The Internet is a veritable treasure trove of ideas especially when it comes to DIY, clothing, and beauty. Everyone seems to be a self proclaimed expert on a whole host of topics, without really seeming to have any qualifications!
As consumers we’re all looking to save money and are sometimes compelled to experiment with our health and beauty routines. However, looking online for beauty hacks might throw up some questionable hints and tips which need to be avoided. There’s no denying there are some great, budget friendly ideas out there, like the oil cleansing method, which encourages using olive oil as a cheap but effective cleanser and moisturiser, but for every good one, there are ten to be avoided.
Here are just a few of the worst beauty hacks online that you should ignore.
Use kitty litter as a face mask
It all started when a famous beauty vlogger decided to mix some kitty litter and water to create a DIY face mask for oily skin. While kitty litter does contain bentonite clay which is a common ingredient in commercial face masks, using kitty litter can be detrimental to your health, especially if you have gluten allergies.
Many brands of pet food and kitty litter contain gluten, and if you’re on a gluten-free diet plan to treat celiac disease, keep in mind that you can get an adverse reaction if you apply kitty litter on your face. It may be better to stick to traditional face masks to keep your skin clear than risk your health trying this beauty hack. After all, masks containing bentonite can be picked up relatively cheaply from most drug stores!
Colored pencil as eyeliner
Eye makeup is specifically formulated so that it’s gentle enough to be worn around the eye. This is why using a colored pencil as eyeliner is a no-no as it can lead to irritation and infection. Back in 2015, Crayola even released a strongly worded statement warning beauty vloggers to stop using coloured pencils as eyeliner or lipstick because their products are “not designed, tested, or approved for this purpose.” If you want to experiment with fun eyeliner colours, there are lots of inexpensive options out there that you can try without harming your eyes.
The Egg Hair Mask
Some vloggers advise making a hair mask that comprises olive oil and beaten egg. Whilst here are fats and proteins in both that are good for hair, it’s not advisable to put egg in your hair – as the moment you step into a hot shower to rinse it off, you’ll end up cooking the egg and have scrambled hair and scalp.
Using disinfectant wipes as makeup wipes
After a long night, the last thing that you want to do is to head to the bathroom to wash off all your makeup. However, don’t reach for the disinfectant wipes! The harsh ingredients can cause redness, rashes, or swelling on sensitive skin. However, you can use disinfectant wipes to sanitize your makeup and brushes. To clean your skin, stick to makeup wipes.
Exfoliate with Sandpaper
No. Just…no. You might as well set fire to your face instead. You wouldn’t do that, so why would you use DIY grade kit to remove dead skin from your face and body. Don’t eve go there unless you want severely damaged skin and a trip to the ER.
Swiping a stick deodorant over your face to keep it matte
A stick-type deodorant or antiperspirant may keep you dry and odour-free all day, but that’s no reason for you to use it on your t-zone to keep your skin looking matte. Deodorants and antiperspirants work by blocking pores to keep odour and sweat at bay, so using these on your face can lead to bad breakouts. To stay fresh and oil-free, use a mattifying primer under an oil-free foundation.
Pop spots with a safety pin
This is just all kinds of wrong! Firstly, you shouldn’t pop spots ever – period. Neither should you use a sharp pin to do it, and one that is more than likely covered in dirt and bacteria. You’re laying yourself open to skin infections and scarring. Treat spots by cleansing your skin properly and letting them dry out on their own.
There are so many sketchy beauty hacks that you can find online. Be on the lookout for the weird, the dangerous, and tips that simply don’t work and steer clear of these at all cost. Using good judgment may just save your skin, your wallet, and your health.