I’m sitting here mumbling Iggy Azalea rap lyrics to myself (see the song here, but only if you are down with very sexual content, explicit language, etc. etc. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU) and thinking about beauty habits. Mainly, I was wondering why I had a box of baking soda in my bathroom because I damn sure wasn’t using it to clean. Although, I probably should. Thinking about the baking soda made me think of other beauty habits or “tips” I used to think were great for my skin. Baking soda was definitely something some random pic on Pinterest told me to use on my face. WHICH WAS WRONG, HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WRONG!
Baking soda is not only too rough for facial skin but throws your skin’s PH balance way off. Having too alkaline of a substance like baking soda on your face breaks down the natural sebum your skin, causing it to be less protected against bacteria and infection. Too acidic of a product (lemon juice or something similar) will burn your skin. It’s important to research skin tips before you try them. The first time I tried using baking soda as a facial scrub I was absolutely in love. My skin felt SO SMOOTH. And, I wonder why? Because I had rubbed off so much skin. A little bit later I found myself with irritation and new pimples. Of course, if you use baking soda and really love it, go on keep using it if you’d like. However, there are much better products, homemade or from a brand, that will do the job and not throw your skin off-balance.
So, what else do I personally dislike as a “beauty tip”? For starters, I hate any tip that assumes whatever the tip is “fixing” needs to be fixed. If you have dark circles or crow’s feet, don’t feel like just because you saw something on how to reverse or hide them that it means you need to follow it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with our faces or bodies. I enjoy make up and skincare because I like the self-soothing aspect of the process, the creativity in my everyday life it provides, and maintain the general health of my biggest organ…the skin if you haven’t ever read a “Did You Know?” article or had a 5th grader who just studied biology talk to you.
The third beauty tip that I rarely follow is to get a trim every few weeks. No, if your hair is healthy and you don’t have split ends you don’t need to get your hair cut. Save your money and buy better hair care products to prevent those split ends. They’re the only reason you NEED to have your hair cut. And, YOU CAN’T REPAIR SPLIT ENDS. Nothing is going to bind them back together, sure something might temporarily bind it for an hour or something, but NOTHING WILL EVER REPAIR YOUR DAMAGED ENDS! I’m sorry, I hate to break it to you, but you have to cut them and start over on your hair-growing battle.
It sucks, I know, just lay of the flat-ironing and bleaching for a bit if you can. Throw a little argan or coconut oil in them at night and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T RUB YOUR TOWEL ON THEM TO DRY LIKE YOU’RE SCRUBBING A WET DOG! Be gentle! Softly squeeze the water out. No back and forth crazy motions so you end up like you’ve got a rat’s nest on top of your head. My mom (she’s a hairstylist) used to get so mad at me when she’d see me do this in middle school. I think back and cringe at the damage it was doing!