Yes, natural ingredients can be excellent alternatives to cosmetic skin products, but sometimes even the gentle ingredients can have side effects if your skin is allergic to them. So, it is best that you first do a patch test before you use these ingredients suggests Dr Kiran Lohia, a skin specialist.
Coconut oil: Certain oils such as coconut oil can cause pimples especially if your skin is oily, so it is best that you avoid them.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon and spices can cause severe irritation in certain people. So always do patch tests before you add spices to your face pack.
Malai or milk cream: If you have oily skin, avoid using malai, on the face. These can clog pores and give rise to whiteheads.
Vinegar: Avoid acidic products such as vinegar especially if you have very sensitive skin. Using vinegar on sensitive skin can cause rashes.
Lemon juice: Lemon has a low pH which means that it is quite acidic. So it can be damaging to the area you are trying to treat, irritating your skin and making your skin red.
Tomato juice: If your skin is dry or flaky, using tomato juice can dehydrate the skin and make it more sensitive. It could even lead to irritation.