5 DIY Ingredients That Harm Your Skin Over Time
From burns to infections, these raw unaltered ingredients carry more risk outside a bottle
Leave it to the internet to give us wild ideas on what to slather on our skin as the latest pore minimiser or pimple minimiser. Unfortunately not everything we see from beauty bloggers and Instagram influencers is sage advice.
You’ve likely seen some of these ingredients in store-bought products but when used alone or without proper sanitation and diluting methods, they have the potential to damage skin, especially over time.
2. Egg whites
Oh how convenient it would be to make your morning omelet, slick a little raw egg on your face, and then go about your day with tightened pores and smooth skin. That’s the claim made by proponents of the egg white face mask.
Lowest-risk scenario: Any tightening benefits will wash down the drain when you rinse off the residue.
Most serious potential: A crack in the concept is that raw egg can be contaminated with Salmonella . By placing uncooked egg so close to your mouth, you run the risk of contracting a gastrointestinal tract infection.
2. Lemon or lime juice
A squirt of lemon or lime juice on an acne scar or any hyperpigmentation is said to lighten the blemish.
Lowest-risk scenario: You’ll feel a sting and maybe reap the benefits of a little fruit juice exfoliation.
Most serious potential: The use of citrus fruits on the skin could leave you with bigger worries, like a burning sensation and redness.
The “cinna-mask” gained notoriety after a beauty blogger extolled cinnamon’s purifying power. But this red spice may not play nice on your face.
Lowest-risk scenario: You’ll feel a tingling sensation and experience some redness.
Most serious potential: Several people who tried the cinnamon facial later posted about a burning sensation and/or skin sensitivity.
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils smell great, reduce stress, treat fungal infections, and help you sleep. They are concentrated extractions from plants but don't assume that all essential oils will help your skin.
Lowest-risk scenario: Topical uses of essential oils may lead to rashes and irritation if you don't dilute them beforehand with a carrier oil.
Most serious potential: Citrus oils, including lemon, orange and bergamot, are particularly dangerous, as they react to UV light and can cause skin sensitivity, can result in allergic reactions and may burn skin.
5. Apple cider vinegar(ACV)
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as the holy grail of DIY astringents. Users claim it helps clear acne, fade blemish scars or age spots, and even remove moles.
Lowest-risk scenario: Using ACV on your face will induce a stinging sensation and make you wince at the stink and possibly make your eyes water as well. If ACV has saved your skin and you can’t use another option, dilute your ACV for safety.
Most serious potential: Long-term, undiluted ACV use could harm your lovely face due to its highly acidic levels (as it’s pH is 2-3 and your skin’s pH is 4.7). Vinegar can be caustic if you leave it on your skin, and it shouldn’t be used to treat wounds.Don’t just DIY products looking at You-Tube or Instagram videos rather we offer a quick solution to it. KAL HANS NATURALS , our brand name itself offers a natural solution towards skin care. Try out our natural , vegan and eco-friendly products instead for brighter, flawless skin which is totally chemical free and usable for most skin types.