The internet is absolutely AWASH with articles and videos showing you so-called ‘beauty hacks’, many of which are just ridiculous and some which could potentially do more harm than good. We appreciate the need for corner cutting at times, but you only get one body and looking after it properly is essential. We thought we’d take a look at a few of these beauty hacks and then reverse them, to show you which products you should be using to do the job:
Coffee Filters as Blotting Paper
If you’ve got oily skin, the struggle to keep your make up on and not look like you’ve had your face in a chip pan can be very real. We’ve seen loads of videos suggesting that you keep a coffee filter in your handbag and use it as blotting paper throughout the day to keep the sebum at bay, but Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 is way more effective at controlling your oil production, and using this will mean you don’t ned to keep random kitchen-wear in your bag!
Sugar or Salt as Exfoliator
This one seems logical, given the fact that we actually sell products for exfoliation which contains sugars and salts. However, the products we sell, such as Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow contain mineral salts which have been designed to be used on skin, and are less coarse than regular sugar and salt, which can cause micro-tears to the skin if you try to use them as an exfoliator. You may save money but you could end up ruining your skin.
Coconut Oil as an Overnight Moisturiser
The coconut oil craze has really taken off in the last few years, and we can see why; it’s a natural product which can offer great benefits to the skin. However, using it an overnight moisturiser can severely block your pores, causing outbreaks and irritation. It’s great for your hair and on places like your feet, but the face should be dealt with more delicately. If you want a rich overnight cream, try Decleor Magnolia Youthful Night Balm, which uses skin-friendly shea butter as a base.
Add Peppermint Oil to Your Lip Balm
Peppermint oil is used as a zingy ingredient to plump your lips, and although it’s a totally safe ingredient, given the fact that it’s edible, you don’t want to ruin your lip balm by adding unmeasured quantities of it. Elemis Lip Revive is totally petroleum free and actually contains peppermint, so your lips will properly benefit from the effects without the potential to make them even drier.
Deodorant as Primer
This is probably one of the worst bits of beauty advice we’ve seen on the internet, but yes, some people genuinely advocate the use of stick deodorants as a facial primer. Obviously this is a TERRIBLE idea for so many reasons, including the fact that deodorant isn’t made for your face and will block your pores and potentially cause some sort of hideous reaction. Using Dermalogica HydraBlur Primer, which is actually designed for use on your face (NOT YOUR ARMPITS!!) is a much better, and safer, idea.