face skincare product


How many beauty products do
you use in your skincare and makeup routine? According to The Telegraph, the
average woman uses 16 — per day. It’s no surprise, then, that the beauty
industry is booming.
While these products may be
selling at a steady pace — global sales should reach $130 billion by
2019 — that doesn’t necessarily guarantee their safety. Believe it or not,
cosmetics — including skincare products — are “very lightly
regulated” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to
Although cosmetics are
required to contain labels, companies can cry “trade secrets” to
avoid having to share what they’ve used. Additionally, anyone who’s anyone can
sell these products. Steve Xu, a resident physician in the department of
dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, confirmed
to Fortune that no documentation, pre-market approval, or registration is
even required. Yikes!
If you’re now thinking you’d
be better off just DIY-ing your skincare products, that isn’t always a surefire
way, either. The best option? Leaving this matter up to professionals.
According to the experts, here are some things you should never put on
your face.
Body lotion is a no

body lotion

How many times have you run
out of facial moisturizer and decided to just use some body lotion? In a pinch,
it’s fine, right? Well, probably, but routinely lathering your face with lotion
that’s designed for your body is a big fat nope. 
Michael Kaminer, a
board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon explained to,
saying, “[Doing this] too often can lead to blocked pores.” Of
course, no one wants to deal with blocked pores!
“If you’re staying at a
hotel and you have to use the body lotion they have on your face, it’s probably
fine,” Kaminer explained. It’s the habitual use that’s the real problem.
If you’ve been relying on body lotion for your whole body, you should look for
moisturizer specifically designed for your face. 
“Moisturizers provide key
nurturing ingredients to your skin, leaving you with a clean and hydrated
surface,” Dermatologist Ellen Marmur told Self.
Avoid the bar — soap that is

bar soap

Just what should you be using
to wash your face? As a kid, you may have used a handy dandy bar of soap. As an
adult, however, that’s not the best idea. 
“Washing the face is a
complex interaction,” Zoe D. Draelos, a clinical associate professor
of dermatology in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, explained to Fox
News. “Cleansing the skin is a fine balance between balancing the
skin’s hygiene and leaving substances that are integral for the functioning of
the skin.”
Bar soap just doesn’t seem to
be able to strike that delicate balance. “I never, ever use a harsh,
regular soap as a face or body cleanser,” Marmur said when speaking to
Power of Positivity. “Regular” soap, or bar soap, actually strips
your skin of the nutrients it needs. This is because the soap utilizes
chemicals that are both tough on the skin and unnatural. The result is
“rough, dry, and itchy [skin],” Marmur explained. 
Toothpaste is for teeth


It may sound a little silly,
but when you’ve developed a zit, and you want it gone immediately, you’re
likely to try anything — even toothpaste. If it’s safe to use on your teeth
then it must be safe to use on your skin, wouldn’t you think? Unfortunately,
that’s not true. 
While people have been using
and touting toothpaste as a “zit-zapper” for years, it’s simply bad
advice. “It’s just not good for your skin over the long-haul,”
Kaminer told While it most likely will help to dry out the
pimple, toothpaste can irritate your skin and has the potential to be
That’s not to say you have to
forego spot treatments, you just shouldn’t use toothpaste. Alternatives,
according to Kaminer, include products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic
acid. Salicylic acid, a type of beta-hyrodxy acid (BHA) works to exfoliate the
skin and get rid of dead skin cells while benzoyl peroxide works by
fighting off and killing acne-causing bacteria, according to Dermatologist
Whitney Bowe’s comments to Teen Vogue. Both are great choices for
spot-treating those pesky pimples.
Hairspray is not a substitute
for setting spray

