This lockdown has definitely got our creative juices flowing. Right from sewing our own face masks to preparing DIY skincare products at home, we’ve learned to pretty much create anything at the comforts of our home. Speaking of DIYs, it’s important to choose your ingredients carefully, especially while preparing a facial scrub. Applying any harsh ingredient can cause your skin to act up or damage it. Ahead, 5 ingredients you should never add to your DIY face scrub.
Sugar crystals, both white and brown, have sharp edges. Using it in a facial scrub can be quite harsh on your skin. The granules can cause micro-abrasions on the surface of the skin and even damage your skin if used frequently. Dryness, irritation, redness, scars and wounds are some of the common side effects of using sugar in your DIY face scrub.
Lemon is highly acidic in nature and the combination of sugar and lemon as a scrub is a recipe for disaster. Lemon is one of the harshest natural ingredients and should never be applied to the skin. It irritates the skin by stripping off the natural oils and makes your skin extremely sensitive and prone to sun damage. The last thing you want right now is chemical burns on your skin and no dermatologist to visit. Hence, it’s best to avoid DIYs with lemon in them.
Ground walnut shells
We know what you are thinking — with so many scrubs in the market that contain walnut, how can this ingredient be bad, right? The truth is, scrubs that contain walnut may not be harsh for everyone but they can be quite abrasive for those with sensitive skin. It can lead to dryness as well as unwanted skin peeling. Therefore, as a general rule of thumb, it is best to avoid this ingredient, especially in DIY scrubs.
Another common ingredient recommended in DIY scrubs is coffee grounds. It’s safe to use coffee grounds on your body, but not on the facial skin as the uneven and rough grains can cause small tears on the top layer of the skin and lead to hyperpigmentation.