Hello friends 😊 In recent weeks YouTube has been really stubborn about recommending me viral videos with skincare tips and out of curiosity I watched a few of them. To say the least, I was shocked! Many of them are simply ridiculous, but some of them are outright dangerous (and I’ve got a personal story to share about it).
1.Toothpaste + baking soda to remove blackheads. In some severe cases, add toothbrush to this ‘recipe’ as an application tool 😱 The use of toothpaste in skincare started with applying toothpaste on a pimple to help it heal quicker. In reality, some toothpastes contain triclosan – antibacterial agent that basically reduced inflammation. Today, most toothpastes don’t contain this ingredient, but even if they would, toothpastes aren’t designed to be used on the skin in the first place. As for baking soda, it’s way too harsh for the skin and can dry it out same as toothpaste. In my experience, the best way to reduce the appearance of blackheads is to exfoliate regularly with a gentle chemical exfoliant.
2.Lemon juice… anything! A little personal story: my cousing suffers from post-acne scarring and she’s been researching all these articles and videos about DIY remedies to help reduce their appearance. One of the most popular ones – of course – are those that include lemon juice, because it can act as a natural exfoliant due to its acidity. Since store-bought masks and creams didn’t help her, she decided to try lemon-juice based mask and burned her face to a point where it was extremely red and painful (she followed the instructions that said that ‘burning sensation means it’s working’). As a result, she ended up with a chemical burn that left her skin so sensitive that now, years after that mask, she can’t use any skincare items except for extremely gentle ones specifically designed for very sensitive skin. There are skincare items that contain lemon extract, but it’s in concentrations that won’t hurt the skin. Needless to say, if any mask is burning your skin, it’s time to wash it off – not suffer.
3.Ice cubes. This treatment can be beneficial for some people, but somehow the risks associated with using ice cubes on the skin aren’t talked about enough. Rubbing an ice cube on the face is almost same as exposing the face in freezing cold while it’s wet – it’s a huge stress for the skin that can lead to various issue over time, such as dryness, flaking, dullness, and worsen rosacea. I tried using ice cubes for a week and I developed ‘spider veins’ or broken blood vessel issue pretty quickly. To quickly swipe an ice cube on the skin is one thing, but using them every day can be potentially quite risky, especially for sensitive skin. Pity these viral content creators don’t acknowledge these risks.
4.Shaving cream or foam as a face mask ingredient. I’ve no idea how anyone could’ve thought ‘oh shaving cream! better add some beaten egg whites to it and apply on my face for 20 minutes!’ When I saw this ‘lifehack’ I didn’t know if I should laugh or just stand in awe, amazed that someone thought this was a legit good idea. Shaving creams and foams are designed to soften the hair and help the razor glide on the skin to prevent cuts and nips – it’s not designed to provide any skin benefits. I’m speechless.
5.Coffee, red clay, and turmeric. I’ve seen coffee and turmeric in many DIY recipes and they are together here because in many cases they can actually stain the skin. Coffee is the mildest and it definitely depend on the amount of it, ingredients it’s combined with, and the time it’s on the skin, but turmeric and red clay can be a disaster. I’ve used red clay only once for this very reason – it stained my skin and I’m just lucky it was a body mask, not face.
I wish everyone who watches these videos would take every their ‘tip’ with a grain of salt, because some of them are seriously terrible!
Have you ever seen such viral skincare ‘tips’? I’m really curious to know and looking forward to your comments!
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤️
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