A lot has changed in the skincare industry in the past decade. People have realized that slow beauty lasts longer than temporary and instant treatments. It is also more about environment-friendly decisions as many are switching to organic products or making their own at home. The “white skin” obsession is also gradually declining and natural complexion has become the new cool, as it should have been a while ago. Natural ingredients are more friendly to the environment, less abrasive on your skin, inexpensive, and offer so many other benefits. Although DIY ingredients are usually better than chemically formulated content for your skin, there are certain ingredients that can take a toll on you if it doesn’t suit you. Thus, most experts would advise you to do a patch test before you make use of some natural ingredients to ensure that it agrees with your skin. If you’re someone who makes use of these seven common natural ingredients a lot, here are a few things you should keep in mind before you continue:
1. Coconut Oil
You probably think we’re crazy for bringing up coconut oil but this age-old solution to dry hair might not be suitable for all hair types. Yes, your granny was not 100% right, coconut oil does not cure all your hair woes! If you are someone who has hair with low porosity, which basically means that your hair cuticles are built closer together, then the thin layer that is formed via coconut oil can actually prevent your hair from receiving the moisture that it needs and thus dry it out. It is also very easy to get accumulated on your scalp even after vigorous shampooing. Too much shampoo is also bad. So use coconut oil sparingly.
2. Egg Whites
People who have large and open pores will often swear by egg whites and state that they can be used to keep your facial pores tight and achieve soft skin at the same time. Besides smelling absolutely terrible, you would think these egg whites are harmless, right? The answer is a bit tricky though! Considering that egg whites are applied raw onto your face, you need to be careful of getting salmonella poisoning (1). There is no harm in applying egg whites near your cheeks but make sure you avoid your mouth, eyes, and even your nose. Just as you wouldn’t use raw chicken as a lip gloss, avoid putting egg white anywhere close to your lips. It might seem harmless but might end up charring those areas if used regularly.
3. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This should go without saying but if you are new to doing your own skincare, please do not rely on raw apple cider vinegar to directly solve your facial issues. Yes, apple cider vinegar has plenty of benefits like treating dandruff, reducing acne, keeping UTIs at bay (when consumed with water), and helping you lose weight. But if you apply it to your face raw, you can suffer severe burns (2)! Apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic and no skincare expert would advise you to apply it raw directly on your face. To avoid all of this, make sure you dilute it in plenty of water before you apply it to your face or plan on drinking it.
Cinnamon is often used as a popular anti-acne solution. However, at the end of the day, cinnamon is a spice and just as you wouldn’t apply chili powder to your pimple, you shouldn’t apply cinnamon. Applying cinnamon along with your face masks or directly on your skin can cause a harsh burning sensation and in some cases even severe allergies. In rare but extreme cases, you can even get rashes, irritation, and redness. Use pint-sized amounts occasionally.
Many people use sugar as a natural skin exfoliant but we are here to tell you that it is quite abrasive in nature. Even if you mix it with lemon or other ingredients to dilute it, sugar can cause you more harm than good. The exfoliant can cause tiny wounds on the surface layer of your skin and expose it to dirt, dust, and environmental changes. Using it regularly can also cause dryness, irritation, and redness to your skin and can even cause painful scratches. This is especially if you have dry or super sensitive skin.
6. Lemon Juice
Yes, lemon juice is enriched with vital skin-brightening (more like bleaching) ingredients like vitamin C and contains antioxidant properties but it is not as great as it’s made out to be. Using lemon in your skincare excessively can lead to hyperpigmentation, irritated skin, and it can even cause burns. This is why you should make sure that you are careful while using lemon juice in your skincare.
Some things are meant to remain as salad dressings or on sandwiches. Using mayonnaise on your face can cause your skin to get plugged and since it is chock full of fats and oils, it can cause massive acne breakouts (3). Since your pores get clogged with mayonnaise it can cause severe bacterial growth and lead to further issues. While many people say mayonnaise is great for hydrating one’s hair, you should also keep in mind that this greasy solution is not only thick and gooey but also insanely smelly.
Everybody is on the lookout for mild products that will be effective but also safe for their skin and hair. As some cannot invest in these organic brands on a regular basis, a little concoction at home is a perfect alternative. However, making it a regular habit will cause more harm than good. Switching to natural and organic skincare is always a good idea, but you should keep in mind that overusing certain products can cause more problems than it will solve. Do your research, be mindful of what you use, and make sure its properties are suitable for your skin type. Let us know if any of the ingredients on this list surprised you in the comment section below.
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