According to the National Institute of Health, lemon juice is phototoxic. In other words, the acids in lemon juice strip your skin of its natural moisture and texture, rendering you susceptible to burns and other forms of skin damage.
So save that slice of Meyer for your iced tea: taken non-topically, lemon has excellent health benefits.
Outdated Tip #4: Zap Zits with Toothpaste
Spot a pimple, reach for the Crest?
Seemed like a simple, economical solution when we were teenagers, but we’ve come a long way in terms of understanding the body’s largest organ (yes, that would be your skin).
The leading ingredients of toothpaste are baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol—three of the most drying ingredients you could possibly put on your complexion.
While toothpaste pulls oil from acne, it might also leave it infected—not to mention super dried out and patchy.
So save that tube of blue for your chompers. It’s where it was made to be put.
Outdated Tip #5: Use Sunscreen Only During the Summer Months
Sunscreen used to mean one thing: summer vacations spent by some sun-drenched pool or shore, when all the kids your age had peeling skin no matter how many times your mom reapplied SPF, which, by and large, was used only between Memorial and Labor Day.
But remember that this was before the detrimental impacts of sun damage had made their way into mainstream consciousness, when adults pestered us to put on that sunscreen, but only when it was, well, sunny.