Whether you are a beauty rookie or an expert; beauty hacks can get anyone excited! Doubling up that lipstick as a blush or using that kajal for smoky eyes—there is no denying that these beauty hacks are fun. Having said that, some beauty hacks can do more damage than good. While some hacks are outright silly; there are those that are just plain bad for your skin.

Read on and take note as we list the beauty hacks you need to avoid in the interest of your skin...


Beauty Mistake #1: Exfoliating your face with sugar, salt or baking soda

Exfoliating your face with sugar, salt or baking soda

Homemade scrubs are great but not for the face. Scrubs made with ingredients like sugar, salt and baking soda can exfoliate skin but when used on facial skin; they can prove to be harsh and cause breakouts.

We suggest you play it safe and opt for a natural scrub like the St. Ives Fresh Face Apricot Scrub instead. Packed with the goodness of apricot and walnut, it's vitamin B and E content helps remove extra oil and heals skin leaving it soft and supple.


Beauty Mistake #2: Zapping zits with toothpaste

Zapping zits with toothpaste

We have all heard this one but let's just spare our skin this chemical horror! Yes, applying toothpaste dries out pimples because of the peroxide and baking soda content but it can rob your skin of its natural moisture.


Beauty Mistake #3: Deo stick as a matte primer

Deo stick as a matte primer

The basic function of a primer is to work as a smooth, long-lasting base for your foundation. Deodorant sticks on the other hand, have properties that suppress sweat and not sebum production! It only functions therefore is to be an antiperspirant. Which means using the duo stick for your face will only make your skin blotchy, irritated and might just cause a breakout.

We say you go with a trusted primer instead. We suggest you go with the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Primer which instantly brightens primes, softens blemishes and pores to give you a perfect canvas for your makeup.

P.S: Leave the duo stick alone.

Beauty Mistake #4: Hairspray as makeup setting spray

There is no way you would do that to your skin. Right? As weird as that may sound, we've heard of this and here is what we think. No. Not. Never! A hair spray is a blend of polymers that provides structural support to your hair and keeps it in place. If applied on face, it can lead to skin problems, so we suggest you stick to either blotting sheets or a makeup spray instead and save your skin a breakout.


Beauty Mistake #5: Using coconut oil as face moisturiser

Using coconut oil as face moisturiser

Coconut oil is being considered the IT beauty ingredient right now so this one can be controversial. But if our beauty experience is anything to go by, using coconut oil for face moisturisation is a huge risk. While it is definitely a great ingredient for cooking and hair massages; coconut oil can clog pores and lead to skin problems.

So we suggest, you don't get too experimental with your skin and opt for a safe moisturiser like the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Gel Creme which hydrates your skin and gives it a glossy coat without making it oily and greasy.