The internet is away with recipes for DIY face masks but it’s hard to know which are legitimate and which are just plain stupid.
Sometimes the ingredient list can get a little crazy, leaving people questioning whether the mask they’ve whipped up will have any real benefit to their skin. While there are a lot of great things such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar that work a treat for almost all skin types, there is a long list of food products that you should definitely avoid when it comes to applying them to your face.
The citrus fruit was originally used to brighten skin and improve complexion. However, it was discovered that while it does indeed brighten skin, the high acidic levels of the fruit are also extremely damaging. Putting lemon directly onto your face can cause burning, extreme dryness, and even blisters.
While this pantry staple has long been a popular DIY ingredient, the face is not the place for baking soda. Its pH levels will strip your face of any good acids, which will then cause your skin to dry up and force extra oil production to occur. It’s possible to cause long-term damage by applying baking soda to your face.
At one point in time everyone was covering their faces with egg whites for tighter skin, but an upset stomach may’ve been a risk they hadn’t considered. Along with being impractical and messy, raw eggs are linked to salmonella so getting them anywhere near your mouth probably isn’t advisable.
When mixed with essential oils these ingredients are ideal as an exfoliant for everywhere on your body, except for your face. The skin on your face is much thinner and more fragile than anywhere else on your body and when the combo is used on the face, it can be painful and result in small cuts – and small cuts with salt rubbed in to them are no fun!
Those with sensitive skin would wise to ditch this delicious-smelling ingredient as it can be extremely irritating if applied to the skin undiluted. Some people have even complained of extreme dryness and burning upon application when using face masks containing cinnamon.