Whether you actively Google “DIY beauty hacks” or you stumble across them on Twitter, you’ll find that a lot of them have quite a few things in common. Like coconut oil. Or toothpaste.
But are they really all they are cracked up to be and do they really do what the internet says they do?
Let’s find out.
2. Eliminating dead cells with lemon or lime juice
You know how even just a drop of this stuff makes your mouth go all sour and slightly painful? That’s pretty much how your face will feel if you force these very acidic juices on it because they’re way too harsh.
Even worse, if you’re anywhere near the sun, they can trigger a chemical reaction that causes a rash, a severe almost blister burn, so pretty much more problems than you started with.
3. Exfoliating with sugar, salt, or baking soda
The granules commonly used in DIY exfoliating scrubs can have rough or jagged edges, or may simply be too harsh on sensitive skin, potentially leaving it red and raw.
A kinder, gentler way to glow if you’re seeking a DIY beauty hack is to lightly rub skin in a circular motion with a soft washcloth while cleansing.
4. Putting toothpaste on pimples
While it has been rumored to dry out pimples thanks to ingredients like baking soda and peroxide, there’s a good chance it might also leave the area redder and more irritated.
For some people who go all out while brushing, migrating toothpaste can cause tiny red and rashy bumps around the mouth. But really, why would you use toothpaste on your face?
5. Setting your makeup with hairspray
It holds your hair in place, so why not have it pull double duty as a makeup setting spray? The answer is pretty simple, it causes irritation, dryness, flaking and it makes more sense to stick to translucent powder or a setting spray that’s actually formulated for the face.