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February 7, 2018

You May Be Ruining Your Skin if You Follow These Bad Instagram Beauty Tips

It’s not just lemons you need to stay away from. From Elmer’s Glue to, yes, pizza grease, social media is booming with — shall we say, “unique” — beauty hacks. But are these bad Instagram beauty tips really worth ruining your skin for?



2017 was the year of the beauty guru. I think we can all agree that, easily, beauty bloggers are the most influential types of content creators on the Internet. Think about it: When’s the last time you purchased something blindly, without at least looking up a review somewhere? I know I hardly EVER buy anything without looking for reviews, so beauty bloggers are pretty important in my life.


But I don’t know what happened on social media. Viral beauty bloggers went from posting actually helpful tips and tricks to using the most insane products and ingredients on their faces and skin. From cat litter to Elmer’s Glue to pizza grease (I literally cannot with that one), it just seems like every day these gurus are straying further from God’s light.


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Some of the tips are supposed to be money-saving (?!), while others seem to be just for viral shock value. But one thing is for sure — DO NOT TRY ANY OF THESE THINGS AT HOME. Instead, I’m here to help by giving you some (real and effective) alternatives to these ridiculous tips.


Wasabi lip plumping


The queen of insane beauty tricks, Farah Dhukai, posted a video on her Instagram page about a year ago, where she takes a tube of wasabi and spreads it on her lips to mimic “natural lip fillers.”  As of now, this video has been viewed nearly 13.6 million times (AHHHH!). And she is STILL using this trick in a recent video posted in November of last year.


🐝NATURAL LIP FILLERS – get SOFT, PLUMP, FULL, lips without needles or sucking on cups or objects 😳🙄As you may have noticed, I have VERY wrinkly lips and its cold AF in Toronto so now theyre super dry too. Wrinkly + Dry = worst combination ever!! SOOO.. THIS one trick is a great way to get plump lips that look like youve had fillers – theyll be extremely soft, wrinkles will be filled in, theyll have a natural pink color, and theyll be so plump ppl will think youve had them done🙃 all you need is: ✅WASABI! – $4 for a tube at the grocery store or you can keep the leftovers from sushi dates 🍣 😛take a tiny amount and rub it all over your lips ⏰leave on for NO MORE THAN 1 minute wipe off with a damp cloth or baby wipe 💦moisturize IMMEDIATELY! I used my @farsalicare Rose Gold Elixir ✨- you can use whatever you prefer to moisturize your lips, the key is to make sure to moisturize! there you have ittttttt .. pillow soft lips! you can apply a lip color on top if youd like but i personally like how it looks with a plump natural pink color the plumpiness lasts a whole day for me – but everyone is different so results will vary from person to person. The wasabi does sting but it’s less than your traditional lip plumper and the effects last longer 😗 👯don’t forget to share this video with a friend who wants a lil plump job and help a sis outtttt and like this video 👍🏾 Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. Everyone’s skin is different, so result can vary from person to person. I can not vouch for any substitute ingredients. This post is provided for information and educational purposes. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice. Please discontinue use if your skin does not react well to the regimen.

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However, wasabi is probably not the safest nor the most effective product to use on your lips. First, it’s not meant to be used on the skin and can result in pretty painful discomfort and burning sensations. Users that have tried this reported that their eyes and noses starting stinging — not super pleasant! Also, it doesn’t really work. You might experience some initial plumping, but the painful stinging and burning negate that. If you really want to plump your lips, try scrubbing your lips with a sugar-based scrub and using the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. It’s hella hydrating, and makes your lips feel and look smooth and plump.


Elmer’s Glue for blackheads


Blackheads are the bane of most of our existence. According to some beauty “gurus,” slathering a thin layer of glue on your nose, letting it dry, and then peeling it off will help combat blackheads.


▶️PRESS PLAY🎥 BYE, BYE BLACKHEADS 🙈👃🏿 THIS DIY SERIOUSLY WORKS & MY NOSE CAN BREATHE AGAIN 👏🏽 LITERALLY SAW MY BLACKHEADS & NEEDED A QUICK FIX! __________________________________________ What you need: 1. Matcha Green tea 🍵 powder 2. Elmer’s glue 3. Any brush ____________________________________________ Step 1: clean the surface of your nose free of any makeup or dirt Step 2: apply a generous amount to your entire nose Step 3: let the glue dry for about 15 minutes Step 4: gently start peeling where you find it easily lifts Step 5: SAY HELLO TO YOUR GORGEOUS 👃🏿 Disclaimer: please try on a patch of skin, everyone is different and you could react differently to this _____________________________________________ #fcmakeup #ghalichiglam #hudabeauty #makeuptutorialsx0x #wakeupandmakeup #universodamaquiagem_oficial #maquiagemx #ladiesuniverse #makeupfanatic1 #blendthatshit #muscosmeticd #fashionarttut #liveglam #hairmakeupdiary #naturaldermis #slave2beauty #vegasnaylashes #glamorous_nights #style4makeup #vougethreads #makeupcoache #makeupsvid #videosfashions #makeup_clips #fakeupfix #makeupvideoss #makeupgirlz #allmodernmakeup #peachyqueenblog #hudabeauty @hudabeauty @awesomemakeu.p @girlsociety @hairmakeupdiary @allvideosdaily #laurag_143 @laurag_143

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First of all, Elmer’s Glue should not be used on the skin. It can be irritating to the skin and most definitely will not dig deep into your pores to extract blackheads. Second, there are more effective ways to get rid of blackheads, like my bae, the COSRX Blackhead Liquid. Topical products, like the COSRX Liquid work by “ungluing” the dead skin and debris from your pores, which is much more safe (and effective) than attempting to rip them out of your skin with actual glue.


Pizza grease?!


So I read a story about a beauty editor who removed her liquid lipstick with pizza grease, and I actually cannot deal. I think we all know that food grease is highly comedogenic and can cause breakouts, so please, just use my faves, the Innisfree Apple Lip & Eye Remover or Nature Republic Herbal Face Wipes.




Kitty litter face mask


I first saw this whole kitty litter on your face thing on a popular blogger’s site, and it’s been rehashed and imitated all over the web since. The thought behind this is that kitty litter contains natural clay, which is used to help balance oily skin and remove impurities.


However, you can just as easily use something like the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Color Clay Mask Purifying or even just the super popular Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Not only would both of these products be more effective (the former also contains other skin-beneficial ingredients like orchid, green tea, and camellia extracts), they are also cheaper because honestly, who wants to buy an entire bag of cat litter to use as a face mask?!



Have you tried any bad Instagram beauty tips? How’d it work for you? Let us know in the comments!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




I just cringed throughout this article.... why... must they do this?


Glue for blackheads is insane lol. And I know it for sure even if I dared to try it on my skin those pesky thingies wouldn't even budge haha. Once while playing with friends they put some glue on my face but it didn't do anything to my pores. I think it's justa useless "beauty tip" that some girl wanted to go viral.

Aaaand wasabi? Those kind of foods irritate you skin so much that it really hurts. Here we eat something called rocoto (a really tasty kind of chilli, may I add ♥) and if you eat it (about a... Read more


Even the pizza grease girl looked super disgusted, so WHYYYYY???


No way - sounds gross! But makes for an entertaining read :)


And I can't even imagine how painful wasabi must be on your delicate lip area. I mean, it burns in my mouth, and I love spicy food!