Skincare is no longer limited to a face wash and a moisturiser. Apart from learning about activities, compounds, and items like serums, toners, essential oils, and more, there is another world where beauty reigns supreme, and that world is none other than the world of internet hacks. The internet is flooded with information, whether it’s TikTok beauty or influencers and e-beauty gurus. However, there is a dark side to this virtual world (at least for your skin). As beneficial and simple as it may look, it may jeopardise your skin’s health and beauty. We’ve compiled a list of hacks that you should avoid at all costs.

1. Sunscreen contouring

On TikTok, there’s a phenomenon called sunscreen contouring as a trick for achieving a natural contour. As absurd as the concept may appear, the potential consequences are terrifying. In places subjected to sunlight, natural-looking bronzed skin might result in tan, sun damage, and other skin issues. Let us tell you right now before a doctor says it, don’t try this. Contour powders are a much more affordable alternative.

2. Toothpaste on acne

This one has lingered a little longer than it should. To begin with, the most basic reason for not using toothpaste on your skin is that it is designed for your teeth, not your skin. Second, the antibacterial chemical triclosan, which was previously an important component of its formulation, is no longer frequently employed in toothpaste production. As a result, wave farewell to toothpaste and welcome to anti-zit patches.

3. Glue as a blackhead remover.

While this technique will bring you back to your youth, when putting glue and pulling it off was a joyful activity, so-called beauty bloggers are leveraging glue’s peel-off feature to replace pore strips. This is a bad and ill-informed concept. Because glue is thin and weak, it can’t pull tough crud and grime out of your pores, and it’s also loaded with chemicals you don’t want to expose your skin too.

4. Roll-ons on as makeup primers.

 We weren’t sure how to respond when we first observed TikTokers applying lubricants and deodorant roll-ons to their skin instead of makeup primers. First and foremost, is it intended for use on the skin? Second, instead of spending money on a nice primer, why not just get one? There are a plethora of pore-minimizing options available. While lubricants may not contain skin-harming substances, deodorant roll-ons do contain aluminum, which is extremely harmful to the skin. According to Femina.

Do you think sealed-in pores are bad for your skin’s health?