The internet is full of DIY remedies, including skin care tips and fixes. While some of these suggestions may seem like a good idea, you may be doing more harm to your skin than good. There are plenty of beneficial ways to keep your skin clean, clear, and healthy, but the following ten items should not part of any DIY skin care regimen.
Make sure that you avoid these 10 things you should never put on your face.
#1 – Hairspray
You may have come across some DIY skin care remedies that included hairspray for drying out acne or for other skin care treatments. While hairspray could dry out your skin, it will also clog your pores and lead to skin irritation – which may result in more breakouts and blemishes.
#2 – Body Lotion
Body lotion is called “body lotion” for a reason – it is designed for your body. Compared to the skin on your face, the skin on your body is thicker and more resilient. Body lotions typically contain more fragrances and fewer ingredients that are intended to moisturize.
While not all body lotions are harmful for your face, you are better off keeping your body lotion on your body and your face lotion on your face.
#3 – Toothpaste
Using toothpaste to dry out zits is an old remedy that many people try. Even though toothpaste can dry your acne, it will also irritate your skin and could cause more serious problems, such as chemical burns or scarring. A small dab of tea tree oil is the solution you seek and will not harm your skin.
#4 – Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is often used to moisturize dry or cracked skin. It can be used to help treat bug bites and cuts, but it is not a suitable solution for your face. When you first apply petroleum jelly to your face, you may feel that it helps moisturize and soften your skin, but it begins to seal in dirt and debris, leading to more blemishes and dryness.
#5 – Hot Water
Everyone enjoys a hot shower, but too much heat will eliminate moisture from your skin. The hot water will soften natural oils and remove the protective barrier that keeps moisture from escaping. This will cause more dryness and patchy skin. When you have naturally oily skin, this dryness will cause your body to produce more oil.
#6 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is often used to prevent infections from minor cuts and burns, but it is not a good option for treating breakouts and blemishes. Applying hydrogen peroxide can lead to burning and blistering of the skin from oxidative stress. Another reason to avoid hydrogen peroxide is that cause inflammation and allergic reactions.
#7 – Sugar
It is not unusual to see DIY facial scrubs that contain sugar. This is another idea that seems like it would work, but actually does more harm than good. As mentioned, your facial skin is not as resilient as the skin on your body. Sugar may be suitable for a scrub for your legs, but it can damage the skin on your face – it is simply too rough.
#8 – Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is another item that has beneficial uses, but not for your face. Rubbing alcohol can be used to sterilize wounds and prevent infections. When you first apply rubbing alcohol to your face, it may feel cool, but it will severely dry your skin out. It can actually dissolve the DNA of your skin cells, resulting in dead skin cells.
#9 – Baking Soda
Baking soda has a rough texture and consistency that may lead some people to try using it as a scrub. Avoid this at all costs. Maintaining a natural pH balance is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy. Using baking soda will throw this balance off, damaging your skin and preventing it from being able to maintain moisture.
#10 – Lemon
Baking soda has a high alkaline content, while lemon juice is the opposite. It is highly acidic, but it can also disrupt your pH balance. It is also phototoxic – sun exposure can irritate the skin further and cause chemical burns.
Avoid applying any of these items to your face. There are many beneficial DIY skin care treatments that you can use, but none of them should contain the ten items listed above. Treat your skin with care, you want to avoid treatments that are too rough or damaging.
The best way to protect your skin is to avoid touching your face as much as possible and wash your face with lukewarm water before bedtime. Never leave makeup on overnight and always triple check the authenticity of any DIY skin care treatments that you find online.