So, do you like to DIY your skincare routine and continuously watch those “natural skincare” routine videos on YouTube? Well, I’m going to break down some of the products I see always referenced in those videos that simply SHOULD NOT be part of your skincare routine.
I hate to break it to you but using “household” products as a supplement for a skincare product is only going to cause more issues for you at a later stage. Rather save up and invest in your skincare routine.
5 products you shouldn’t use on your skin:
1. Coconut Oil.
Yep, I said it. Coconut oil is such a common and safe product and you’ll find it in almost EVERY household. It is popular because of its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, and its ability to penetrate the hair shaft. Because of these benefits, most people think “oh, it’s anti-bacterial, so it must be good for acne” – here’s a hint, it’s not. Coconut oil is about a 3 1/2-4 of out 5 on the comedogenic scale, which is a scale that determines an oil’s likelihood to clog your pores. Coconut oil is so high on this scale meaning that your pores are most likely to get clogged when using coconut oil. Now, I can already hear some of you saying that you use coconut oil with no issues. That is because you’re lucky enough to have one of the skin types that can use coconut oil without issues, or perhaps you should thank your gene pool for blessing your pores. However, for most people, it would save your skin a lot of irritation to simply not use the product on your face at all. Does this mean you shouldn’t use coconut oil? No, it’s an amazing product, use it if you fancy it! Just know: coconut oil does not belong above your neck and below your hairline, aka, your face. I love it for hair masks and body oils. There are so many other oils that you can use instead of coconut that have many more benefits. I’ll make a post about this soon.
2. Sugar and Salt.
I’m begging you, please stop making these DIY scrubs you see online. These types of scrubs are overly abrasive, increases hyperpigmentation, cause irritation, and when it comes to Sugar and Salt Scrubs specifically, the crystalline structure of the granules makes them far too jagged, abrasive, and dangerous to the skin. Not to mention, bacteria literally feeds off of sugar. So if you aren’t washing your face off properly, like most people, you are making your face a breeding ground for bacteria. I don’t think I have to tell you how bad that is for your skin but expect many unforgiving breakouts. My recommendation is to exfoliate with an Alpha-hydroxy acid or a Beta hydroxy acid- it is a lot more gentle on the skin when used in the appropriate percentage and is more effective because you are exfoliating on the cellular level.
Oh My Goodness. Lemons are for filtering your water and seasoning your food. Lemons and lemon juice are not for your face. The idea of using lemons on your face comes from the fact that lemons contain Citric Acid and Ascorbic Acid [Vitamin C]. Citric Acid is a known lightener and Vitamin C brightens the skin, it is also an anti-oxidant that helps prevent radical damage. Sounds good, right? That’s because it is. HOWEVER, lemons have a pH of 2.3! The pH of the skin is somewhere between 4.5-6.5. The skin’s pH is designed to prevent bacteria from getting in and allows the skin to function at optimal ability. So applying a product that is so far off from the skin’s natural pH can and will cause havoc. Using lemon juice throws your entire skin’s equilibrium off balance. Another thing I would like to add is that lemon juice makes your skin more photosensitive, meaning, you’re more likely to burn in the sun and suffer from more skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation. Alternatively, I would recommend using a Vitamin C serum and add that lemon juice to your drinking water instead.
4. Baking Soda.
Another common kitchen product that the internet convinced many people is safe enough for your skin. Baking Soda is used to clean your kitchen sink! Why shouldn’t you use Baking Soda on your skin?! Well, its pH, unlike lemon juice, is extremely Alkaline – sitting at 9! Your skin’s pH is sitting between 4.5-6.5, so baking soda, the same as Lemon Juice, throws your skin’s natural pH equilibrium of balance. It destroys your moisture barriers and opens you up to infections which result in acne breakouts. It also causes rapid “TEWL” or “Trans Epidermal Water Loss”, which is essentially dehydration but it also ages you faster! Do you want to have wrinkles?! Now, I know someone is going to say that some skincare products contain a form of sodium which is what Baking Soda basically is, so I just want to clarify something. If a product contains “Sodium Bicarbonate” the product is still safe for your skin, here’s why. In the skincare world, sodium bicarbonate is used as a pH adjuster, to make the product’s pH levels suitable for external use, aka, for use on your skin. This is not the same as using raw baking soda out of your kitchen cabinet on your skin! It may make you feel like a little skincare chemist when making these natural skincare products in your kitchen, but think about what I’m telling you here today before you go playing with your skin again.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar.
This is so popular and a lot of bloggers and influencers say you can use this as a natural toner. Again, the reason this product is not good for your skin is due to its pH. The pH level of Apple Cider Vinegar is 2.8! That’s too acidic for your skin. I’m not going to over-explain this because you can literally smell how acidic this product is when opening the bottle! I’ve also already spoken about the skin’s pH levels a million times in this post. So, I’m going to provide an alternative instead. If you want to go natural, use a witch hazel toner that is not distilled in alcohol- it’s not the best toner out there, but they are natural and affordable.
Lastly, I am going to add a bonus product! This one I am adding because I have seen so many people on my timeline try this and I found it so funny!
This is a very weird one. This is often used as a spot treatment, mainly because the main ingredients in toothpaste are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients are known to kill bacteria and dry out the skin. However, if you have read this entire blog post, then you know you should not use baking soda on your skin. It also contains things like menthol and peppermint that can burn your skin and over irritate it which can cause many more skin issues. I recommend using an actual spot treatment. Find a product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for a more effective spot treatment option.
I hope you have found this blog post helpful, informative and that this has opened your eyes as to why you should not use these products on your skin, and only use them for their actual purpose.
I’m going to write a blog post soon on some safe natural or “household” products that you can use as part of your skincare routine. Until then, please don’t supplement household products for actual skincare products to avoid making dangerous skincare mistakes!
UPDATE! My post on 5 natural/household products that you CAN use on your skin is now up! Click here to read it.