Never Use Them On Your Beloved Face
I’ve said this several times before, but I’ll say it again. The skin on your face is a lot more sensitive and reactive than the skin on the rest of your body. Most of us don’t realize that putting certain chemicals and products on our face can do us more harm than good. In a previous post I detailed some ingredients that should not be in our skincare products. Today, I will be focusing on common domestic items that most people put on their faces that can be risky to healthy skin. And here they are…
Leave your toothpaste for your teeth
For a long time, toothpaste has been most people’s go-to for quickly drying up pimples, but most people don’t know that this teeth cleaning substance can pose more threats than benefits.
Toothpaste was formulated to cleanse and whiten our teeth. Such a formulation is not suitable for applying on your face. Although toothpaste might dry out your pimple, it does that with a catch.
First off, it burns to dry. It’s extremely harsh for your face and the drying effect you might get always leads up to burning your skin and leaving a mark. This leaves you to with a struggle of hyperpigmentation and post-acne scarring.
Second, toothpaste usually contains SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate). In my previous post, I mentioned this as a no-no ingredient in our skincare product. SLS irritates our skin (especially if you have sensitive skin), it is also too harsh for pimples. Toothpaste also messes with your skin’s natural Ph level.
Finally, toothpaste is over-drying, and putting this on your face dries out the skin’s natural sebum. This causes the skin to overproduce more oils to make up for the dryness. And oil overproduction is the major cause of pimples. Some people might advise to add Vaseline. The thing is, if you’re already struggling with pimples, you really shouldn’t be slathering such a thick, heavy, and oily formula on your skin. Toothpaste is also quite comedogenic, and the combination of these two substances? Mbanu!
Leave Raw Lemons for Lemonade
Lemon could serve as a wonderful lightening agent for dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It is rich in vitamin C, which is great for your skin. But lemon is also highly acidic. This isn’t the best option for your face.
Because of the acidity level of lemon, it irritates your skin. You might experience dryness, peeling skin, itching, etc. after the application of lemon. This could be counterproductive as your aim is to brighten complexion or reduce pimple/acne, not further irritate your skin.
Lemon also increases our skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. This sensitivity might manifest as a rash or sunburn. Now, if your goal is to brighten your skin, this is also counterproductive. It takes the components of lemon about 24hrs to completely leave your skin. This means, if you applied lemon overnight (not advised with sensitive skin), you shouldn’t be exposed to sun the next day to avoid sunburn and darkening. Products with carrot also have this same effect (sadly a living witness).
If you must use lemon, make sure your face won’t be getting any sun exposure for the next few days. Not all skin can tolerate the harshness of lemon, hence refrain from regular use. If you want the same benefits lemon gives, opt for lemon essential oils (use with a carrier oil), and vitamin C serums.
Undiluted Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has wonderful benefits. Personally, I’m a fan of apple cider vinegar baths every few weeks. But the thing about ACV is that the longer it sits after the production, the harsher and stronger it becomes. Putting this on your face straight can lead to a stinging and burning sensation which is something your skin might not handle. Applying undiluted ACV can strip your skin of its protective layers.
The proper way to use ACV as a toner is by adding a teaspoon to a cup of water. Use this mixture on your face as a toner rather than a raw undiluted ACV. Rosewater is also a natural excellent toner.
Your Body Cream Is For Your Body
Most of us are guilty of slathering our body cream on our faces. The skin on every part of your body is not equal. While the skin on our soles and palm is much thicker than on the rest of us. The skin on your face is also much sensitive and lighter than that on the rest of your body. The skin on your eyelid is a lot more sensitive than the skin on other parts of our face. So, it differs.
Creams/lotions formulated mainly for the body are usually extra thick and contain more oils than the skin on our face requires. This makes them comedogenic and might cause pimple and other forms of acne.
Body creams and lotions are also very fragrant, parfum and our face doesn’t work well. Especially if you have sensitive skin, it could cause mild irritation or worsen skin conditions for most people.
A few Moisturizers and lotion are labeled for face and body, this could mean they are safe for applying on our face. Despite this, endeavor to check the ingredients listing to ensure it’s safe for your face. An easier route would be to buy face moisturizers best for your skin type and stick to light essential oils.
Your Skin Isn’t An Oily Container, Skip the Hot Water
Hot water is too harsh for our skin in general, talk less of a sensitive region like the face. Hot water is known for removing grease effectively. Almost too effectively for our skin. Your skin needs its natural oils and protective layer to stay intact. Using hot water strips it of all that which usually ends in a skin malfunction. Use lukewarm water instead.
