Funky Beauty DIYs | Use at Your Own Risk

Here at No Bull Beauty we enjoy sharing effective, all natural, Do it Yourself (DIY) beauty recipes.  But, you can’t always trust all the  beauty DIYs you find online.  In fact, some homemade beauty DIY recipes are downright nasty!

For instance, take the infamous Pepto Bismol Facial

I’m not saying it doesn’t do something for your skin; afterall, there’s a reason people keep using a beauty DIY titled “The Pepto Bismol Face Mask”.  The beauty effects experienced from the Pepto Bismol facial are gained from the salicylate acid – which acts somewhat like it’s relative salicylic acid found in asprin, and naturally in willowbarkand aids in exfoliating dead skin cells.  The “Pink Stuff” also contains benzoic acid, an antifungal which will help fight bacteria that may cause acne. 

That said, it’d be our recommendation to find your salicylic acid naturally and choose a different anti fungal than benzoic acid, like tea tree oil for example.  Not only that, Pepto Bismol also contains a variety of other super grody ingredients.  According to the label some of these include – “Flavor, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylcellulose, D&C Red No. 22, D&C Red No. 28, Saccharin Sodium, Sorbic Acid, Water.”

Those ingredients are way too funky to rub into and leave on your skin in hopes of making it healthier and more beautiful. 

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Or, how about this new beauty DIY that’s been floating around – a kitty litter facial? 

We love our kitties here at No Bull Beauty.  We have several in fact, so we’re no stranger to kitty litter; we’ve just never considered rubbing it on our faces! 

Like the pepto facial, this kitty litter treatment is based in some sort of truth.  While some types of clays are in fact good for the skin, the type used in kitty litter, along with artificial scents and other added ingredients are most certainly NOT. In fact, most pet owners know that clay litters aren’t great for cats either.  So, do yourself and your kitties a favor, don’t buy clay kitty litter for your face or the litter box and switch to brands that use recycled paper or recycled wood shavings to make their litter instead. 

Last but not least nasty is Petroleum Jelly.

Just typing that word makes me cringe – Yet, petroleum jelly has been used for a variety of beauty ailments and remains quite popular today.  It’s also quite GROSS!

It’s technical name is “white petrolatum” and it was first discovered as a by product of oil rigs.  Since then people have used it on scrapes and cuts, in their hair, as a skin moisturizer, and in many other ways.  It’s popularity stems from it’s ability to form a barrier on the skin.  Petroleum jelly can help heal cuts and scrapes since it works as a blocker to germs by sealing the cut, and it can also “seal in” moisture. 

However, it can also clog pores, thereby suffocating skin and keeping dirt and bacteria against it along with the moisture.  Not only that, rubbing petroleum based products into your skin simply isn’t healthy for you, or the planet.  There are a plethora of other types of moisturizers that are natural, safe, non toxic, and even more effective than petroleum jelly including jojoba oil, hemp oil, argan oil, and many others. 

So, just in case you can’t tell, we call BS on these beauty DIYs.  They not only cause you problems, but, there are much safer, effective alternatives available. 

And, the moral of the story?  Not all DIY beauty recipes are created equal, so use ones from reputable sources – like us : )  – Or you may end up with really jacked up results – and that’s No Bull!


benzoic and salicylate acid
benzoic and salicylate acid
benzoic and salicylate acid



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