Are you one of those people who
To scrub your skin with lemon juice, baking soda, apple cider vinegar or any other citrus fruits .
If you have or are planning to , then my sincere advice would be to please STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!
They are supposed to be these great natural ingredients that provide “skin lightening” but in reality, you’ll be doing way more harm than good. They are irritating, potentially leading to hyperpigmentation over time ( possibly due to causing photosensitivity), and messes with skin’s natural barrier.
The following ingredients are most widely used and tend to damage your skin in the long-run.
1. Lemon juice
Lemon Juice is highly acidic and contains chemicals such as psoralens that are phototoxic. This will cause you to be excessively sensitive to the sun, burning when you shouldn’t and more rapidly developing freckles/sunspots/possibly dangerous moles.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda has its uses in tiny amounts as a pH adjuster in products, but should not directly be used on the skin. Granules of baking soda are highly abrasive and have a pH of around 10, which is damaging to your skin’s acid mantle.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar also tends to dry out your skin over time making it a breeding ground for bacteria and infections.
They provide solution immediately but its use is highly toxic in the long run.
Are NATURAL ingredients generally safer?
Just because something is natural doesn’t make it good, and just because something is chemical doesn’t make it bad. Natural ingredients are not always safer. We call it a naturalistic fallacy.
People think baking soda is natural but it actually is processed chemical. Baking soda’s pH is 9 which makes it an irritating agent for the skin.
It’s easy to overlook these things especially when media keeps shoving buzzwords like “organic” and “natural ingredients” down your throats every chance they get.
If you must use natural ingredients or household items, then :
(1)you can use sugar to slow-scrubbing your face.
(2)Raw Papaya pulp can also provide you with instant glow without the harmful effects of the above products.
(3)Aloe Vera can help you treat burns and also acts as a natural toner.
(4)Or you can make your own Vitamin C serum at home. More on that later.
Till then, stay away from these devils-disguised-as-saviors and make your skin happy inside out.