Dan Thompson: Beauty Busted


The Worst Celebrity Beauty Advice

These Oscar Winners and Performers Are Not To Be Copied

It's right after the Oscars and everyone is talking about who wore what and how fabulous all the gowns were and how amazing the celebs all looked.

I thought I would take a moment to point out some of the worst beauty advice offered by Oscar winning celebs (or performers). It's important to remember that just because a celeb offers an opinion does not make it a qualified or expert one.

Here are my top three cringe worthy Oscar Celebs' Beauty Advice:

1.  Gwyneth Paltrow - Winner Best Actress 1999

"We're human beings and the sun is the sun - how can it be bad for you?  I think we should get sun and fresh air.  I don't think anything natural can be bad for you - it's really good to have at least 15 minutes of sun a day."

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Almost everything in this statement is completely inaccurate and almost dangerous, from a health and beauty perspective.  The facts are:

a) The sun is very bad for us.  According to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services "UV radiation is a carcinogen responsible for most of the estimated 1.5 million skin cancers and the 8,000 deaths due to metastatic melanoma that occur annually in the United States. Lifetime cumulative UV damage to skin is also largely responsible for some age-associated dryness and other cosmetic changes. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that photo-protective measures be taken, including the use of sunscreen, whenever one is exposed to the sun."  This is a known fact that is supported by every health organization around the world.

b) Natural does not always mean safer or better.  Seriously, the above statement is so egregious that it is almost impossible to address it without credulity.  Natural does not mean safe or better - there are literally millions of poisonous or carcinogenic substances in the biosphere that are natural - and in this example UV light is one.

c) 15 minutes of sun exposure is almost twice the recommended limit.  Again according to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services the maximum safe duration of UV exposure is between 5 and 30 minutes between the hours of 10am and 3pm to a maximum of TWICE per week.  Which means the maximum daily UV exposure should not exceed 8 minutes per day on average.

2.  Sandra Bullock - Winner Best Actress 2009

"I didn't realize using hemorrhoid ointment on your face is acceptable in the beauty business.  But apparently butt cream does help the lines around the eyes."

This is an old trick used by runway makeup artists that should never, ever be duplicated at home.

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a) It is not acceptable, by any reputable beauty professional to use hemorrhoid cream on the face.  In fact it is quite dangerous to do so. The active drug, phenylephrine, can have some serious side effects if used too often not the least of which can be bruising and bleeding on thin skin.

b) While it is true the product will reduce lines the drug has never been approved for use on the face or around the eye area.  You do so at your own risk.

3. Lady Gaga - Oscar Performer 2015

Removes her make up with tape.

Regular use of this technique can lead to skin irritation and rashes.  Tape actually over exfoliates the skin - not only will it remove the makeup but it takes a superficial layer of skin with it.  Okay, so once in a while it's not a big deal - but daily use of this technique will leave the skin raw and inflamed.

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