Kitchen Ingredients You Should Never Apply on Your Face

Ingredients never to apply on face

In the age of beauty hacks and DIY skincare regimes, we are flooded with all kinds of tips and tricks all over social media. We all know about natural ingredients and their utility in Ayurveda. The store-bought products are often loaded with chemicals and the ones which contain pure natural ingredients are very expensive. For centuries our ancestors have used such natural kitchen ingredients to maintain healthy skin and hair. While some beauty recipes work like magic, some ingredients are extremely harmful to our faces. It not only causes problems like acne but can also cause permanent damage to your skin. So, here is the list of 6 kitchen ingredients that you should never use on your face:

1. Lemons

Lemons are great for eating and drinking. They are high in vitamin C and other powerful nutrients. Take a glass of warm water, put one whole lemon, and drink it. It is a natural ingredient so people start putting it on their faces. But nature is all about chemistry and physics. Lemon is a rich source of citric acid and when we talk about acid, we can’t overlook the importance of the PH scale.

Lemon harmful on face

Everything has a PH scale of acid, neutral, and base (alkali). Acid is on the scale 0 and neutral is on the scale 7 and base which is alkaline is on the scale 14. Our skin has a PH of 4-4.5 which is a little bit of acidic. Lemons have a PH of 2 which is high in acid. So, putting citric acid and rubbing it on your face and leaving it for a long time can harm your skin. Some people even go out in the sun which is very harmful as you can get a sunburn and pigmentation. You can use vitamin C creams or serum but putting pure acid directly on your face is always harmful.

2. Oils

Now let me clear something, your skin already produces oils. It acts as a protective layer and helps to seal the hydration in. Hydration is very important as it regulates the water balance of our skin. Many people have dry skin because their skin does not produce enough oil, while others have oily skin because the skin produces too much oil or sebum.

The basic idea of putting oil on your skin is to supplement the natural oils of your skin. But without proper consultation with a dermatologist, you should not put oil on your skin. It is because different oils have a different effect on the skin. The kind of oil that suits dry skin cannot suit oily skin and vice versa. Girls who have oily skin should always avoid putting any kind of oil on the skin as it will lead to acne. Also, our skin has natural bacteria that often get disrupted because of the application of particular oil. It creates a barrier that leads to an overgrowth of these bacteria resulting in skin damage and acne. So unless you have the proper guidance of a dermatologist, you should stay away from any kind of oil.

3. Baking Soda

We often hear that baking soda is great for skin and the scientist we are, get down experimenting it. But again, natural ingredients represent nature and nature is science. Baking soda is NaCO3 which is alkaline. This again takes us back to that PH scale of acid, neutral, and base (alkali). As already discussed above, our skin has a PH of 4-4.5. So, using baking soda on your skin makes it shifting to more on the alkaline side. Thus, your PH becomes imbalance. Our skin is fantastic because it is more on the acidic side and keeps certain fungus and bacteria at bay. But using baking soda on your skin imbalances the natural PH and leads to an overgrowth of bacteria. Other than harming your skin, baking soda does nothing and so you should not use it on your skin.

4. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is great for brushing your teeth but it is something that should not be used on your acne or skin. Toothpaste is made up of calcium carbonate. It is abrasive which is supposed to take out the plaque from your teeth. It also has other ingredients that are good for your teeth but extremely bad for your skin. It gives your skin a hard time because when you go out, the high UV rays of the sun and a combination of these ingredients irritate your skin even more. It causes inflammation, acne, redness, and also damage to your skin. Applying toothpaste on your skin is not the proper way to dry out your pimple. You should always contact a dermatologist if you have any problem regarding your skin.

5. Sugar and Coffee Grounds

Sugar and Coffee Grounds on face

These are the kitchen ingredients we often see over social media DIYs. It is good for your skin as it acts as an excellent physical exfoliant. But it can harm the delicate skin of your face. These types of granules have sharp edges that scratch and make micro-tears on your skin. They, further, can damage the skin and if not taken proper healing then it can damage it and cause a lot of irritation and inflammation. As our face is constantly exposed to dirt, toxins, and radiation, a good skincare regime is very important. Exfoliation falls under the skincare regime but I would suggest keeping exfoliation to a minimum and using a chemical exfoliator than a physical one. Do thorough research before buying one.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Many bloggers will tell you about the goodness of apple cider vinegar for pimple prone skin. But it is not. It is very strong and causes inflammation as well as burns even after one use. Raw use of apple cider vinegar causes permanent skin damage and damage to the surrounding tissue.

Bottom Line

Taking good care of your skin is very necessary, especially nowadays when we constantly go out in the pollution. Proper cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are very important and should be a part of your daily routine. Natural home remedies do wonder for your skin but it is always better to do proper research before applying anything on your face.

We understand that you often come across many skincare advice on the internet which gives tips and hacks that are harmful to your skin. Our aim with this post is to educate our readers about not believing and follow any DIY natural skincare remedies from unauthentic online sources. However, we encourage you to trust information like natural formula for healthy skin from authentic sources like us.

Do let us know in the comment box below which natural skincare ingredients you use on your face or any suggestion or comment you want to give us on this post.

Sukriti Mehra

Sukriti Mehra

I am a Travel & Tourism management graduate. Now, working as a freelance content writer, food blogger, Instagram influencer, and product reviewer.

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3 Responses

  1. Niti Thakur says:

    I am learning a lot of things that is helping me thanks

  2. Manisha Jha says:

    Whenever I am going to use a face pack made of natural ingredients at home, I always check it first for allergies on the back of my hand. Secondly, I know my skin type, so I am always careful about putting anything on my face. I feel safe this way.

  3. Daya Awasthi says:

    These ingredients are really harmful and unsafe. I have a sensitive skin and I am always confused about which body soap and face wash I should use.

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