Dangerous DIY Skincare
By: Rene Sacchitella
New Years always brings a sense of adventure and self discovery. We tell ourselves, “this is the year that brings change”, no matter what that might look like. We want to create a change that is easy to integrate into our existing lifestyles. This is where DIY culture thrives. Starting with at home workouts, finding a good running route next to your house, pairing existing wardrobe essentials in a new unique way, or finally finding a use for all those wine bottles, it's empowering and cost effective to do it yourself.
Contrary to popular belief, doing it yourself is not always best. It is true that active ingredients (wheather in skincare or other compounds), usually come from a natural derivative. Like how lactic acid comes from sour milk. Why not try and cut the middle man and just use milk products or other household items on your skin? Isn’t it more natural? Doesn’t make more sense to make a diy face masque during an at home spa day to cut costs? It completely sounds alluring. But in the case of skin care, accessibility doesn't always mean it’s beneficial.
Skin Care lines are specifically formulated to give the maximum potency while maintaining a proper PH level for desired results. They were designed to work with the skin while active household products usually create more irritation. On the flip side, hydrating household ingredients are not made to penetrate the skin deep enough to give any long lasting effects.
Either way, DIY concoctions aren’t doing your skin any justice. Here’s a breakdown of common skin DIY ingredients and what they actually do to your skin.
Citric acid in general is very irritating to the skin. Rubbing lemons directly onto your face would result in stripping the skin of its acid mantle. Although lemon claims to have antibacterial properties, it is highly acidic since it wasn’t properly formulated for use on the skin.
While toothpaste has ingredients that seem like it would be good spot treatment for acne, application ends up being more detrimental than most realize. The most common ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda( which we will break down further), leaves the skin very dry, peeling and irritated. Effectively it would render the pimple to be over dried and potentially cause more breakouts and a longer life of the zit. Acne spot treatments work because they are ph balanced and combat the infection rather than secretion of oils around the breakout.
Mentioned above baking soda is a terrible topical ingredient. Baking soda is too alkaline for the acid mantle on the skin. The acid mantle is a thin layer of your skin’s defense system naturally protecting it from world around us. When that layer is compromised, the skin can be prone to infections and risks damage to the skin resulting in red, irritated and cracked skin.
It sounds just as baffling as it is. Sunscreen FDA approved because it was carefully manufactured and tested to guarantee effective protection from UVA and UVB rays. These rays absorb ultraviolet radiation and neutralize free radical damage that cause premature aging. There isn’t any substitute for topical FDA approved sunscreens. Nothing you can eat or drink or compound in your kitchen will provide the proper protection. Physical sunscreens like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide found in our sunscreens at DLS are usually a preferred choice when choosing between all 8 FDA approved sunscreens. Physical (as opposed to chemical) sunscreens are the more natural choice if that tends to be the concern.
Commonly found in most DIY face masks for anti-aging benefits. Egg whites gives a tightening sensation to the skin and the appearance of a smaller pore size. Yet these results are very temporary and do not improve the texture of the skin in anyway. Contrary to popular belief egg whites cannot replace AHA’s or retinols.
The skin on the face is thinner and more fragile than the skin on the body. The most thin being around your eyes and mouth. Typically what works for the body will usually be too rough for the face. Sugar is no exception. Miles better than salt( for it keep the skin hydrated while exfoliation), the granules themselves are too large and jagged for use on the face. Most skincare products have their scrubs include granules that are small and even in their formation. The larger the grain the bigger the possibility for irritation to the skin. Add that to the mix of jagged random peaks in the formation it will leave your skin compromised in the long run.
Mayonnaise might have been trendy in the 90s to put in your hair as fun masque, but it is not good for the skin on your face. The fatty oils are occlusive and comedogenic while the tangy vinegar lemon juice combination creates a improper exfoliation. Again it’s not ph balanced but this one actually can cause breakouts and blackheads.
Cutting corners should be avoided for most aspects of life. At Denver Laser Solutions we hand pick our products to guarantee their effectiveness. We offer a wide range of product philosophies to ensure the product we recommend is customized to your specific skin types and conditions. From the powerhouse of scientific formulations like Image Skincare, or the holistic and nutritious by YonKa, we can create the best skincare regimen. Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our lovely estheticians.