply stores. Apply firm pressure with the extractor and then roll it across the pimple to take it out.

Skincare Myths You Believed That Are Totally Busted

Myth 4 – The higher the SPF in a suncreen, the better the protection.

Truth – There are 3 kinds of UV rays – UVA UVB and UVC.

UVA penetreates the skin fairly deeply and intereferes with your pigmentation to produce a tan.
UVB are primarily sunburn rays.
UVC are absorbed by the atmosphere and don’t make it to the ground.
The SPF on a sunsreen refers to the amount of protection the product offers against UVB rays.
Many sunscreen therefore need to offer protection from both UVA and UVB.
Always look for a SPF of atleast 15! Or broad spectrum suncreens that offer protection against both UVA & UVB.

Myth 5 – You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day or when your wearing makeup with an SPF.

Truth – Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth’s surface.
so make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every 3-4 hours as well as after swimming and heavy sweating. Also, don’t fall prey to the myth that your are protected just because you are wearing makeup with SPF.
You would have to put on 14 t 15 times the amount of makeup that a normal person would wear to reach the SPF on the label of the makeup.
Make sure you use sunscreen in addition to your makeup.

Our in house expert is happy to answer any other question you may have on skin care.

You can sent your queries here.

Stay tuned for more skin care and hair care myth’s being busted in our blogs.

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