Beauty DIYs you should NEVER put on your skin

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 attempts to get people to stop putting some of this stuff on your skin.. I’m going to make this post and inform as many people as I can!

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!

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..
The best option I’d say would be to mix unsweetened yogurt with a little pineapple in it. The enzymes will exfoliate your skin, and there’s nothing harsh about it.
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, I’d suggest using a honey mask, pineapple enzyme exfoliate. (don’t use micro-beads either, those are terrible for sealife and are in the process of being banned in most states.)
I also think it’s worth mentioning that anything you put on your skin, gets absorbed  into your blood stream.. although I wouldn’t suggest this on anyone, If you’re a diabetic you should 100% NOT be putting sugar on skin.
Baking soda 
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.
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!!
whew! Hope I didn’t lost you all on that long and boring one there.. moving on!
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 whithing and create foam could damage the outer layer of skin and cause more redness and irritation.
Rubbing alcohol 
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 ingrdients 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 disolves 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.
side note: make sure any toners you buy don’t contain  isopropyl alcohol, it will strip your skin and cause clogged pores.
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 🙂


  • ainaanajihah June 16, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Lemon really is everywhere O.O Great tips!

    • beauty90 June 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Yeah it is! It always makes me cringe that people don’t know how bad it is for you!
      thank you and and thanks for reading 🙂
      xox Lo

  • Jessi November 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Dang, thanks for the Baking Soda one – I read it was great for black heads and was going to get some. Crisis averted!

    • beauty90 November 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      yes! it’s definitely not a good thing to use, it’ll get rid of your black heads, but the damage you’re doing to your skin is not worth it.

      thanks for reading 🙂

  • marycallanyoga November 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    great advice!

  • thecleansedlife December 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Great advice! I agree with everything except a bit about the sugar. One of the only things that has worked on my skin has been a sugar and coconut oil scrub. My skin is in better shape because of this combo. Thanks for this post. I learned a lot and will avoid most of these items! Thanks.

    • beauty90 December 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      A lot of people say that about the sugar! Use whatever works for you 🙂 thanks for reading 🙂

  • Mt. Washington Beauty December 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    great post 🙂

  • puresilverstyle December 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Great information! Makes me understand why when I tried some of these, way back when, they made my skin uncomfortable. What do you think about frankincense or other essential oils?

    • beauty90 December 18, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful! 🙂

      I love essential oils, I think they’re a great form of moisturizing, and providing vitamins to the skin. But some peoples skin don’t react well to it. It could clog the pores if you’re using too much also. But it definitely wouldn’t hurt to try them out 🙂

  • missgiven December 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm


    • beauty90 December 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      thank you!! :))

  • Roberta Lakes January 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Wanted to follow, not subscribe, just follow, but there is no follow me button, if you want you can add it 😉
    The psot is cute, tks fo so much info (Y) <3 !!

    • beauty90 January 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

      That’s weird I thought I had that. I’ll do it now. thank you 🙂

  • ttypicalaveragee January 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    This was such an amazing post and while I’m not one to trust Pinterest DIYs (although I think I have done a sugar lip scrub) it’s important for people who are truly interested in them to see that just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s okay. In the same way people take vitamins their body doesn’t need just because they think they’re being healthy, you can cause adverse side effects by essentially overdosing on vitamins. Natural isn’t always safe. Thanks for this, Lo.

    • beauty90 January 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      I agree. I have such a love hate relationship with pinterest for this reason. I think it’s really important for people to be educated on what they’re putting on their face.

      thanks so much for reading!!

      xox Lo

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  • reidramblings January 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Great post! I’ve heard about a few of these but I didn’t know people were using rubbing alcohol! Really good that you went into why it’s bad for your skin as well, not just stating what you should avoid.

    • beauty90 January 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      yeah rubbing alcohol is horrible for the skin. I definitely try to explain why it’s not good. Thanks 🙂

  • csorat January 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I agree with everything you said. I tried that stuff too on my fave a while back in it didn’t anything but make me messy. Have you tried the raw eggs on your hair to make it more shiny> Ick! Doesn’t work. lol Thank you for sharing!

    • beauty90 January 23, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Haha I have not tried that but I’ve heard the myth. I couldn’t bring myself to put them in my hair. Haha
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  • pjacksone February 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Oh no!!!! I use rubbing alcohol at least once a week to jeep pimples under control (to dry them out).

    • beauty90 February 8, 2016 at 8:07 am

      I do get WHY people do that. I’m sure it works. But try honey instead. It’s a natural antiseptic and really works for me.


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