Posts Tagged Beauty DIY

1 Woman Used Petroleum Jelly as Mascara, but Here's Why a Derm Says You Shouldn't

Trying out a beauty DIY is risky business. I’ll admit that most of my trust issues stem from the fact that, regardless of what Pinterest “hacks” say, it’s actually a really f*cking bad idea to put toothpaste on your pimples. (Turns out, the teeth-whitening ingredients can actually really irritate your skin.) Similarly, in a video first spotted by Allure , a vlogger can be seen applying a homemade petroleum-jelly-based mix to her eyes as makeshift mascara. While her hustle is seriously impressive, we couldn’t help but become everyone’s mom and wonder: is it safe to put that ointment so close to your eyes?

We reached out to Rachel Nazarian, M.D., F.A.A.D. of NYC’s Schweiger Dermatology Group , to understand the safety – or lack thereof – of this viral lash-plumping procedure. First off, Dr. Nazarian has a few opinions on the ingredient itself, saying, “Petroleum jelly is a tried and true product to lock in moisture and to act as a skin barrier. It is generally great for sensitive skin.”

However, she wasn’t so jazzed about the idea of someone putting it so close to their eyelashes. Since petroleum jelly works well as a moisture barrier, “it may cause blocking of the delicate glands and pores around [the area].” According to Dr. Nazarian, clogging those spots can lead to inflammation “and potentially the development of styes.”

And although it’s common to see makeup artists using toothbrushes to unclump models’ mascara in a pinch backstage at photo shoots or runway shows, repeated use of that process isn’t ideal. “While most toothbrushes tend to be as stiff, or even less stiff, than most mascara brushes, there are many more bristles on a toothbrush than a mascara brush,” Dr. Nazarian said. She added that if you used this hack every day, “Over time, you’d notice less and less eyelashes from the trauma.”

The professional’s final recommendation? “Although it’s tempting to use this beauty hack to save time and money, you’re probably better off saving your lashes and buying traditional mascara.” And with an endless supply of stellar mascaras dropping every day , that’s hardly a chore!

This 3-Product DIY Face Mask With Egg Whites Will Give You Clear Skin

The first thing I think about when I wake up on a Saturday morning is eggs. Before you start making brunch , you may want to save a few eggs for a DIY face mask. According to celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, egg whites are a key ingredient in a natural skin care remedy.

“Egg whites are very effective in keeping the pores clean and are usually in everyone’s kitchen!” she says. “It exfoliates, hydrates, evens pigment, and cleans the pores. It’s a complete multitasker.” This is especially true if you have acne, since egg whites are wonderful for clarifying.

Try Joanna’s DIY Blackhead Busting Egg Mask for clearer skin in a pinch. You’ll need one egg white, one teaspoon lemon juice, and one teaspoon organic yogurt.

To create the mask, beat one egg white with one teaspoon lemon juice until it gets fluffy. Then, add one teaspoon yogurt. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and apply directly to the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove with a warm cloth.

This combination is effective because egg whites are high in protein, which absorbs excess oil from the skin. Lemon juice works as an antiseptic so it gets rid of bacteria (which causes breakouts). Yogurt balances out the detoxifying egg whites and lemon by adding hydration.

“It won’t leave your skin dry, even though it’s clarifying,” Joanna explains. “Yogurt is a great base for anyone’s skin because it’s both soothing and exfoliating. The egg whites help clean out the pores while the lemon juice leaves a bright glow.”

Joanna recommends this remedy for all skin types, but especially if you have normal to oily skin. “It’s a great solution for anyone who struggles to keep their skin clean, and it’s so much better for you than picking at your face,” she advises. “It’s especially great for younger women who are struggling with hormonal breakouts but also have dry skin.”

Looks like you can cure your hungover face and stomach all at once !