Although natural, home ingredients are known to be hidden gems for skincare, there are many ingredients that we need to beware of. The use of face masks have been blooming, especially the criteria of DIY masks, the trend of using kitchen ingredients has become popular, but here are some ingredients that should be avoided for mask purposes-
Lemon has high levels of acid which can be an irritant for the skin and cause severe dryness and irritation if used regularly and in too much amount. Applying lemon directly can also cause severe skin rashes since its acid value is of a pH value of 2. Lemon is so harmful to the skin it can also cause an inflammatory skin reaction, causing blistering or hyperpigmentation.
Cinnamon has been recommended by many of the DIY sites for masks and ideas, but cinnamon can be very harmful to the skin, they are highly irritant, and can even cause discolouration of the skin and a burning sensation and redness have been spotted many times too, after repeated usage.
- Coconut Oil
Although coconut has been renowned for its acne treatment and spot treatment wonders, dermatologists have busted the myth by explaining how coconut oil can make a cystic acne breakout worse since it clogs the surrounding pores too, pure coconut oil is not preferred, especially not by-products like face masks or moisturizers that are made with coconut oil, since it can be an irritant in the smallest amounts too.
- Baking Soda
There have been multiple mentions of baking soda being a good face scrub but that is far from true, it can be disastrous for the skin mostly because the alkaline nature of the powder disturbs the balance of pH of the skin, it has an alkalinity of 9, whereas the skin’s natural alkaline levels need to remain as 4.5 to 5 pH. Using Baking soda once can bring a lot of damage to the skin.
- Raw Egg
Eggs have been a trend ever since the rise of K-beauty standards and ideas, but applying raw eggs directly to the skin can be quite harmful, they are known to give a bad case of a bacterial infection called Salmonella, although the skin infection is rare, you wouldn’t want to risk it by regularly applying raw eggs on your skin.
- Apple cider vinegar
Known as the holy grail of DIY masks, they have been promoted as a product that clears acne. Fades blemish scars or age spots. But they can induce stinging sensations and can also corrode the skin on regular usage, due to the highly acidic levels and can be caustic.
Checking packs before application as patches on the back of the hand is always a good idea. Ensure that the homemade packs also suit your skin type.