I often get told that I have an expressive face. My friends and family can read me like a book because nothing hides on my face. I have perfected my “you do WHAT!?” face when clients or friends tell me things like “I don’t need sunscreen in winter”, or my favourite… “I put butter on my sunburn”… I love butter like the next person but putting it on sunburn? Really?….
I decided to start a series of blog posts called “Science says NO!” in the hope to clear up some confusion on the topics I know I are hard to find a straight answer to.
You say: “I use coconut oil to help my eyebrows grow back”
Science Says: The only things that affect hair growth are HORMONES and MEDICATION.
Fact: Coconut and almond oil will simply nourish existing hair and skin, which in turn will assist in healthy brow growth. Oils will not make hair grow.
The team at Get Threaded have developed a treatment called Brow Nourish that helps nourish the area of the skin surrounding the brow. It contains a combination of oils that are known to promote healthy brows by stimulating blood flow to the brow hair root, nourishing the skin and brows and protecting against dryness and breakage (which is a challenging environment for hair to grow). If you try it be sure to comment below with your findings.
You Say: “You shouldn’t moisturize sunburn as it will trap the burn”
Science Says: You can moisturize sunburn but not as a first response.
- Sunburn is damage to the epidermis caused from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
- Blisters occur when damage has also occurred to the dermal layers.
- Redness is part of the inflammation that occurs when you get sunburnt.
In the initial phase of sunburn (when you might feel the tingling of a burn or see some skin reddening) you should GET OUT OF THE SUN, get hydrated and use cool packs and cooling gel or aloe vera gel/spray.
If there is redness and no blisters– you can moisturise using a water-based moisturiser, like Sorbolene Cream. This won’t stop the burnt skin from peeling off, but it will help boost the moisture content of the skin beneath and make peeling and flaking (so sexy!) less noticeable. Do not scrub, pick or peel flaking skin.
If there is redness and blisters- see a doctor immediately. Especially if there is severe sunburn with extensive blistering and pain, sunburn over a large area of skin, headache, nausea and vomiting, fever or dizziness or altered states of consciousness.
Fess up, were you guilty of any of the above? Did you learn something new? Are there any other beauty/skincare/make-up related myths you would like me to help clarify?