Leave Hydrogen Peroxide and Methylated Spirit for Wounds
I shouldn’t even need to say this. Hydrogen Peroxide and Methylated spirits are for cuts and wounds alone. They are used in disinfecting wounds before applying a healing balm or wrapping. In no way where they formulated to care for your skin.
They are both extremely drying and I’ve mentioned before how your skin really doesn’t need extreme dryness. If you struggle with dry or sensitive skin, stay away from these guys.
Rubbing alcohol which is methylated spirit shouldn’t be used for skincare as it is a bad alcohol. In a previous post, I listed the good and bad alcohol.
Hydrogen Peroxide, which is used as a toner (not advised) by some people because of its lightening properties. Besides its cleaning properties, hydrogen peroxide is usually used in industries to bleach paper. NOT SKIN!
Glue Is Not A Skincare Product
I’m not even going to talk much here. Do not use glue on your face. It wasn’t made for your face. None of its ingredients will add anything to the health of your skin. As fun as it might be to slather it on your palm and peel off when it dries, don’t bring that same fun to your face biko. Let it remain on your palms.
If you really want to get rid of blackheads but are short on cash, opt for a cheap black peel-off mask. They won’t do much for your skin but they are fun to peel off and some of them can clear white/blackheads.
Face to face is also another ok-ish peel off mask If you’re looking for that glue effect. Check it out.
Expired Beauty Products
Another thing I shouldn’t be saying. Would you want to eat expired food? No! So, don’t put expired stuff on your face. Once a product is expired it loses its worth and just serves to irritate your skin. Even when it’s close to the expiry date.
Always check the expiry dates of your skin products before you buy and keep track of it while you use it. That your foundation you use once in a while but have had since God knows when, is probably ready to be set free.
Dirty face tools
Makeup brushes, glasses, and any other thing that goes on your face should be cleaned properly to avoid bacteria buildup. Simple!
Comedogenic oils are oils that have a tendency of clogging your pores. They are very thick and although most oils are excellent for the rest of our body; we have to be careful with the face. It’s not every oil you’ll see and rub on your face just because of so so and so benefits. You’d most likely not enjoy any of those benefits if the oil is comedogenic (especially with oily skin).
This is simply a scale for defining how likely an oil is to clog your pores. It ranges from 0 to 4
- Comedogenic rating of 0 is non-comedogenic and cannot clog pores at all.
- A comedogenic rating of 1 is least likely to clog pores. Rarely does.
- While a comedogenic rating of 2 won’t clog most people’s pores but might ‘purge’ some faces.
- Comedogenic rating of 3 depending on your skin type, most people will breakout.
- A comedogenic rating of 4 high probability to breakout but it depends on how ‘tough’ your skin is.
- Comedogenic rating of 5, you rarely find oils of this rating, but it promises guaranteed breakout.
Some examples of popular comedogenic oils are:
Carrot seed Oil
Palm kernel Oil
Red Palm Oil
These oils have a comedogenic rating of 4.
Good Non-comedogenic oils include;
- Argan Oil
- Castor Oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Neem Oil
- Shea Butter
These oils have a comedogenic rating of 0-1.
I stuck to recommending oils of very low comedogenic rating because there’s more guarantee there. The middle ground works with a lot of probability and it largely depends on your skin so I can’t confidently recommend. It is up to your skin to decide if it loves them enough, but the oils recommended here can do no harm.
Coconut Oil is quite confusing because despite its high comedogenic rating, it still works for most people. This is most likely because most of the coconut oils sold in Nigeria are fractionated (i.e. extracted through heat), this one has a rating of 2/3 depending. Cold-pressed coconut oil is more expensive (with a bit more benefits) but has a higher comedogenic rating. I’ll be making a post on the different types of coconut oil, just so you know that cause it’s different from what you’re used to, it doesn’t make it fake.
Following facts, everything listed above is detrimental to your skin in one way or two, but again every skin is different. I’ve seen people that swear by toothpaste as their acne treatment and also seen many others that reacted. At the end all I can do is supply facts and a pinch of my advice here and there, it’s really up to you to make the ultimate decision on your skin. If any of this work for you, let me not spoil your fun. But remember, sometimes skincare isn’t only about the now…
Have you used or use any of these before?🙃