Here’s which DIY skin products to avoid

Taking care of our skin is essential for maintaining healthy and glowing skin. However, not all products and ingredients are suitable for our skin. In fact, some DIY products and ingredients can cause more harm than good. In this blog, we’ll explore five DIY products and ingredients that you should avoid using on your skin to prevent damage or irritation.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another popular DIY ingredient for exfoliating the skin. However, baking soda is highly alkaline and can disrupt the natural pH balance of the skin. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and even acne. Instead, opt for gentle exfoliants that won’t harm the skin, such as rice flour or ground oatmeal.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are often used in DIY skincare products for their therapeutic benefits and pleasant fragrance. However, some essential oils can be irritating to the skin and can even cause allergic reactions. It’s essential to dilute essential oils properly and do a patch test before using them on your skin. If you want to use essential oils, it’s generally recommended to only use them in safe and tested cosmetic products.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a common ingredient in DIY acne treatments, but it’s too harsh for the skin and can cause dryness, irritation, and even chemical burns. Instead, opt for gentle acne treatments, such as tea tree oil or salicylic acid. When treating acne, it’s beneficial to speak with a dermatologist to make sure you’re using products that will prevent further irritation and damage to the skin. Acne is a very sensitive condition, and one that can cause frustration to those who have it, which often leads to the use of DIY ingredients in desperation of results. When trialling new products be sure to keep a journal of any flare ups and get help from medical professionals.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste is often recommended as a DIY spot treatment for acne, but it can be too harsh for the skin and can cause dryness, irritation, and even chemical burns. Instead, opt for a gentle acne treatment, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Sugar

Sugar is a popular DIY ingredient for exfoliating the skin, but it can be too abrasive for some skin types and can cause micro-tears in the skin. Instead, opt for gentler exfoliants, such as ground oatmeal or rice flour.

While DIY skincare products can be fun and cost-effective, not all ingredients are suitable for our skin. In fact, some ingredients can cause more harm than good, leading to irritation, dryness, and even chemical burns. When it comes to skincare, it’s best to stick to gentle and proven ingredients and products, such as those recommended by dermatologists. By taking care of our skin properly and avoiding harmful ingredients, we can achieve healthy and glowing skin.

If you’d like to visit us here at HNB Salon & Spa in Poole we’d be delighted to offer you skin analysis, with our beauty director, Shadi, so you can gain a better understanding of your skin. Get in touch with the team today to book in.

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