Nowadays, you can find beauty hacks all over the Internet. Everywhere you look, there is some beauty expert claiming he knows a hack that will solve all of your problems.
But in the endless sea of options, you can easily get lost. And there lies the problem. Some of these beauty hacks are weird, some are logical, some are natural, and some are just plain wrong.
With that in mind, we want to help you determine which one to try, and which one to ignore. Simply put, some beauty hacks can deliver results, and others can deliver only more problems.
- 1 Top 5 beauty hacks to try
- 2 Top 5 beauty hacks to avoid
Top 5 beauty hacks to try
Hydrogen peroxide for your pores
Pores are genetically predetermined. Genetics is the one factor that decides whether you have small or large pores. But pores can also become visually enlarged due to many environmental factors.
For starters, bacteria buildup or debris buildup in your pores can make them look larger. They are most visible in your T-zone.
Usually, the main environmental factor for enlarged pores is inflammation caused by clogged pores. With that in mind, hydrogen peroxide is one remedy that is quite popular.
All you have to do is apply 3% hydrogen peroxide on your face. You can also use it to clean your face of blemishes, and other skin issues. Just be careful, the solution can also be drying to your skin. Therefore, use it in moderation.
This beauty hack may predate the Internet. If you have a living grandmother, ask her, and she will tell you. It is one of the best tricks for taking care of under the eye bags.
The astringent nature of ingredients in tea can help constrict blood vessels and capillaries under the eyes. In the same time, tea bags minimize fluid retention and puffiness in the area.
Black tea works best. But any other tea can do the trick as well. Just make sure the teabags are still warm, but not hot. Place them under your eyes, and after a few minutes, remove and rinse the area.
Argan oil face masks
Argan oil is one of the hottest skin and hair ingredients lately. Made from the seeds of the fruit of the Argan tree, the oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Nowadays, almost all skin products contain some part of argan oil.
But why satisfy with a small percent, when you can go straight to the source? Get organic natural argan oil, and use it for your dry skin. You can even use it for acne-prone skin. Because it is lighter than coconut oil, argan oil will never cause breakouts. Combine it in different facial masks.
Chafing gel primer
If you haven’t heard about chafing gel yet, it might be time to rethink who are you following on Instagram and YouTube. Chafing gel is one of the hottest beauty hacks.
Originally, the chafing gel was created to prevent and relieve irritation from chafing due to moisture, heat, physical activity, or something else.
But the latest beauty trick is to use chafing gel as a primer. Works best for oily skin. And unlike other primers for oily skin, chafing gel gives you a nice and smooth finish. It can also fill in lines and wrinkles temporarily.
The best part about using the chafing gel as a primer? It is extremely cheap!
Treating skin from within
Truth be told, this is less of a beauty hack, and more of a lifestyle choice. When it comes to skin care, the best products are consumed. That means following a healthy diet of water, fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats.
Stay away from unhealthy fats, cholesterol, high sugar products, and high-fat products. When you consume foods rich in minerals and vitamins, it shows on your face.
Top 5 beauty hacks to avoid
This is one beauty trick you might find disgusting, but still, try. Don’t! Blackheads can be quite irritating, and they can make you search for unusual and unconventional treatments.
This hack goes like this. You melt blackheads by coating your face in Vaseline, and then covering the skin with a plastic wrap. Some similar hacks include placing a hot towel against the covered skin. The promise is that the hack will open up your pores and make blackheads easy to squeeze and pop.
But it is just terrible for your skin. Extracting your own blackheads will often result in irritation, redness, and scarring. If you have acne-prone skin, consult with a professional. Do not try weird treatments.
Egg white masks
Many natural ingredients make good facial masks. But egg masks are something you should try to ignore. You have to remember, salmonella in eggs is an issue nowadays. The bacteria can also cause problems on your hair or face, depending on where you apply the egg white mask.
Yes, egg white masks can help shrink your pores, but the health risks outweigh the benefits. However, if you are not afraid of the salmonella risk, egg white masks can be quite beneficial.
Kitty litter face mask
If you thought you’ve seen or heard everything, wait for it. One of the hottest skin care trends is using kitty litter as a facial mask. We do not know how this trend managed to become popular. And there is some science behind it as well. Kitty litters are clay-based and contain some of the ingredients found in common skin products, like silica and bentonite clay.
But all of the other stuff in kitty litter makes it a bad idea to use it on your face. Just go for a simple clay-based mask, and that is it.
Diaper cream spot treatment
The hack promises that your face will be as smooth as a baby’s butt. Well, while that is awesome. But diaper creams contain ingredients that are not suitable for your face. One of those is petroleum.
It is a great moisturizer, but awful for acne, as it can clog the pores. As a protective agent, petroleum is good for babies. But just not for your face.
As for the treatment, if you are wondering how it works, you simply apply diaper cream as a spot treatment to acne, and wash off in the morning.
Lip plumping with spices
Big lips are something women are craving nowadays. And they are looking for natural ways to make their lips bigger. One trend that is gaining traction is putting herbs and spices on your lips.
Now, let’s get something out. Herbs and spices are to be eaten. Some of them can be safely rubbed into the skin. After all, there are many skin care treatments with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices.
This trick works. But we strongly suggest against it. What is the hack? It is putting cinnamon on your lips for plumping. The trick is to get inflammatory swelling. And do you want to get inflammation on your lips, just so they appear bigger?