You may be thinking about trying a new DIY skin care recipe, or have already tried one while self-isolating at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hope you haven’t ended up harming your skin. Do-it-yourself (DIY) skin care tips and recipes are becoming more popular during lockdown, with people looking for easily accessible ingredients to improve their skin health or solve their skin problems while they are on the go. ‘they are stuck at home. Making your own skin care products with natural ingredients readily available at home is a productive way to use your spare time and distract your mind from this stressful situation. But there are pros and cons to doing home skin care. Some DIY skin care routines can cause more harm than good if misused, said Dr Manasi Shirolikar, chief dermatologist at Remedico.
âYes, a notable trend during the pandemic, with all of us sitting at home, is the rise of do-it-yourself (DIY) beauty treatments. Due to spending more time indoors and the lack of events to look forward to, the focus has been on personal care and skin care for the most part. This trend was further encouraged by self-proclaimed beauty gurus on the internet. But not all DIY skin care routines are safe, they can cause more harm than good if used improperly, âDr Manasi told TheHealthSite in an exclusive email interaction.
Common DIY ingredients to avoid
Dr Manasi has listed some common DIY ingredients that should be avoided with reasons. These are:
- Sugar and Coffee Granules: Homemade facial scrubs typically made from sugar and coffee beans. But the use of sugar and coffee granules can lead to small skin tears because the particle size varies.
- Lemon: This is a very popular DIY ingredient used to reduce tanning and pigmentation. But it can cause irritation in many. When a person who has applied lemon to their skin is exposed to more sun, they may have a reaction called “phytophotodermatitis”.
- Vinegar: This is another common DIY product widely used for skin and hair care solutions. Using vinegar on the skin can lead to possible side effects such as irritation, superficial burns (if applied often), sunburn, and white patches (leukoderma).
- Baking soda: There has been a lot of debate about the use of baking soda, but it is still widely recommended and used. When baking soda is applied, it can affect the normally acidic pH of the skin, this leads to damage to the skin barrier and can cause dryness, irritation, and rashes.
- Toothpaste: Everyone’s favorite home remedy for acne is toothpaste; however, its main ingredients are peroxide and baking soda which can damage the skin. Although they dry up acne and reduce inflammation, it is only temporary. Side effects include pigmentation.
Dr Manasi added that homemade products do not contain preservatives, so bacteria can easily grow. For example, masks made with raw ingredients, like eggs, can contain harmful bacteria like salmonella, she noted.
To end the interaction, Dr Manasi said, âNo matter how tempting and fun do-it-yourself skin care is, a dermatologist would be in the best position to help you understand your skin and its concerns.â
Posted: May 7, 2021 2:26 PM | Updated: May 7, 2021 2:43 p.m.