How Are These Terrible Skincare Hacks Still Making the Rounds on Pinterest?

Don't die for a DIY face mask, please.
Publish date:
August 3, 2016
exfoliation, DIY, eggs, primer, taking risks, self-tanners, Pinterest, hacks

Scrolling through Pinterest used to be one of my favorite things until I got to the DIY skincare section. Sure, you can find links to totally reasonable and easy DIYs that you can safely do at home; you can also scroll around and find some not-so-good advice.

Taylor has given you similar advice before, but two years later, there are still some things to be said.

I'm not angry at you, Internet, I'm just disappointed.

Milk of Magnesia as primer

This is one that I've actually tried myself when I was too young and didn't care enough to research the things I was putting on my precious skin.

Milk of Magnesia is a laxative, so it's intended purpose is to make you poop. I just really wanted to include that in case you didn't know.

Milk of Magnesia contains magnesium, which you could definitely argue is good for skin; I would just have to say not in this form. Milk of Magnesia has a pH of 10.5. This is super-basic — not all the way basic, but pretty darn basic. This can lead to dry, scaly, sensitive skin if used every day.

Will it keep your skin from looking oily and (potentially) make makeup last longer? Yeah. But there's a whole host of primers and other products that do this better and aren't potentially going to harm your skin.

And in case you were wondering my results from using this as a prime,? I found my skin looked extremely dry — like, winter-chapped-lips dry — and my natural face oil didn't even break it up, so it made my foundation look extra-obvious sitting on top of my face.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove self-tanner

You know when you're a little kid and your guardian has to hide bleach and the shower cleaner and other stuff that's bad for you when you didn't know better not drink it or cover your whole body with the stuff? This is exactly like that.

For some reason, it's been popping up all over the internet that a good way to get rid of a fake tan fast is to scrub it off with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

What? No. Don't do that.

The Magic Eraser is made out of melamine foam, which is dangerous because of its "sandpaper-like microscopic texture." The back of the box literally says, "Do not use on skin or other parts of the body. Using on skin will likely cause abrasions."

Theirs was in all caps and in two different languages, so you know they're serious about not wanting you to use it to scrape off your self tan and give yourself some kind of skin infection at the same time.

Instead, you can just wait for your skin cells to turn over, you can use a scrub, and you can even use AHA pads to help ease off some tan without harming your skin in the process.

Egg Whites:

People are apparently putting whipped raw egg whites on their faces to tighten the skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and so on.

I'm personally a firm believer that you can't do anything about the size of your pores. Can you tighten your skin and make them appear smaller, yes, but only temporarily. So besides the fact that I personally don't believe that you will make an actual improvement with your skin by getting egg on your face, you are also putting yourself at risk for salmonella.

Touching raw eggs without washing your hands and then putting the raw egg directly near your eyes, nose, and mouth is very probably the easiest way get salmonella without going full Rocky and drinking the eggs raw.

The CDC estimates that one million food borne illnesses are caused by salmonella per year, including 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths. Don't die for a face mask, please.

I now apologize for my judge-y raised brow in every single one of these photos.

  • What's the worst beauty-hack idea you've seen?
  • How do you make sure you are safely handling your DIY skincare?