Do-it-yourself skin care sounds like a dream, especially for the crafty people out there. But, it’s important to remember that not every treatment is going to actually work. If you’ve tried skin care treatments you’ve made yourself and been disappointed with the results, you’re not alone! We’ve put together a list of treatments that do not work and may even be bad for your skin… Take a look and be prepared to change your routine.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
For those of you who have acne prone skin or hyperpigmentation, you may have seen tips about using full strength (not diluted) ACV as a toner for your skin. This is NOT a good idea. Apple Cider Vinegar is a skin irritant and can damage your skin after just one use. Using ACV in very diluted amounts, with a mixture of 20% ACV or less, is acceptable but it’s important to be careful when using such an acidic product.
Many DIY skin care treatments will have you use raw eggs in any number of mixtures, but this can lead to potentially dangerous effects. Your skin absorbs what you put on it and if that egg yolk you’re applying to your face has any food borne pathogens like salmonella, you could be in trouble. Even though you’re not eating it, you can still contract illnesses from applying raw eggs to your skin. It’s better to be safe than sorry and steer clear of any treatments with raw eggs.
Lemon juice is an age old remedy for lightening dark spots and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. But, just like ACV, lemon juice is acidic and can damage your skin and even increase the risk of sunburns. While lemon juice may be great for lightening your hair, keep it off of your face.
Cucumbers have long been used in spas to take get rid of puffiness around eyes, but it turns out cucumbers have nothing to do with it! The only thing that makes a difference is the cold temperature of the cucumbers. A better option to wake up your eyes is to use cold green tea bags instead. The caffeine will do a much better job of making your skin look like you had a full night of rest.
For those of you that love DIY-ing, you may want to rethink some of your skin treatments. Be sure to research the effects that some products will have on your skin and make the right choice based on your skin care needs. If you’re curious and what to learn more about your skin and what you should or shouldn’t be using on it, set up an appointment. Our team of professionals is sure to point you in the right direction.