Pinterest and other social media sources are very popular ways for people to share common interests, and skincare is not left out. People are able to easily share the latest skincare innovations and connect with other users. Do-it-yourself skincare regimes such as masques, exfoliants and even peels are very popular on these mediums, and unfortunately, many of the ingredients or methods being touted could be doing more harm than good. Just as we protect ourselves from excess UV exposure, we should invest in the future of the skin as early damage can have lasting impacts.
- Things made in a lab are more predictable
Every single bottle of skincare that comes from a lab is almost identical to the rest. The concentrations are the same and the product has often been tested. When mixing up your own DIY facial, concentrations of certain ingredients may differ between brands or harvests, resulting in a product that is potentially too strong on your skin.
- Doctor Google and self-diagnosis
Some types of skin conditions such as acne and rosacea may require special attention. If you have any concerns about your skin that have been ongoing or worsening, you should speak to a professional skin therapist or a doctor. Do not self diagnose and treat with a DIY facial: significant scarring and long term damage may occur.
- The miracle ingredient
Often, one ingredient is repeated again and again in DIY facials for different concoctions. There is no consistency to how these ingredients are used- they appear to be good for everything! In truth, each individuals skin has a unique landscape and there is no miracle ingredient for every person or every condition.
- Stop putting this stuff on your skin
Just because you can eat it, doesn’t mean the skin can handle it. I have seen many DIY facials calling for the use of very strong astringents to be put undiluted, directly onto the skin. These include alcohol, vinegar and citrus juice.Alcohol and vinegar dry out the skin and disrupt the barrier function of the skin, leading to increased sensitivity. Citrus juice and oils on the skin can cause hyperpigmentation, as they are photosensitive ingredients. Cinnamon facials have been popular, however; in aromatherapy, cinnamon is never to be applied to the skin because it is too harsh. Though these things might seem ‘natural’, they are still chemicals that can cause harm!Other interesting ingredients and products I have found include: red wine, home-based microdermabrasion kits, nutmeg and mineral oil.
- The ‘science’ does not make sense
Many cosmeceuticals skincare products penetrate deeper than the superficial layers and can have a long, lasting impact. DIY facial treatments claim to fix some of the toughest skincare concerns: anti-aging and hyper-pigmentation. Protein molecules in many of these DIY facials such as egg, milk and mayonnaise are simply too large to affect anymore than a mild, superficial change to the skin. In some cases, you would be better off saving your money (and your skin!) by using tap water and a washcloth.
- Are there any good DIY treatments out there?
Yes! One popular DIY facial treatment for sensitive and dry skin is oatmeal baths and masques. It is recommended to use clinical colloidal oatmeal. Cold compresses are also great for tired eyes and skin flare ups.
Contact us for a free skin assessment using Dermalogica’s FaceMapping Skin Analysis, on 1300 123 368.