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11 Beauty Hacks You Shouldn't Try At Home

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1. Making sunscreen at home.


Protecting your skin from the sun is a must, and creating your own sunscreen at home can be an appealing idea when trying to cut costs. However, simply combining natural ingredients (which may be proven UV ray blockers) is still dangerous because there's no way to determine exactly what level of SPF you're applying.

3. Making face masks which include nut shells...


Face mask recipes including walnut shell powder are a dime a dozen. The issue with this natural alternative is that the rough edges are extremely abrasive and can scratch the sensitive skin on the face.

4. ...or lemon juice.

Lemon juice has been a key ingredient in DIY recipes for years and is praised for being a natural bleaching agent. As a citric acid, lemon juice should be approached with caution as it makes skin dry and more sensitive to sunlight. Not to mention, it can burn if it gets too close to your eyes!

5. Sugaring.

Sugar waxing — or "sugaring"" — is definitely better left to the experts. Just like regular wax, sugaring can be a messy and very sticky process. If not done correctly, it can leave the skin bruised and irritated and even cause ingrown hairs.

6. Replacing shaving cream with peanut butter.

Switching shaving foam for peanut butter is the latest remedy in the eternal quest for smooth and soft skin. Though it may be cheaper (and edible), this DIY hack is actually far more time consuming. The peanut butter clogs the razor, not only slowing down the process but also dulling the blade faster and ruining any chance of a super-close shave. (Not to mention it's messy to apply.)

7. Using crayons to create lipstick and eyeliner.


Mixing and melting crayons with oils to create cheap and colorful makeup is best avoided. They may be "nontoxic," but experts state that this does not mean that they are safe for use on skin. Plus, the process is far more time consuming!

8. Using white glue as a facial peel.

Using glue as a quick and low-cost replacement for a facial peel or nose strip isn't as fun as it sounds. In theory, applying the glue should mean that it allows you to peel away blackheads, but in reality, the process is ineffective in the long term and a little messy to say the least! The ingredients in glue aren't designed to be applied to skin and can cause irritation.

9. Using apple cider vinegar to treat sunburn.


Apple cider vinegar is widely praised for being antimicrobial and is included in a ton of DIY skin care remedies. Applying apple cider vinegar to burned skin, however, is extremely risky and runs the risk of burning the skin further, especially if not diluted properly.

10. Exfoliating with sugar granules.

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Because of their coarse and jagged structure, scrubbing sugar granules across your skin isn't such a sweet idea. They actually cause more damage to your skin cells in the long term. Professionals suggest using something much milder, such as turmeric powder.

11. Brewing tea as a self-tanner.

Using black tea to literally "stain" your skin as a DIY self-tanner is a very time-consuming process. First, it requires brewing tea for at least 15 minutes, then letting it cool before spraying the solution onto skin one layer at a time until you reach the desired shade. Secondly, the effect only lasts a few days and is not waterproof.

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