hairspray setting spray

Setting spray, also called
finishing spray or makeup setting spray, is a really useful tool in helping
your makeup stay put all day. You simply mist and voila! Your makeup is set in
place and you can stay all dolled up without the fear of your makeup breaking
up. Well, couldn’t you just use hairspray to achieve the same result? People
do, but that doesn’t make the tip full-proof. 
David E. Bank at The Center
for Dermatology in Westchester, New York recognizes the affordable trend of
using hairspray as setting spray but he doesn’t endorse it. “Hairspray
contains alcohols, which can strip the skin of moisture,” he explained to
Bustle. “It can also clog your pores and lead to irritation and acne
Setting sprays, on the other
hand, “destroy bacteria while keeping makeup in
place,” Dermatologist Dendy Engelman explained to Refinery29. This
makes the sprays far superior to misting your face with water
and/or hairspray.
When life hands you lemons,
don’t put them on your face

lemons on face

Does citrus belong in
skincare? Some think so, but just remember the last time you peeled an orange
or cut a lemon without realizing you had a cut on your hand. Not exactly a
rejuvenating experience, was it? 
Additionally, lemons contain
the chemical psoralen, New York Dermatologist Doris Day, explained to
CNN, and you can’t put lemons on your face without also transferring
psoralen. This powerful chemical makes your skin very sensitive to light.
According to Day, it takes as few as ten minutes to activate and as long as 24
hours to wear off. If you were to then go out in the sun, your skin could
actually blister. Ouch! 
“I see it on people at
the beach if they’re having a Corona or a margarita,” Day explained.
“Because they squeeze the lemon and get a rash on the back of their hand.
It’s the splatter pattern of how they squeezed the lemon, and the sunburn
effect.” Now imagine that — but on your face. No thanks.
The same is apparently true
with limes and lime juice, which are actually common DIY acne
treatments, reported Reader’s Digest. The thinking behind it is that,
due to the antioxidants and antibiotic quality in limes, it will cause skin
renewal. Instead, it causes blisters much like lemons, and can even cause
abnormal skin coloring that Dermatologist Alejandra Vivas told Reader’s Digest
can last for months. Yikes! Let’s add that to the list of things you should
never put on your face, for sure.
Hot water = horrible

hot water shower

How hot do you take your
showers? Chances are, probably too hot. The best shower temperature for your
skin is around lukewarm, Sejal Shah, a dermatologist in New York City,
explained to Women’s Health. Most experts agree that water below a temperature
of 110 degrees is best. 
That means if your water feels
hot, it is too hot. If your skin is red after your shower, that’s a good
indicator too. “Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leading to
dry, itchy skin and eventually eczema,” Shah explained. It’s also harsh on
your hair because it strips away your natural oils causing your hair to become
dry. That dryness, Shah explained, can also cause color to fade faster if you
are someone who colors your hair.
Even outside of the shower,
you shouldn’t be using hot water. Bank told Bustle, “Many people like to
use hot water on their faces because they think it will help kill bacteria,
however, hot water can actually strip the moisture out of your outermost layer
of skin.” This is truly a sad day for hot water lovers.
Egg white masks? Pass

egg white mask

The internet abounds with egg
white mask concoctions. There’s so many that you could make the assumption that
they’re completely safe. Not so. “You have to be careful with the egg
white mask because egg whites sometimes have salmonella,” Day told
Although you cannot get
salmonella from just putting egg whites on your skin, the chances of you
ingesting egg whites becomes greater. Consequently, your chance of getting
salmonella is increased. “So these days, unless you know the source of the
eggs, I would be very careful with that one,” she recommended.
Despite the risks, many still
use the homemade masks. Why? According to Day, egg whites can cause your face
to experience a short-term tightening effect and “a little relief”
for oily skin. The risks seem to outweigh the benefits and, with so many other
options on the market, there’s not a very compelling argument to stick with egg
white masks.
“Secret” ingredients

