There are plenty of skincare remedies that our grandma gave us that are just not what they were cracked up to be. Today we are going to discuss 5 products that you may have thought were ok for your face but they are actually not. The skin on our face is a bit more sensitive than the skin on our body so we need to take exceptional care of it. First up:
1. Petroleum Jelly ( aka Vaseline )
I'm sure you've heard the claims that petroleum jelly heals your skin and is great to apply at night before you go to sleep. Even queen Tyra Banks said on her talk show that her mother swears by this skincare home remedy. Contrary to what queen Tyra believes, the facts are petroleum jelly clogs your pores by literally suffocating your skin. Petroleum Jelly is a mixture of mineral oils and waxes. These may be good for healing wounds but not for your face. Vaseline doesn’t provide any additional moisture to the skin. It uses the moisture already in the skin. Vaseline alone won’t be enough to make a naturally dry complexion dewy.
2. Face Soaps containing SLS's ( Sodium Lauryl Sulfate )
We all know that SLS's are a no-no when it comes to your skin. SLS's are unnecessary foaming agents found in body and face soaps. Unfortunately we have been conditioned to believe that foam equals clean and that's just not the case.
SLS's strip the skin of its natural oils which ( in some cases ) can cause the skin to overcompensate, producing more oil than it actually needs.
3. Rubbing Alcohol / Isopropyl Alcohol
I literally cringe when people tell me that they use rubbing alcohol to cleanse their face. First of all, doesn't it burn? Alcohol is often used to treat acne and oily skin. Little did you know that you're only making the problem worse. Alcohol absolutely rids the skin of dirt and bacteria, however applying alcohol to your face on a consistent bases could cause skin redness, skin dryness, flaking or peeling and itchiness.
As a teen, how many times did you put toothpaste on your growing pimples hoping and praying that they would go down before the morning? I'm guilty too. Toothpaste contains an abrasive chemical called Calcium Carbonate that is used to get rid of the plaque on your teeth. Just imagine what that will do to your skin. It also contains SLS which we've already determined is a no-no. In most cases the mix of these chemicals cause more irritation more than anything, on top of the fact that this home remedy just doesn't work.
Lemons are of course great to eat and the health benefits of drinking lemon water are endless, however lemons are not for your face. I'm sure you're probably thinking " Lemons are all natural, why wouldn't they be ok for my skin"? Lemons are high in citric acid which causes a serious imbalance in your skins PH causing it to be ridiculously acidic. Citric Acid is ok in moderation when combined with other ingredients but terrible in such concentrated uses. Using lemons on your skin can also make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
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