Thinking about trying that DIY skincare hack you saw on Facebook? With the influx of social media influencers, bloggers, and social media videos on skincare, you can not trust everything you see to be safe for your skin. Everyone wants more likes and views, so you see some crazy things going around.
We have all seen the rub this on your acne scars and wipe off five min later, and, WOW, the scarring has now magically disappeared. Or, how about rubbing lemon juice on your face to fade sun damage. I know a few good ones out there, but most of them can do more harm than good for your skin. I understand wanting to save a little money, but let’s keep our skin from costing you more in the long run because you tried something and damaged your skin.
I will go over a few of the biggest DIY “trends” I see on all platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I will give you a better and safer solution.
Let’s start with the Lemon trend, using pure lemon juice as a skin brightener, or to fade pigment and acne. Lemon juice is highly acidic and could damage your skin. You could potentially cause more pigment, skin sensitivity to the sun, dry patches, and even burns. Lemon juice contains ingredients that are used in skincare products, such as Vitamin C and Citric Acid. But, these have a ton of science behind them and are formulated to have a specific and safe amount of lemon juice.
If you are looking for a brighter and healthier complexion, stay away from home remedies. Instead of grabbing a bottle of lemon juice and rubbing it across your face, opt for our Ferulic+C Antioxidant Serum. Adding this potent antioxidant to your daily regimen will brighten your skin tone, fade pigment, heal blemishes, and protect your skin from daily environmental pollution.
DIY Face Scrub
The next one would be a DIY at-home face scrub. While exfoliation is essential in your skincare regimen, DIY at-home options are not safe. Let’s see what is in the pantry, mix it up, and put it on our faces. Coffee grounds, sugar, salt, baking soda, etc., should stay away from your face. These are considered “physical” exfoliants, which can cause micro-tears on the skin that can lead to irritation and sensitivity. These ingredients are not made for cosmetic use. Not only that, but they do not rinse well down the drain, causing even more problems.
I recommend a “chemical” exfoliant such as our AHA Radiant Serum. Chemical exfoliants use ingredients to break or “un-glue” the bonds between skin cells, loosening the dead skin so they can be naturally dissolved away. A Chemical exfoliant is a better option, especially for sensitive skin, over physically rubbing the skin with harsh products. You will want to exfoliate 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin sensitivity.
As I always say, do not fall for everything you see online. Do your research and always opt for the backed by science and formulated safe for your skin products.