If you’re always game to try the latest and greatest beauty invention, tool or hack, not so fast. There are more than a few things that should never go on your skin–especially on the delicate skin on your face–so always think twice (and read labels for ingredients) before applying anything. Not sure what’s cool and what isn’t? Keep reading below to find out.
Alcohol. This is a bit of a controversial one, considering many skincare goodies list this as an ingredient. Alcohol is ultra-drying and has a tendency to leave skin feeling like a barren desert. If you can’t avoid it, look for skincare items that don’t list it as a first or second ingredient, which means there’s a higher concentration of it in the product than of any of the other ingredients.
Mayonnaise. While it’s super hydrating for your locks, it’s a death sentence for your skin. Why? The thick consistency will clog pores and cause breakouts and other nastiness to form on your epidermis. Stay far away!
Hairspray. Getting a little bit on your forehead or the back of your neck when spritzing your locks is fine, but when used directly on the face, it can clog pores and irritate your skin. If you’re looking for something to set makeup, look for a spray designed to do just that.
Moisturizer or lotion designed for your body. The skin on your face is way more delicate than the skin on your body, so it needs to be treated more gently. You run the risk of clogged pores and irritation if you try to make your body lotion do double duty, so it’s best to keep it below the neck.
Lemons. Yes, they’re delicious, but they have a pH of around 2. Put that on your skin, and you’re messing up the natural balance of your epidermis. Plus, citrus oils can lead to irritation on your face if you walk out in the sunlight, which might even lead to chemical burns. No, thank you!
Sugar. Sugar as a lip scrub? Great. Sugar on your face? Not so much. The teeny-tiny granules can create tears in your skin, which will make your skin anything but smooth.
Hot water. A quick steamy shower is no biggie, but prolonged facetime with really hot water will lead to dry, scaly skin. The hot water strips your skin of protective natural oils.