A good DIY beauty recipe is always tempting, so you end up making a guinea pig of yourself and trying it out. Sometimes it works out, and some other times, not so much. DIY hacks are insanely easy to make, the ingredients readily available and don’t burn a hole in your pocket. In short, DIY skincare remedies check all the right boxes. Now hang on a minute. All ingredients don’t fare well for every skin type and some are not even meant to be used on your skin at least not how most people use them.
TBH, we all are guilty of having used certain ingredients the wrong way, or having used too much, only to regret it afterwards. But let’s learn from our mistakes. Here are all the facts about common DIY ingredients and hacks that you didn’t know. Read this so you don't make any mistakes with DIY remedies again.
The big egg theory
Did you know that egg yolk is for dry skin while whites are for oily? Yep! Egg yolk is moisturising and retains natural oils in your skin and thus good for dry skin. Whites, on the other hand, zap the excess oil and help shrink pores. But, if you have normal skin, use the whole content of the egg. Now, you know which part of the egg you should be using in your face masks.
Don’t ever use undiluted apple cider vinegar
ACV is a boon for oily skin but using it undiluted can cause inflammation and a stinging sensation. Balance out the high acidic levels of ACV by diluting it in equal parts of water.
Leave that toothpaste for your teeth, please
Leaving toothpaste on a zit overnight to zap it, is a trick we learnt in college but didn’t know could do more harm than good. It contains alcohol, peppermint and chemicals which can burn the skin and even leave marks. Trust only over-the-counter treatments or natural ingredients such as tea tree oil and aloe vera gel for your DIY pimple hacks.
Salt and sugar together is a no-no
Granulated sugar is a common ingredient in many DIY face scrubs. Team it with another common scrub ingredient, salt, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for…irritated skin! The harsh granules of salt and sugar can leave your skin red, itchy and with a rash. Instead use a mild scrub that is gentle on your skin and does a similar job.
Better save lemon-infused face masks for the PM routine
Lemon, a popular and widely used skincare ingredient, is highly acidic and thus causes skin sensitivity when exposed to sun. So, if you are planning to pamper your skin with a face mask that contains lemon juice this weekend, better cancel your plans for the day or use it in the night. The rule of thumb is to always use an SPF when you are using any skincare with vitamin C in it.