There are many great ingredients from nature that heal, and make your skin beautiful and cared for. But there are also things that have a detrimental or damaging effect on the skin. Please avoid harmful ingredients in face masks and do not use the following natural ingredients for beauty masks.
Harmful ingredients in face masks: 5 to avoid
The acidic fruit can alter the pH of the skin and therefore should only come into contact with it if you have previously tested the lemon juice on a small area of skin. Although the lemon is a natural product, it contains acid that can inflame, irritate and even scarify the skin. In addition, the facial skin can suddenly become more sensitive to UV rays due to the lemon juice, making it more susceptible to sunburns.
Time and again tips are circulating on the Internet, where mayonnaise is used as a face cream. D rather not! The greasy consistency clogs the pores. Especially if you are prone to acne, the combination of oil and eggs is a dangerous mixture that causes your skin to deteriorate.
Alcohol from the pharmacy helps to dry out certain areas? Not correct! Alcohol has lost nothing on the skin because it is way too aggressive. It can deprive the skin of important moisture, proteins and fats and destroy the natural protective layer.
Also, baking soda is often traded as a secret ingredient for DIY face masks. Dermatologists strongly advise against it. Baking soda is alkaline and can alter the pH of the skin and injure the top layer. So it is more susceptible to bacteria that can lead to redness and inflammation. Instead, you should use baking soda for cleaning.
On the internet, there are some instructions for cinnamon face masks – for example, with honey. However, there are also some complaints from users who have tried these DIY masks and noticed that cinnamon as an ingredient on the skin leads to skin irritation and burning. Dermatologists support this theory: cinnamon can also change the pH of the skin and destroy the natural protective layer. Moisture disappears and leaves bacteria on the skin.
Find recipes for safe DIY face masks in our Health/Beauty section
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Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.