At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we’re of course against rogue traders, but sometimes the most questionable advice comes from those closer to home. Skin care is a personal and an often delicate operation. Whilst it’s tempting to take the advice of your loved ones, or a trusted internet source, you could end up falling foul!
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic recently surveyed 500 women and found that almost a quarter of them have had a bad reaction when following skin care advice from unqualified sources.
What may work for friends, family or online beauty gurus isn’t always the best for our own unique needs.
But we’ve all been guilty of trying quick fixes and peddling skin care myths when we were younger.
“It’s natural, which means it’s good for you”
Poison Ivy is natural, but you wouldn’t want to rub that all over your face! As mentioned, everyone has their own natural make up and we all react differently to various ingredients. For example, whilst many of us love the uplifting scent of citrus face masks, the acidity of oranges and lemons is just too much for some sensitive skin to bear.
“Set your make up with hairspray”
Even Hayley, expert beauty blogger who runs Tea Party Beauty admits to being guilty of this. “I did this a few times, even though I knew better. I blame drinking whilst getting ready!”
The main issue with this method is that hairspray is essentially a tacky film of plastic. You really don’t want to get it on your face as it will clog your pores and leave a lasting layer of chemicals. This could lead to breakouts and lasting redness. In fact, just using hairspray close to your face can be enough to anger your skin. You’ll often find a halo of bumps and redness around your hairline if you use hair spray around your fringe and bangs.
“Soothe your skin with steam”
Steaming your skin has been regarded as a ‘holy grail’ beauty tip for years, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Used to open your pores and clean out all the dirt, steaming needs to be used with caution. In fact the warmth could potentially burst capillaries under the skin, causing mild rosacea or making it worse for those who already suffer.
If you’re steaming your skin, you must ensure that the water you’re using isn’t too hot!
“Rubbing toothpaste on spots to dry them out”
Toothpaste was at the epicentre of many beauty myths years ago, with the thought being that it reduced swelling, redness and dried our pimples. Who knows where the rumour first originated, but it spread like wildfire among teens looking for a quick fix for hormonal skin.
Whilst toothpaste may share characteristics with spot creams, you must remember that it has been developed to work on significantly harder tooth enamel, not delicate facial skin.
“Rubbing alcohol as toner”
This one could be the most painful of the beauty advice we’ve heard. Neat rubbing alcohol, or even diluted for that matter, would seriously damage your skin. Said to close pores, rubbing alcohol will actually do no such thing.
It’s safe to say that often we should take advice with a pinch of salt, especially when it comes to our own personal skin care.