Since stores, salons and online deliveries were all shut for a couple of months due to the pandemic, DIY skincare became a massive trend in 2020. And since we had lots of extra time on hand, beauty buffs wasted no time in turning to the internet to look up some home remedies to deal with their skincare woes.

While some of those home remedies may actually work and show results thanks to natural active ingredients present in them, a lot of them can do more harm than good. To help you get a better idea, we’ve listed down four common skin treatments and homemade skincare remedies that you’re better off without trying. Trust us, your skin will definitely thank you for this…


01. Over-exfoliating

4 common skincare practices to stop following ASAP

The amazing benefits of exfoliating are far too many. From sloughing away dead skin to leaving your skin looking brighter, a good exfoliator is mandatory in every skincare routine. However, it is important to limit the number of times you exfoliate your skin. Over exfoliation not only leaves your skin raw and irritated, but it can also compromise the skin’s barrier function, leaving it a lot more susceptible to damage.


02. Applying lemon juice on the face

4 common skincare practices to stop following ASAP

Using lemon juice to brighten your skin and remove tan is perhaps one of the most common DIY skincare remedies available online. But unfortunately, it is just as harmful to your skin as it is popular, especially if you have sensitive skin. This is because lemon juice is highly acidic in nature and can irritate your skin as well as causing photosensitivity. It can also leave with you with burns that can take weeks, if not months, to heal in severe cases.


03. Believing everything natural is always good

4 common skincare practices to stop following ASAP

Natural and organic skincare products have been gaining popularity recently as people automatically tend to assume they are safer. But it is always advisable to exercise some caution here as not everything natural is always suitable for your skin type and can cause an adverse reaction. Additionally, an all-natural product contains no preservatives. which means they are more likely to get contaminated than their synthetic counterpart.


04. Not being mindful when whipping up DIY face masks

4 common skincare practices to stop following ASAP

DIY face masks may seem like an excellent natural solution to several skincare problems, but it is better to tread with caution. When concocting a DIY face mask, it is imperative to pick the right ingredients. The most common DIY face mask ingredients (mayonnaise, egg whites, baking soda, ACV, etc.) actually do more than good, and therefore are best avoided. Thoroughly research and patch test ingredients before putting them in your face mask to prevent an allergic reaction.