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You can whip up cosmetics and skin care treatments in the kitchen, but there are

some ingredients you should never use in your DIY beauty products.

I’m all for homemade skin treatments and cosmetics. You can save a lot of money

and customize the products for your needs. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t

know what you’re doing. Just because something is safe to eat or “natural” doesn’t

mean you should apply it to your skin. There are several ingredients you should

never use in your DIY beauty products, and they might surprise you.


Skin care forums sometimes recommend using vinegar for toners, but it’s not worth

the risk. No matter where you come across a tip—even if you’ve trusted the source

in the past—take precautions before you try it out. It could be damaging to your skin

type, if not everyone’s. Vinegar’s acidity could irritate or even burn your skin.


Some DIY enthusiasts will tell you that adding egg to a mask can give you tighter

skin and more refined pores. But they might not mention that it can also give you

salmonella, listeria, staphylococcus aureus, and other food-borne pathogens. You

might not be eating the egg, but your skin can still absorb more than half of what you

apply to it topically. That’s enough to get you sick.


I remember watching an episode of The Brady Bunch where Jan used a lemon to try

to fade her freckles, and I mentally filed it away as a beauty hack. Wrong—and for

several reasons:

- Jan’s self-image issues should have been taken more seriously. And come

on—Marcia was a nightmare of a sister.

- Freckles are so desirable now that there are products with the specific

purpose of faking them.

- You should never apply lemons to your skin.

You’ll still see beauty amateurs online touting the brightening effects of lemon juice,

but don’t fall for it. Lemons and other fruits are highly acidic and can burn your skin.

Unless you want to risk leaving your skin raw and discolored, you should avoid

lemons in your products.


Working with spices is tricky. Some people swear by turmeric in facials, for instance,

while others say it’s an ingredient you should never use in your DIY beauty products

because it can stain your skin. Frankly, that’s all I need to hear. Be sure to spot-test

anything you want to use before you spread it on your face, especially if you’re prone

to allergies. And do yourself a favor and steer clear of cinnamon. Although it has

some antimicrobial benefits, that tingling sensation can turn into burned skin.


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