4 DIY beauty treatments you should NEVER try at home

Unless you want to ruin your face, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Nov 28, 2016
Don't believe everything those bloggers tell you. There are a few hacks you should never try at home, no matter how tempting they look. Photo: Shutterstock/ IndiaPicture

The Internet is flooded with home remedies that promise tan-free skin in 15 minutes and long lashes in a jiffy, but that doesn't mean you should consider them as gospel of truth. It's the Internet after all people, you don't have to believe every word you read there!

Imagine this: you have a party to go to, but don't have time to visit a parlour for facial. So, you call on Google and come across a DIY hack that guarantees you a blackheads-free nose. You quickly put together the ingredients and give the tip a try. But, within seconds you feel a burning sensation around your nose. You quickly rinse your face with water, only to realize that now you have a big, nasty rash on your skin. Talk about bad luck, huh?

Now, if you don't want to suffer from the same fate, here are a few beauty treatments you should avoid at all cost.

Don't Use Toothpaste To Get Rid Of That Zit
This is probably the oldest trick in the book. Many women apply toothpaste on pimples (including me), hoping that it would magically make the zit disappear overnight. However, take our word--this is the worst thing you can do to your skin. If you have an olive skin tone, you especially want to steer clear of this stupid hack. The more melanin your skin has (read: darker), the more reactive it is going to be. Toothpaste will cause irritation and you will end up having red/brown patches in place of a simple pimple.

Also read: Acne be gone! Breathe in some fresh air to get rid of that zit

Don't Put Baking Soda In Face Masks
There are a ton of face masks that you can make at home. Most of them are pretty easy to conjure and work to some extent. But, you would want to pay a little extra attention to the ingredients you are using. For instance, using baking soda to get rid of a tan is probably the dumbest idea ever. Baking soda has a pH balance of about nine, and your face has a pH balance of five. So using baking soda on your face mask will not disturb the pH balance, but also burn your skin.

Don't Use Lemon To Lighten Dark Spots
A lot of women use lemons to lighten dark spots on their faces. You don't want to be one of these women. You see, even though lemon has skin-lightening properties, it's not an appropriate solution when it comes to pigmentation. The acidity in the fruit can cause irritation and redness, especially if you have a sensitive skin type. Also, the citrus oils present in it are phototoxic, which basically means even a slight contact with the daylight can cause severe burns.

Quit Making Charcoal Eye Make-up
DIY make-up items are cute. They are fun to make and help you save a lot of moolah. However, it's imperative to know what exactly you are working with. If you have run out of your mascara and have decided to take inspiration from vloggers who mixes charcoal with water for a quick fix, let us stop you right here. Experts prohibit the use of charcoal anywhere near the eyes. So, no matter how many websites lure you to add it to your mascara--don't listen to them.

Also read: 5 reasons why you have dark circles, even though you catch enough Z's


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