Beauty DIYs that are not as safe as people claim

Not all DIYs are great for your skin.

DIY exfoliating (Courtesy)

DIYs are great, but let’s be honest. Most of the times, it’s a case of trial and error. Remember DIY means Do It Yourself. So, while the outcome may be great, it could also go the other way. It’s all about giving it a try without too many expectations and if it works out, well and good; if not, on to the next. Now, there are a tone of beauty DIYs out there. While some may work just fine for some people, others don’t. For instance, these very common beauty DIYs can actually ruin your skin.

1. Lime as deodorant.

You have heard it and read it over and over again on beauty blogs that you can use lime or lemon in place of deodorant. It’s believed that the acidity in the lime or lemon stops sweat and gets rid of bacteria that causes odor. While this may be true, this hack could actually end up doing more harm than good. Because of its acidic nature, rubbing lime juice under your arms which is a sensitive area, can lead to skin irritation, blisters and painful burns.

2. Using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth.

Even though hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in teeth whitening toothpaste, using it as a DIY hack is very dangerous. That’s right, using pure hydrogen peroxide without diluting it with water can lead to severe mouth tissue burns as well as destroy the enamel of your teeth.

3. Exfoliating with sugar.

This is super common, we have seen it all over. However, while it sure can exfoliate the skin, the uneven edges of sugar are too harsh sometimes to be used on your face. The rigorous act of exfoliating using sugar can cause micro-tears on the surface of your skin, leading to inflammation and irritation after exfoliating. If you’re going to use sugar, make sure it’s the really fine kind of sugar.

4. Egg white face mask.

This is another really common beauty DIY. According to YouTube beauty DIY gurus, putting egg whites on your face is the secret to getting rid of black heads and tightening the pores. However, this DIY could actually go the other way round. Not only are you running the risk of getting Salmonella by putting raw eggs on your skin, but you could also get negative reactions on your skin such as clogged pores and breakouts

5. Toothpaste on pimples.

Some people swear by this DIY, myself included. Putting a dab of toothpaste on your pimple before going to bed will dry out the pimple, at least most of the time! However, toothpaste is made for hard enamel on your teeth and it should never be placed on the skin. Even though it will almost always dry out the pimple, it’s important to note that it can also deplete healthy moisture from the surrounding areas of the pimple and it can lead to chemical burns if the toothpaste is left on for too long.

Now that you know, be careful when taking on these DIY projects.


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