The internet is absolutely full of wonderful information, allowing you to learn everything from cake decorating to changing your car battery with just a few minutes research. However, for every bit of information, there’s just as much MISinformation, much of which is beauty related, so we thought we’d do some myth-busting and tell you which “hacks” aren’t worth trying:
Toothpaste on your Spots
Ever since we were teenagers and started reading teen magazines, we’ve been seeing people advose the old “toothpaste on a zit” thing to help get rid of them, and now we see it just as regularly on the ‘net. In reality, toothpaste isn’t designed for the skin and could do more harm than good as it could leave your skin red and irritated. Opt instead for Decleor Imperfections Roll-on, which is a targeted treatment to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Coconut Oil as Moisturiser
In recent years, everyone has gone bonkers for coconut oil, and there’s no denying the fact that it has a lot of health benefits. However, using it as a moisturiser or leaving it on your face like a mask while you sleep is a one-way trip to cloggedporesville. If you want an intensive night cream, use Decleor Marjolaine Nourishing Night Balm to treat dry skin without the risk of clogged pores.
Exfoliating with Sugar or Salt
A lot of blogs and websites recommend making your own cosmetics, especially exfoliators, and most of them contain some sort of unrefined grain like sugar or salt to remove dead skin. Unfortunately, although these home-made concoctions might help to rid you of your top layer of skin, they could also damage your skin because each grain is too course and sharp. Use a proper exfoliator which has been designed for skin to avoid causing damage.
Flossing Your Nose
There’s a whole bunch of videos going around the internet at the moment where people use floss picks to get rid of blackheads. The people in the videos run the floss hard down their noses, removing a layer of sebum and dead skin, but it can also leave your skin with a mass of broken blood vessels. Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash is a much better product for ridding your skin of comedones without any of the risks associated with flossing your face!
Mixing Lemon Juice and Baking Powder to Lighten the Skin
Hyperpigmentation can happen to anyone and although it can feel unsightly, using lemon and baking soda as a skin lightener can have serious ramifications, such as burns and blistering. Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum is a potent skin brightening serum that helps combat hyperpigmentation and balance uneven skin tone.