When it comes to achieving flawless skin, we can all fall victim to being a little desperate. After all, when we hear or see something online that guarantees great results, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and want to try it. While there are some hacks out there that are beneficial and helpful, there are a few that are not only questionable but can damage your complexion (yikes!). To decipher the good from the bad, we’ve compiled a list of 4 skincare hacks you should never consider doing. Seriously. Never do them.
If we’ve piqued your interest, read on, and make sure that you keep this post handy next time you’re enticed to scope out something new.
Never Use Glue To Remove Blackheads.
Yep, you read that right. Some people are out there promoting the use of glue to get rid of blackheads. If you’re thinking “What the...?” then we’re on the same page. It’s thought that using the glue will pull up any excess debris and dirt from the pores, clearing it out. Yikes. Feel free to keep it around for craft time, but unfortunately there’s been a rise in promoting it for skin health and we’re not having it.
Why is it so bad? Glue isn’t formulated for the skin. So, if you have sensitive skin or just, you know, skin in general, it can cause irritations. Why would you want to risk creating more of a skin situation for yourself than one or two blackheads? RE: Not worth it.
Never Use Dental Floss To Pop Pimples
We’re pretty sure there are dentists out there crying that people are using their precious floss to pop their pimples, and frankly we’re on their side on this one.
The reason that using dental floss as a low-cost method to get rid of pimples is not a good idea comes down to its process. It’s suggested that you soak your skin with a hot towel, opening pores. From there, you go ahead with the floss and drag it across the region of the breakout. The issue here? Two things: first, when your skin is warm and moist it is very delicate and susceptible to damage, and scraping at it in these moments is especially bad. (Remember the last time you tweezed your eyebrows post-shower?) Secondly, it strips your skin of helpful oils that balance your skin and keep acne bacteria at bay. So no, don’t floss your face.
Never Use Toothpaste As A Spot Treatment
At this point, we feel for our dentists. What’s up with hijacking their tools for skin care? And badly, at that! Save the tooth products for your teeth… including the toothpaste.
Ladies (and gentlemen), toothpaste is not the type of stuff you want to apply to your face. If you’ve ever done it (and admittedly, back in high school we tried it too) then you know the result is not pretty. That burning sensation? Not normal. The redness on the area afterwards? That’s your skin asking you to please not do this. Do not. (Really. Just please, don’t.)
Instead, try to use a cleansing, detoxifying mask like our 05 Marine Algae Repairing Mask. It helps to remove the gunk from your pores, naturally, and effectively (without pain!).
Never Use Clear Nail Polish On Cold Sores
When we found out that this is something trending on the internet, we actually gasped. Nail polish on cold sores?! No! Just… no. But people do it (and it frightens us).
The reasons why this is not effective, toxic, and even dangerous, are myriad, but for starters... cold sores are open wounds. If you’ve ever had one you know the importance of keeping it medicated properly to prevent it from spreading. But nail polish is hardly medication, and to us the concept of applying it to an open wound is unfathomable. Have you read the list of chemicals in there? You’re practically mainlining them into your system when you apply them to a cold sore. Horrible.
There you have it; 4 skincare hacks you may see online but should absolutely, positively never do. You’re not in the market for weird irritations based on a quick fix, right? So treat your skin how it deserves to be treated. Skincare rituals done right are a sure fire form of self love.