Beauty DIYs that will go wrong

These days, everybody looks up everything on the internet, and believes whatever they read
Pinterest is a specific point of interest in the subject… Since anyone can upload whatever they want, there’s a lot of false, and even sometimes dangerous information on there. Some of the beauty DIYs, make me cringe a little… In the attempt to maybe make people realize how crazy some of this stuff is for your delicate face, I wanted to make a post on things you should keep far away from your lovely face.

Natural is obviously good, but not always better!

Your skin is made up several layers, each layer has a different ‘job’, like maintaining your pH, protection and hydrating.. They all have a purpose, and need to be treated well.
Ingredients like lemon, sugar, toothpaste and baking soda are not very good for those layers and will damage your skin and prevent it from being able to repair itself.

Obviously, there’s a reason that these ingredients are great for your skin, and that being that sometimes they have immediate results in what you want, but in the long run, it will not be what you want!

You do not have to take my word for it, Do your research, but I wouldn’t suggest these products to anyone!

Lemon

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For some reason, this one will. not. die! This makes me cringe, and it’s EVERYWHERE! Lemons are highly acidic, with a pH of 2.. This messes with your acid mantle and can irritate your skin. It is a natrual lightener, which is what most people use it for, but it’s extremely dangerous. Each fruit is different, so you never know the exact pH you’re putting on your skin, but if you have this acid fruit on your skin and go out into the sun, it could cause some serious irritation or even chemical burns!!

if you want the benefit of a lemon without the damage, you could try an AHA toner. (I’m still not sure how I feel about these, so don’t hold me to it) a couple times a week.. The pH is still low enough to exfoliate, but not low enough to damage your skin..
SKIN TIP: mix unsweetened yogurt with a little pineapple in it. The enzymes will exfoliate your skin.
Sugar
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The only thing that makes the lemon on skin situation worse, is when people mix it with sugar..
If you ever look at sugar under a microscope, the edges are very uneven and jagged. These rough edges will tear at your skin, disturb the cells and disrupt your lipid barrier. Once your lipid barrier is damaged, you’ll be vulnerable to extreme dryness and flakyness, and the new damage will make it take much longer to heal. You may get positive results right away, but in the long run you’ll have a lot more problems.
to exfoliate,(don’t use micro-beads either, those are terrible for sealife and are in the process of being banned in most states.)
Baking soda 
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This is anther one that’s all over pinterest, and I’ve seen several celebrities promoting. The reasoning for baking soda is a bit more tricky. The short story is that it’s alkaline, and that shouldn’t be put on your skin.. In case you don’t want to take my word for it.. here’s why.
I’m sure most of you know about acids and bases (alkalines), but unfortunately, its not that simple! Thrown into the mixture are amphiprotic molecules. Amphiprotic means that it has the ability to react with both acids and bases. So it is able to donate and accept a hydrogen. sodium bicarbonate is baking sodas technical name, and bicarbonate has a stronger base, so it’s more likely to accept a hydrogen ion. However, after mixing it with H2O, the solution tends to become more alkaline.
Hopefully you’re all still with me through this terribly boring chem lesson.
So now, why it’s bad for your skin.. for the same reason that something that is too acidic it could damage your skin.. Using something too far on the alkaline side of the scale, could damage your acid mantle, you’d get similar effects of using something that was too acidic. This however, could be slightly more damaging, but for either product, the longer you use it, the more damage you’re doing… so please stop!!
Toothpaste
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I can honestly say that I’ve never tried this one. I’m sure though, that there are tons of people who have dabbed some tooth paste on an emerging pimple, in hopes that it would try out over night and be gone in the morning. And while it’s true that there are antibacterial agents in toothpaste, the other ingredients that enhance whiting and create foam could damage the outer layer of skin and cause more redness and irritation.
SKIN TIP: Use a charcoal mud mask as a spot treatment to dry out pimples.
Rubbing alcohol 
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it pains me a little that I even have to mention this one, but in attempts to write this post, I searched beauty DIY’s on pinterest, and this came up an alarming amount of times… Alcohol is one of the most drying and damaging ingredients out there… and the wonderful people on pinterest are suggesting you use it as a toner… Do. NOT. use this as a toner.
Rubbing alcohol dissolves the DNA of bacteria, AND human skin skills.. This will cause major dryness and irritation, along with the build up of dead skin cells. You do not want to strip your skin.. it needs to be conditioned.
I think sometimes people don’t realize how deep your skin is, or how fragile it, especially when it’s been proven to be so tough.. but some of these ingredients are used to clean drains, and cars and other things that are a million times harsher then the skin on your face.. You really need to be careful about putting chemicals on your face.
For this reason, I highly recommend using specially formulated beauty products, and if you’re doing natural DIY’s, please do your research!  The average person does not have the chemical knowledge to make skin care products, so why try and damage your skin?
If there are any specific questions, please let me know!
As always, thanks for reading guys 🙂
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18 Comments

  • drowninginsamples February 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    People will try anything.. seriously! Too many good products out there to try to DIY in my opinion! Great post!

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    • beauty90 February 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      right? it’s scary. haha
      thank you:)

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  • c0lourfultears February 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

    this was a really interesting read!!

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  • badger1899 February 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Important post! When I was younger I used tooth paste on my pimples. I cringe at the thought now.

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    • beauty90 February 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I think we all made bad skincare choices when we were younger. haha as long as we grow from them we’ll survive 🙂

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  • thehappybodyco March 2, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Nice post. I gave up following DIYers on the internet and embarked on proper training. I use cosmetic lemon water in my toners but I’ve also got a PH monitor so always have to adjust formula accordingly. :-). I found hugely popular DIYers advocating essential oils in levels I’d not put on my lips or face, of course I think in Europe we have pretty strict guidelines, not sure about elsewhere.

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    • beauty90 March 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      I would definitely say that anything that’s approved should be safe, and the Ph monitor is a great thing to have on hand for stuff like that. But it’s the DIY treatments that just make me cringe. haha just because someone on pinterest did it does not mean its a good idea. haha

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      • thehappybodyco March 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Yes, only have the PH monitor as I’m adding botanicals to the water to make it more useful…..not because I’m paranoid android. Yes, totally on board with your point about the internet being full of well meaning toot. I know someone who once walked over hot coals and stuck it on you-tube, I might give it a go, how hard can it be. 😉

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        • beauty90 March 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm

          hahah ohh God. I would neverrr be brave enough for that.
          When my sister and I were younger she would sit on the floor in front of the mirror to curl her hair, she left her iron on and somehow I stepped it, and that’s enough for me. hahaha I’d never do it on purpose!

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  • CLAIRE UNVEILS March 5, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Thanks for this! I love DIYs ☺

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  • Irina March 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Very interesting read, I definitely found out some useful DIY stuff 🙂

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    • Lauren March 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      There’s a lot of useful stuff! you just have to be careful.

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  • Mirror Addict Makeup March 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    You have a beautiful blog

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    • Lauren Garvey March 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you!! that’s so sweet!

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  • Elizabeth Drake March 27, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Appreciate the science behind the tips!

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    • Lauren Garvey March 27, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      awesome!! I’m glad you appreciate it. thanks so much 🙂

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  • LinaLevien April 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I agree with all of them! Even though, if you mix lemon with honey it’s alright and also a great exfoliator 🙂 Loved your post!

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    • Lauren Garvey April 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Awesome!! thanks for reading 🙂

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