15 things you should never put on your face
They don’t belong on your face
The internet is raging with several beauty trends, emergency fixes and home remedies for a beautiful face. While you might get some of the results overnight, it can prove to be detrimental eventually. Facial skin is more delicate, thinner and sensitive as compared to the rest of the body. You might want to be careful as to what you put on your face. I’m sure you don’t want to ruin your beautiful face just for a few days “temporary beauty”. If you are the type that believes every beauty trend you see, you might want to take a look at these 15 things you should never put on your face and why.
One of the emergency beauty fixes you might be familiar with is using glue to remove blackheads. If you are the type that does so, then you need to know this. The glue can clog your pores more and cause breakouts. It could also peel off your skin when you are peeling it off. There are several tricks to remove blackheads, most of which has a damaging effect. It’s best you let professionals handle it.
2. Body Lotions
Never! You might run out of face cream and think you should use your body lotion instead. Bad idea! Your body lotion is not fit for your face as it can clog your pores and cause acne. It also contains some parabens/fragrances that can irritate your face. If you don’t have any other choice, check if it’s fragrance-free and non-comedogenic before using and make sure you get a new face cream fast!
Many have substituted their setting spray with hair spray. Hair spray contains chemicals and toxins that are only fit for your scalp and not your face. Applying hair spray on your face can cause rashes, irritation or clogged pores. The hairspray is only meant for your hair, invest in a setting spray for your makeup, rather than doing things that will lead to bigger trouble later on.
4. Nail Polish
Just like the name, ‘nail polish’, it’s meant for your nails and not your face. Many people have taken up the trend of using nail polish as face paint especially during Halloween. Nail polish contains harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. These chemicals can burn and deeply darken your skin. Plus, if you want to remove the nail polish, you’d probably use a nail polish remover that contains acetone. Acetone can cause the skin to be red, dry and cracked. Your face can react to acetone as an allergy. So, you might want to run away from it.
5. Very hot water
For facial washing, the best is to use lukewarm water (not too cold, not too hot, just right!). Hot water may irritate your skin and even dry it out. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oil, this leads to the skin paradoxically producing too much oil which may cause acne. Plus, hot water makes your skin age quicker.
6. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly gives an occlusive effect, i.e it seals your skin to lock in moisture. With that, it also seals in specks of dirt that you’ve got on your face. Although petroleum jelly rarely irritates your face, it can clog your pores. If you’re acne-prone, you might want to stay far away from this.
7. Expired Products
Every product has its shelf life. Always check the shelf life of your skincare and makeup products. Avoid using expired products on your face as this can wreak havoc on your skin. Check your sunscreen, makeup products, face products and dispose of the ones that have expired. Never use expired products on your face.
8. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains antioxidants that can benefit your skin and can remove dead skin cells. Yes! But lemon juice also contains acids that can irritate your skin. Lemon juice is highly acidic at a pH of 2, which can cause permanent damage to your skin. It can cause skin irritation, hyperpigmentation and sensitivity to the sun. The most serious side effect of lemon you don’t pray to experience is a chemical burn. Do well to avoid lemon juice as the harm is more than good. Invest in safer alternatives like vitamin C serum to supply antioxidants to your skin.
Avoid using toothpaste on your pimples. The chemicals in toothpaste can irritate the skin, causing dryness that can stimulate the oil glands in the face. Excess oil production can lead to breakouts.
I would never recommend using shampoo on your face especially for people with sensitive skin. Shampoo contains harsh cleansing agents that can strip your face of its natural oils. It can cause a shift in your skin’s pH balance. It can also make the face prone to breakouts. Don’t use shampoo anywhere on your skin apart from your scalp. Even when you are washing your hair, try not to let the shampoo drip over your face.
People believe waxing is often convenient than shaving, as it provides you with smooth, hair-free skin for up to several weeks. Fine! This is because the wax pulls out unwanted hair by its root and produces results that last longer. But do you know that waxing disrupts the superficial epidermis when the hair is pulled out from the follicle? It removed part of the epidermis which can lead to many problems like ingrown hairs. Waxing can also cause redness and irritation to your face. It can make your face burn when you use your everyday facial products. It also makes your face more sensitive to sun, causing sunburn. Left to me, waxing is too harsh and too painful for the face. There are better ways to remove facial hairs. With the right tips for shaving, you can get better results than waxing.
12. Bar Soap
Bar soap is simply too harsh to use on facial skin, especially if your skin is very dry and sensitive. Most bar soaps have a high alkaline pH value that can dry out your face and cause irritation. Instead, invest in face wash which is ideal for use on the face.
You might be aware of the “deodorant as primer trick” – using deodorant on the face before applying makeup to reduce oiliness and sweat. But in fact, this is so wrong. Dermatologists were against this idea as it is not too good for the face. Dr. Christine Choi Kim said to Seventeen.com “Using either an antiperspirant or deodorant on your face can lead to irritation, allergic reactions and possible breakouts.” Deodorant is meant for your armpit, not your face.
14. Coconut Oil
Though coconut oil has great benefits on the skin especially as a moisturizer, it’s only great for your body and not your face. Coconut oil is said to contain lauric acid with an antimicrobial activity which can reduce acne, hence the claim that it will result in clearer skin. But sadly, coconut oil will actually act as a barrier and can cause or worsen acne-prone skin. Coconut oil is primarily made of saturated fats. It is comedogenic, it clogs pores and contributes to acne breakouts.
15. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has been recommended to treat acne because it has antibacterial and drying properties. However, there’s no medical proof that hydrogen peroxide can safely and effectively clear acne. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical agent that is an effective disinfectant and bleach. It should not be used on the skin because it can irritate your skin and alter wound healing. It can burn your skin. Stay away and do not use it without medical consultation.
Always be careful as to what you put on your face. Many of these things do more harm than good. Do proper research before trying any new thing on your face. If you have dry or sensitive skin, be extra careful. Seek medical consultations for your breakouts, avoid home remedies.