unidentifiable face cream

Just as skincare and beauty
companies can get out of listing their products’ ingredients by claiming they
contain trade secrets, they can also sell the secrecy to you — à
la “miracle” creams. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t buy in to the
“Never use products that
do not list out their ingredients,” Boca Raton Dermatologist Jeffrey
Fromowitz explained to Reader’s Digest, “You must know what you are
putting on your skin.” Otherwise, you won’t know if you’re allergic to any
of the ingredients until trying it. Plus, even if you’re not allergic, you
could be lathering your face with an ingredient you shouldn’t even be putting
on your face. 
What should you use instead?
“When in doubt, discuss the product or your skin need with your
dermatologist who can guide you toward safe and effective product choices,
specifically tailored for your skin type and problem.” Makes sense. Time
to say buh-bye to those expensive mystery creams.
Hydrogen peroxide hurts more
than it helps

hydrogen peroxide

There’s no denying the
fascinating, albeit gross, experience of pouring hydrogen peroxide on a cut.
The frothing bubbles, the noise — you just know it’s getting all up in there to
clean. However, you really should only use peroxide on cuts when you first
injure yourself. After that, it will counteract the healing properties of your
skin and it will take you much longer to heal, Day explained to CNN. 
As for putting hydrogen
peroxide on your face as a cleanser, just don’t do it. Similar to lemons,
peroxide can have a lightening effect on both skin and hair. This is why some
people use it as DIY hair color though really, they shouldn’t. Peroxide can
irritate the skin, according to Day. She added, “Peroxide is toxic to skin
Hydrogen peroxide’s primary
industry use is not for bleaching hair or skin but for bleaching paper,
according to the National Poisons Information Service, in a study published by
the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). If you were
to get peroxide in your eyes while using it on your skin, it could cause
irritation, stinging, and possibly blurred vision. Washing “contaminated
skin” with “copious amounts of water” is recommended. Obviously
it’s an ingredient you should never put on your face.
Using glue as a homemade
blackhead remover

glue on face

Like peroxide, glue can be fun
to put on your skin. It’s okay, you can admit it. However, just because glue is
amusing to peel off, that doesn’t imply it’s something safe for you to use. A
popular beauty hack on Instagram is the DIY blackhead remover made by mixing
charcoal powder and Elmer’s glue. Instagram account DIY Remedies shared
their version, claiming, “I don’t have black heads but it removed all the
white heads that I had!” 
It may work but your
dermatologist would likely advise you against trying it. “I do not
recommend this practice, as glue is not formulated for skin
care,” Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist from Wexter Dermatology told
That said, just because
something isn’t made for skincare, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily
dangerous. After all, oatmeal is “not a bad thing, and it’s inexpensive
and fun to do at home,” Day explained to BuzzFeed. Other common and
inexpensive items, like teabags, can be beneficial to your skin as well.
Tea can soothe red, irritated skin and, as Dermatologist Esta Kronberg
explained to Reader’s Digest, “Chamomile tea, used as a cold compress, can
relieve itchy eyes.” 
Not every household item is
safe for use on your skin, however, and glue is but one of them. “It can
cause skin irritation and hypersensitivities, resulting in scarring and changes
in pigmentation,” Idriss further explained. The time to return your
Elmer’s glue to your kids is, unfortunately, now.
It isn’t just your face that
needs washed

clean eyeglasses

When’s the last time you
cleaned your eyeglasses? You wash your face everyday but, your glasses? That
seems a bit much. As it turns out, though, that’s exactly what you should be
doing. Dirty eyeglasses hanging around on your face are a big no-no.
Karen Gladstone, an
optometrist at Arrigg Eye and Ear Associates in Lawrence, Massachusetts,
explained her reasons to Oprah magazine. Much like your phone, your glasses are
a breeding ground for bacteria. Not to mention, oil and dirt. The nosepiece is
especially susceptible because it makes the most contact with your skin. If
you’ve ever had a break out along the bridge of your nose, your glasses were
likely the culprit. The more you know!
Gladstone recommends rinsing
your glasses — every day — under warm running water with a little bit of dish
soap. To preserve your lenses, dry your glasses with a microfiber of soft
cotton cloth. 
DIY chemical peels

