DIY hacks for beauty have been around for as long as we can remember. As Indians, most of us grew up using some or the other DIY recipe that our moms and grandmas used in their beauty routines. As grown-ups, some of us still follow them out of habit, because it’s affordable and it feels natural.

While DIYs are fun to whip up and quick to create, some ingredients may not be doing what they promise, in fact, they might be ruining your skin. So, if you are guilty of using one of the following DIYs in your beauty routine stop it ASAP!

 

Toothpaste for acne

Toothpaste for acne

We have said this before and we will say it again, please stop applying toothpaste on zits and pimples. It is filled with ingredients that might irritate your skin such as peppermint, artificial fragrances, peroxide and alcohol. This will affect your healthy skin cells, make your skin dry and even leave a black mark behind. Opt for spot treatments or apply diluted tea tree oil to the area, instead.

 

Lemon for brightness

Lemon for brightness

If you are a DIY enthusiast, you may have heard or even used lemon on your skin in an attempt to make it look brighter. You obviously failed in achieving that brightness and might have even ended up with burns. We will tell you why this is a bad idea – lemon juice is highly acidic with a pH of 2, so when it comes in contact with your skin it disrupts the skin’s acid mantle and causes irritation. Instead opt for skincare products with vitamin C. If you must use lemon in a DIY face pack, make sure it is diluted or mixed with another ingredient.

 

Sugar for exfoliating

Sugar for exfoliating

Using homemade sugar scrubs on your body and lips is completely fine, but the sharp edges of sugar crystals are quite abrasive for your delicate facial skin. It can cause micro-tears at the surface layer of your skin causing irritation, inflammation and red marks. Opt for skin-specific, readily available mild scrubs instead.

 

Mayonnaise as a face mask

Mayonnaise as a face mask

Mayo might be most delicious on your club sandwich but your skin hates it! Applying a mayonnaise mask to your face is like inviting acne, blocked pores and bacteria for a party on your facial skin. It only consists of oil and fat so avoid it at all costs, even if you have extremely dry skin. Instead, apply olive oil if you want to moisturise your skin.

 

Tomato juice for reducing oiliness

Tomato juice for reducing oiliness

You may have read how tomato juice or rubbing a tomato slice over your face can control excessive oil, acne and redness. But just like lemon, tomatoes too, are very acidic in nature and can make your existing skin problems worse. They are full of vitamins and antioxidants so include them in your salad but never on your face directly. To control excess oil apply a clay based mask that will absorb all the oil naturally.