Pinterest might be your go-to site for creative inspiration on home decor or fashion tips, but skin care? Not so much.
While there are plenty of natural skin care tips available in the site, but most of them are probably not too good for your skin as they claim it would be, according to dermatologist Rachel Nazarian.
“Remember, you skin is an organ,” she told Refinery29. “â€œYou wouldnâ€™t throw random kitchen and household chemicals on your eyes, or in your ears. Donâ€™t treat your skin any differently.” So here are the 5 instances of so-called “miracle do-alls” that can actually be harmful to your skin:
Lemon and Sugar Scrub
This might be one of Pinterestâ€™s most popular DIY treatments and, sadly, one of the most harmful to your epidermis. â€œSkin has its own natural pH, which is much higher than the pH of citric fruits like lemons and limes â€” and, using them on skin can cause serious irritation and break down protective oils,â€ says Nazarian. And, the sugar? â€œThe addition of sugar only increases the irritation, physically exfoliating delicate tissue thatâ€™s already been weakened and inflamed by the lemon juice.â€ Ouch, the ultimate bad skin care double whammy.
Toothpaste Spot Treatment
What teenager hasnâ€™t dabbed toothpaste on an emerging pimple before bed? The logic makes sense â€” sort of. â€œThought to be helpful because of its antibacterial nature, toothpaste is essentially a super concentrated cleanser,â€ says Nazarian. But, thereâ€™s a downside: â€œYes, it kills bacteria on the skin, but all those extra additives and foaming agents also destroy the delicate skin barrier.â€ Red patches in place of a pimple? Weâ€™ll pass.
â€œThis is an absolute no-no,â€ warns Nazarian. â€œSunscreen is carefully manufactured, tested, and re-tested to ensure youâ€™re getting the precise SPF youâ€™re counting on to keep your skin safe. No other topical is guaranteed to absorb harmful ultraviolet radiation, or to safely neutralize the free radical damage thatâ€™s caused by sunlight.â€ ‘Nuff said.
Baking Soda Facial Cleanser
Some like to incorporate baking soda into their normal face wash for an added exfoliating kick. â€œWeâ€™re back to the same issue,â€ says Nazarian. â€œBaking soda is a more ‘basic’ â€” meaning higher pH chemical than found normally on skin. Applying it to skin will throw off the natural balance, leading to inflammation and red, angry tissue.â€ Good for cookies, not so good for skin, apparently.
Though the egg and oil in mayo can be beneficial for parched skin, other ingredients can be super problematic, such as lemon juice and vinegar, which are highly acidic. â€œItâ€™s not worth using mayonnaise, which will add in the extra acid and risk irritating sensitive skin,â€ advises Nazarian. And the fact that it smells bad also make us cringe.-MYNEWSHUB.CC