DIY facials are all over the internet, but there are some ingredients that you should never put on your face.

If you look up DIY facials on Pinterest, you’ll find a long list of facials that can be created from ingredients in your medicine cabinet or pantry, and each recipe comes with comments and reports from people exclaiming how well the facial worked for them. While some facials work well in the short-term, they can have negative long-term effects, and many contain ingredients that can harm your skin. So, the next time you opt for a DIY facial instead of a Hydrafacial® in San Francisco, keep in mind that you should never put these ingredients on your face:

#1. Natural Exfoliators

Exfoliation is an important part of proper skin care, but it’s all too easy to over exfoliate. Many natural exfoliators, such as salt, coffee grounds and sugar, can work well for the skin on your body but are too harsh for your face. The jagged edges can scratch and break your skin, and while you won’t be able to see the lacerations, repeated scratching and scrubbing can compromise the barrier that protects your skin.

#2. Lemon or Lemon Juice

Lemon and lemon juice have been used for years to lighten age spots and freckles, as well as to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. However, lemon is high is ascorbic acid, and it increases your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn, premature aging, skin cancer and hyperpigmentation.

Stay tuned for our next blog for more DIY facial ingredients that you should never put on your face.