“I just drink lots of wa­ter” and other tall tales

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health -

We’re down to clown with half of Hollywood claim­ing their lips are in­jec­tion-free. But we draw a line at the bo­gus skin claims. No one ever slept her way out of acne (or hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion, or rosacea, or dry skin, or…).

The lie “I drink 400 bot­tles of wa­ter a day to hy­drate my skin and flush out tox­ins.” The facts “There’s no data to sup­port the claim that drink­ing a ton of wa­ter hy­drates skin,” says Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner, direc­tor of cos­metic and clin­i­cal re­search in der­ma­tol­ogy. “Sure, your body will thank you for it, but it’s not go­ing to flush any­thing away. Your skin is not a cleans­ing or­gan.”

The lie “I sleep 10 hours a night; that’s why my skin looks so good.” The facts When you don’t sleep, your cor­ti­sol lev­els stay raised, which can mess with your hor­mones and pro­mote acne, says Dr Ze­ich­ner. But that doesn’t mean that a few nights of shut-eye will leave you look­ing like Cate Blanchett. Sorry.

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