The internet can be a very helpful space. Ask a query, enter and you’ll be flooded with advise. Whether it is cure for acne or finding the right vacation spot, it can really solve a lot of our problems. But can too much information be problematic? Turns out, yes.
The one-size-fits-all approach seen online may not always work for all, especially when it comes to skincare. Each one of us has different skin type and the same solution may not work for all. At the same time, some of these internet hacks can actually be quite dangerous. So, you’re better off not experimenting with them.
Here are 10 internet beauty hacks that you should avoid and why
Coconut oil as face moisturiser
Coconut oil may be the in thing right now, but is it really safe for your face? It may not be suitable for all skin types as it may end up clogging pores.
Removing dead cells with lemon
Lemon or lime juice is acidic and can end up being too harsh for your face. And worse, if you step out in the sun, it can even trigger a chemical reaction that may cause rashes, severe burns and pigmentation.
Exfoliating with baking soda
Baking soda belongs in your kitchen, not your bathroom cabinet. Using baking soda can be harsh on sensitive skin, mostly leaving it red or raw.
Toothpaste for spots
The baking soda in your toothpaste may dry out spots, but there’s also a good chance that it may leave it irritated.
Raw eggs to whiten face
Raw eggs can lead to diseases such as salmonella. So it’s best to avoid it.
Spot treating with nappy rash cream
Agreed that the cream is made for baby’s bums, one of the most sensitive areas. But it also contains paraffin and synthetic beeswax, which is not suitable for an acne-prone skin.
Matte effect with deos
There’s a better way to get the excess oil off, use toilet seat covers. These make for great oil blotters. But deodrants are risky and can lead to clogged pored.
Glue for blackheads
This one’s the most popular hack on the internet. While it may work, but it is also toxic and can irritate your skin.
Toning with alcohol
This will suck every bit of oil from your skin, which may cause dryness. Or worse, your skin may counter-attack by producing more oil.
Hairspray to set make up
Hairspray is to hold your hair together. If used on your skin, it can cause irritation, dryness and flaking.
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