Chances are, you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients listed in your facial cleaners and lotions. With a surge in recent articles pushing readers toward organic beauty products and touting the danger of parabens and other scary chemicals, you might be ready to reexamine your skin care routine.
But before you turn to Pinterest and experiment with all your new found DIY beauty discoveries, know that there are far worse dangers than dry skin or a nasty pimple. Here are a few products from your kitchen and bathroom to avoid using on your face.
1. Egg On Your Face
One common suggestion is to use an egg white mask to tone, tighten and reduce the size of your pores. Many recipes call for whipped egg whites to sit on your face for 20 minutes until it is dried before washing off with cold water. You shouldn’t put raw egg on your face for the same reason you shouldn’t indulge in cookie dough: there is a high risk of salmonella. Accidentally ingest the mask and you could find yourself sick for four to seven days. Not to mention, this home remedy will tend to dry out your skin.
2. When Spice Isn’t Nice
A turmeric facemask seems innocent enough. Just add some of the Indian spice to almond milk and spread over your face. Folks say it reduces acne and dark spots, leaving behind glowing skin. What they don’t mention is that turmeric will also leave behind a jaundice-like glow. After you scrub the yellow stains off your face, you’ll also be left with red, irritated skin.
3. Scary Scrubs
If you have sensitive skin, a DIY scrub can wreak havoc on your face. While experts recommend using salt, sugar, >baking soda and Epsom salt to exfoliate, do so with caution. Oh, and that holiday scrub that smells minty fresh? Using peppermint oil can really irritate sensitive skin types. Know your skin type and opt for gentle cleansers to avoid irritation.
4. Peroxide and Pimples
Many over-the-counter cleansers and spot treatments contain benzoyl peroxide to clear away acne-causing bacteria. And many acne forums tout the benefit of using hydrogen peroxide as a toner or on popped pimples to help the skin heal. But hydrogen peroxide can cause an allergic reaction or cause permanent damage to your skin, so tread with caution.
5. Oh, Olive Oil
While some reputable sites claim olive oil can restore moisture to your skin and even clear up acne, the risks far outweigh the benefits. Olive oil is hardly non-comedogenic, and it can actually cause blackheads and pimples. It can also trap bacteria, which can lead to harmful skin infections.
If you are looking for an ultimate skin cure, check with a trusted skin professional before trying any at-home skin remedies At Rejuvenation Clinic, all of our skin treatments have been tested for their safety and effectiveness – many of them have zero downtime. Contact Us today for a free skin consultation!