With a lot of pinterest boards and blogs offering different DIY skincare tips and tricks, achieving radiant, blemish free skin without spending a fortune on serums and treatments is a popular endeavor. You may be guilty of religiously using toothpaste to clear your acne back in high school or even covering your face in Vaseline when you were out of moisturizer and there you thought there was no harm in being your own dermatologist, since many home remedies call for products we already consume or use on our bodies in other ways.
As it turns out, the same dark spots and breakouts you’re hoping to get rid of might only be worsened by things that have no business being splattered onto your skin.
Here are some household ingredients that you should take out, that have been constantly praised on many beauty blogs for use on skin.
1. Baking soda
Many DIY face masks call for using baking soda. It is greatly endorsed as a gentle exfoliate, but it can be very damaging to the skin and due to the pH of 8.3, the pH will counteract the normal acidity of the skin, causing the enzymes and skin flora to change.
2. Lemon juice
The low pH of lemon juice can cause irritation to your skin, increased peeling and inflammation of the skin can occur by the high acidity of lemons. So think twice before using lemon juice to lighten dark sports, no matter how uncomfortable and annoying they seem to be.
Just like baking soda, it can be a disaster for your skin. Sugar has sharp crystal that can cut into the skin. It is scratchy and will disrupt skin cells causing damage.
Toothpaste was never designed to be used on the face, yet you’ve probably heard times without number that you could use it as a spot treatment to dry out acne. That is a definite no, Because, it contains flavoring and is alkaline, there is nothing therapeutic about it for the skin.
5. Petroleum jelly
We are probably all victims to using Vaseline. When it comes to substituting Vaseline for lotion, moisturizer or chap-stick. Petroleum jelly is greasy and is basically a barrier. It is recommended for chapped lips, but not as a routine moisturizer because, it can block pores.
Natural skin care and DIY remedies can be very cost effective and beneficial, but it’s all a matter of understanding their effects on the body in the long run. Consulting an expert before using household ingredients on your body may save you the trouble of finding out what works and what really doesn’t’ in the hard way.
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