You know how I always complain about the crappy advice women’s magazines give us? As much as I hate to admit it, a lot of blogs, and the Internet in general, aren’t much better. Some of the hacks they promote are quick fixes that can do some serious harm to our skin.
From matching my foundation to the wrong part of my body to using drying toothpaste on pimples, I’ve tried my fair share of them, with disastrous results! Now I’m sharing them, so you don’t have to go through the same thing too:
1. Pop That Pimple
I’m surrounded by pimple squeezers. Every time one rears its ugly head on my chin, my mom or a friend would tell me to squeeze it. “It heals faster,” they say. “It looks better when all that pus is gone,” they add.
“It also spreads the pus all over my face,” I reply. That just increases the inflammation in the area, and causes even more pimples. Why would you want to risk that?
If you’re prone to pimples, just use a salicylic acid-based exfoliant or moisturizer. Salicylic acid gets inside the pores, exfoliating them from within, and making sure they never get clogged up again. You can find it in Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion ($28.00) and Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturizer (£4.47).
Of course, these exfoliants don’t work overnight. If you really, really, really can’t wait to get rid of yours, go ahead and pop that pimple. But do it the right, safe, hygienic way.
2. Toothpaste Is A Great Spot Treatment
I fell for this one too. It’s so easy, and it does work. Toothpaste contains ingredients, like triclosan and menthol, that can dry out pimples, tricking us into believing it’s an amazing and cheap spot treatment.
Problem is, they can also irritate skin too! If you have sensitive skin, they may even burn it. Don’t risk it! I now stick to salicylic acid-based exfoliants. They work slowly, but are much safer and gentler.
3. Test Your Foundation On Your Wrist Or Jawline
If you want to waste your hard-earned cash on the wrong shade. Which I’m pretty sure you don’t. But every SA out there does. They always try to test my foundations on my wrist. I’m starting to believe it’s a ploy to get me to buy the wrong shade, so I’ll have to go back and get the right one too. Cos not every country has the amazing return policy the US has, you know. *sighs*
What’s wrong with testing foundation on your wrist? It just ain’t the same colour as your face. And your jawline isn’t the same colour as your neck, which is a different shade than your chest… Your skin isn’t just one colour (although it’d be a lot easier if it were).
If you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask when you put that low cut top on, have your foundation matched to your chest.
4. If Your Skincare Products Tingle, It Means They’re Working
No, it doesn’t. It means they’re irritating it! And you know what irritation does to your skin? It ages it! In the long run, that harms the skin’s healing response, making it unable to repair all the damage inflicted to it. Hello, wrinkles!
5. Use A Clarisonic Every Day
If you want to ruin your skin, that is. Although marketed as a cleanser on steroid, the Clarisonic is, actually, an exfoliant. It gets rid of all the dead cells on the surface of the skin, not just grime and makeup. That’s exactly what an exfoliant does.
Some people can get away with exfoliating daily. Most can’t. Give it a go, and soon your skin will complain. It’ll get all red, inflamed, flaky, and hurt like hell. Ouch!
Like all the good things in life, a Clarisonic should be used in moderation. Then, you’ll reap all its benefits without those nasty side effects.
6. Milk Of Magnesia Is A Wonderful Primer For Oily Skin
Milk Of Magnesia absorbs oily like a magnet. It’s fantastic. Or so it seems. Until you look at its ph. It’s way, way too high for skin. Used regularly it can compromise its protective barrier, and cause some serious damage.
Why harm your skin just to save a few bucks? This is one of those cases where investing in a properly formulated face primer is worth it.
7. Put Lemons On Your Face
When life gives you lemons, don’t put them on your face. Squeeze the juice in your tea, or rice, or cake, but never, ever, ever on your skin. Its ph is very acidic, which is bad news for skin. It irritates it, and makes it more prone to sun damage.
What’s the worst beauty advice you’ve ever received?