4 Viral Beauty Hacks You Should Avoid at All Costs

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In our endless quest to find better, easier, and cheaper ways of looking fabulous, we sometimes stumble. The internet is full of so-called beauty hacks that are a waste of time–or worse, actively dangerous to your health.

Here are 4 bad beauty hacks to avoid!

Using Anything Other Than Primer to Prime Your Face

The internet just loves coming up with alternative primers. There’s a popular tip to use lip balm as an eyeshadow primer, which isn’t a terrible idea if you just want to look great for a photo–but it’s gonna smudge immediately.

However, some of the suggestions for alternative face primers are absolutely bizarre. Some people recommend deodorant (bad idea!) or even Vagisil (worse!). We’ve also seen people using milk of magnesia–a laxative–as a primer, which is a recipe for dry, irritated skin. If it’s not approved for use as makeup, don’t put it on your face.

Coconut Oil Face Moisturizer

In some circles, coconut oil is considered a cure-all. While it’s great for moisturizing super-dry elbows or deep-conditioning your hair, you really shouldn’t use it as a facial moisturizer.

The skin on your face is delicate and almost certainly doesn’t need that much heavy oil. You’re destined for clogged pores if you slather on straight coconut oil.

Homemade Whitening Creams That Cause Chemical Burns

Do you worry about the skin of your armpits being slightly darker than the rest of your body? First of all, you deserve better than to waste your energy on that nonsense. And please don’t use homemade whitening, brightening, or lightening creams on your skin.

Most of these DIY hacks include some combination of lemon juice, baking soda, and sometimes sugar. You’re pretty much guaranteed to irritate your skin with that blend–and you might even cause burns thanks to the combination of acids and bases in the ingredients.

Creative Spot Treatment

There are a ton of weird, potentially harmful suggestions for DIY spot treatments out there. Toothpaste is a common pimple remedy, but the ingredients are likely to leave your skin red and irritated. Diaper rash cream is also popular–and a bad idea thanks to the mineral oil, paraffin, and other pore-clogging ingredients.

We’ve also seen wasabi–as in the super-hot green stuff that comes with sushi–being dabbed on zits! Even the old standby of using crushed aspirin is a bad idea. It’s too risky to disrupt your skin’s acid mantle and kickstart a vicious cycle of breakouts and overly drying acne treatments.