With the world of DIY and penny-pinchers growing more and more each day, there are a plethora of beauty hacks and at-home skincare recipes floating around the web. Some of these are genius, and some are whack. How in the world are you going to know if these products and ingredients are even safe if you aren’t a skincare expert? Well, you’re not. Some of the ingredients and recipes are harmful and damaging to your sensitive skin. Let’s go through five things you should never put on your face.
The skin of the face is much thinner than the rest of your body. Body lotions tend to be thicker and contain more fragrances, making it difficult for your skin to absorb. Fragrances also can contain many chemicals that are irritating to your skin, leading to breakouts and sometimes allergic reactions. Let’s stick to the lighter, more gentle facial moisturizers.
Lemon juice may be good in the summer when paired to a glass of ice and mixed with some sugar, but it is not your friend when it is sitting on your face in the sun. Lemon juice is extremely acidic, and contains a chemical called Psoralen, which makes the skin more sensitive to light. Psoralen activates about 10-15 minutes after application, and can remain there for 24 hours! When life gives you lemons, don’t put them on your face!
Baking soda has high alkaline levels which can diminish the pH balance on our faces and lead to really dry skin. Your skin’s natural barrier, the acid mantle, is meant to keep the moisture in and the bacteria out. When this is disrupted, you can suffer from dry skin and breakouts due to lack of protection.
We all know that apple cider vinegar can make a great natural toner, but like pretty much everything, it also has a shelf life. Over time, Vinegar loses water. When this loss of water occurs, the vinegar gets much stronger, and can actually burn your skin! Ouch! SInce you probably aren’t keeping track of your vinegars shelf life (who does that?), it’s best to leave it in the kitchen.
Even though sugar scrubs can be a quick and easy way to scrub away the rough, dead skin cells on other parts of your body, using sugar as an exfoliant on the face can actually scratch and abrade the skin. Since your facial skin is much thinner and more sensitive, it is also much easier to damage. The abrasions that can occur from using sugar on your face can harbor bacteria and cause breakouts.
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