They say you should try everything once, but that’s probably because they’d never heard of this common home beauty hack you should never try under any circumstances.
Baking Soda As A Skin Treatment
Why won’t this beauty hack just die?!? Unless you’re a cupcake, using baking soda for your general beatification is one beauty hack you should never try… unless you like skin damage, irritation and acne.
Time and time again people who should know better promote this ridiculous home remedy as a way to exfoliate, lighten complexion and dry out oily skin. And it’s tempting to try, because baking soda is so cheap and easy to find.
But before you go raiding the baking supplies aisle, here’s why this old classic is ultimate example of a beauty hack you should never try.
It’s true that a paste made from baking soda will exfoliate the surface of the skin, scrubbing away dead skin cells and making your complexion look immediately clearer.
But the positive effects are temporary and far outweighed by the harm baking soda can cause to your complexion.
Baking soda is a terrible choice for skincare because it is highly alkaline. It strips away the protective moisture layer from the skin’s surface, letting bacteria flourish and leaving you more, not less, acne prone.
Even it’s exfoliating effects aren’t all good news. While occasional exfoliation can be good for the complexion, over exfoliation will damage the delicate surface of your skin. This can cause acne, redness and irritation, as well as coarsening your complexion overtime.
Baking soda is great for cleaning your sink, but terrible for cleaning your face!
Lemon, Lime or Vinegar As A Skin Treatment
While we’re on the subject of terrible home skincare remedies…
NEVER use citrus fruit or vinegar to cleanse or to tone your face. It should go without saying that anything involving putting acid on your face is the type of beauty hack you should never try.
And yet, home beauty gurus still suggest that if it’s good enough for your fish and chips, it’s good enough for your face.
And no. It doesn’t matter if it’s organic apple cider, or Sarson’s finest malt from the chippy, they are all far too acidic to be used safely on your delicate facial skin. At best, they will cause irritation leaving your more acne prone. At worst, they can cause chemical burns and scarring. Especially if you go out into bright sunlight without thoroughly washing the acid from your skin.
As with baking soda, the harshness of these products may trick you into feeling like they must be working. You may feel your skin tighten and your complexion may look brighter immediately after applying acidic products to your face.
But these are actually signs of the damage you are doing to you skin, not the evidence of an improvement.
The tightness you might feel after washing with lemon or vinegar is a sign that you’ve stripped away the protective oils from your skin’s surface. Not only does this make your skin cells crank out more oil to make up for what’s lost, it can leave you prone to acne and capillary damage.
When it comes to facial skincare you should not confuse suffering with beauty!
If you are interested in natural skincare, try the gentle approach. There are no quick fixes when it comes to healthy skin, and it may take you a long time to find a routine that works for you.
Heat Up Your Eyelash Curler Before You Curl Your Lashes
Turning your eyelash curlers into a mini curling iron might seem like a cool beauty hack. But the danger of putting heated metal so close to your delicate eyeballs is what makes this a beauty hack you should never try.
You run a real risk causing heat damage to your eyelids, which can leave them puffy and painful for days.
Also, heating your eyelash curlers can damage your lashes.
Alluring eyelashes might invite lingering looks, but their real job is to keep things out. The tiny particles of grit, dust, oil and grime that would irritate the eyes, are swept away by your lashes, preventing painful infection and protecting your vision.
Which is why, the next beauty hack you should never try is…
Making Your Own Mascara From Cookies
So you can probably guess why making your own mascara from oreos is a terrible idea.
If you’re coating your lashes with gunk you’ve made in your bathroom, you’re inviting infection. And if a key ingredient in that gunk is sugar, then you’re feeding any bacteria you’ve just smeared into your eyes a delicious dinner to help them multiply.
In America and the EU, strict product-testing laws exist to protect consumers. These govern what products are allowed to be used in cosmetics and how those products have to be tested.
The same does not apply to random recipes you found browsing youtube.
Making your own make-up can be fun and creative, but be extra careful about products for your peepers.
After all, gorgeous-looking lashes are not much good if you’re oozing gunk from your eyelids.
Hairspray To Set Your Makeup
Calling all pageant queens and the ghosts of chorus girls from music halls past!
If you’re high-kicking it under hot lights, in a full face of thick stage paint, a bit of hairspray may well help stop you sweating it all off.
However, while it might lacquer your slap, it also blocks your pores and dries out your skin.
Also, it can irritate the eyes, aggravate respiratory issues and up close it just looks kind of…. circus clown.
Setting sprays are available, which can be used to keep makeup in place if you’re going to be dancing until dawn.