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Common Products That Should Not be Applied Onto Your Face

Taking good care of our facial skin is much more complicated than we thought it would be. In this article, we will be discussing  some products we should not use for our face.

  1. Why You Shouldn’t Use Body Moisturizer on Your Face

General body products (e.g., sunblock, body moisturizers, body wash, body lotion) are usually heavier than face moisturizers. “These products consist of thicker emollients to protect and hydrate the skin.” General body products tend to contain a lot of butter, oil, and film formers which are chemicals that seal in the moisture. However, when oil-based or fat-based products are applied to the thinnest skin and most sensitive part of our body – facial area could irritate and clog your pores, leading to break out. Consequently, most body product manufacturers do not use natural lipid-based ingredients that do prevent the aforementioned side-effects. They usually resort to an artificial, cheaper alternative to save production costs.

  1. Stop Using Abrasive Scrubs On Your Face

When you scrub skin with abrasive scrubs, this causes micro-tears into the skin. They make your skin vulnerable to environmental damage, pollution, and sun damage. According to a Manhattan dermatologist, using “scrubs are a primitive way to exfoliate, it’s like using sandpaper on your face.”  Moreover, he compares “If you look closely at the sandpaper surface, you’ll see lots of scratch marks, and that’s what happens on the skin using abrasive scrubs, like our beloved apricot scrub, can actually make your skin age faster, and that is the opposite of what we want.” Scrubbing in a nutshell is a cosmetic damage. “The severity of that damage wholly depends on how well your skin is able to repair itself, the kind of scrubs used, and the frequency and intensity of use.”

  1. Kitchen Cosmetics: Is it really good for your skin? 

Most of us believe that organic or natural is unquestionably beneficial. In this article, we must emphasize the misconception that consuming natural substances such as fruit and vegetables  does not have adverse effects on our skin. For instance, applying natural fruit extracts from citrus fruits rich in Vitamin C such as lemon, orange are believed to be effective to use as a natural peel treatment for skin exfoliation, however, each and every individual produces different counter reactions when consuming these substances. Lemons have a chemical called psoralen, and the psoralen makes you exquisitely sensitive to light. It activates in about 10 to 15 minutes, and it takes about 24 hours to wear off. So if you do that, and go out in the sun, you can actually blister.

In one article by the New York Times, government and beauty industry reps explain that  “ there is no conclusive evidence to prove that plant-based skin care products and cosmetics are superior in safety and healthier” compared to its “chemically engineered” or artificial counterpart.Strawberries, pollen and hay, for example, are all sources of annoying or even dangerous allergies for some.

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