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Although social media is an excellent tool for learning beauty tips and tricks, it can also be a very dangerous place. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet about different kinds of beauty hacks that could harm you.

Here's what to stay away from when it comes to beauty trends on social media. 

Face taping 

Although the idea of giving yourself a facelift without going under the knife is quite tempting, this can be pretty dangerous. Face taping can damage your skin because the different types of adhesive can harm your face. In addition, with prolonged use of tape, the area can become discolored and irritated. It is also not an effective way to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines; in fact, using face tape for an extended period of time can actually contribute to sagging. 

Slugging with Vaseline 

Although slugging your skin isn't overtly bad, it can still harm your skin. If you are someone who struggles with clogged pores, have retained makeup, or are a user of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or retinoids, this might not be the best choice for you. Since you would be trapping these particles, it causes some issues to your skin. Trapping these particles, specifically the AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids, can lead to infection, breakouts, or unpredictable results.

Sunscreen contouring

Sunscreen contouring involves putting a base layer of SPF or adding a thicker layer only "where the sun hits," and it's supposed to give you a natural contour. Alternatively, people only put SPF on their high points, so they get a "natural contour." However, since your face is not exposed to the same amount of sunlight, it can lead to uneven sunburn or tanning. 

DIY coffee scrubs on your face 

Although DIY scrubs can be a super fun and easy thing to do, they can sometimes do more harm than good. The first thing is if you're making the scrub at home, there is no way to tell the expiration date or how long the product will last. It is a physical exfoliant, which can be a little much for certain skin types. It is also worth noting that since it is not consistent in texture, it can cause microtears in your skin, which can lead to all kinds of skin issues. It also can clog water pipes, so is it worth the cost of a plumber?