They say your face is the center of all emotional expression. It is also your identity – the most obvious part of you that people recognize. It is very special and therefore, needs special attention. While there are many things you can use to enhance your complexion, these are 11 things that you should never ever put on your face. Read on, and remember.
Your hair and face are made of different molecules. While your hair needs strong surfactants to remove the oil and dirt, your face needs a cleanser made of much milder stuff. Shampoos cannot deal with the delicate molecules that constitute your facial skin. If you use a shampoo to wash your face, it will end up looking flaky and dry. When you wash your hair, make sure the shampoo does not touch your face. Even if it does, make sure you moisturize your face well later.
2. Hair Color
Most of you are aware that you need to be really careful while you color your hair, making sure it does not touch your facial skin. Hair color has an overload of chemicals that could be really harsh on your skin. For all of you who like to color your eyebrows to match your hair color, it is best you use vegetable dyes or tinted brow mascara instead of box dyes. The box dyes could irritate the skin around your eyes and make your eyes burn, causing you to tear up.
3. Hair Serum
Just like other cosmetics, serums for different areas are comprised of different components, and just because a label reads serum, it doesn’t mean your skin can handle it. Hair serums have ingredients that are meant to treat the hair shaft, and will not treat skin woes or fine lines. Also, these hair serums are heavily fragrant and can irritate your skin.
4. Hair Spray
Rumor has it that hair spray will also help in keeping your makeup in place, just like it sets your hair. But you should never spritz hairspray on your face. It contains alcohol and lacquers that will dehydrate your skin and make it look much older than it actually is. These sprays also contain repellents that could irritate your skin and cause inflammation and redness as well.
5. Body Lotion
Skincare is tedious – each part of your body requires different products. For those of you who think using body lotion for your facial skin is an easy way out, you are highly mistaken. You should never slather body lotion on your face. Body lotions are thicker and heavily fragrant, and make your skin extra oily and inflamed. Your face needs a mild, gentle cream, owing to its delicate nature. Besides, body lotions work to fill in moisture and not to address facial skin problems like anti-aging, etc., quite unlike most face creams.
6. Foot Creams
This should be a no-brainer. I mean, who puts foot cream on their face? But if you do, just because it is lying around, think again. These creams are extremely thick, sticky, and very rich. They are made so that they can break down and exfoliate the tough dead skin on your feet. These things will only harm your facial skin.
This one is rather funny! If you think that just as a deodorant hampers perspiration in your underarms, it will also keep your face from perspiring, and your makeup from melting down, you are wrong. Your facial skin needs to breathe, and if you use a deodorant on it, it will stop breathing.
8. Nail Polish
Nail polish should never be used on your face. It has acrylic molecules that totally dry out the skin. If you ever have to color your face, make sure you use paint or color that is formulated and safe for your face. Experimenting is good, but not when it comes to your face.
Mayonnaise is great for your hair, and you might find this ingredient in many DIY hair recipes. But it is not good for your face. It is acidic, and it will also lead to clogging of pores, therefore not allowing it to breathe. So, don’t ever use mayonnaise on your skin, even by mistake.
10. Vegetable Shortening
Vegetable shortening is a remedy for psoriasis, and can be applied only on your skin of your body. It is too heavy for your facial skin, and will definitely lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
11. Acetic Acids aka Vinegar
Vinegar is a toner. It might be safe to use, but you must always keep in mind that vinegar loses water as it ages, causing it to become stronger. If you use strong vinegar, it will burn your skin. It is best to buy a toner that’s suitablefor your skin needs, rather than experimenting with your facial skin.
Your face is delicate and fragile, more than you realize. It is best you are aware of everything that comes in contact with your face. Take good care of it and stay beautiful.