From washing your hair to sleeping in make-up, beauty experts separate skin and hair care myths into fact or fiction – The Sun

THE beauty world is full of dos and don’ts – and it’s hard to know what to believe.

Model Adriana Lima recently revealed she ignores advice to remove make-up every day and keeps her mascara on – even in the shower – so she can add layers.

 Supermodel Adriana Lima does not remove her make-up so she can layer up
Supermodel Adriana Lima does not remove her make-up so she can layer up

Could she be on to something?

JENNY FRANCIS asks two experts to give their verdict on six of the most common beauty rules, saying whether they are fact or fiction.

1. You should never go to sleep in your make-up

FACT –  Dr David Jack, an aesthetic doctor in Harley Street, central London says: “This is absolutely true. I would go as far as to say this is probably one of the worst things to do for the skin on your face. Often there are potential irritants in make-up that can block pores and interfere with the essential repair process the skin goes through during the night.

“Cleaning the face not only removes make-up, it also rids you of pollutants your face has endured during the day.

 Sleeping with your make-up on is bad for your skin as it clogs your pours
Sleeping with your make-up on is bad for your skin as it clogs your pours

“Failure to do this can cause spots, dryness, dark spots and long term build-up of dirt.”

2. Don’t wash hair every day

FICTION – Hairdresser and Salon Science ambassador, Andrew Jose, says: “There is no single answer to how often you should shampoo.

“It may not be needed as often as you think, but daily washes also won’t ruin your hair.

 Hairdresser Andrew Jose said it does not matter how much you do or don't wash your hair
Hairdresser Andrew Jose said it does not matter how much you do or don’t wash your hair

“Shampoo simply captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which is then rinsed out.

“If you like to wash often, opt for a PH Balanced shampoo, such as Salon Science AquaCacteen Organic Cactus Shampoo, £12 at Boots, to avoid stripping the hair of natural oils”.

3. Picking off gel polish ruins nails

FACT – Dr Jack says: “Gel manicures can be bad for your nails due to the application and removal process, not because of the gel itself.

“If you pick off the gel it can remove layers of the nail and cause lasting damage. It weakens the nail and can cause destruction of the nail bed, increasing the risk of infection.

 Picking off your nail polish also picks away parts of your nail
Picking off your nail polish also picks away parts of your nail

“It can also leave nails thin, brittle, prone to breakage and much slower to grow back.

“Try taking a protein supplement like Solgar Biotin, £5.24, to help protect nails.”

4. Face wipes are terrible for skin

FICTION – Dr Jack says: “This is a myth – or at least for the most part.

“As long as make-up and dirt has been removed and you moisturise your face before bed, this is all we need.

 Face wipes are not bad for you, but skin can react differently depending on whether its sensitive or not
Face wipes are not bad for you, but skin can react differently depending on whether its sensitive or not

“It’s when you use wipes that contain alcohol, then don’t wash it off or moisturise, that it can be harsh on the skin.

“I’d always recommend a facial cleanser over a wipe, though.

“If you must use them, remove the bulk of make-up with the wipe then follow with a brief cleanser specific to your skin type.”

5. Dirty brushes can cause spots

Dr Jack says: “This is every bit as bad as the headlines say it is.

“By not using clean brushes, you are transferring bacteria back on to the skin from the day before.

 Dirty brushes will make you breakout with spots
Dirty brushes will make you breakout with spots

“Dirty brushes provide a great environment for bacteria growth – warm, moist and stored in a dark make-up bag, they are a feeding ground for everything your skin doesn’t want.

“If you could see the bacteria on the brush, you’d never want to touch your face with it.

“It can cause blocked pores, spots, rashes and affects how well your make-up sits on your face.”

6. Layering your make-up is bad

Dr Jack says: “It’s always better to put make-up on to a clean face as re-applying foundation, powder and concealer can clog pores.

“During the day you sweat and pick up dirt and pollutants, so if you apply another layer of make-up on top of this you can rub these deeper into the skin and leave no room for it to breathe.

 By layering make-up, you are sandwiching dirt and pollution between the two layers
By layering make-up, you are sandwiching dirt and pollution between the two layers

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s the worst thing you can do for your skin – as long as you take it off properly at the end of the day.”