Some things I've learned in the last month or so that are (predominantly) new to me:
Face wipes don't actually clean your face. They remove a surface layer of make up and grime but end up pushing a lot of it back in to your pores. Which is disgusting. Since I found this out I've stopped neglecting 'my routine' when I can't be bothered every now and again (exfoliate, cleanse, tone, moisturise) and the difference it's made is insane.
Unless you're wealthy enough to be able to afford decent food then a vegan diet is actually really unhealthy. I eased myself into one slowly and it exacerbated my mental health issues, made me lose a lot of my carefully constructed muscle mass and made my skin so sensitive that I couldn't really wear make up for a long time. When I'm more financially secure I'd like to try it again but if you can't eat wheat or gluten and don't live in a place with access to nuts, tofu and soya that don't cost a small fortune then you stand no chance.
I went pescatarian for three weeks to 'balance it out', ate pepperoni by accident one night when I was drunk and threw up, and now I'm just on a vegetarian diet without intentional dairy (if there happens to be some in a sauce or something then I'm not too bothered).
Joanne Harris writes really good books. She wrote 'Chocolat', which I haven't read because the film adaptation stars (cringe) Johnny Depp and that was enough to put me off. Read 'Five Quarters of the Orange' or 'Gentlemen and Players', I got through both of them in a day and they're excellent.
Israel have anti-rape straws... if date rape drugs are added to a drink after the straw has been put in then it lights up to warn the recipient. Do they have these here ? Considering the amount of friends that have been subjected to date rape drugs and sexual assault, coupled with the fact that 17% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime (not counting attempted sexual assault, harassment or sexual assault against men), these should be standard, everywhere, by law. Or they should be funded by the Government and then distributed through S.O.S. buses or something.
I know that people say "if you watch your drink like a responsible person then it won't happen" but actually, yes it could, and even if you didn't watch your drink, getting spiked is entirely the fault of the person that does it and not the person that suffers as a result of it. It's sad that there's a need for precautions such as these straws but if it means someone can go home having avoided getting spiked after glassing someone that attempted to do so in the face then it'll be worth it.
In the sixties, people used to wash their hair maybe once or twice a week. I've been doing this for the last year and while sometimes it looks really gross and needs rescuing, especially after a particularly intense work out, the difference it's made to the overall quality is worth it. My hair is now effectively a really thick mane, it's a good colour, it's natural waves actually look quite cool rather than just hair belonging to someone that has given up their pride. I'm not a very sweaty person and so I can't speak for everyone but like deodorant, the more you use something the more often your body will require it.
The aluminum in deodorants has been linked to Alzheimer's and cancer. Excessive intake of Vitamin E, sweetener and free radicals such as those found in certain meats can also contribute to development of AD.