Just Because It’s On the Internet Doesn’t Make it True

Time for another diatribe, this time aimed at promoters of “homemade” and “DIY” beauty tips that I see all the time on Pinterest. I’ve seen some really amazing things on there, and I plan to share them more often (until then you can check out my beauty board here), but there were a few that concerned me so much I felt I should write a post of warning.

First I want to note that I’m sure the original posters had the best of intentions. I don’t mean to cause offense (but I probably will) and I apologize in advance for singling them out… it’s only because these are things I see over and over again on Pinterest.

Let’s start with the “Burning Face Mask”:

This is a mask made of lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey that will supposedly get rid of acne scars. To be honest it sounds more like a violation of the Geneva Conventions than a skin treatment. I’ve also seen this one pinned with instructions for adding cayenne pepper (not on the original blog) – this is a terrible idea and I urge you not to do it. Your facial skin is delicate and, in general, if it’s burning that’s not a good thing. If you’re truly having acne issues, see a dermatologist. I can’t tell you how much retinoids + benzoyl peroxide have changed my skin for the better.

Moving on to “properly” cleaning your makeup brushes:

Instructions say to SOAK your brushes for 20 minutes in a mixture of vinegar and hot water. While I don’t object to the homemade cleaning solution, I do object to the idea of soaking. Brushes are held together with glue, which can dissolve or loosen if you get it wet. This is why you should NEVER leave your brushes in any liquid and always avoid putting water above the metal part of the brush. Many brushes also have wooden handles, which swell when placed in hot water and also loosen the bristles.

If you’re not able to willing to spend money on a ‘proper’ brush shampoo (totally understandable), go ahead and use your regular hair shampoo in a pinch. If it’s good enough for human hair, it’s probably good enough for animal hair too. For synthetic brushes, try using a drop of dish liquid or baby shampoo.

And finally we have the “make your own mascara” recipe:

Please, please don’t mix your own eye makeup!!! Your eyes are delicate and extremely important. This is why the FDA requirements for eye-safe ingredients are the most stringent of all. I’m not 100% sure which ingredients are eye-safe, and I’m betting most people out there aren’t either. This is why you should leave the formulations to cosmetics chemists who are trained to know these things :)

That’s it for this round, I’ll be sure to pop in again if I see anything else particularly concerning.

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