Top 6 Worst Ingredients For Your DIY Face Mask

DISCLAIMER: We are not dermatologists, estheticians, or any kind of skincare professionals. However, a lot of research from reliable sources went into the writing of this article.

Most of us love a good DIY face mask, not only are they easy and inexpensive to make, but they can also be a fun activity to do on a sleepover or when you want to give your skin some extra love. That being said, it’s super important to be careful about which home ingredients we’re putting on our faces.

A lot of the popular ingredients used for a homemade mask are better off staying put in your kitchen cabinets and far, far away from your face. We seem to think things belong on our faces because they are sometimes used in actual skincare products. We need to remember that these products are made by PROFESSIONALS.

These people study chemistry.

They know the right amount of an ingredient needed on our mask to make a real impact on our skin. I bet that’s not the case for most of us just throwing heaps of honey on our oatmeal face mask.

Also, many skincare brands that advertise using things like fruits for their antioxidant properties on products don’t just throw crushed fruit into a serum, they extract specific properties that could serve a purpose. This helps avoid the negative reactions of simply putting the natural ingredient right on your face. 

This needs to be considered when you’re thinking of slathering anything you found in your fridge right on your face because a random celebrity said it’s a good idea. A lot of ingredients may be really popular to use for a homemade mask, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually good for you. In fact, they may cause some very unwanted effects on your skin. 

Take the advice to be really careful with what you use for your next homemade mask from my 13-year-old self. She really thought putting on a ton of cinnamon with honey was the best idea. It clearly wasn’t since it ended with my face feeling like it was lit on fire and looked as red as can be for a while.  

You can still have a fun self-care night with a homemade mask, some ingredients are better than others. To help you out with that, we’ve made a list of some of the WORST ingredients to use, so you avoid a blotchy face afterward. 

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1. Lemon juice

This is a common ingredient used for a brightening homemade face mask. Although lemon does contain vitamin C, you are better off drinking it or looking for a vitamin C serum. Putting it raw on your face can be seriously damaging as it is highly acidic. It could cause serious inflammation, irritation, and damage to your skin’s barrier. If you go into the sun with any trace of lemon juice on your face you could cause burns as well. 

2. Baking soda

Just think about the fact that some people use it to clean their sinks, and you’ll get why it might not be safe for your face. There are so many homemade masks that use baking soda for acne or blackheads. The funny thing is, using it could actually make your skin more prone to acne instead of reducing it. This ingredient can remove the skin’s protective oil barrier and leave it extremely dry which could cause even more breakouts or acne. 

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is advertised as a great ingredient for any anti-acne face mask, usually paired with honey. Although it is a great antibacterial, it probably shouldn’t go on your face. Some people might not get an intense reaction from it, but you never know. It could cause inflammation and reddening at the moment and won’t be great for your skin in the long run. 

4. Coconut oil

Some people might find this one really surprising. A lot of people swear by coconut oil as a natural makeup remover or as an ingredient for a face mask because of its antibacterial properties. That being said, skin professionals don’t recommend this oil for skincare because it’s very likely to clog pores. If you really want to use oil on your face, there are way better options than coconut. 

5. Sugar or salt

Sugar and salt are both commonly used for homemade exfoliants against blackheads. The granules in both of these are way too harsh to use on your face. They can even cause tiny tears on your skin. This could lead to a lot of damage down the road if you use them consistently. Plus, bacteria literally feeds on sugar so if you don’t wash the sugar completely off your face, you could become a feast for bacteria. Conclusion, not an ingredient for your DIY mask.

6. Raw eggs

This one might sound like the most obvious one not to use, but I’m definitely guilty of it. The internet loves to talk about egg whites as a great ingredient to tighten skin or to get smaller pores. If you think about it, there’s a reason we don’t eat raw egg whites, so maybe we shouldn’t put them on our faces either. First, it’s ineffective and may cause irritation. Second of all, you could get food poisoning from it, or, in the worst-case scenario, you could even get salmonella. So it’s safe to say eggs should remain as an omelet ingredient, not one for a face mask. 

This doesn’t mean you can NEVER make a homemade face mask again. You should simply be very careful about what ingredients you use. In addition to that, you may want to try a little of any DIY face mask on a less sensitive part of your body, like your hands, before you put it on your face.

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