Even with Internet as your source of skincare tips and tricks, at-home beauty recipes don’t really guarantee 100% success. Here, we’ve listed down some of the ingredients and products that are believed to be safe for the skin, but are actually contributors of skin irritation and dryness.
- Baking Soda. Although its exfoliating properties can be on par with many of our staple skincare products, baking soda’s pH is way too alkaline for it to be applied on the face. When it comes to properly caring for the skin, pH balance is crucial. Using products that contain too much alkaline, such as baking soda, can disrupt and damage the skin’s natural barriers, which are essential for blocking dirt and bacteria.
- Sugar. Excessive sugar consumption spells disaster for our skin; and this same concept also applies when incorporating it in our beauty regimen. Compared with the rest of your skin, facial skin is much thinner and more delicate. That’s why using sugar as facial scrub might just be too rough for the fragile epidermis of the face. For safer option, use facial scrub instead of sugar and make sure to look for one with ultra-fine beads for gentle exfoliation.
- Lemon. When talking about acidity, lemon is one of the many things you should avoid using on the face. Given its pH level of two, lemon juice is considered to be highly acidic—in fact, sucking on it is already enough to destroy your teeth’s enamel. In comparison, directly applying lemon juice on your skin will only irritate and disrupt its natural acid mantle. Plus, the oils found in citrusy fruits are phototoxic, meaning excessive exposure to the sun can worsen your irritation and turn it into chemical burns.
- Toothpaste. Toothpaste is one of the bathroom quick fixes that are actually more harmful, as it is packed with ingredients that can be irritating and drying to the skin. Sure it’ll dry out your zit, but it’ll also zap the healthy moisture off the affected areas. So skip on using your toothpaste to treat blemishes, and use tea tree oil or benzoyl peroxide treatment instead.
Doing at-home beauty remedies is a great way to save time and money, However, it’s also important that you thoroughly research about the ingredients you will use to avoid skin irritation and damage.