12 Things You Should Never Put On Your Face

Discover why using a few products may harm your face more than others.

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We have several home remedies that we try on our faces. All may not be backed by evidence, and rather people just try it on, thinking they won’t cause any harm, but you are wrong. There are things you should never put on your face, like a body lotion. Yes, what you use on your body may not always have the same effect on your face. So, here are a few things that you should not try putting on your face. Keep reading to find them out.

1. Shampoo

Shampoo is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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

Hair color is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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

Hair serum is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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.

protip_icon Pro Tip
While DIY face masks are trendy, ingredients like baking soda or cinnamon can disrupt the skin’s pH balance, potentially causing redness and irritation. So avoid them!

4. Hair Spray

Hair spray is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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

Body lotion is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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

Foot cream is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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.

7. Deodorant

Deodorant is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Avoid applying cooking oils to the skin, especially on oily and sensitive skin. Some oils such as coconut, olive, and sunflower oils are heavy and comedogenic, contributing to acne and other skin issues.

8. Nail Polish

Nail polish is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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.

9. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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 one of the things you should never put on your face
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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

Acetic acid aka vinegar is one of the things you should never put on your face
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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 suitable for your skin needs, rather than experimenting with your facial skin.

12. Polyethylene Glycol

A woman applying a product containing polyethylene glycol on her face.
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Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is an ingredient derived from the petroleum refining process. It is commonly used in medications for treating constipation and in a wide range of cosmetic and beauty products as an emulsifier, thickener, and solvent. However, it is not safe for use on broken and damaged skin as they may cause allergic reactions and irritation in some people, leading to hives, redness, itching, rashes, burning, and swelling. Hence, it is essential that you consult a dermatologist to see whether products containing polyethylene glycol are suitable and safe for your skin before incorporating them into your skincare routine.

There are a few things you must always keep in mind when it comes to your face. First, the skin on your face is sensitive – a little bit of oil results in a breakout. Imagine what contact with worse things can do! Second, products available in the market come marked with distinct purposes for a reason – many products comprise chemical solutions which are not suitable for any other body parts than the ones specified, and some natural ingredients are acidic or harsh for your skin. Do not expose your skin to substances without doing your research. We hope you note these things you should never put on your face and practice caution with random hoaxes doing the rounds on the internet.

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Simone de Vlaming is a beauty expert and founder of Beautymone.com. She specializes in makeup, skin care, fragrances, and nails. Simone decided to start a beauty blog during her graduation to find an outlet for her passion
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