One scroll through Pinterest or YouTube, and you’ll see several DIY skincare hacks that promise to give you clear, glowing and flawless skin in a matter of minutes. Now, while these beauty tips and hacks might be absolutely natural and cost-effective, are they really efficient and more importantly, safe? Not always.

Following are some viral DIY beauty hacks and natural ingredients that do more harm than good.

 

Lemon juice induced face masks

Lemon juice induced face masks

We all know by now that lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C and that is one ingredient that’s chock-full of beauty benefits. But lemon juice has a high acidic value and applying it to your skin completely messes your skin’s natural pH level. It causes excessive dryness, redness, flakiness and photosensitivity and hence, it’s best to avoid this ingredient.

 

Baking soda in masks and scrubs

Baking soda in masks and scrubs

Baking soda has been gaining a lot of popularity in the beauty world thanks to the innumerable benefits it brings along. But baking soda is also highly acidic in nature and is responsible for stripping away your skin’s natural barrier. This leaves your skin super dry and sensitive, making it produce more oil to overcompensate for the lack of moisture leading to excessively oily skin, acne, clogged pores, etc.

 

Using toothpaste on pimples

Using toothpaste on pimples

This is a really common DIY hack to get rid of zits and pimples overnight, but beware, because this comes with a lot of skin-damaging effects. The ingredients such as menthol, hydrogen peroxide, etc. are not meant to be applied onto your skin, let alone allow them to sit overnight. Apart from excessively drying out your skin, this DIY beauty hack also makes your skin super sensitive and runs the risk of permanently damaging it.

 

Glue to get rid of blackheads

Glue to get rid of blackheads

This sounds like a fun DIY activity, doesn’t it? Apply a thin layer of glue on your nose, allow it to dry and then just peel it off? Well, it’s not exactly fun for your skin and we’ll tell you why. Even though you may use non-toxic glue which is safe for the skin on your hands, it doesn’t mean it is safe to be applied to your face. This may cause serious allergic reactions and may leave your skin clogged and raw.