DIY beauty hacks: They’re everywhere. Pinterest is riddled with them. Vloggers rave about them. Hell, we’ve even covered the dos and don’ts of them. But just in case you needed yet another reminder to approach do-it-yourself tricks with a veil of caution, here goes: Not all beauty hacks are worthy of risking your time—and safety.
Take, for example, a recent Reddit posting, which featured a user waxing poetic about the benefits of wiping away her makeup at the day’s end using a drugstore conditioner as makeup remover. Didn’t catch that? Here it is again: One woman uses conditioner—you know, the hair treatment that follows shampoo—to take off her smudgy eyeliner and mascara. Her go-to formula? The Tresemme 24HR Healthy Volume Conditioner, apparently.
Under the thread titled,”[Cringe] Saw this on a Facebook beauty group… girl no,” Reddit user supersassysara shared a screengrab of a Facebook friend’s post, which featured a photo of the Tresemme conditioner in question, with the caption: “Please tell me I’m not the only one that takkes their makeup off with conditioner,” she asked. “I swear it never breaks me out and always leaves my face smooth. Better [than] any makeup remover I’ve ever used!”
After a quick scroll through the Tresemme treatment’s ingredient list, we discovered it’s actually formulated with a slew of ingredients commonly found in some of our favorite skin-care products. There’s niacinamide, which we love for its re-texturizing properties, and exfoliating lactic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells. But still, is a product made for hair safe for the face? Convinced that this hack is more far-fetched than fact, we phoned a friend—New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner—to weigh in on the questionable cleansing trick.
His take on the hack? Just as we suspected: He doesn’t recommend hair-care products for the skin. “Similar rules apply to cleansing the skin and the hair: Cleansing agents, known as surfactants, bind to dirt and oil and are washed away when the product is rinsed,” says Zeichner. “But the difference is that hair is dead keratin, while the outer skin layer is alive and disruptions may lead skin dysfunction.”
And for sensitive skin types, Zeichner says to steer clear of this trick due to the potential irritation caused by the conditioner’s aromas. “Fragrances that cause no issues when used in the hair may lead to irritation or allergies if in contact for extended periods of time on the face,” he tells Allure. “Extended contact may lead to skin irritation and inflammation.”
More DIY skin-care hacks:
- DIY: Jessica Alba’s Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub
- Video: DIY Chest Rub From The Ayesha Curry Cookbook
- This DIY Contouring Mask Will Change Your Beauty Routine
Suffice it to say, don’t try this at home, folks. Products are formulated for specific parts of the body, so please—we beg of you—use them in the way in which they were intended. By doing so, not only will you be avoiding possible allergic reactions to products, but consider it an incentive to add a new (or two) product to your skin-care arsenal.
Now that you’ve learned about the conditioner as makeup remover hack, learn two new skin-care hacks, perfect for winter: