Never Use These 6 Ingredients in DIY beauty


Lemon has many benefits from antibacterial to lightening, however, it is very acidic and can become phototoxic which means it can cause blisters or sunburns when exposed to light, says esthetician and Orgo founder Rianna Loving.

Toothpaste or Milk of Magnesia for pimples

Toothpaste and Milk of Magnesia are often thought of as home remedies to zap a zit. Except for the fact that toothpaste belongs in your mouth, not on your skin and Milk Of Magnesia belongs in your tummy, not on your skin. These can also cause skin irritation, an allergic reaction and clog pores, says Dr. David Bank, a dermatologist, and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age, and founder/director of The Center For Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, NY.


Lavender is likely to cause hyper-pigmentation because it contains Coumarin. If darkening your skin was not what you were looking for, steer clear of lavender oil in your homemade skincare mix, says O’Brien.

Hydrogen Peroxide 

This is a well-known ingredient for lightening and as an antibacterial ingredient, however it is very harsh on both hair and skin as it is photo toxic and can lead to blisters and sunburns, says Loving. If used on skin daily it will prevent healing of the skin if repeatedly applied.

Olive Oil

Are you using olive oil as a cleansing oil? Stop. There are absolutely no benefits in adding this to your face, especially if you are prone to breakouts, says O’Brien. A safer oil alternative is Grape Seed Oil.

Walnut Shells

Walnuts shells are often considered as a DIY skin exfoliator but this is a terrible idea because they may contain irregular shaped particles with sharp edges that can break capillaries in the delicate facial area, says Dr. Bank.

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