Here at Jan de Vries, we’re all in favour of homemade DIY face masks and moisturisers, however, there seems to be a lot of worrying rumours going around about what you should be putting on your skin and sometimes these myths can end up doing more harm than good. That’s why today I’m going to take a look at a few of these so-called skin saviours and what they’re actually doing to your oily skin.
1 – Body lotion
Body lotion is designed for a specific area of your anatomy – your body and definitely not your face. It might be nice to imagine that you have an all-in-one lotion that can do both but, if you suffer from oily skin, this can spell disaster.
Body lotions are often thicker than the lotions and potions you might apply to your face, which that they are more capable of clogging your pores. They also contain a different array of ingredients, some of which may potentially upset the more vulnerable, delicate skin on your face, including artificial fragrances and preservations, increasing your chances of having a breakout.
Our simple swap: If you are looking for a lotion specifically for your body, you could try PHB Beauty Rejuvenating Body Lotion with Jasmine and Galbanum. Prepared using Rosehip Oil and Sweet Almond, it’s amazing when it comes to keeping your body moisturised and can even improve your skin’s natural elasticity!
2 – Toothpaste
Toothpaste – an essential cleaning product for your teeth, NOT an answer to your recent spot problem. Somehow this dental hygiene product has become a makeshift solution for blemishes, with many applying it to the offending spot and leaving it on overnight, hoping it will dry out their breakout.
And sometimes, yes, it can work but it definitely isn’t a long-term solution. You have to remember that it’s not just your spot that toothpaste is drying out – it’s drying out your skin too! You see most toothpastes contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, an abrasive ingredient that is notoriously harsh on skin. It can dry your epidermis out very quickly, making it easier for bacteria and pathogens to permeate your skin, leading to repeated episodes of spots and blackheads.
Our simple swap: Salcura’s Antiac ACTIV Gel Serum is specially formulated for troubled, spot-prone skin. Containing soothing extracts of Aloe vera and Tea tree oil, it gently cleanses that affected area and prevents bacteria from irritating any open spots, reducing their appearance and protecting vulnerable skin.
3 – Hairspray
Hairspray, as the name may suggest, is formulated exclusively for your hair. How then, did it end up being used as a way of setting your make-up? Some people seem to believe that hairspray will enhance the longevity of their make-up but the reality is that it’s drying out your skin.
Now drying out your skin if you have an oily complexion might not sound like the worst thing in the world, however, most conventional hairsprays are loaded with abrasive chemicals, like alcohol. This will not only dehydrate and irritate your skin, but also clog your pores resulting in red, inflamed skin that breaks out in spots and blemishes.
Worse still, some hairsprays also contain propylene glycol, a carcinogenic that you’re potentially inhaling with every spray, irritating your respiratory tract.
Our simple swap: PHB's Pressed Finishing Powder is a lightweight powder pressed with nourishing ingredients like organic Jojoba which helps to naturally regulate your production of oil. Never formulated with harsh ingredients, it’s ideally suited for oily or spot-prone skin and provides a flawless finish for your make-up!
4 – Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise belongs in your sandwiches, not on your skin – not really a sentence, we ever thought we’d have to iterate. However, with mayonnaise hair masks taking off, some are now starting to smear this smelly food product on their skin too – yuck!
Not only is mayonnaise naturally acidic, meaning it can irritate your skin and trigger an inflammatory reaction, it’s also thick and greasy, able to easily clog your pores and stimulate an outbreak of spots and blackheads – definitely not what you want.
Our simple swap: PHB Beauty’s Balancing Moisturiser with Lavender and Tamanu is a good option if you’re looking to hydrate oily skin. Its lightweight formula means that your pores are safe from being clogged – it can even help to reduce scarring and blemishes, ward off black heads and prevent other spots! It’s a lightweight formula, meaning that your pores are safe from being clogged and it can even help to reduce scarring and blemishes, warding off blackheads, spots and other spots!
Sugar is definitely not the answer to removing dead skin cells. It might get a pass being used on your lips but, when it comes to your skin, the jagged edges of sugar crystals are far too harsh. This can cause tiny micro-tears, scratch your epidermis and stimulate an inflammatory reaction – not exactly what you want if you have oily skin.
These scratches can also upset your lipid barrier, making your skin weaker and more prone to irritation. As with hairy spray, if you see this on any lists avoid like the plague!
Our simple swap: If you are going to exfoliate oily skin, it’s important you pick an exfoliator that isn’t too harsh or abrasive – remember, an inflammatory reaction is that last thing you want! That’s why I’d opt for PHB Beauty’s Brightening Jojoba Bead Exfoliator with Grapefruit & Kukui. It’s perfect for oily skin that’s a bit prone to breakouts because it can help to prevent your pores from being clogged, balancing your skin tone and reducing your likelihood of developing a breakout.