#7 Products You Shouldn’t Be Putting on Your Face

These days it’s completely normal to follow up advice some stranger on the internet gives you. For some reason, we automatically think that whatever sounds right, must be right. There are a million skin care DIY’s, tips and tricks out there, telling you how to take care of your skin. But are they really all safe?

For example, you’re desperately looking for ways to lighten your skin tone and you find this professional looking blog. It says that you should apply pure lemon juice on your face, every morning and night. The writer claims that you’ll see a difference within 4 weeks of consistent applying. There are so many people who won’t doubt the advice and start putting lemon juice directly to their face that same night, without realizing how much they’re damaging their face.

In this post I’ll go through some products you should never put on your face, no matter who says it. You’ll have to deal with your precious skin for your entire life so better take good care of it, right?

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1. Toothpaste

To be honest, applying toothpaste on your face isn’t that harmful at all. Many kinds of toothpaste contain antibacterial ingredients, which is why lots of people use it as an acne-remedy. The thing is, when we feel it burning, we think it’s working. Don’t get me wrong, toothpaste works great against acne but don’t get too excited and apply it 5 times a day. Keep it on once every other day, because it will irritate and dry out your skin which will increase your acne or cause scars.

2. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is known as a skin brightener for ages, because of the citric acid. There are a lot of bloggers out there telling you to mix lemon juice with honey or baking soda and use it as a face mask, and you would happily do it. But the thing you don’t know is that lemon juice is highly acidic which can permanently damage your skin (e.g. changing your skin’s natural pH-balance). If you still want to use lemon juice on your face, make sure you mix it with water ( 50% water and 50% lemon juice).

3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is believed to dry out acne without leaving any scars, which is true because ACV contains acetic acid. But just like lemon juice, using pure ACV will burn and irritate your skin. There’s no harm in using it, as long as you mix it with water (50% water and 50% apple cider vinegar). 

Tip: Make sure your apple cider vinegar isn’t too old. As it grows old, the water leaves the vinegar which makes it stronger and more harmful to your face.

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4. Baking Soda

You’ll find many beauty bloggers and experts talking about baking soda scrubs and how great it works for your skin. Baking soda is indeed an effective skin brightener but you don’t wanna use it directly on your face. It contains a high alkaline level which will mess with your face’s natural pH balance. Dermatologists recommend using baking soda with your regular face cleanser or coconut oil, to create your own scrub. (Lots of scrubbing and exfoliating is not supported by dermatologists, scrubbing once a week is all your face need.)

5. Cleansing brush

Electric cleansing brushes (e.g. Clarisonic) are really popular these days. They thoroughly cleanse and scrub your face at the same time, but everyday usage of the cleansing brush is discouraged by dermatologists. Everyday usage can cause irritation and roughly open pores which will result in acne flares and other skin problems. Try using your the cleansing brush every 2 or 3 days to avoid damaging your skin.

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6. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise works great for hair but don’t consider putting it on your face. Just like lemon juice and vinegar, mayonnaise is highly acidic. It will result in clogging your pores, causing skin irritations. If you still want to use mayonnaise in your beauty routine, make sure to use it on your dry hair or scalp. Just keep it away from your cheeks. 

7. Hot water

Your skin needs moisturizing, which is created by the top layer of your face. Many people like to use hot water on their skin because it eliminates bacterias but it will also strip away the protective layer and the natural oils on your face. Always remember to wash your face with lukewarm (or even cold) water.

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I hope this post made you more aware that you shouldn’t put everything on your face, not even when your favorite blogger says so. I think the most important tip here is: When you’re about to use a highly acidic product like vinegar or lemon juice, always mix it with water. 

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Review: Argan Oil Night Repair Serum

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We’ve all heard of argan oil before, often referred to as ‘liquid gold‘ that will beautify your skin in no time. Nowadays, it’s used in a lot of skincare and hair products, and we immediately assume it must be a great product then. But what do you really know about argan oil? Before I move on to the review, let me quickly tell you something about argan oil and its purposes.

Argan oil is produced from the argan tree, which only grows in Morocco. The oil naturally contains vitamin E, linoleic and alpha-linolenic (two essential fatty acids), which is great for healing (skin) infections, wounds, bug bites and scars. Because of its curative ingredients, argan oil was traditionally used for all kinds of purposes, from a medicine to treat skin and joint pain issues, to a dip for bread or flavor enhancer for Moroccan dishes.

Argan oil is commonly used as a skin moisturizer, body oil, hair oil, shampoo and conditioner. Some people even claim that argan oil can also cure acne, but this isn’t dermatologically proven yet. (Source)

Now you know the basics of argan oil, let’s move on to the review!

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I found this serum at a bargain shop in Spain for a bargain price of €1,50 and the main reason I bought it was because I was looking for an Estée Lauder Advanced Night Serum dupe. The package looks practically the same and I figured it’s worth trying out for this price.

Package

Just like the Estée Lauder serum, the Argan Oil Night Repair serum comes in a small, glass bottle. The bottle is a little heavy and comes with a pipette which makes the serum looks like a high-end product. The serum is available in two sizes: 30 ml and 50ml. I own the 30ml one.

Amazon sells this exact same serum for €19,99 but apparently, the serum is available for a lot cheaper in bargain shops.

What does the serum do?

  • Intensive hydrating treatment for the skin
  • Non-Greasy and Quick-Absorbing
  • Repairs and rejuvenates leaving skin smooth and healthy
  • Ideal for after shower or bath use

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First thoughts

I applied this serum every night, for a month (cleanser > toner > serum > moisturizer). At first, I wasn’t convinced this serum would be any good because of its strong fragrance. I felt like the serum was 80% fragrance and 20% argan oil. The white substance was very liquid, so just a little bit goes a long way. Applying this serum felt like putting a lot of chemicals on my face. However, I still decided to keep applying this serum for a month.

Results

Surprisingly, the serum did improve my skin a little. My skin felt really smooth the next morning and my makeup appeared better too. As promised, the serum is non-greasy and absorbs quickly, but it did not significantly repair my skin. Maybe I should’ve used the serum for a little longer but I really dislike the strong fragrance, so I think I’ll pass.

 

 

Recommendation

The Argan Oil Night Repair Serum is most suitable for people with a dry skin. Don’t expect this serum to extremely change your skin condition, keep in mind that it’s available from €1,50. I don’t think this serum will have the same effect as the Estée Lauder Night Serum. Besides its package, I don’t think it should be seen as a dupe. If you’re looking for a (cheap) serum to hydrate and smoothen your skin, this might be exactly what you need!

Tip: If you’re looking for a natural / non-chemical way to get rid of scars, acne or bruises, you might want to try out aloe vera (gel)! There’s a post about the purposes of aloe vera coming up! 

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