The Dangers of DIY Skincare

Posted on August 19th, by The Skiny in Products, Skincare. Comments Off on The Dangers of DIY Skincare

The Dangers of DIY Skincare

The Dangers of DIY Skincare

Written by Carlyn

I don’t know about you, but the past two years have completely shaken my sh*t up—schooling, travel plans, job positions…literally everything changed in a matter of days. Thanks a lot, Covid. We also can’t forget about the long days spent at home desperately trying to entertain ourselves with Tik-Tok, Netflix, Zoom, and of course, DIY skincare.

Do-it-yourself skincare has been on the rise since our friend Covid hit and presents an interesting conversation in the skincare world.

Hear me out, I see and appreciate the perks of DIY skincare; low cost, easy accessibility, ‘natural’, etc. Heck, I’ll even put some cucumbers on my eyes every once and a while. However, my skepticism becomes ~activated~ when I see people with severe acne rubbing toothpaste all over their face.

Problems with DIY skincare

  1. When using DIY scrubs or exfoliates, ingredients such as walnut shells and sugars can cause microtears in the skin, which can lead to irritation, breakouts, and even infections. Yuck. These ingredients simply aren’t meant for the skin and can severely compromise the skin’s barrier.
  2. These “DIY trends” don’t acknowledge the importance of preservatives in skincare products. Banana peels, oatmeal, apple sauce, or whatever kitchen item finds its way onto your face doesn’t contain preservatives. Without it, bacteria will quickly multiply, causing breakouts.
  3. Citrus fruits such as lemons have been used as a lighting ingredient or as an astringent (toner). This is dangerous because lemon can be a photosensitizer, making you helllllla sensitive to the sun. Let’s maybe not speed up the sunburn process?
  4. Oh yea, and coconut oil = a no go. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning that it clogs pores. We all know what that means. Sigh.

So next time you want to try that mayonnaise and lemon face mask…don’t. There’s a reason the beauty industry goes through extensive testing phases and trials to ensure that products are safe and effective for the skin.

PLEASE consult a dermatologist when it comes to trying treatments at home. Taking matters into your own hands could leave you with an annoying breakout, or even worse, a burn or scar.

Happy safe skincaring!

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