Things You Should Never Put On Your Face

There are countless DIYs on every corner of the internet.  If you are a DIY freak like me, it seems very tempting to try skin care routine alternatives as an inexpensive skin care solution.  But…are they safe for your skin?  You may be eager to try some them, but there are some things you should probably leave to professionals.  There are great skincare DIYs out there, like making banana face masks and using coconut oil as a moisturizer.  But there are a lot of terrible ones that include ingredients that you should never even let go near your delicate face.  Some kitchen ingredients are absolutely fine, but leave the following ones out of your beauty routine.

The skin on the face is more delicate than the skin on the rest of the body, so it deserves a little more care and attention when it comes to what we put on it.  The truth is we need to be careful about the things that we put on our faces because some things are good for a quick fix but not for long-term use. Then one size fits all philosophy doesn’t apply here (i.e. what works for one person won’t always work well for another).  The following eight things you should never put on your face.

Baking Soda

1. Baking Soda

Although the scrubby texture of baking soda seems similar to your favorite exfoliators, the seemingly harmless powder is actually disastrous for your skin.  Why?  Your skin has a natural pH level of roughly 4.5 to 5 meaning it can strip all the good acid out of your face, increase dryness, and end up causing your skin to overproduce oil.  Using baking soda as an exfoliant can cause serious long-term damage to your skin.  Baking soda is super alkaline with a high pH of 9, meaning it can strip all the good acid out of your face increasing dryness and end up causing your skin to overproduce oil which can cause serious long-term damage to your skin.  Using it even once will cause damage to your skin, even if it can’t be seen with your naked eye, and prolonged use on the face will eventually cause significant moisture loss.


2. Lemon

If you are a fan of the natural bleaching agent in lemons we have some bad news.  It is true that lemon brightens skin, but it can be highly dangerous and damaging to your skin.  Unlike baking soda with a high pH, lemon juice is the opposite of the pH scale, with a pH of 2, meaning it’s highly acidic.  So when you apply pure lemon directly to your skin, the acids immediately erupt your skin’s acid mantle and causes a lot of irritation on a cellular level which can cause blistering rashes and burns on your skin, especially if you’re exposed to the sun after applying them.


3. Hairspray

You may ask why would anyone use hairspray on their face?  Surprisingly, hairspray has been recommended by the beauty-obsessed as a quick, makeup setting spray.  And sure, accidentally getting some hairspray on the face every so often isn’t the end of the world, but when you’re directly spraying it on your skin with the purpose of setting your makeup, it will clog your pores, and on top of that, drying out your skin with its alcohol content.  Moreover, the repellents in hairspray can make your skin red and bumpy.


4. Sugar

Sugar is an awesome exfoliating ingredient for your body.  Mix some coconut oil with brown sugar, and you’ve got a stunning body scrub.  But never dare put those granules on your face. They are too harsh for your face.  The granules are too large and jagged, which can cause abrasions to your face.  Using products containing hard shaped particles can lead to microscopic tears in the skin and result in breakouts.


5. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise works great as a DIY hair mask, but it’s not so great as a face mask.  While it will make your hair super shiny and soft after 20 minutes, it will leave your face feeling greasy and just down right gross.  Mayo is too thick as well as acidic for your face, and it’ll also result in clogging of pores, therefore not letting it breathe.  If you want to use mayonnaise, save it for hair, sandwiches, and deviled eggs.

Body Lotion

6. Body Lotion

This product’s name says that this lotion is not for the face, but for the body only.  The skin of the face is different than your skin of the body. You should treat your face using a cream specifically for the face.  Generally, the skin on your body is more resilient and thicker than the skin on the face, this is why most body lotions contain less nourishing and more fragrant ingredients than facial creams.  Body lotions should not even be utilized in the event of a dry skin emergency because their ingredients can lead to more dryness on your face, clogged pores as well as potential allergic reactions.


7. Toothpaste

It is high time that you stop applying toothpaste to your zits and dark spots.  Not only will it not work, but it’s also filled with irritating ingredients, like peppermint, fragrances, and alcohol, making it the perfect combination of things that will tear up your skin and possibly lead to worse outbreaks.

Rubbing Alcohol

8.  Rubbing Alcohol

Like hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol is an antibacterial disinfectant used to sterilize wounds in order to avoid infection and also to clean your house.  Rubbing alcohol is the last thing you should never put on your face.  Rubbing alcohol is one of the most drying, damaging ingredients you can put on your face. Rubbing alcohol is used to replicate skin irritation in the lab, so it’s literally scientifically bad for your skin.  It harms your skin barrier of essential lipids and proteins, leading to a decrease in moisture and an increase of bacteria and irritants getting in.

So while I love a good DIY project, we all need to be a little more careful when it comes to our faces.  I hope this helps!  Have a great week!  🙂