Chemical peels, the Sun’s harmful rays and environmental toxins can do serious damage to your face and skin, so be weary of what you put on it. The skin on your face is more sensitive than most other areas of your body, so you need to be gentle. New skincare products are released every day and we are way too quick to jump onto trends without properly researching the effects. Don’t be foolish with your face, you only get one and it’s the first thing most people see. Lets try and get the best first impressions possible and not screw up our faces.

You should never do these things to your face.


Strong Chemical Peels

Over the counter chemical skin peels are becoming more and more common, but buyer beware. These facial peels are hardly regulated by the FDA and many are bought online where you have no idea what’s in them.   I’ve seen industrial strength chemical peels being sold online that are way to strong for non-professionals to use.


This kind of product can do serious damage to your skin and in some cases cause permanent damage. Dermatologists see women and men weekly that now have chemical burns and sometimes scars or dark spots, from using “over-the-counter” chemical peels. Steer clear of these unknown foreign brands and stick with ones you know. It’s also a good rule of thumb to test these products on less sensitive areas.


Make your own sunscreen

Ok, seriously, some of these home remedies are causing more problems than good. It’s not the best idea to make your own sunscreen at home, unless you are a chemist. More than likely you are not a chemist so maybe leave that job to them and buy sunscreen. They sell plenty of non-toxic or all-natural sunscreens that have been properly tested and vetted. I know that I want to be sure that my sunscreen actually do its job before I sit in direct sunlight for hours.

As a person of fair skin, I have had my share of sunburns and let me tell you, they are no fun.


Never try multiple new skin products at once

This one seems obvious, but in my experience, it’s better to cover my bases. New skin products can cause irritation, redness, swelling and other more severe side effects. It’s in your best interest to not try a few new products at once, simply because you need to test these on your skin first. The last thing you want to happen is you have multiple allergic reactions and you won’t know what product is causing them. Try one at a time and don’t experiment with your face. Try your arm, upper leg or torso and if any reactions happen, they will be hidden.


Over exfoliate

Exfoliating is great for your skin’s health and aids in removing dead skin. The problem is if you over exfoliate, you can seriously damage your skin. Sure many times more is better, but in this instance, less is better. The instructions on skin care products are there for a reason so don’t go against science and follow the guidelines.


Never do these terrible things to your face or skin and you should be ok. Take care of your face; it’s the only one you get, unless you have seen that movie Face Off, which is awesome.


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