It’s safe to say I’m a fan of self care. Relaxing after a long day, putting on some soothing music, working out, and more. What I’m not a fan of is self care gone wrong.
Some people on the internet promote their ideas of self care. As well-meaning as it may be, it also may be awful for you. Here’s 4 examples of what I mean.
Lip Plumping “Hacks”
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The “Kylie Jenner Challenge” went viral on the internet a couple of years ago, but using suction to plump your lips, along with DIY masks, or even worse, DIY injections, couldn’t be any worse for your health.
You could permanently damage your lips using one of these hacks. It’s not self care, it’s just plain dangerous.
Weight Loss Teas
When it comes to weight loss products, you can never be too careful. If they contain diuretics, unidentifiable chemicals, or things you know won’t agree with your body, then stay away at all costs.
Instagram models often promote “detox” teas to their followers. Some of them are full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Others are made to react with your body chemistry to make you thinner.
If the tea claims to do the latter, then you should probably go with another brand. Tea can be great for you, but they should never be used for weight loss.
Homemade Face Masks
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GET RID OF PORES AND TIGHTEN SKIN FOR A FEW CENTS??? ??Remember those flaxseeds I told you to save from my nail growth diy? (few vids back) welllllll heres what to do with them. Take them, pop them in a blender (or food processor) and create the BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY, pore shrinking, face lift tightening mask of all time. Don't use the seed whole.. u HAVE to blend! If you didnt watch my nail growth treatment video (oh no baby what is you doin! Go check it out) DONT WORRY.. heres the recipe for THIS treatment! ??♀️ ☄️Grind 2TBSP flaxseed (dry) – or get preground flax, or flaxseed meal ?add 4 TBSP water ?mix and let sit for 2 mins until it all sticks together ?apply to the areas where you have large pores to shrink them OR ?apply all over your face to tighten your entire face! ??Leave on for 15 mins (your face will feel TIGHT) ?and rinse off with COLD WATER ?BOOM – pores gone, face is botox tight.. new face who dis!!! ❤️Use as often as you need it! ⭐️You can make this in larger batches and store in the fridge for up to 1 week WHY YOU NEED TO DO THIS:? ⚡️Flaxseed is not only a superfood, but it is a SUPERSKINFOOD as well for beauty treatments! I cant wait to show you what else to do with these magical little inexpensive seeds! stay tuned ya girl is going ham with the flax! it is high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins A, B, and E All of this goodness combined helps to: moisturize your skin, give youthful skin, and give you firm, tight and toned skin it also reduces excessive oil production and prevents acne! ???If you want to know how i used flax for my nails and some other tips on how i grow my natural nails so long without them breaking.. check out my youtube channel! the link is in bio! ?????? ????TAG A FRIEND WHOS PORES COULD USE SOME SHRINKAGE and dont forget to LIKE this video for more INEXPENSIVE DIYS LIKE DIS! 🙂 help ya FRANDMA out ILYSM!????❤️ Disclaimer: Test patch first. Always!
Homemade face masks can often be great for your skin if you’re using the right ingredients, but certain ingredients are way too harsh on your skin. When it comes to those ingredients, you want to stay away.
Ingredients that are harsh on your skin include baking soda, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and anything with harsh granules like sugar or walnut shells. If you’re unsure if the ingredients are good or bad for you, look it up!
The one above, believe it or not, is totally find for your skin, and it looks pretty cool too.
Growing up, you were always told to take your vitamins, and that still applies. However, not all vitamins are created equally. Instagram brands try to sell vitamins to consumers, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
If a vitamin brand has outrageous claims (lose 10 pounds in 3 days, will cure a disease, can grow your hair double the length in 6 months,) then they may not be a good vitamin to take.
As good as those claims sound, they’re probably too good to be true. If you want to buy vitamins, do your own research on the ingredients and make sure none of them are harmful.
What other “self care tips” do you stay away from like the plague?