We’ve all heard them: little tips and tricks about our skin, hair, and nails that get passed through the grapevine. Chances are you can separate fact from fiction when it comes to the classics: Sunscreen prevents signs of aging? True. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker? Nope.

But there are some beauty rules that require a little more investigation. As much as we trust our moms and our favorite magazines, some pieces of advice are straight up myths. We’re setting the record straight on 5 misconceptions about beauty that you might’ve fallen for.

5 age-old beauty myths

1. You can sweat out our toxins - Who doesn’t love some hard-earned sauna time after a workout sesh? You get to relax in the steam, sweat out your toxins… right? Wrong. Toxins are actually broken out in the body—in your liver, to be exact—and disposed of in urine. Sweat only contains a mixture of water, salt, protein, and nontoxic urea.

2. Your hair gets used to your shampoo - While it’s fun to change up your haircare routine once in a while, it’s not necessarily the answer to curing dull hair. If your locks are feeling flat or dry, it’s most likely caused by buildup from sprays, oils, and creams, and not by your shampoo. Try adding a clarifying shampoo to your routine once a week and continue with your regular product the rest of the time. Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo is an excellent option.

3. Lip balm makes your lips drier - Lip balm gets the job done when you apply it, but that moisture seems to wear away the more you use it. Dry lips aren’t caused by consistent use, though — instead, ingredients and your own saliva are to blame. Certain materials in lip balm like camphor, menthol, and alcohol irritate lips, and while licking your lips might make them feel moisturized, the saliva can cause chafing. I recommend an all-lanolin lip balm like Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 because it contains lanolin, a natural oil, and none of the abrasive ingredients.

4. Nail polish turns your nails yellow - If you consistently paint your nails without a break, they might get a yellow tint over time—but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to prevent that from happening. Be sure to use a protective base coat before applying nail polish, and make sure to finish off with a top coat that has UVA/UVB protection. This will shield your nails from the damaging rays of the sun. I like Essie Grow Stronger for a base coat and a top coat favorite is Londontown Kur Protective Top Coat.  If you already have a hint of yellow appearing, head to your kitchen pantry. Scrubbing your nails with a mixture of baking soda and water will rejuvenate them and help discoloration disappear.

5. Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out - Sure, we all want to stay healthy and hydrated. But the idea that drinking water prevents dry skin is a myth! Drinking water affects us internally, hydrating the cells inside of us, but not the ones on the outer surface, like skin cells. Instead, combating dry skin takes a disciplined combination of prevention, exfoliation, and moisturizing.

What are some beauty myths you’ve debunked?

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