3 Natural Skin Care Ingredients That May Hurt Your Skin

DIY skin care is all about making your own face masks, scrubs, and cleansers from ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Simple, natural recipes to get that fresh glow.

At BBL, we’ve worked with bestselling natural beauty experts to show you how to toss out all your drug store beauty products, how to get a natural glow with superfood skincare, how to make your own peaches-and-cream face mask, and how to detox your face.

But before I discovered these tried-and-true recipes, I whipped up my own DIY face treatments, with some not-so-great results. Learn from my mistakes and avoid these DIY beauty fails: be super careful with these three natural ingredients!


Lemon can be used as an antibacterial astringent and can brighten dull skin. But … be sure to use a small amount, leave on the skin for just a short time, and be very careful to rinse completely before going out in the sun. I got a mild chemical burn when I decided to sit out in the sun with a lemon-based DIY face mask.


Sugar can be used as an exfoliant to remove dead, dry skin. But … be careful not to rub too hard or too long. I made a face scrub using Turbinado sugar and made the mistake of rubbing it into my skin with a little too much gusto. Instead of a smooth, fresh glow, I ended up with slightly rashy skin.


Cinnamon, nutmeg, and tumeric have antibacterial and exfoliating properties. But … if you’re adding spices to your DIY facial, be sure to do a skin patch test first as they can be very irritating. I found this out the hard way when I tried a delicious-smelling but too-strong homemade cleanser that left my skin inflamed.

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