Skincare DIYs I’ve tried – and HATED!

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With the growth of the internet, more specifically, Pinterest, you can practically find a DIY for almost everything nowadays!

I’m an avid skincare DIYer myself, and I love finding me a cheap, easy alternative to commercial beauty products when I’m in a pinch.

I’ve tried dozens and dozens of methods and recipes, and while some were a hit, I did encounter some recipes that were complete duds.

Here are some of my least favourite beauty DIYs I’ve ever tried

Turmeric Face Mask

Ingredients: Turmeric and water

Benefits: Acne clearing, skin smoothing, anti-oxidizing

Why I hated it: I was super excited to try this out, as I know that turmeric has so many health benefits, that I figure would be GREAT for skin.

Well, here’s the thing. Besides being awesome at healing many things, it is also VERY staining. I put this face on my face, and it stained my skin! It looked like I had a horrible bruise all over my face.

Not only that, I read that turmeric would be great for stretch marks, so I applied this to the areas where I had stretch marks, and though it looked like I was able to wash all of the turmeric off, I woke up the next day only to see that my PJs had yellow stains all over them. NEVER AGAIN! My stretch marks were better off using a dedicated cream.

Lemon and Aspirin Mask

Ingredients: Lemon juice and crushed up Aspirin

Benefits: Skin smoothing, unclogs pores

Why I hated it: I am a huge fan of using lemons in my skincare routine, so I figured that combining it with the Aspirin would make it a super skin smoothing mask.

Well, as soon as I put it on my face, it stung SO badly. I had to wash it off right away.

Perhaps it was the combination of both the very exfoliating products mixed together, but I totally hated it. Maybe I will try it again, but only with water instead of lemon juice.

Coffee and Sea Salt Scrub

Ingredients: Coffee grounds, sea salt, olive oil

Benefits: skin moisturising, smoothing, and also can help with cellulite

Why I hated it: When I first mixed this up, it smelled SO heavenly. I made a 1-cup batch to last me a few scrubs.

When I applied it to my skin, EVERYTHING WAS SO COARSE. I didn’t find that the coffee and sea salt were fine enough to really exfoliate my skin. Instead, it kind of just rolled around and off my skin.

Also, I felt that the olive oil was too thick and heavy, and coated the bottom of my tub when I washed it off my skin, and made it super slippery and dangerous to be in there.

Not to mention, I stored the batch I made in a jar, in a dark and cool place in my bathroom. I wanted to try the scrub again a few days after, and it smelled HORRID! It had gone bad, really quick.

So, those are 3 DIYs that I thought totally sucked. Have you tried any DIYs that didn’t work out to be as great as they seemed?

Let me know in the comments below!

Other DIYs:

Lip exfoliant

DIY lip plumping

DIY microdermabrasion alternative

  1. Oh, Em. I cannot tell you how many more posts like this there needs to be in the blogosphere. THANK YOU for your honest review of these skincare DIYs. I love DIYs, but its such a bummer to use up time and resources on ones that are not very helpful. Thanks for the post, cheers!

    1. I’m glad you found this helpful! I feel the same way, it’s difficult for me to gather all of the materials sometimes. I get very excited to do my DIY only to find out it sucks. Lol!

  2. Thank you for posting this! I’d like to wish to see more like this but I don’t want your skin harmed. 😉 Cheers!

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