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Homemade Facial Masks: Which ingredients to avoid?

Posted by Shary Jimie on
Homemade Facial Masks: Which ingredients to avoid?
If you’ve been so long trapped in your home that you’re planning to get creative and try out making your own facial masks, you should definitely search the ingredients you’re planning to incorporate into your facial masks because not everything that you see in your kitchen is safe to be used on your skin.

Here are seven ingredients that are often featured in DIY facial masks recipes, but are actually BAD for your skin:

Raw Egg
Don’t go and crack up an egg to make an egg white peel for your face because raw eggs can get you infected with Salmonella. Sure, Salmonella doesn’t really happen when eggs are applied to the skin but it’s not worth risking your precious face for it.

Lemon
Another popular ingredient in viral homemade facial mask recipes, Lemon is extremely acidic (It’s pretty obvious over the fact that we never eat Lemon on its own like we consume other fruits). When you apply lemon directly on your skin, it can burn your skin, causing your skin to be inflamed. Yikes.

Toothpaste or Baking Soda
Both ingredients contain antimicrobial triclosan, which might work in treating acne but it’s better to avoid it altogether and use actual over-the-counter acne treatments instead. They also could inflame your skin so it’s best to keep your toothpaste for your teeth and baking soda for your baked goods, away from your skin.

Vinegar
Another monster that’s super potent in its acidic levels. Other than its unbearable smell, applying raw vinegar on your skin could trigger skin irritation and exaggerated sunburn. Keep your vinegar in your cooking only, please. Even vinegar-based skincare products are frowned upon by many dermatologists too.

Cinnamon
In contrast to Turmeric (that’s good for your skin due to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties), Cinnamon could potentially burn your skin despite it having antimicrobial contents. Dust cinnamon on your desserts, not your skin, OK?

Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is highly comedogenic, especially when you apply raw coconut oil directly onto your skin. Not only it clogs pores, it will also cause breakouts such as blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Stay away from coconut oil, especially if you have oily or combination skin!

If you still wanna try out homemade facial masks, here are two recipes that are used by many that don't contain any of the sketchy ingredients mentioned earlier:-

Breakfast Mask to wake up your tired skin:
1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon oatmeal
1 teaspoon honey

DIY Mask to help combat dark spots:
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoon plain yoghurt (or olive oil, or any of your favourite face oil)

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