Once again, it's time to bust some skin care myths, correct a few old wives tales and shed needed light on some common and some not-so-common silly ideas about our skin and how to treat it.
This week, we'd like to talk to you about DIY skin care. That's "Do It Yourself" skin care. You see, certain DIY projects are great, if that's your thing. Landscaping the backyard yourself? Great. Knitting your own sweaters? We say go for it. But there are some things you leave to the experts, and just don't tackle yourself. Like skin care. Unlike gardening, you can't just throw it all away and start over when something goes wrong.
DIY skin care may be whipping up a homemade facial mask or scrub from food items you pulled out of your refrigerator. Truth is, rubbing cranberries on your face will not mimic the benefits of the cranberry seed oil in a product like Sleepwear. In fact, Sleepwear was created with a specific, scientific percentage and formulation of cranberry seed oil for maximum results. More simply put, food goes in your mouth, not on your skin. If you want advanced anti-aging, brightening, exfoliating or any other kind of skin care benefit, let the experts handle the natural ingredients.
DIY skin care could also be boiling a pot of water, and hovering your face over it to get the "steaming" benefits of a professional facial. This does not provide the same kind of steam generated during a facial. In fact, you could do more harm than good! You can learn more about why professional steam is so different than any you can recreate at home in our blog post about using steam during a facial. In the mean time, boil water for pasta only.
We've even heard of Skin Care DIY-ers who have applied mud (from their yard!) on their bodies to mimic therapeutic mud treatments.
We've saved the best one for last. A professional esthetics student student told us that she had a client who used burnt motor oil for moisturizer! "Change the oil in the car honey, I'm out of skin cream!" Who could make this stuff up?
So here's our advice to the Skin Care Do-It-Yourselfer: Leave your skin to the pros, leave the food on your plate, mud on the ground and motor oil in the car. Find a Bioelements Spa (and skin care expert) here.
What Skin Care DIY projects have you heard of? Ever try any for yourself? Let us know in the comments!
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