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The Beautiful Skin Blog — tips

Bad skincare advice: 4 ridiculous ideas that DON'T work

Taking care of your skin is so important.

The products you choose matter, of course, but so do your diet, your sleep habits, and so on. We've passed along some great, simple skincare tips and we keep adding to our list.

BUT … scouring the web, we've stumbled across a few recommendations that struck us as … let's say 'strange'. At best.

So we collected a few and ran them by Dr. Louise Hidinger.

Dr. Hidinger (check out her twitter and blog) has a PhD in biological chemistry and a certification in cosmetic science. She previously told us about why old makeup becomes risky makeup – and now, in this article we pass along her reactions to weird bits of skincare advice you might find on the web.


#1  My face isn't a BLT sandwich, thanks

The ridiculous idea: If you get sunburned, put a fresh tomato slice on your face.

What's going on here? Tomatoes have antioxidants, okay, but a fresh slice curing sunburn?

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Healthy skin tip #9: Clean your cell phone (and your glasses)

Remember our "obvious-but-surprising" tip about using a clean pillowcase? Same thought applies to other things that touch your face. Your phone being probably the #1 overlooked contender. How many times each day do you use your phone? Well, a dirty phone leaves behind dirt (and oil, and germs) on your skin. So clean your phone, and you'll have a positive effect on your skin as well! Use distilled water for the screen and camera; use rubbing alcohol for hard plastic – such as the body of the phone and possibly the case. Here's a simple how-to on cleaning your phone. Take a moment...

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Healthy skin tip #8: Take cooler showers

Who doesn't love a long, luxurious, relaxing hot shower? Surprise - your face doesn't! Long, hot showers strip your skin of its protective oils. That makes your skin start to dry out! It's true – standing in hot water too long is drying, not hydrating. And when your skin is dry, it's more easily damaged. As usual, WebMD (we love WebMD) references a medical doctor on this issue – Dr. Andrea Lynn Cambo – advising short warm showers or baths, not longer than 5 to 10 minutes.   photo credit    We suggest making face-washing separate from your shower time, giving your...

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Healthy skin tip #7: Throw out your old makeup!

Want healthier skin? (Of course – why else would you be reading this blog?!) Take a look through your cosmetics and ruthlessly chuck out anything that's past its prime. Old makeup runs the risk of contamination. To clear up a misconception: Bacteria aren't the problem. The real enemy is mold and fungus, according to Dr. Louise Hidinger. Dr. Hidinger has a PhD in biological chemistry and also holds a post-graduate certificate in cosmetic science. (If you haven't already discovered her awesome blog Ingredients of Style, go! Now!) Via email, she explains for us what happens as cosmetic products age: Bacteria...

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