3 Worst Skincare Tips on the Internet (Are You Making These Mistakes?)
Whenever I’m browsing the internet for the latest beauty trends, I come across advice that makes me cringe.
There are, of course, really great sources for information on beauty and skincare all across the internet, but you have to be careful, because for every good source you’ll find, there are hundreds of amateur beauty blogs with downright BAD information.
So here are the top 3 worst skin care tips I’ve come across online.
Bad Tip #1: Using hairspray as a setting spray
I saw this tip when I was reading through a Style Caster article about “makeup tips to make your life easier.”
The logic behind this idea is reasonable — setting spray keeps your hair in place all day, so why not your makeup?
But most hairsprays have a very high alcohol content… and if you use it on your skin it will dry it out.
So if you need to use setting spray, I recommend using a mixture of aloe vera gel or glycerin with water in a 1:3 ratio.
It’ll lock your makeup in place without drying out your skin.
Bad Tip #2: Coconut oil as a facial moisturizer
Coconut oil is a fantastic, versatile ingredient that I love. It’s great as a body moisturizer, a hair mask, and even as an all-natural makeup remover.
But, despite what you might have heard, you should not use coconut oil as a moisturizer for your face. (I saw an article for a DIY Coconut Oil Night Cream on a beauty blog just the other day!)
Its thick consistency means it’s likely to clog your pores — even if you don’t have acne prone skin.
So, using an oil can be great to add a little moisture boost to your skin, but you’ll want to use something a little thinner.
I recommend rosehip seed oil, argan oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and watermelon seed oil as great alternatives.
Add them to your nighttime skincare routine, your cleanser, or a DIY face mask for an extra boost of hydration!
Bad Tip #3: Using a baking soda and lemon juice mask
I have seen this tip on countless blogs and pinterest boards — and it just makes me want to scream!
In order to understand why these ingredients are bad, you need to understand a couple things about your skin first.
First, your skin has an “acid mantle” to make it an inhospitable environment for bacteria and other impurities.
The PH of this acidic layer is at about 4 or 5 — just the right level to fight off acne causing bacteria and other infections. (To review the PH scale: 1 is acidic, 14 is alkaline, and 7 is neutral.)
There’s also a “lipid layer” made up of fatty acids that help your skin stay hydrated.
So, as you can imagine, rubbing lemon juice (pH of 4) and baking soda (pH of 9) on your face greatly upsets its pH balance…
And that leads to red, raw, sensitive skin that can be even more prone to acne breakouts than before.
Plus, lemon juice can interact with the sun and cause blistering rashes and hyperpigmentation — the very thing it’s supposed to treat!
So leave the lemon juice and baking soda in the kitchen…
And use things like oatmeal, plain yogurt, and honey to get the exfoliating and brightening benefits of this lemon and baking soda mask.
And the next time you decide to try a DIY project online, make sure you do your research first!