A lot of people grew up knowing a few beauty hacks and tricks. Some of which claim to be highly effective and beneficial to the skin. Over the years several people have continued to use these DIY beauty tricks without considering the negative impact on the skin. Below are some of these DIY beauty tricks you never knew were dangerous to the skin.
1. Using toothpaste on pimples
This is a very common make-belief beauty trick that probably almost all teenagers growing up has tried. It is believed that putting toothpaste on a zit will dry up a pimple overnight and leave your skin acne-free. While that is true, studies show that dry skin results in more irritation.
The popular ingredients in toothpaste are baking soda, peroxide and menthol. Toothpaste was made for the teeth and not the skin, it is always better to use products meant for the Skin. In this case, over-the-counter products like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which have bacteria-killing properties and exfoliator can be a perfect product for pimples.
2. Using eggs as a mask to tighten your face
Eggs are highly proteinous and have been used over the years for certain DIY products. From the preparation of Hair Mask to face mask, especially the egg whites known to give tightening effects in DIY face masks. With this wonderful benefit of egg white to the face, there’s a risk of salmonella when you apply raw eggs to your face.
For instance, the eggs you are using have salmonella present and you unconsciously use it, experts say there are chances you could be at risk of getting sick unless you buy the eggs that have undergone safety testing and a free of all form of contamination. It is better to be safe than sorry.
You can buy a tightening face mask instead and save yourself the risk of getting sick.
3. Using baking soda for Exfoliating the skin
Baking Soda has a lot of amazing benefits including getting rid of bad odour from fridges and freezers and also cleaning the bathroom and toilet. Like I said about the toothpaste, this item was not made for the skin or exfoliation as it is popularly used.
Research shows that baking soda can alter the pH level of the skin. The skin is known to be naturally acidic, while baking soda is alkaline. Applying Baking soda to the skin disrupts the acidity of the skin, making it prone to irritations, infections and breakouts whether it is mixed with water, lemon juice or any other substance.
4. Putting lemon juice on the skin to brighten and fade dark spot
Using Lemon juice to brighten and fade dark spot on the skin is a very old DIY beauty trick. It is believed that the citric acid present in the lemon will help exfoliate and fade dark spots faster and over some time but experts say it can cause acid burns, increase hypersensitivity to the sun and also cause hyperpigmentation.
If Lemon juice must be used, it is better to stay away from the sun or a hot environment because lemon juice is made up of a chemical called psoralen, which causes the skin to be highly reactive to light for almost a whole day.
5. Using Apple Cider for blemishes and Sunburn
People who believe so much in the wonders of Apple Cider say is beneficial for the weight loss journey and treatment of diabetes.
It is also believed to clear skin blemishes and also sunburn. Despite this, concerns have been raised over its safety to the skin.
Like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar can also cause burns when applied to the skin due to its strong acidic nature. The apple cider vinegar is harsh to the skin and could remove the protective layer of the skin, leaving it irritating and red. If you must use apple cider please dilute with water to reduce the acid content.
Which of these DIY Beauty tricks have you done before?
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