When you hear the word “natural” in regards to a product, it’s often assumed to be safe and harmless. After all, how could something dangerous come from nature? The reality is there are lots of unsafe ingredients that you’re using in your daily routine that are natural but still very harmful for your skin and body.
To help keep you safe and educated, we’ve listed a few of the most harmful “natural ingredients” that can be found in common self-care products and break down why they’re awful for your skin.
Peppermint can be added to products as an essential oil and is generally used to mask an unpleasant scent with a light, minty one that is more desirable to use. Sadly, adding peppermint may make your products smell great but it’s going to make your skin a mess!
Peppermint can irritate the skin, especially if you’ve got a sensitive skin type. You can expect redness, itchy skin and even a rash if your dermis doesn’t agree with powerful peppermint. To avoid triggering skin sensitivity, stay away from this ingredient.
Walnuts are a tasty treat but you’ll want to steer clear of using them on your skin, and especially your face. Since banning plastic beads in exfoliators, many brands have looked to Walnut to provide an abrasive exfoliation from a natural source.
The problem is, walnuts can actually cause tiny tears in our skin leading to dryness, flakey skin, and even broken capillaries all over your face so to avoid damage, stick with a daily oil cleanser and only exfoliate once a month. Walnuts are simply too abrasive on the skin and will cause more wrinkles and skin distress in the long run.
Lemon is one of the most dangerous natural ingredients to put on your skin because it can cause permanent damage to your face. Lemon is highly acidic and can alter the pH levels of your face. If you suffer from skin conditions, lemon is likely to make it worse.
Side effects from putting lemon on your skin can include skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, and sensitivity to the sun. The worst and most serious side effect of lemon juice is a chemical burn which can happen simply by putting undiluted lemon directly on the skin. It will leave skin feeling so dry and damaged, you’ll be slathering on Repair & Release Cream just to your skin back to normal.