DIY skincare is becoming ever so popular with beauty gurus and tik tokers showing all their DIY skincare hacks. BUT, a lot of these routines and ingredients will do more harm to your skin than good, and may seriously harm your skin in the long term. Here’s some DIY skincare you should NEVER try.
DIY Skincare No No – Honey Exfoliator
You’ve seen those beauty gurus on YouTube making their own face scrubs with honey and sugar and lemon. They swear by them, saying that honey moisturizes your skin while the sugar exfoliates and the lemon helps with dark spots and hyper pigmentation. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM!
You can definitely use this scrub for your body, but never put it on your face! The skin on your face is a lot more delicate and putting masks and scrubs with sugar and lemon is a big no no.
Infact, instead of using physical exfoliants like this scrub, try using chemical exfoliants. They are less abrasive but achieve the same goal. My absolute favorite is The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution – best part is, it’s only $9!
Sugar – or other DIY exfoliators like salt or shells – are way too abrasive for your face and can lead to cuts on your skin that you can’t even see. Kylie Jenner received a lot of backlash for her walnut face scrub for this exact reason. Sugar, and other similar ‘exfoliators’, are too harsh for your face and can break the skin, leading to severe long term damage if done regularly.
Lemon is also a big no no for DIY skincare ingredients. Some people swear by it to help with dark spots but it usually does more harm than good.
Lemon juice is very acidic and can cause inflammation and irritation.
Using lemon juice, in conjunction with sugar and honey in the exfoliator is asking for trouble because the sugar may cause cuts in your skin and the lemon will irritate it and cause inflammation.
Essential oils are looked at as a ‘natural’, ‘herbal’ remedy for seemingly all ailments. Some people even believe in mixing essential oils into their creams and serums to make the product work better, but there is ZERO science behind this and essential oils will cause irritation in your skin more than anything else.
Though for some people essential oils might work just fine, for others it can cause rashes and irritation. In severe cases, essential oils can cause hives and welts and create irreparable damage to the skin. This will also make your skin very, VERY sensitive to other skincare products.
If you insist on using essential oils as a part of your skincare routine, don’t DIY it. You most probably won’t know the right doses and it can negatively affect your skin.
To be safe though, it’s better to stay away from essential oils altogether.
You’ve probably heard of egg white masks for tightening the skin or using eggs as DIY pore strips, but don’t be fooled!
Even though eggs on their own may not be very harmful to your skin, mixing them with other ingredients can be harmful due to preservatives.
Plus, using eggs in your DIY skincare treatments is very risky since eggs can give you salmonella and other food born pathogens.
Better to be safe than sorry and just ditch the eggs on your face and leave them for breakfast.
Toothpaste for Pimples
This is an age-old DIY skincare hack. Heck, even my mom swears by this. Every time I had a stubborn pimple my mom would tell me to put toothpaste on it to help with redness and inflammation. But here’s why you should NOT use toothpaste on pimples.
Toothpaste has a lot of chemicals. Teeth whitening toothpastes have even more chemicals. While these chemicals are safe to use on your teeth, they are too strong for your skin. So instead of reducing redness and inflammation, toothpaste might make it worse.
Though you should avoid using toothpaste on pimples altogether, you should especially avoid it if you have sensitive skin.
If you have acne, try using products like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. This article covers the three ingredients you need to fight acne – give it a read and use those instead of toothpaste.
It’s hard to believe that some people use mayonnaise as a face mask, but you’d be surprised by it’s popularity in DIY skincare. Many people swear by it for soft, supple, plump skin and use it as a thick moisturizing mask.
Do NOT use mayonnaise in your skincare routine as a face mask because it’s filled with oil and fat, almost guaranteeing that you’ll wake up the next day with a face full of pimples. It’ll clog your pores and lead to A LOT of bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often used for blemishes and acne but you should never use this because of how acidic it is. It can burn your skin and lead to redness and extreme dryness.
Apple cider vinegar is a big NO NO in DIY skincare.
Coconut oil has become the ultimate DIY hack for everything – from hair to skin to nails to cooking. People use it has a face moisturizer, among other things, and this is just asking for a breakout to happen.
Coconut oil will most definitely clog your pores and lead to acne and inflammation.
Some people think it’s okay to use coconut oil if you’re just taking your makeup off or as a cleansing balm but this can still leave a film on your face and cause breakouts.
I don’t know what other DIY hacks you use coconut oil for, but do NOT use it for your face!
Many people swear by witch hazel as the cure to their acne or bad skin. Witch hazel toners have become especially popular in the skincare world. Here’s what you should keep in mind the next time you use witch hazel, especially in its purest form.
Witch hazel is very strong and can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to excess oil production because your skin will compensate for the lack of natural oil.
Witch hazel can lead to irritation, dry skin, and even allergic reactions. Try to avoid using it, and if you do use it, use it in very small quantities and dilute it with water so it’s not as intense.
So let’s sum up 10 skincare ingredients or treatments you should NOT try:
- Honey, lemon, sugar exfoliating scrub
- Essential oils
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Witch hazel
If you love skincare, check out this article on the best ingredients for acne!