chemical peel

Chemical peels used to be
something you could only receive from professionals. The name may sound harsh,
but chemical peels in and of themselves are not actually bad. In fact, they’re
really good for your skin. 
In fact, they “can
actually deliver certain skin benefits — like reversing melasma and breakouts —
better than high-tech devices,” Day told Allure. It’s the at-home variety
you need to watch out for.
“I NEVER put
strong chemical peels on my face at home,” Angela Lamb, a
dermatologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital, enthusiastically told Health. She
explained that people sometimes end up purchasing medical-grade chemical peels,
which are way too strong for a DIY peel. “I’ve seen bad results,” she
continued, “such as redness and too much peeling than can lead to
long-term scarring and discoloration.” 
As if that wasn’t enough, Day
said some people also experience allergic reactions to the peels. The verdict
on this one is pretty apparent: Just because you can buy DIY chemical peels it
doesn’t mean you should.
Wax on? More like wax off!

eyebrow waxing

Raise your hand if you get
your eyebrows waxed on a regular basis. You’re not alone. According to
StyleCaster, since the early 2000s, women have been using “pencils, waxes,
powders, gels, and more” to get the iconic bold brow we all have come to
know and love. There’s just nothing quite like having perfect brows. That said,
wax is not the recommended method to achieving them. 
Jennifer MacGregor, a
dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology, explained to Insider,
“The hot wax adheres to your skin and pulls off a layer along with the
hair. If you use retinoids or exfoliants regularly it could even cause you to
blister, burn, scab or scar. Ouch!” Yes, “ouch” sounds about right.
Thankfully, there is an
abundance of other options to get your ideal eyebrows including laser hair
removal, threading, and good old fashioned tweezing. Forgoing the wax shouldn’t
be too hard then, right? Hopefully.
Scrub those scrubs from your beauty

face scrub

Sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, and
pretty much every other kind of scrub have been all the rage in recent years.
Some dermatologists think they’re fine for use on the face, like Howard Lancer,
a Beverly Hills dermatologist. “I have all my patients get in the habit of
using a physical scrub … every single day, as it actually teaches the skin
cells to turn over more quickly, mimicking the action of youthful cells,”
he explained to The Cut. Other dermatologists, however, are anti-scrub.
Manhattan Dermatologist Neal
Schultz explained to The Cut that scrubs are problematic. A lot of that is
because of the variables, like the amount of time a person scrubs and the
amount of pressure being applied when scrubbing. Additionally, different scrubs,
naturally, contain different ingredients. Some are especially abrasive. 
If you must use a scrub,
Schultz recommends one with micro-grains. While Schultz has a more neutral view
of the popular skincare treatment, scrubs get no love from Dennis Gross,
another Manhattan dermatologist. 
“Scrubs are a primitive
way to exfoliate. It’s like using sandpaper on your face,” he told The
Cut. He further explained, saying, “If you look closely at the sandpaper
surface, you’ll see lots of scratch marks, and that’s what happens on the
Products expire for a reason

makeup bag

You probably wouldn’t dare to
drink an expired glass of milk, but would you use expired makeup? It seems
innocuous enough, but there’s good reason to toss your old skincare products and
Jeremy Brauer, Clinical
Assistant Professor at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology,
explained to Reader’s Digest that when products expire, the active
ingredients within them become inactive, which means the product will no longer
work the way it was intended. In turn, the product could also cause skin
irritation. This is true even if your expired products look and seem
Brauer recommends looking at
expiration dates when shopping for cosmetics. If you find products with an
expiration date in the very near future, that means it’s already been sitting
around and aging on the store’s shelves and definitely among the things you
should never put on your face. Brauer also recommends setting up calendar
reminders on your phone to alert you when your products are near
So, if you can’t remember the
last time you wore that Barbie pink lipstick, you may want to take a peek in
your makeup bag and get tossing.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.