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The internet can be an amazing place for finding easier, cheaper and more effective ways of doing things that you never would have dreamed of. What would we do without Pinterest and viral life hacks? Spend a lot more money and peel bananas from the top probably. Basically, the internet has the ability to raise your quality of life by immeasurable amounts. We need to be vigilant though. Shockingly, not everything you read online is true (what?!).

One of the places you need to be careful and use your judgement is with DIY beauty recipes. Your skin is precious and oh-so sensitive so you want to be sure what you’re putting on there doesn’t have any harmful ingredients. Some of the things you might think will work to brighten up your complexion or exfoliate your face could actually end up doing more harm than good.

Here are some ingredients you should avoid in your facial DIYs and some ways to get the same effect you were looking for in a way that will actually work.

Lemon Juice is a no-no

Lemon juice is commonly used in DIY toners and masks to lighten blemishes and acne scars. While it’s usually effective, its acidity is unnecessarily and harmfully strong for the skin on your face. Remember when you used to put lemon juice on your hair in the summer to lighten it up? Imagine that, but on your face. Lemon juice can actually cause hyperpigmentation (dark patches on your skin) if you use it on your face and then go out in the sun.

So what’s a better option? A mask made from yogurt can achieve the same results without bleaching your skin. The alpha-hydroxy acids in yogurt can lighten and exfoliate the skin without being too harsh on your face. Try a simple mask made from one tablespoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey for 15 minutes three days a week. You’ll have a more even complexion in no time.

Sugar and salt aren’t nature’s best exfoliators

There are a ton of facial scrub recipes out there that call for salt or sugar as an exfoliator but they’re actually pretty harmful to the sensitive skin on your face. The crystals are angular and can cause micro-tears in the skin, leaving you susceptible to bacteria which can cause sensitivity, irritation and breakouts.

Instead, use recipes that call for exfoliants that are more spherical in nature like ground oatmeal, flax seeds and chia seeds. These will be less abrasive on your face while still removing the dead skin and dirt you want out of there.

DIY Oatmeal Face Mask , I Used whole Oats coz I like this texture you can blend it up if you would like it finer , You will need 2 Tbls Oats 1/2 A Banana 🍌 1 Tbls Honey 🍯 2 Tbls Rose water 🌹 💦 or As Needed Mash the Banana into the Oats ,add honey & Rose water , mix in and apply to face and Neck ,leave on for 10 to 15 mins ,exfoliate in circles and then rinse with tepid water Oatmeal is one of the least expensive ingredients for a homemade face mask that can enable you to realize your dreams of becoming a head-turner in no time. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, it helps soothe your skin. It has a lot of beauty benefits such as it brightens your complexion, and effectively treats eczema, acne, blackheads, etc. #beautytip#beautyhack#diy#bblogger#blogger#mua#skincare#beauty#homemade#ideas#oatmealfacemask#oatmeal#tutorial#video#howto#beautyonabudget

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Tap water doesn’t last as long as you might think

When making DIY water-based moisturizers, it’s common to use the water that’s most accessible to you–the stuff that comes out of your tap. That water is fine for drinking, but it’s not going to last as long in a moisturizer as you might need it to. Tap water has tiny microbes in it that will make it go bad or moldy over time. Think about how gross a sitting cup of water can get after a week or two. That’s happening in your moisturizer.

To give your homemade lotions a longer shelf-life, use distilled water or rose water as a base instead of tap. You should also keep your creation in an air-tight, opaque container in the fridge. Not sure if something has gone bad or not? If it has food in it, live by the rule: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your face. A smell-test is usually a pretty good indicator too.

Patch-test if you’re using spices

A recent sensation in the online-DIY-face-mask world is a ‘spicy’ treatment that is meant to blast acne. This mask uses the spices cinnamon and nutmeg to clear out your skin. While it’s working well for some DIY-ers, others are having reactions to having the harsh spices on their faces. With a mask like this (and with any face treatment, really) you should do a patch-test before you slather it all over your face. Just take a little bit of the recipe and apply it to a small patch of skin where you won’t be too upset if it reacts negatively (an arm or the side of your neck works well). Leave it on for the amount of time you would the treatment and then assess the skin. No rash or irritation, no problem. Slather that stuff wherever you want.

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Anytime you’re trying a new DIY treatment, you should probably look at multiple recipes and check that the ingredients in them are actually good for you. Also look for comments or reviews of treatments before you commit to slathering your precious face in something that could potentially be harmful. Happy DIY-ing!