Myth Busting Beauty Hacks for the Ladies

You’re home on a Sunday, bored and sleepy so you decide to have a ME-day. You search for natural masks, beauty hacks, food and beauty… You stumble upon a list of natural alternatives for all your beauty products – folk remedies for all of your skin problems. Jackpot! Easy, cheap, and accessible products. Well before you go running to your cupboard to make the perfect mask, you should probably read this article. Let’s bust some beauty hack myths!

 Beauty Hack Fail 1: Exfoliation – Lemon


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How many article headlines have you read praising lemon for its ability to reduce imperfections from blackheads to skin lightening? Too many, I guess. Well, after some quick research you will immediately find a list of side effects for the use of lemon. Lemon is a very acidic vegetable that can cause severe irritation, redness, and dehydration of the skin. Also, it has been found that lemon has no exfoliating effect. Shocker!

Beauty Hack Fail 2: Toner – Apple Cider Vinegar


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Apple Cider Vinegar is hailed as the go to natural toner for an even and clear skin. It is also encouraged for weight loss and overall health.

However, Apple Cider Vinegar is strong acid that comes with a lot of side effects.

  1. Chemical burn

Again, apple cider is very acidic and there are many cases where topical application of it has caused chemical burns.

  1. Dental erosion

In 2012, a Moroccan girl was diagnosed with dental erosion because she believed that Apple Cider Vinegar would help her lose weight. She was drinking a glass per day mixed with water everyday.

  1. Oesophageal damage

A study published in Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2005, describes the consequences of ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar supplements. The case study on a woman discovered that the capsules were stuck in her throat for 30 minutes which led to pain and difficulties in swallowing. It was concluded that the vinegar caused oesophageal damage, it can destroy tissue and cause burns. 

Beauty Hack Fail 3: Cream – Olive Oil


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Natural oils have been raging on the beauty hacks scene and excessively promoted as the go-to alternative to moisturisers. One of these oil is none other than olive oil. Olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is considered the healthiest fat. It has been found to lower possibilities of strokes, skin cancer and Type 2 diabetes, slow down the aging of the heart and fight osteoporosis. Additionally, olive oil is widely used as a night cream. Then again, this is a post about myth busting beauty hacks so this begs the question: what’s wrong with using olive oil!?

Well, olive oil is categorised as mildly comedogenic, that means that it can clog pores and cause breakouts or acne. The human skin is very selective when it comes to absorbing substances and olive oil is difficult to absorb. Squalene, which is found in the oil, is a fat soluble substance which cannot pass the natural skin barrier easily. That’s why the oil sits on the skin and might trap dirt and bacteria leading to breakouts. Beauty hack fail!

Beauty Hack Fail 4: Deodorant – Coconut Oil & Baking Soda


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A folky alternative to a regular deodorant is a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. Yet, baking soda causes skin reactions known as irritant contact dermatitis. It is an alkaline, i.e. a base capable of neutralising acids. So, baking soda disturbs the acid cloak of the skin and causes loss of moisture. That’s why an extended application of it can lead to:

  • rash
  • redness
  • dry, cracked skin

So here you go guys… lesson of the day: DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE INTERNET! However, one secure beauty hack is proper eating (yes, you better believe it). For some delicious healthy food, check out our Private Chefs, specialised in vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan or raw energy.

Oh, and if you have any other beauty hack fails, don’t hesitate to share them below!