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The worst skincare advice ever…

the Antidote to... old wives' tales

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Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic has kindly given us a breakdown of the WORST skincare advice around. We’re ashamed to say we’ve tried a few of these at one stage in our lives… so it’s wise to be vigilant when you hear someone spouting one of these old wives’ tales. Instead, make sure you turn to experts (like The Antidote team) for advice instead. 

“At Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we’ve found that the most questionable advice can come from those close to home. Skincare is a personal and often delicate operation, which means that while it’s tempting to take the advice of your loved ones, or a trusted internet source, you could end up falling foul! We recently surveyed 500 women and found that almost a quarter of them have had a bad reaction when following skincare advice from unqualified sources. Remember that what may work for friends, family or online beauty gurus isn’t always the best for your own unique needs. However, we’ve all been guilty of trying quick fixes and peddling skincare myths so let’s put you right:

“It’s natural, which means it’s good for you”
Poison Ivy is natural, but you wouldn’t want to rub that all over your face! As mentioned, everyone has their own natural skin makeup and we all react differently to individual ingredients. For example, whilst many of us love the uplifting scent of citrus face masks, the acidity of oranges and lemons is just too much for some sensitive skin to bear.

“Set your make up with hairspray”
Even Hayley, expert beauty blogger who runs Tea Party Beauty admits to being guilty of this. “I did this a few times, even though I knew better. I blame drinking whilst getting ready!”

The main issue with this method is that hairspray is essentially a tacky film of plastic. You really don’t want to get it on your face as it will clog your pores and leave a lasting layer of chemicals. This could lead to breakouts and lasting redness. In fact, even using hairspray close to your face can be enough to anger your skin. You’ll often find a halo of bumps and redness around your hairline if you use hairspray around your fringe and bangs.

“Soothe your skin with steam”
Steaming your skin has been regarded as a ‘holy grail’ beauty tip for years, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Used to open your pores and clean out all the dirt, steaming needs to be used with caution. In fact, the warmth could potentially burst capillaries under the skin, causing mild rosacea or making it worse for those who already suffer. If you’re steaming your skin, ensure the water you’re using isn’t too hot!

“Rubbing toothpaste on spots to dry them out”
Toothpaste was at the epicentre of many beauty myths years ago, the thought being that it reduced swelling, redness and dried our pimples. Who knows where the rumour first originated, but it spread like wildfire among teens looking for a quick fix for hormonal skin. Whilst toothpaste may share some characteristics with spot creams, remember that it has been developed to work on significantly harder tooth enamel, not delicate facial skin.

“Rubbing alcohol as toner”
This one could be the most painful beauty advice we’ve heard. Rubbing neat alcohol, or even diluted, would seriously damage your skin. Said to close pores, alcohol will actually do no such thing.

Canterbury’s Skin & Laser clinic