Beauty SOS: Six Dangerous Beauty Treatments to Avoid

We can all be on the quest for the perfect dewy skin or perfecting our hair or makeup. And as a result, many of us are prepared to try out some new treatments on the quest to achieve our goals. Whether it is wanting Kim K curves, Cara’s eyebrows or Miranda Kerr’s clear skin, there are lots of products are treatments out there to try.

But the question is, how can we know what treatments are going to be good for us and actually make a change to our look for the better? The last thing we want is to have a treatment have a detrimental effect or be one of these trendy treatments that don’t actually work. So here is a compiled list of some treatments that you should avoid. They have been found to be quite dangerous and not thoroughly tested. So no matter how good they might sound, they should be avoided at all costs.

Brazilian Blowouts

If you have super curly hair, then having a blow-dry is going to be one of the things on your list from time to time, right? By itself, there is nothing wrong with a blow-dry, and they can be basically harmless. But the problem lies with the products that they use in a blow-dry that is specifically being marketed as a Brazilian Blowout. Reports have shown that the chemicals and hair products that they use during them have led to skin irritation, burns, and even leading to breathing difficulties. So it really isn’t worth it, is it?

Gel Manicures

This isn’t to say that all gel manicures are going to be bad for you – I get them often. But you do need to do some research into the kind of products/tools that your beauty salon or manicurist uses. The reason being, not all gels are created equal. In order to cut costs, some salons might use gels that contain some very harmful products that can actually do some damage to you and your nails. So do some research before you head for a manicure, especially if you’re going to a salon that you’ve never been to before.

Tanning Beds

I’m fairly confident that this one is self-explanatory by now – there’s research backing that people who use tanning beds are more likely to get skin cancer than those who don’t. Skip the beds and go for tanning products and bronzers – so many good ones to choose out there. Do some research here, as well – I try to go for products that are more on the natural/organic side of things.

Sharing Makeup

I love going through friends’ makeup, doing friends’ makeup, etc. – however, be cautious of sharing some products, like any eye products. Makeup needs to be replaced quite regularly, especially mascara. 

Extreme Skin Exfoliation

Exfoliating removes dead skin, and leaves things feeling smoother, softer. There is nothing wrong with exfoliating your skin from time to time and doing it gently. When it is done well, there’s nothing to worry about. Problems arise, however, with excessive skin exfoliation. Scrubbing your skin too hard with something abrasive can leave you feeling raw – not the best feeling, as I’m sure you can imagine. You can also break certain blood capillaries when scrubbing too hard, leading to lots of skin damage. So take it steady and be gentle!

Waist Training

If you want to get healthier and into better shape for summer, and for life in general, then one of the best ways to do it is to simply cut down your calorific intake and get to the gym more and more – science. However, waist trainers have become a bit of a trend recently, where they are worn at night or under certain outfits. These look pretty horrifying to me, and, can have very scary side effects –  they can compress your ribs and can even make it difficult to breathe. We all have a natural shape, and it is going to be painful to change it by forcing it. So, don’t!! Take things day by day, step by step. Go to the gym when you can, and have a cheat day every once in a while. 

Have you ever made a beauty choice that you regretted? Let me know in the comments!


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