Skincare

Are DIY Skincare “Hacks” Worth a Try?

Ever searched Pinterest for a do it yourself skincare hack? Yeh, I may have tried that too before I knew better! I once tried a homemade honey and lemon concoction to shrink my large pores. That didn’t go too well...

Ever searched Pinterest for a do it yourself skincare hack? Yeh, I may have tried that too before I knew better! I once tried a homemade honey and lemon concoction to shrink my large pores. That didn’t go too well, when my face started to swell up and i had to take allergy medicine to have it calm down! I put my trust in dermatologists that know a little bit more than I do! 

I’m going to share these little known facts about a few homemade skincare hacks that you should really avoid, as they simply don’t live up to the hype!

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RAW EGGS TO “TIGHTEN” THE SKIN 

Any results from doing this will be temporary. The proteins in the egg whites create a matrix that makes it feel as if your skin is tighter, but in reality it is just a short-lived topical effect of the egg whites and not anything that is actually happening within the skin.

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AS TONER

The main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, which is a strong skin irritant. When diluted, the irritant effects can be minimized. When used with caution, apple cider vinegar is likely a reasonable thing to try, but don’t expect magic.

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LEMON JUICE TO LIGHTEN DARK SPOTS

Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a form of alpha-hydroxy acid. The most well-known of these is glycolic acid, which can be very helpful in reducing the appearance of dark spots on the skin. Citric acid in lemon juice can be irritating, so beware.

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YOGURT AS A FACE MASK 

Yogurt is made from the bacterial fermentation of milk. Lactic acid is also a by-product of this process. There is also some protein, which makes it act similar to egg whites to create a temporary tighter feel. There’s nothing really happening structurally to your skin, it’s just a topical effect that goes away soon after the mask is removed. Using yogurt is usually not dangerous on your skin, but it’s probably healthier to just eat it!

 

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TOOTHPASTE AS AN ACNE SPOT TREATMENT

Toothpaste is a widely used product to zap zits in a pinch. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t always work (go figure), it’s just not a good idea for the long-haul. The ingredients in toothpaste can irritate the skin, and acne isn’t something you want to mess with.

Have you tried these or any others that simply did not work out as expected? Share in the comments!

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