Fads come and go and while they might seem silly, there's no harm done.
That said, baking soda has been touted as an exfoliating agent to use dead skin cells, but using it on your face can do more harm than good.
"Baking soda belongs in the kitchen, not your face," says Judy Cheung-Wood founder of SkinB5.
An article published on Health Line explains that although baking soda isn’t harmful, it can be too harsh for the skin.
"Most people don’t know they are sensitive to baking soda until they start applying it directly to their skin. It’s notorious for causing armpit rashes, redness, and burning for some people when used in homemade or natural deodorants."
In addition, the website explains the downside of stripping your skin’s natural oils.
"Washing with baking soda can remove the skin’s protective oil barrier, alter its pH, and disrupt the natural bacteria on the surface that help to prevent infection and acne. This can leave you with stripped skin that’s prone to infection and breakouts.”
Baking soda isn’t the only beauty hack online that should be avoided. Documenting a homemade hair mask fail online, one Reddit user advised against using egg in hair.
"I read online a recipe for a hair mask that included conditioner, olive oil and an egg (beaten). When I got in the shower to rinse it off, the water was too hot and it cooked the egg in my hair. I had bits of scrambled egg in my hair for three days."