Skincare tricks you should avoid

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DIY masks, ingredients you find in your own kitchen, all these ideas sound interesting, especially when promising visible results in the shortest time, right? All of these skincare tricks may be quite dangerous for the skin.

1. Lemon juice
The thing that clearly shows that lemon juice is dangerous for your skin is that it has an acidic pH, something to be avoided for the skin. At the same time, it increases the risk of sunburn. Ironically, lemon juice is recommended for hyperpigmentation, but you will notice that by applying it, not only the skin will not look better, but you will observe even more stains.

Your skin needs exfoliating acids, but forget about lemon and use a vitamin C serum, AHA or retinol, these ingredients being more recommended by dermatologists.

2. DIY sunscreen cream
You can find a lot of SPF cream ideas, but it’s not recommended to apply such a product at all. Indeed, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the main ingredients that sunscreen cream contains, but that’s not all. In a specialized laboratory, there is a chemist who assures that there is a suitable percentage, a recommended concentration for each ingredient. Just mixing some minerals would certainly not have the same result.

In addition, the SPF creams you buy are tested before, so you know they are effective. If you are afraid that such a product may have too many chemicals and prefer a more natural variant, you can find a lot of products that respect this.

3. Baking powder
There are lots of dangerous ingredients for your skin, and one of them is baking powder. Although it appears to be a harmless product, it can affect your skin ion long term.

Baking powder has a 9 pH, that means it’s alkaline. Why is this important? Our skin has a pH of 5, which means that if you apply this ingredient (as in the case lemon juice), an imbalance of the skin is created and it becomes more prone to infections (acne), dehydration and irritation.

Forget about baking powder to remove black spots and choose special bands, clay mask or cleaning gels that are much more suitable and safer for your skin.

4. Hydrogen peroxide
You will notice that hydrogen peroxide is recommended for treating acne, but it’s not at all suitable, being a good product for disinfecting wounds and bleaching the hair.

However, it’s better to avoid using it. It’s true that bacteria can’t survive in an environment with a large amount of oxygen, but neither skin cells will react very well. Practically, hydrogen peroxide can be a cause of stress for cells and can cause premature aging.

5. Cinnamon
Cinnamon is perfect for your body, it has many benefits, but you shouldn’t apply it to your skin. It’s generally recommended for acne, having antibacterial properties, for anti-aging masks and even for lip augmentation, as it has a heating effect (irritation).

But why is not it really beneficial for you? Well, acne is proof that your skin is already inflamed, so cinnamon would only make the situation worse.

Even if you prefer home treatment, it’s advised to avoid any ingredient that could irritate your skin. Try a mask with turmeric, honey and yogurt.  If you want a treatment for visible results, try salicylic acid.

Avoid these skincare tips and your skin will thank you.

Avoid these skincare tricks