Getting a Brazilian blowout
You may have heard about this popular hair straightening treatment that results in smoother, sleeker hair. While it’s hailed as a hair-repairing solution, since it claims not to cause any damage to the follicles, experts warn that it’s dangerous to your health as it contains formaldehyde. In 2011 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recalled keratin products containing formaldehyde and the media began to warn people of the danger involved in keratin treatments.
Purchasing chemical peel ingredients and DIYing it at home
A chemical peel is a kind of treatment you definitely want to see a professional for, as it involves blistering the skin to the point of it peeling off. While it can be great for skin renewal – when performed by a professional – avoid doing it yourself with ingredients purchased online. “There is no way of knowing what’s really in the product purchased, and there are many counterfeit products out there which can be very dangerous,” warns medical aesthetician, Jacqui Terese. “A reputable distributor would never allow this, as their products are only sold to medically managed offices with codes for tracking purposes.”
Using coloured pencils and crayons as makeup
Pencils and crayons that are intended for arts and crafts projects are definitely not meant to be used as makeup substitutions. “Although most of these colouring tools are non-toxic, it’s possible that they contain higher levels of lead than what is generally recommended as safe,” says Dr Palm. “Additionally, some of the colours, dyes, and stabilisers used in these creative tools are dangerous on the face, and, as a result, patients may accidentally ingest dangerous materials or develop contact allergies and skin problems or eye infections from use.”