Hello beautiful people,
Welcome (back) to the Glamform. Today I’m going to tell you all about DIY skincare that is horrible for your skin! Please don’t use these products on your face, it’s downright bad for the skin. Most of these are incredibly popular, but popular does not mean it’s good. I know that some of these tips are advocated for by people with gorgeous skin, so it’s easy to follow their advice and hope it gives you beautiful skin. But keep in mind that there are many different factors that attribute to good skin and just because it doesn’t break them out or cause them issues, does not mean it’s not a bad ingredient to put on your face. Your skin is so important, so appreciate and love it and please don’t choose cheap and potentially dangerous products over real, proper skincare.
Let’s get started! These are the ingredients/ products you should NOT put on your skin!
Lemons were made for lemonade and food seasoning, not for skincare. Let’s start with a mini chemistry class. We measure acidity in pH, as you might remember from chemistry class. The pH scale goes from 1 to 14, 1 being highly acidic and 14 being highly alkaline/ basic. The perfect pH for your skin is 5.5, but in general the skin’s pH is between 4 and 5.5, since it’s also affected by things such as sweat. This pH level ensures that your skin protects you against infections and other bad things.
The pH of a lemon is around 2. The pH of battery acid is 1. Let that sink in for a moment…Lemons are so acidic that they can cause permanent skin damage. They make your skin more sensitive to the sun and it can cause hyper pigmentation. I often see people recommending lemons, because they contain vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which are ingredients known to brighten skin. But please don’t use them, they cause more harm than good. If you want the benefits of AHA and vitamin C, get real skincare that contains these ingredients without the dangers.
Alternative: Paula’s choice Vitamin C serum
Baking soda can be used to scrub off years worth of dirt off your bathroom tiles. So for the love of everything, do not put this on your poor poor skin. It is extremely abrasive! That’s not the only issue though. As we discussed above, the pH of products you put on your skin is important. The pH of baking soda is 9, that is way too alkaline for your skin! Putting things on your skin that are too alkaline will throw off the balance in your skin, affecting its ability to protect against infections and causing permanent damage. It literally breaks down the protective barrier of your skin and the longer you use it, the more damage your skin suffers. If you don’t believe how damaging it can be, check out this academic article on the harm that alkalines such as baking soda do to the skin.
Alternative: If you want a treatment that improves your skin texture and exfoliates in a non damaging way, try the Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA.
Aah coconut oil, a cult favourite. This is where it get real. Everywhere I go, people are recommending this. And I know that plenty of people will read this and think “Well, I use it and it’s great!” Just because it works for some people, does not make it good. The reason that you shouldn’t use coconut oil as a makeup remover, face mask or moisturizer (or anything else on your face) is that it is highly comedogenic. Comedogenic means that a product will clog pores and therefore can cause breakouts and blackheads. Comedogenic ratings go from 0 to 5 and coconut oil has a rating of 4. That means that you have a high risk of breaking out of you use coconut oil. So keep the coconut oil for your hair, but don’t use it on your face. Don’t worry though, there are so many other oils you can use on your face. Replace it by pure, cold pressed almond oil for example!
Have acne/ oily skin/ breakouts? Then check out this article I wrote on the best oils for acne.
Way too often I see people recommending alcohol for pimples and blackheads. Alcohol is d e s t r u c t i v e. It’s honestly detrimental to the skin, so please don’t follow through with this advice. Alcohol breaks down the collagen and lipids of the cell membranes in your skin. Aka it slowly breaks down your protective skin barriers and ages the skin prematurely. Aside from putting alcohol in DIY skincare methods, try to avoid toners and face creams with alcohol. The ONLY exceptions to alcohols are fatty alcohols, which help to moisturize your skin, as they are emollients derived from natural fats/oils. Fatty alcohols include: cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol.
If you want an all natural toner that will improve the texture of your skin and reduce breakouts, try the Alteya Organic Rose water , which contains 100% organic pure rose water. It’s very affordable and you get 17oz/500ml!
Natural skincare that is good
Of course there are also DIY skincare ingredients that are great! Aloe Vera is a good moisturizer and it can improve your skin structure and even out your skin tone. You can buy 100% aloe vera gel, but I recommend getting an actual aloe vera plant. That’s the freshest aloe vera gel you can get, it’s cheap and it’s a cute houseplant too.
Organic honey is also great for skin and hair. It has antibacterial properties, so if you have acne, a honey face mask once in a while may help. And best of all, aloe vera and honey don’t damage the skin!
I hope you enjoyed this little guide! It’s not meant in a lecturing way, I just want your skin to be happy and healthy like it should be! DIY skincare can be lots of fun, but sometimes you should use products that was made by professional skincare experts. Your skin is precious and you definitely shouldn’t mess around with the wrong ingredients. Are there any things I missed? Which safe DIY skincare methods do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!