Ever since the lockdown was implemented, many of us have turned to DIY recipes to meet our beauty needs. From whipping face masks and scalp scrubs to body butter, this is the perfect opportunity to include natural ingredients in our beauty routine. But while this could be a fun activity for you, are you sure it’s helping your skin?

Sorry to break it to you, but not every DIY recipe you find of the internet can give you great skin; some of them can, in fact, be quite harmful to your skin. To help you get a better idea of what we are talking about and give you a head start in the right direction, following are three skin solutions that you should never DIY at home…

 

01. Lemon-based face masks

01. Lemon-based face masks

Lemon has been a staple ingredient in several DIY hair and face mask recipes. In fact, people even use a bit of lemon juice as a natural bleach to lighten their skin tone. While this does work to a certain extent, raw lemon juice is highly acidic in nature and can end up burning the skin and cause inflammation, irritation and sensitise the skin, leaving it more prone to sun damage.

 

02. Salt-based face and body scrubs

02. Salt-based face and body scrubs

We won’t be surprised if all the extra time on hand has made you take exfoliation more seriously. While that’s great (and exfoliating your skin does come with a lot of benefits), using salt as an ingredient in your face and body scrub isn’t such a great idea. Why? Because the salt we use for cooking is quite coarse and has a lot of rough edges that can end up causing micro-tears on the surface of the skin which are not visible to the naked eye. Micro-tears slowly weaken the skin's barrier, making it more prone to dryness, redness and can sensitize the skin.

 

03. Toothpaste as a spot treatment

03. Toothpaste as a spot treatment

Girls, please stop applying toothpaste on your zits and acne. Not only will it dry out your skin, but with also damage it and cause chemical burns due to the ingredients like peppermint, peroxide, alcohol, etc. present in it.