October 21, 2015

Not All Beauty Products Are Alike

There are a lot of beauty tricks and hacks that people swear by. Sometimes a face wash works really good on callused feet, sometimes the things in your fridge double as the perfect products for your hair…. These five products though should NEVER be applied to your face!


Hair Spray – Some people think that a thin coating of hair spray makes the best makeup setting spray, but it doesn’t. Hair spray often contains alcohol and other harsh chemicals that are bad for the skin, which could lead to acne, irritation, dry skin and redness. Instead, spend the extra dollar and buy an actual makeup setting spray that is specifically designed with the health of your face in mind.

Hair Color – If you’ve dyed your hair and want your eyebrows and lashes to match, do not attempt to color these areas with hair dye. Hair dye contains chemicals that are strong enough to cause blindness if it gets into your eyes, and most, if not all boxes of dye contain warnings explaining this danger. If you want your brows to match, use a brow pomade and pencil to fill in the desired color. You can also buy mascara that is tinted to match, which is the only safe way to color lashes.

Shampoo – You’ve probably seen all-in-one products for the shower that advertise as a hair and body wash, but you should not use these products on your face. Most of these products contain sulfates that aren’t going to help dry skin, and over time using a shampoo to clean your most sensitive skin around your eyes and lips could cause flakiness. Ick! Stick to a gentle face wash, or moisturizing soap. (We suggest you try ours!)

Mayonnaise DIY Masks – Do-it-yourself at home beauty masks can be a great way to relax, unwind, and condition your hair and skin. Mayonnaise is a common ingredient in masks, but it is important to know that while mayo does a fantastic job hydrating your hair, it will not do the same for your skin. The acidic and thick nature of the product will clog pores and trap oil in the skin, which can lead to acne and irritation. Instead, if you’re looking for a natural DIY face mask, look for recipes made from eggs and/or oats.

Scented Body Lotion – When moisturizing your face, you want to use lotions that won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin, and the way to do this is avoid body lotions that contain fragrances and dyes. These ingredients may smell and look nice, but they can actually irritate the skin and aggravate oil production, which could then lead to acne. When looking for a lotion you can use on your face, look for something fragrance, dye, and paraben free, such as our DERMA RESCUE.

Don’t make a beauty mistake like the ones we’ve listed above; if you don’t feel comfortable putting a product on your face, don’t! Trust your intuition and gut feeling to know when something isn’t right. Not all bodies are the same, and the beauty hacks that work well for some could have no effect or the opposite for others. As a general rule of thumb, try not to let internet fads direct your beauty routine. Stick to trustworthy products that have evidence behind their claims, and remember that your beauty routine should exist to add comfort to your life, not to complicate it.

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