Money-Saving Beauty Tips and Tricks Using What’s Already in Your Cabinets


By now you’re well aware that any information gleaned on the internet should be taken with a very, very large grain of salt. That maxim is especially true when it comes to beauty (here’s looking at you, Pinterest). For reasons unbeknownst to us, the rise in makeup and skin hacks popping up on YouTube and Instagram doesn’t seem to have an apex. We’re all about a clever solution or a money-saving tip, but this stuff? Not so much.

In order to sort out the good from the no-definitely-don’t-do-that, we consulted the experts, who gave us the plain and simple truth. That way, next time you come across a video recommending you smear diaper-rash cream on your face, you’ll think twice.

When I began working on this post, I considered attributing these skin-care myths to specific “specialists,” when they are, in fact, commonly believed and practiced worldwide. Although it is not my intention to target anyone’s individual skin-care practices personally, I do feel a responsibility to inform our readers of potentially harmful advice and to offer some alternatives that are medically sound.

Limes In Place Of Deodorant
The idea of rubbing a lime under your pits is zesty and earth-friendly, right? But it could quickly take a turn for the worse (lime is acidic, after all). Limes can cause skin irritation and red, burning, scalding rashes (especially out in the sun!)

Using Mouthwash To Combat Dandruff
Another hack on the nope scale, some claim that the ingredients in a product like Listerine (menthol, thymol, eucalyptol, and methyl salicylate), are prime for banishing tiny, white flakes. Not so! There is no scientific data to support this. Dandruff is caused by an overgrowth of yeast and is often accompanied by a compromised skin barrier. I’d worry that use of a strong alcohol-based product could further disrupt the scalp’s skin barrier, only exacerbating the problem (not to mention how it would alter “strip” hair color.

Deodorant To Combat Shine
Not a good idea! Antiperspirants work by blocking your sweat glands from producing wetness, but they don’t do anything for oil-producing cells. It can congest pores and cause potential breakouts.

Diaper-Rash Cream For Breakouts
While diaper-rash cream can help soothe and calm inflamed skin (and mellow an angry pimple), it’s not something you should be smearing on your face. For already sensitive, acne-prone, and oily skin, a pore-plugging ingredient like zinc oxide (often found in diaper-rash creams) can trigger further breakouts.

Using Onions To Speed Up Eyebrow Growth
Onions are rich in sulfur, which may help kill bacteria and yeast on the skin, to help improve dandruff, but does little (if anything) to regrow hair. Is anyone else not that sad to keep onions away from their eyes?

Garlic For Pimples
Because pimples are like vampires? Another no-no! Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce the size of a single, big pimple, but, it will leave you smelling like an Italian restaurant. Basically, file this one under not dangerous, but also not so pleasant.

Cornstarch is For the Kitchen Only
If you’re not privy, baking is a technique popularized by YouTube vloggers to set your base makeup, create a poreless finish, and accent the high points of the face. Sounds harmless (though time-consuming) enough, right? But things took a turn for the weird when one YouTuber recommended using cornstarch in place of regular ol’ powder.

According to an article from Cosmo, you definitely don’t want to go down that road. I would not recommend cornstarch on the face. It’s food for yeast that live on the skin.”

Dish Soap For Lipstick Removal
You’ve probably heard about using dish soap to remove lipstick stains on your favorite white blouse — and it totally works. You know what doesn’t work? Putting that same dish cleaner on your mouth. Here’s exactly why you should steer clear: While your dish soap of choice won’t make your lips fall off, it will dry the daylights out of ’em. Also, accidentally ingesting that kitchen staple isn’t an accident you should be willing to make just to remove a serious lip liner.

Just because something goes viral…doesn’t mean it’s gospel.

Stay safe while being beautiful.


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