We all love a good DIY project. Whether it’s a fashion DIY, home project DIY or skincare DIY, most of us look forward to trying them out especially if we are guaranteed at kicking off some expenses off our budgets. The most popular DIY projects to ever exist are the skincare ones, seeing as how expensive skin care products can be.
According to dermatologists, making your own skincare products at home can actually be very beneficial to your skin. However, while you might benefit from all the natural goodness of homemade skincare products, some might be very harmful and even cause un-repairable damage to your skin.
Many DIY gurus swear by baking soda’s efficiency at beating face acne because of its exfoliation abilities. It is for this reason that it’s recommended in many DIY skincare products for blemishes, pimples and acne. However, baking soda’s particles can be too harsh on sensitive skin types due to its high pH level which can then damage the skin barrier. With the skin barrier damaged, you risk other skin problems such as hyperpigmentation and in rare cases, skin cancer!
Believe it or not, some women, in the pursuit of clear skin, have gone to the extremes of using toothpaste on their skin. And even though toothpaste might initially seem effective in calming down acne, it’s packed with potentially irritating ingredients such as mint and baking soda.
Some people add vinegar to their DIY skincare products, thanks to the ingredient’s acidity and pH-balancing properties, but it’s definitely not a dermatologist-approved trick by any means. The smell is awful for skin and too long-lasting.
But the smell is the least of your worries when it comes to vinegar. The potentially harmful effects range from irritation, exaggerated sunburn, superficial chemical burn (from the repetitive application), and depigmentation as a result of the initial irritation.
Eggs might be used in some skincare products, but applying them directly to the skin can have some pretty bad consequences if you’re not careful. Raw eggs can give you a bacterial infection called salmonella. And even though salmonella skin infections are rare, if you image search for them online, you won’t want to risk it!
While lemon is the most recommended ingredient in most DIY skincare products, dermatologists would rather you stick to using it in the kitchen. Why? Because lemon is acidic and can burn the skin, leaving it raw and discoloured. Additionally, if lemon is used on sun-exposed skin, it can cause a blistering reaction and hyperpigmentation.
Although some DIY skincare concoctions can prove beneficial to the skin, be sure not to treat them the same as a product you buy in a shop. Never do DIY masks too often and never leave these products on for considerable amounts of time. Also, make sure that when using these concoctions, you don’t save to reuse them. In fact, when whipping up these products, be sure to make just enough for one routine. This is because, without preservatives and stabilizers that are usually found in-store products, these concoctions can go bad and have adverse reactions on your skin.