A lemon sugar scrub for your skin sounds so natural and refreshing, but this photogenic DIY standard may do more harm than good. Fortunately, there are other skincare recipes you can whip up at home — just be careful of the ingredients.
xoVain lists four different ingredients to watch or for, including lemon and sugar. The main problem with the classic lemon-based scrub (aside from the salt or sugar possibly being too rough for delicate skin) is the lemon juice. Dermatologists warn that lemon juice is phototoxic (meaning lemon-treated skin can become irritated or blistered in the sun).
It also overwhelms the natural acidity of your skin: a little acid is a good thing (it encourages certain good bacteria while keeping away bad ones) but it's best to avoid lemon juice or other super-acid ingredients, like vinegar.
Don't feel bad — even we fell for this one in the past. So what can you do instead? Taylor at xoVain suggests a store-bought toner or a DIY yoghurt mask. To exfoliate — if you really want to, because it's not necessary for skin health — forget the sugar or salt crystals and try a honey and turmeric treatment.
Read the full article to learn more about which DIY skincare recipes to avoid, and what you can buy or concoct instead.