Before I say anything,I must say this prayer, Oh God deliver us from Tiktok and Pinterest. Because some of the things I will be discussing here have a lot to do with some of the misleading information these two platforms gives us. Some of these at-home Diy are not the way out, just because they are easily accessible doesn’t mean you should apply anything on your face. Your face is the center of attention, If anything goes wrong it will always show. The rest of the body can tolerate some skincare ingredients but not the face. So, today I will be sharing with you 6 things you should never use on your face.
I love lemons a lot, especially in my tea. It gives me this feeling of calmness, relaxed and focussed for the day, sighs…. I love it. This comfortable feeling of lemon in tea can be negative when you have lemon on your skin. Some DIYers tell us that lemons help fade dark spots in 3 days(wow!! How magical), treat acne, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Why? Because it contains ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid helps even out your skin tone, boost collagen production which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s better to go for vitamin C serums which are purified and designed to solve such issues. Lemons contain tons of other chemicals e.g furocoumarins/furanocoumarins, these chemicals react with UV rays to cause phytophotodermatitis, red skin, blisters. After exposure to the sun, your healed blisters and lesions leave dark spots known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Instead of solving your problem you further exacerbate your condition. Lemon has a low pH of 2, it’s lower than the skin’s normal pH. Lemons belong in our body and not on the body.
Especially in cleansers and toners, always check the ingredients list to be sure alcohol is not mentioned there before you purchase. Alcohol cleanses the skin especially oily skin. It gives the skin a squeaky cleanse and after you feel you have gotten rid of the oil not knowing that you are doing the opposite. When you strip the skin of its natural oils, the message your sebaceous glands receive is to pump out more oil. And there you are exactly where you started.
I was so appalled when I first heard of this substance used in facial treatments, like seriously?. Ladies that used it said it’s great for the skin because it contains antioxidants and proteins.. So I asked myself this question meat and fish are all protein why can’t I rub it on my face also?(lol). All these have not been tested, there are no scientific claims that can prove these myths. Some semens can be infected with STDs so don’t use it on your face.
Jelly is not bad for your skin, but “petroleum” is bad. It’s a by-product of crude oil. It’s found at the bottom of petroleum barrels. It can also clog your pores. You can go for jellies made with beeswax and not petroleum. Jellies are well-known occlusives, they can be used to seal in moisture.
This is a cleansing agent most people use to bath. Soaps can dry out your skin because it contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This is a lathering substance which can dry your skin. Use gentle face wash instead.
The skin on your body is very different from the one on your face. Sometimes even with a great skincare routine, you find out that you are breaking out. Now, let’s say you apply your body moisturizer or lotion on your face, I can imagine what’s gonna happen. This a very common practice in my country and I will try my best to spread the awareness. Some people might get away with it but others might not.
I hope this post was helpful. Let me know some of the ”don’t s” you are guilty of in the comments.