Everyone has their own ideas about beauty, but some beauty hacks simply need to disappear. Experimenting with your look and discovering new ways of keeping your skin fresh and clear can be enjoyable. But some of the beauty tips you find online, or receive from friends or family are ineffective or outright bad for your skin. By gaining some insight, you can easily look your best without causing long term negative effects – and you don’t even have to get rid of that blue eyeshadow.
1. Putting lemons on your face.
Putting lemons or lemon juice on your face for brighter skin – or even to get rid of freckles – has grown in popularity among DIY mavens. Unfortunately, the acids in lemon juice strip the skin of healthy oil and cause skin damage and dryness over time.
2. Not cleaning your makeup brush.
We often forget that your makeup brush not only puts stuff on your face, it picks up oils and bacteria that remains on the brush and can cause a wide range of skin conditions. Use a brush cleaner or shampoo to remove contaminants after each use.
3. Brushing your hair too much.
We’ve all heard that stimulating hair follicles will make your hair grow long and beautiful. The truth is, frequent brushing will strip your hair of natural oils, making it more frizzy and fragile.
4. Using weird DIY tricks to “plump” your lips.
Sucking on shot glasses or rubbing cayenne pepper on your lips does absolutely nothing to make your lips more full and may even damage your lips. If you just have to have that full-lipped “Angelina Jolie” look, there are tricks you can do, like extending your lip color just beyond your lip line, or using shinier products to give them depth. 5. Exfoliating every time you cleanse. I can’t stress how important natural oils are for your skin. While some exfoliation is great for giving your skin that fresh look, you certainly shouldn’t be doing this every day. Excessive exfoliation can actually cause micro-tears on your skin, which will make it sensitive, dry and irritated.
6. Using glue to remove acne.
Glue has never been proven effective at removing acne. In fact, by applying glue to your skin, you are exposing it to harmful polymers and chemicals that can damage your skin.
7. Using a lot of glitter.
Always remember, a little glitter goes a long way. A subtle application of glitter around the eyes can make you sparkle for those special occasions. But too much glitter and everyone will be sparkling.
8. Freezing or burning your eyeliner pencil.
Melting your eyeliner pencil can be messy. Often, it doesn’t achieve the results you want. Alternatively, many people have begun freezing their pencils, but cold eyeliner usually work no better than room temperature. It is my opinion that sharpening a frozen pencil will give you a more pointed tip. You may want to try liquid or gel liners if you want a dramatic look.
9. Popping your pimples.
Popping pimples can be addictive, but often causes scarring. Try cleaning your skin and using a dab of acne cream for the best, scar-free results.