The internet can be a beautiful place. With all the knowledge, art and inspiration on the world wide web, we often forget how easy it is to stumble across misinformation. There are a lot of people with very limited knowledge putting some scary things on the internet about skincare. I’ve done some research and in honor of today being the scariest day of the year I’m going to share with you the 5 scariest no-no’s that are floating around the internet.
Baking Soda Makes a Great Exfoliator
Baking Soda is one of those age-old products that is used for everything. From baking, to cleaning your stove, to brushing your teeth- it seems like this product can go EVERYWHERE and do ANYTHING. But for the love of God, please do not put a product on your face that you would also use to clean your stove. Baking soda has a mildly alkaline pH of 9, which is very far away from the pH levels between 4 and 6 that our skin performs best at. High pH products can potentially destroy your moisture barrier and leave skin dry and thirsty. This tends to cause inflammation and can worsen hyperpigmentation. Use a gentle clay mask to give your skin the same detoxifying effects without the harsh pH.
You Only Need SPF When Its Sunny Outside
The scary truth about ultraviolet radiation from the sun is that you cannot always see it. Even when it’s overcast outside the dangerous rays of the sun can still cause oxidation of our skin leading to hyperpigmentation, inflammation, aging and melanomas. USE SPF EVERYDAY SIS!
Dry Out Pimples With ToothpasteNot a lot of things in this life scare me, but if I see you at 10 o’clock at night with little minty toothpaste dots all over your face I’ll most likely scream. This is definitely a trick all of us had tried or have been told to try in the past. Toothpaste formulas typically have baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol- all of wish can certainly shrink and dry pimples. All these ingredients can also cause irritation and could leave scarring when the pimple disappears. Use an acne targeted serum to treat acne without the risk of skin damage.
You can Scrub Away Acne
It seems intuitive to think that you can scrub away acne the same way you would scrub dirt and grime out a dirty pot, but this is absolutely not how it works. Exfoliation is a preventative measure that keeps pores and hair follicles clear. By keeping them clear you prevent clogging and acne formation. However, once the acne is there, over scrubbing can cause irritation and scarring.
Lemon Juice Makes a Great Skin BrightenerThere are ingredients in lemon that naturally have great skin benefits such a Vitamin C and citric acid that both offer lightening and brightening effects. What makes lemon juice so scary for our skin is the super high acidity of lemon juice. With a dangerously low pH of 2, lemon juice is almost as acidic as stomach acid. This juice can literally give you acid burns and cause skin sensitivity and irritation. In addition, the limonene that naturally occurs in lemon juice can cause photosensitivity which essentially makes your skin super reactive to sunlight. Just do a google image search on “photosensitivity” and you’ll agree that this is a scary skin care NIGHTMARE! Rather than lemon juice use products that have Vitamin C or citric acid in them. All the goods minus the burn!
Happy Halloween! 🎃