‘Putting your best face forward’ is more than just an adage. And if you’re someone who is always on top of their skincare game, then this article is just for you!

While caring for your body, it is crucial that you do not neglect the skin on your face. As much as you love your body lotions and exfoliators, do not try the same products on your face. Taking your facial skin for granted can cost you big time. We’re talking clogged pores, rough and itchy skin! We’ve curated a list of beauty products that are just not apt for your face. So, keep a safe distance from these products, ladies...

Hair spray
 

Hair spray

For all those who believe that hair sprays can help set your makeup in place (just like your hair), clearly don’t know how harmful they can be for the skin on your face. Hair sprays contain alcohol and lacquer and can dehydrate your skin, thereby making it look much older than it actually is. That’s not all! Some sprays also contain repellents that can irritate your skin, cause inflammation and redness. Therefore, if you want to set your makeup in place, reach out for a makeup setting spray ONLY!

Body Lotion
 

Body Lotion

Most of us don’t bother investing in a good face cream; instead we use our body lotion on the face. It’s the worst practice ever! Body lotions have a thicker consistency and are heavily fragrant and can make your skin extra oily and inflamed. Facial skin is more delicate and needs a milder, gentler cream.  Much like the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel which has a lightweight, non-oily formula that will leave your skin looking fresh and feeling soft all day.

Soap Bar
 

Soap Bar

As kids, you may have used body soap on your face, but hopefully you have grown out of the habit. Using a harsh soap as a face cleanser can do more harm than good. Soap bars don’t work like face washes. They leave the skin looking dull and rough. Soap utilises chemicals that are both tough on the skin and unnatural. It can actually strip your skin of the nutrients it needs.

Expired sunscreen
 

Expired sunscreen

Sunscreens lose their potency after their expiration date. It is, therefore, important to check the expiry date of your tube before applying sunscreen onto your skin, especially if you’re someone who uses it only in summers (FYI, you need sunscreen all around the year). Expired sunscreen can only lead to harsh sunburns and increase your risk of skin problems.

Wax
 

Wax

Waxing your facial hair is not the best option. The hot wax adheres to your skin and pulls off a layer of skin along with the hair. If you use exfoliants on a daily basis, it could even cause you to blister, burn, scab or scar. *Ouch* Therefore, it is ideal to use other options such as laser hair removal, threading or the good old tweezing.