Posted on December 20 2015
Over the years, Google has become our number one source of information.
Think about it, what is it that you haven't googled at one point or another? Anything you're embarrassed to ask your friends and family or just some odd question that keeps you up at night.
It's only natural that most women turn to Google to find out answers to their most pressing beauty questions.
Recently, Google in collaboration with Elle Magazine released a list of questions on beauty that women are looking the answers to. Below is a list of these questions from the country they were asked and our answers:
India - Top Question: Which vitamins are good for hair and skin?
This one really isn't a surprise considering we're surrounded by Bollywood beauties wherever we turn. Us desi girls are more than eager to work on getting gorgeous manes and perfect skin. India's beauty googlers are interested in how they can get the combo through natural diets and skin care.
MSM answers: We recommend eating anti-oxidant rich foods like berries and veggies such as beans, strawberries, fish as well as looking for Vitamin C, Zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin. Vitamin C is important for boosting collagen production. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve elasticity and help the skin maintain hydration. Both Zinc and B complex vitamins, such as biotin, are excellent hair helpers that up shine, reduce breakage, and increase moisture retention. And vitamin E gives an extra boost to strands too: Regular supplementation has been proven to reinvigorate the growth of dormant follicles by more than 30 percent after eight months.
France - Top Question: When does make-up expire?
In the country that is the mecca of beauty and make-up brands, the top most googled question had to do with make-up expiration (We imagine that this is because they have heaps of make-up and want to know when they can throw some out or head out to buy even more :p )
MSM answers: It is extremely essential to ensure that the make-up you use is well within it's best before date. Usually, make up and beauty brands do have a label on the packaging that lets you know how long the formula stay fresh after opening. For products that don't, experts recommend playing it extra safe with anything that goes in and around the eye. Since our eyes have very little protection, using products past or close to expiry may cause infections. With liquid make-up (foundation, creams or liquid lipstick) toss them out after a year, while powder makeup you can still use for up to two years (unless mentioned otherwise).
Australia - Top Question: Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?
Aussies seem to be hair obsessed. Most of their top beauty searches had to do with making hair look thicker or longer. Unfortunately, genetics have a lot to do with your hair quality. Nevertheless, their top question has an objective answer.
MSM answers: Though lots of stylists recommend sleeping with wet braids to get the perfect beachy waves in the morning, it may not be the best thing for your hair. A shocking revelation was made in a study conducted by the Annals of dermatology that suggested that air-drying hair is more harmful than blow-drying. Apparently air drying hair damages the hair's cell membrane complex, whereas blow-drying at the lowest-heat setting, with the dryer at least six inches away from your head turned out to be marginally healthier for your hair.
South Korea - Top Question: Is foundation bad for acne?
Ah Korea! The dream land of every skincare junkie. While Korean women are known for their ten-plus-step skincare regimes, they seem to have doubts on the disadvantages make up may have on their skin.
MSM answers: Though old-fashioned formulations used heavy mineral oils which could cause blocked pores and breakouts, the newer formulations have been designed to contain zero comedogenic ingredients (comedogenic implies they contain pore-clogging ingredients that eventually lead to bad skin). However, if you're looking for ingredients that help towards acne control, look for products with salicylic or glycolic acid.
Nigeria - Top Question: How can I make my hair feel soft?
Nigeria's beauty question is basically for all of us who struggle to get our hair to behave because they're too dry to be styled.
MSM answers: It is essential to condition your hair from time to time to ensure that your hair is hydrated. Dry hair is more prone to damage and breakage which means that unless you work towards hydrating your strands, you're going to be seeing a lot of them on your hair brush or shower floor. Experts suggest using a conditioner every time you shampoo and also opting for a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. The team at MSM suggests, multi-oiling, as in using an olive oil on the scalp to mid length and coconut on the ends, tying your hair up. 15 minutes before you're due to shampoo, soak a towel in warm water and tie it on your head. This allows your hair cuticles to open up and better absorb the hydrating ingredients.
United Arab Emirates - Top question: What are the make-up basics every girl should have?
MSM answers: The experts at MSM are more than happy to answer this question. While there's no end to the products that you could have in your make-up bag, we recommend the following to beginners or basic lovers. Have a multi-purpose cheek & lip tint, like Benefit Cosmetic's Benetint or The Body Shop's cheek and lip tint, a curling & voluminising mascara, a brow pencil and an ultra blendable concealer - that doubles up as a foundation should you need it to.