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5 DIY skin care recipes that need to be stopped

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DIY skin care recipes

Thanks to Pinterest and anyone with a blog, DIY skin care recipes have increased in popularity. Some are harmless, but much like the also popular “Pinterest fails”, some of these recipes have terrible consequences. But unlike a DIY craft project gone wrong, you have to walk around with the consequences on your face for everyone to see! Keep reading to see our list of the DIY skin care recipes that need to be stopped right now.

 

1) Sugar scrubs

Exfoliators are the last skin care item you should DIY. Sugar scrubs seem to permeate Pinterest, but rubbing sugar (or salt) all over your face can actually wreak havoc on the skin. Sugar is microscopically jagged, making it too rough for the thin skin on your face. The sharp edges may make your skin feel temporarily softer, but they actually create tiny tears and cuts all over that can lead to irritation, redness and premature aging.

 

2) Cooking oil “moisturizers”

Slathering your face in cooking oil may seem like a good solution for dry skin, but at best this solution is ineffective and at worst it creates new skin concerns. Coconut oil, vegetable oil, almond oil and other formulas found in your pantry can clog pores and cause breakouts. Even if you manage to avoid breakouts, these cooking oils tend to stay on the surface of your skin and don’t penetrate deeply.

Now in this case, not all oils are created equally. Certain essential oils, like lavender, can purify the skin, while other oils, like cranberry seed oil, can protect the skin. The key is to use oils that are specifically formulated for use on the skin – not in your food. For example, the cranberry seed oil used in Sleepwear has been continually tested for skin safety and efficacy, so you know it will be consistently effective and stabilized for safety. Only a professional skin care formula can provide the exact same activity level and response with each use.

 

3) Fruit masks

There are thousands of DIY skin care recipes that involve mashing up fruit and applying the mixture to your face. Unfortunately, the argument that it’s “natural” doesn’t have any merit here. Fruit is usually acidic, which can disrupt your skin’s pH barrier, and in turn upset the bacterial balance in your skin. When these factors are disrupted, bacteria has a chance to flourish and cause acne.

Any acidic fruits, like pineapples and oranges, have a pH balance of 3.0-3.5, far below skin’s natural pH levels, which tend to be 5.5 pH.* When your skin drops below your normal pH levels, you are at risk for breakouts, burns, redness and peeling. Again, the key is to use products that have been tested specifically for use on the skin. An exfoliating cleanser formulated with pineapple enzymes is far more effective (and safer) than applying raw pineapple on your skin.

 

4) Lemons as bleach

Hyperpigmentation is a common concern for many women, but this DIY “solution” is not the answer to your problem. At-home skin bleaching recipes can be seriously dangerous because the thin, delicate skin on your face (especially near your eyes) is prone to irritation and allergies.

When you apply lemons or lemon juice, it can cause strong reactions, like swelling, itching, peeling, redness, burning and more. Even if you somehow avoid irritation, you risk making your hyperpigmentation worse. Lemon juice and other bleaching agents strip your skin of melanin all over, while professional dark spot correctors only lighten the areas that have excess pigmentation.

If you want to truly tackle hyperpigmentation concerns, use LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector to tackle small spots, LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener for overall brightness and improvement of tone, and a broad spectrum SPF to protect against further damage.

 

5) DIY “burning” masks

The title of this one alone should scare you, but if you need convincing, let’s get one thing straight: your beauty and skin care products should never be painful. DIY skin care recipes for “burning masks” have popped up all over Pinterest and often use cinnamon, lemon, and other ingredients that cause the skin to burn and turn bright red. They claim it helps exfoliate the skin, but all it does is irritate your skin to the extreme.

People used to think that if your skin care didn’t hurt it wasn’t working, which is why these masks are popular, but that concept is incredibly outdated. Everything from exfoliators to chemical peels should never sting, burn, or hurt.

However, it’s ok for some products to tingle slightly. Certain acids and retinols can tingle, but they should never cause actual pain. Kerafole, for example, often tingles as it rids your pores of impurities, but it should never be uncomfortable.

If your skin is in pain that means you’re causing damage. Avoid so-called “burning masks” like the plague. All they do is damage and irritate your skin.

 

 

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*Source: FDA

 

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Comments (1)

Rachel says:
Jul 5, 2016

Your comment that ‘skin care should never be painful’ is a very good point. I think that will be my rule of thumb from now on. I’ts important to take good care of your skin, not just find the quickest fix. Thank you for sharing.

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