Here at inDIYpendent Magazine, we love a good homemade lotion, scrub, or serum. Honestly, you can put just about anything in a cute jar with some lavender essential oil and we’ll add it to our nightly skincare routine without question. But we’ve learned from our mistakes, and apparently some things just shouldn’t be DIY’d. Who knew that using Oreos as mascara can cause an eye infection? Since hindsight is 20/20, here are the top three things you should never DIY.
When it comes to DIY skincare, the most important thing to remember is that not everything meant for the body should be used on the face. A simple mixture of coconut oil and sugar makes a great DIY exfoliant for your arms or legs, but could leave the pores on your face simultaneously torn and clogged. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne, keep your routine as simple as possible and do not over-exfoliate. Leave the Pinterest hacks and the at-home wart removal for the kids on TikTok.
As great as it is to be homeopathic and focus on natural ways to heal your body, some things can only be cured by a conversation with your doctor. Be honest with your doctor about the DIY methods you're using and never swap prescribed medication for any kind of alternative. So ignore your mountain man of a brother when he tells you to swap a triple bypass for cayenne pepper supplements, and let us be the first to tell you that there is no amount of Manuka honey on the planet that will do as good of a job as your annual flu shot.
Discovering your next new look and not having the tools or knowledge to execute it immediately can be frustrating, but please don’t do anything drastic. Cutting your own bangs sounds like a great idea until you end up looking like Emma Roberts at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards. Consult a professional and arrange a makeover with someone you trust. Going to the salon may not be cheap, but at least you’re guaranteed to leave with a full head of hair. The same goes for makeup. It's pretty simple to throw together a DIY lip product (coconut oil, beezwax, and any mineral based pigment), but when it comes to the safety of your eyes, it’s best to ditch the Oreos for a more natural alternative.