The beauty industry is huge. Not only do women spend an average of $144 a year on their lotions and potions to make them feel beautiful, there always seems to be something new and exciting emerging every day when it comes to a beauty hack, tip, or technique.
This is especially true in our digital world. Considering that social media is bigger than ever, more beauty enthusiasts are flocking to their online profiles to see whats going on in the beauty world every day. Beauty bloggers and makeup artists have made their careers flourish by doing just that — uploading videos to YouTube and Facebook full of beauty tips and tricks that they have found to work for themselves.
But not all beauty hacks are created equal and some can really damage facial skin and hair. So, to prevent any cosmetic disasters, here are some viral beauty hacks not to believe.
Using deodorant as a face primer
Many women have been using deodorant as a face primer because it keeps their underarms smooth and dry. The thought is that deodorant will do the same for the face, but this can actually be very dangerous. Facial skin is much more delicate than the rest of the skin on the body, and the aluminum salts and fragrances that come in deodorants can lead to irritation, red patches, and acne.
Using lemon and sugar to brighten up dull skin
Lemon juice is so acidic that it can actually burn through skin, explains Dr Gohara, a Yale University dermatologist, to Marie Claire. Mixing this high concentration of sugar, which can cause micro tears in the skin, is a dangerous cocktail that can burn a hole in the skin without the user even realizing it.
Using baking soda to exfoliate
The same principle that goes for sugar goes for baking soda. Many women choose to use it as an exfoliant as it is easy and cheap but in reality, it also causes micro tears in the skin. Not only that, but baking soda can negatively affect the pH of skin, leaving it dry, stretched, and irritated.
Don’t risk these consequences; only use skin care products that are approved by a board-certified dermatologist. Even though they may work for some people, no hack is worth ruining your skin forever!