DIY skincare is all the rage these days. And I’ll be honest, I fell prey to some of these little at-home tactics. Although the ingredients I used were “all natural,” I quickly saw changes in my skin, and NOT for the better. When I approached one of our Posh estheticians, Bonnie, she explained why my skin was freaking out. Although at-home ingredients may be “organic,” they still have natural pH levels don’t match your skin, and various characteristics that can actually hurt you in the long run.
After talking to Bonnie and reading up on some other similarly-trained estheticians, I came up with a list of the top at home treatments you should avoid for this week’s #WeekendBeautyTip. I want to thank Bonnie as well as Veronica Gorgeois’ Youtube channel for these helpful warnings.
1. The lemon scrub treatment. This one involves cutting a lemon in half and putting salt crystals on it, and then scrubbing your face. This is horrible! Lemons have an extremely low pH and are a highly irritating for the skin. Your skin can only handle certain ranges of pH-levels when it comes to treatments, and lemons are way outside of that range! It’s like rubbing acid all over your face! (Another version of this uses a tomato; avoid that one too!)
2. Crystalized scrubs. These include any kind of sugar or salt scrub. I know feeling little scrubbers on your face makes you feel like your skin is getting exfoliated, but the honest truth is this: they don’t actually exfoliate your skin well in the long run. And on top of that, crystalized scrubs have an effect on all of us that make us want to scrub harder than we should, tearing the skin on a micro-level. Once the skin is torn, the daily pollutants we are usually protected from can enter in very easily!
3. Baking Soda. A lot of people are using baking soda as an exfoliant. Don’t ever do this! Although it isn’t as harsh as crystalized scrubs, it is an alkaline-based ingredient. The lipid layer of your face is what does all the grunt work—keeping bad stuff out and keeping good stuff in. Alkaline-based ingredients that are not controlled can compromise that lipid-layer over time and end up damaging your skin.
4. Toothpaste. A lot of us have tried toothpaste as a way to dry up a blemish. Unfortunately, toothpaste will irritate more than it will help! Some toothpastes have baking soda inside, which we already covered. They all also have soap-ingredients, which are alkaline-based as well. And then there’s the mint ingredient, which is an irritant. Toothpaste also includes silica, which is a highly abrasive ingredient. For a truly effective spot treatment, get a clay mask or come in for our Acne Facial that is customized for your skin and pH-balanced!
5. Lavender Oil. Lavender is becoming highly popular, but we’d suggest using it only as a fragrance, not a skin treatment. Lavender is an irritant, and on top of this, is photo-toxic. That means it reacts strongly in sunlight, which produces hyper-pigmentation and inflammation. It can also be cyto-toxic, which means it can cause damage to the cells of your skin. We would suggest to avoid using it on your skin, but if you’re going to drop some oil into your moisturizer, make sure you only apply it to areas of your skin that do not receive sunlight.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar. Like baking soda, apple cider vinegar can damage the lipid layer. There are success stories about vinegar clearing up acne, but it usually results in a compromised lipid layer that is chronically dry and cannot seem to receive moisture.
7. Most Essential Oils. Although essential oils are great for mood and fragrance, they don’t belong on your facial skin! Most of them are irritants, especially mint. Tea and aloe can be okay, but most others will frustrate your skin over time.
All of these DIY home skin treatments should communicate one thing to us: not everything that is natural is actually good for your skin. You have to take into account the ingredient’s pH level, if it’s an irritant, if it can damage cells, if it’s shelf-stable, and if it’s toxic to the lipid-layer of your face.
This all may sound difficult to navigate if you don’t know anything about pH balancing, cellular health, and lipid-layers. But that’s why we have amazing estheticians who are educated in this stuff and know how you to walk you through the best, safest skincare routine for your face. Book an appointment with one of them today and get started on choosing the right skincare regimen for you!
Merry Weekend everyone!
*kudos, love and credit go to Bonnie as well as this video for these helpful warnings.