Pinterest is full of great DIY beauty tips. In fact, there are so many great recipes on there that I’ve completely given up buying body scrubs and started to whip up my own oil and sugar scrubs instead! This is perfect because it’s saving me around £10 a month in Soap and Glory, as I can usually find all of the ingredients I need hiding away in my baking cupboard.

There’s just one problem that I’ve been noticing lately though. I have had skin problems in the past, and because of that, I’ve developed a real interest in skin care science. And some of the recipes I’ve spotted whilst pinning are full of huge red flags. It worries me that people are trying out dodgy recipes without doing any research, so I thought I would try to put together a handy guide to the ingredients which you should always try to avoid in your homemade beauty products.