5 At-Home Beauty Treatments We’re Calling Bullshit On

We're busting beauty myths and these five cure-all beauty remedies don't actually work. Soz.

Honey as a waxing treatment

waxing with honey

On the front of it, using honey as an at-home wax doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. It’s sticky enough to effectively pull hair from the root and it’s chocker with skin-nourishing ingredients too. But hell, is it messy, time consuming and painful. Are we gonna skip our wax appointment in favour of going DIY with something we’d normal add to our breakfast? No. We’ll be leaving our hair removal problems to the professionals.

Baking soda and lemon as a teeth whitener

Baking Soda and Lemon Teeth Whitening

Bad news: Baking soda and lemon is actually very bad for your teeth. The acidity of lemon erodes away your enamel, making the teeth appear whiter initially but causing some lasting damage in the long run. The really bad news? Once you’ve eroded your enamel, any new stains are irreversible.

Using vodka as shampoo

Washing Your Hair With Vodka

Vodka is strong stuff, and as it’s made up of 40% alcohol, it can actually strip oil from your hair, instead of locking it in. While it can potentially make your hair cleaner, it can also leave it feeling seriously dehydrated, and let’s be honest here: are we really going to bring a bottle of Smirnoff into the shower? Um, no.

The egg hair mask

egg hair mask

It’s long been touted as miracle cure for dry hair, but using egg as a DIY hair mask is ineffective. Why? Lecithin, the protein in eggs that’s said to have major moisturising benefits, can’t penetrate the hair shaft. If you do decide to try it, make sure to rinse with cold water, unless you want a scalp resembling scrambled eggs. Gross!


Putting toothpaste on your zits

toothpaste on acne

We hate to break it to you, but rubbing Aquafresh on a pimple that’s just popped up can actually cause you more skin woes thanks to the menthol in standard toothpaste. It can dry out the skin and lead to further irritations. #Damn. If you’ve got persistent pimples, a dose of over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide should help clear them right up.