5 Worst Beauty Hacks Of All Time

Written by: Yeu-Gynn Yeung

As the beautysphere evolves with more content creators, beauty hack experiments have increased drastically. Some are lovely, time-saving beauty hacks, like adding translucent powder to lipsticks to make them transfer-proof. Such a lifesaver!

Despite the growing array of creative beauty hacks, there are a number of hacks that we didn’t need and never wanted to know. These hacks are seriously the worst waste of time. Some of them don’t even make you beautiful. Before you try the new beauty hack on your Instagram feed, check this list to see if it’s one of the worst. Don’t try this at home (unless you want to experience it for yourself).

1. Pore strips made of milk gelatin

This hack shows DIY pore strips made of milk and gelatin. Apparently it is designed to replicate how Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips work on your skin. Sure, you’ll be saving money when you make your own pore strips, but how much effort do you actually want to put in for a strip to suck the gunk out of your face? First of all, it smells terrible – the milk turns sour because it’s mixed with gelatin. Second of all, it’s really, really difficult to peel off once the pore strip has hardened, and it hardens pretty quickly. Does it work, though? Not exceptionally well. You won’t feel sparks of joy when you’re peeling the mask of in agony either. Save yourself from this stinky beauty hack and buy some really good pore strips.

2. Heal acne with toothpaste

Who on earth thought this was a good idea? We must admit that toothpaste really does dry out your pimples. However, it won’t calm or soothe the skin around it. If you’ve ever tried acne spot treatment with toothpaste, you’ll know that it often leaves you with red spots and inflamed skin. It’s a quick solution to your pimple problem, but you’ll pay a terrible price for it. It won’t help with scarring either, as the dried-out pimple would be too dried out by the mint and hydrogen peroxide in the toothpaste to heal naturally. Let’s stick to pharmaceutical-approved spot treatment for now.


3. Use lemon juice to brighten your skin

Your one-way ticket to inflamed, irritated skin. Just a drop of lemon juice makes you pucker up so unattractively. Sure, it’s chock-full of Vitamin C and antioxidants but lemon juice isn’t meant to be left on the surface of your skin. It’s way too acidic for the delicate skin on your face. Meanwhile, if you’re under the sun, the acid from the lemon juice may cause a chemical reaction on your skin and leave it with irritated blotches. Better not risk it and just drink lemon juice as it is.


4. Make a face mask with raw eggs

This hack claims to tighten your skin, reduce wrinkles and lighten pigmentation with just one masking session. It only works temporarily on the surface of your skin, so while the effect may be immediate, it won’t last as long as you want it. Before you know it, you’ll be mixing raw eggs into a bowl again. If you’re acne prone, you should really avoid this hack because the raw eggs could clog up your pores and result in breakouts. Besides that, salmonella is real, darlings! It’s a bacteria that causes food poisoning, and who knows what it can do to your skin. You don’t want your face to get caught up in that problem. You’re better off with a retinol serum this way. It’s not cheaper, but it’s effects last for the long term so you can become more beautiful with every use.


5. Use deodorant as primer

Where does deodorant go? Not on your face, surely! Logically, you shouldn’t use a product that’s meant for your armpits on your face. Using deodorant as a primer sounds like it makes sense at first, because the product seems to mattify your armpits right? Here’s the harsh truth – deodorant suppresses sweat, not oil glands. It’s an antiperspirant. The ingredients that formulate deodorant may not be safe to use on your face. You’d risk terrible breakouts, and an oily face to boot! Run to the store and grab a proper primer, sweetie. It’ll do you a whole world of good.

Beauty hacks can get out of hand when all you’re seeing is a video on how to do it. The hack video doesn’t show the reality or side effects of the beauty hack to it’s viewers. Remember, when it comes to beauty, always hack wisely. Have you tried a beauty hack that didn’t work for you? Let us know in the comments below.