TikTok is the new go-to destination for finding new makeup and beauty tips. However, with so many trends circulating daily, it’s hard to know which tactics are safe and effective, and which should be avoided at all costs. In this blog post, we’re going to look at 8 beauty tips found on TikTok that you’d be wise not to replicate. From outrageous nail salons to potentially dangerous skincare tips, join us to find out what not to do in 2022’s top beauty trends!
The “DIY lip plumpers”:
Videos showing how to create a homemade lip plumper using cinnamon or cayenne pepper are gaining traction on TikTok. Applying these spicy ingredients will definitely make your lips appear larger temporarily, but they can also cause irritation and burning due to the high concentration of capsaicin which has been shown to be harmful if applied directly to the lips.
Apply toothpaste to pimples:
Toothpaste contains certain ingredients, like baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, that are supposed to dry up acne pimples, but using too much can actually make existing breakouts worse by creating irritation in the form of redness and flaking of the skin around the affected area.
“Shaving the peach fuzz”:
This trick claims that shaving off those tiny hairs on your face will instantly make you look younger; however, people don’t realize that these hairs serve an important function – to protect our skin from dirt and other debris – and that removing them would do more harm than good in the long run!
Apply lemon juice directly to the skin:
A beauty trend has emerged on TikTok endorsing that applying lemon juice could help achieve brightening effects. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is great for removing dirt from surfaces, but not so great when applied directly to your skin! Citric acids can be quite harsh when applied directly to areas of sensitive skin. If you want to achieve brighter skin, opt instead for gentle formulas containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are less likely to irritate the delicate facial area while providing an even complexion!
Apply petroleum jelly to the eyelashes:
This trend suggests using Vaseline as a way to give yourself thicker lashes; however, not only does this not work (because Vaseline only coats the eyelashes without being absorbed), but putting any kind of oil near your eyes could end up causing styes or worse, loss of vision !
Using baking soda as a facial scrub:
Baking soda is an abrasive, so using it on your face can cause irritation, redness, and dryness. It is also alkaline, which can upset the skin’s natural pH balance, making it more susceptible to bacteria and other impurities that can be harmful.
Use petroleum jelly as a primer for a glowy effect.
Many people use Vaseline as a primer before applying makeup, but it’s not a good idea. While Vaseline is safe enough to use on the lips and body, it should not be used on the face, as it can clog pores and cause breakouts and blemishes. It’s also devoid of most of the ingredients that help makeup stay put all day, like a real layer of foundation.
Apply L’Oreal Hair Spray to the face to create fake freckles.
Applying L’Oreal hairspray directly to the face in an effort to create fake freckles is a terrible beauty idea that’s been spreading on TikTok lately. Consumers may think this method is safe and inexpensive, but it poses a variety of significant health risks.
First, exposing your skin to the aerosol particles can lead to irritation and burning sensations. Inhaling the mist can lead to coughing, sneezing, asthma, and even respiratory problems like bronchitis. Second, hair sprays contain chemicals like synthetic fragrances and parabens that have been linked to hormonal disruptions and other health issues. Finally, it should not be used on the skin of the face, as its formula is designed to camouflage gray hair temporarily.