The beauty hack may be sabotaging your skin health.
We all love a good beauty hack. Whether it's repurposing lip balm as a highlighter or using castor oil as an eyelash serum, we can't resist the possibility that there's a miracle beauty product already hiding at the back of our bathroom cupboard.
Creating our own beauty DIYs might seem like the perfect way to save money (hey, that Ibiza holiday fund has to come from somewhere), but not all homemade beauty hacks are created equal. Clogged pores, inflamed skin, increased redness, the world of DIY beauty hacks is a minefield of skincare nightmares, and we're uncovering the imposters secretly sabotaging your beauty routine.
One of the biggest offenders is the infamous beauty hack - putting toothpaste on a spot. This beauty DIY is an urban myth that goes all the way back to the secondary school playground where we heard the legend that a dash of Colgate would cure that nasty pimple right in time for the school disco. Some playground wisdom is best left at the school gates, and this skincare hack is definitely one of them.
Debunking this beauty myth for good, Erin Norden from Clean Beauty Market has revealed that toothpaste is far from a skincare saviour.
"Toothpaste applied on the skin disrupts the acid mantle," she explained in an interview with Femail.
In fact, this so-called quick-fix can cause some serious skin damage and make that blemish much worse.
"People apply it to a blemish thinking it will dry the pimple out but what it does is irritate the skin and causes redness."
Technically speaking, most toothpastes contain ingredients like triclosan, which is anti-bacterial and may help to mitigate the acne-causing bacteria that lead to spots. Its true also, that certain ingredients in your toothpaste will help to dry skin (and therefore the whitehead) out. But, the chemicals in question – namely baking soda, alcohol and even hydrogen peroxide (a type of bleach) – aren't safe for skin, are likely to irritate and cause more problems in the long run than they solve. Instead, we're better off sticking to dermatologist approved alternatives like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which have been tested on skin.
And, it turns out toothpaste isn't the only beauty hack that's secretly sabotaging your skincare routine. From using kitchen sugar as a body scrub to trying coconut oil as a moisturiser, we're all guilty of turning to Pinterest to find a beauty DIY shortcut, but Norden cites these two beauty hacks as two of the worst culprits for damaged skin.
It looks like it's time to say goodbye to mint-scented blemishes and a trail of sugar in the shower and hello to radiant, refreshed skin. Sorry Colgate, it's not us, it's you.
[Via Glamour UK]