Why You Should Never Use Hair Spray On Your Skin

There are tons of beauty hacks out there to avoid pricey cosmetic products. One that is well-known for keeping your makeup in flawless shape is using hair spray on your face to "set" your makeup. While it is a trick that beauty experts say has been popular on the pageant and drag queen circuit for years, is this a hack that should be left behind?

According to makeup experts, while it is effective, hair spray should not be applied to your face as a makeup setter. Hair spray contains lacquers and alcohol that will dry out your skin, sometimes leaving red bumps and dehydrating your skin (via Cosmopolitan). This can have adverse effects, like aging your skin.

Depending on if it's an aerosol or spray can, hairspray typically contains polymers and propellants or solvents, like alcohol, according to the National Capital Poison Center. The irritants in hairspray are low in toxicity, but can cause an allergic reaction on your skin in the form of an itchy rash. It is not hugely dangerous on its own, but can be uncomfortable to deal with.

How to keep your makeup looking fresh

Many hair sprays also contain essential oils or fragrances, which can also be problematic from an allergen perspective. Each manufacturer has its own formula, so possible reactions can vary depending on your product.

So how can you keep your makeup looking fresh? Experts tell Makeup.com the key to having long-lasting makeup is to use a makeup primer and setting spray specifically designed for the sensitive skin on your face. Using this tactic avoids clogged pores and keeps your skin healthy and glowing.

Hair spray should be used on your hair in a well-ventilated area. If it gets on your skin, you can wash it off to prevent any irritation. If hair spray is ingested or is sprayed in your eyes or skin and you are experiencing adverse effects, contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or on the Poison Control website.