There have been lots of inovations recently on how to achieve a flawless skin but not all of these simple ingredients are healthy for the skin. Some of them have immediate positive effects while others have long time negative side effects. Here are what you should never use on your face.
Putting egg whites in your face mask probably won’t make your skin fall off, but using eggs in combination with other ingredients can cause adverse reactions. Your biggest worry is being exposed to salmonella. While eggs are fairly safe and can tighten your skin, if they’re not preserved correctly, you may experience not-so-pleasant results. If you really want to utilise eggs in your skincare routine, there are plenty of options you can get at your favourite beauty store that contains the correct ingredients and preservatives.
We, too, used to be fans of lemons as a skin-brightening ingredient. That is until we realized it’s actually super damaging to the skin. It’s true: lemon juice can brighten your skin. However, it’s highly acidic and dangerous to your skin. Lemon juice can cause severe dryness, burning, blisters, and even phytophoto dermatitis, which is basically a serious burn that occurs when certain botanical substances react with UV rays. It is horrible, painful, and absolutely not worth it. If you want to lighten your skin or get rid of hyperpigmentation, use an actual brightening or lightening cream.
Sugar or salt
Sugar and salt are awesome exfoliating ingredients for your body. Mix some coconut oil with brown sugar, and you’ve got a killer body scrub. But don’t you dare put those granules on your face. They are too harsh for the skin on your face, which is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your body. The granules are too large and jagged, which can cause abrasions to your face. Err on the side of caution and reach for an exfoliant that’s actually meant for your face.
There are tonnes of DIY face scrubs and masks with baking soda as an ingredient. We’ve used it on our faces before. But baking soda has a pH of 9, meaning it can strip all the good acid out of your face, increase dryness, and end up causing your skin to overproduce oil. Some people swear by using baking soda as an exfoliant, but it can cause serious long-term damage to your skin.
Have you ever heard this tip? “Use hairspray as a setting spray” Hopefully not, but if you have, don’t do it, I beg you. Hairspray is meant for one thing: your hair. While it’s safe to tame your flyaway strands, it’s packed with chemicals that keep those hairs in place. Literally, save face and buy yourself a setting spray or powder so you can safely lock in your makeup.
Mayonnaise works well as a DIY hair mask, but it’s not as great as a face mask. While it will make your hair super shiny and soft after 20 minutes, it will leave your face feeling greasy. Mayo, much like foot cream, is too thick for your face, can clog your pores, and will make you break out. Save it for your hair, salads, and sandwiches.
Generally, just be smart about what you’re putting on your skin. If you find something that works for you, great! But if you are going to try a new ingredient, do so sparingly and test out a spot applying it all over your face.
As anyone who has ever attempted to will tell you, using foot cream instead of face moisturiser could really mess up your skin. How? Well, foot cream is designed for your feet, which has the toughest skin on your body. Foot cream is thick and is packed with ingredients that are not meant for your face since it’s made to break down hard calluses. If you use foot cream on your face, you’ll likely clog your pores and wind up with a bunch of pimples.