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August 30, 2022 3 min read

The word “self-care” refers to a balanced diet, physical exercise, mental health and… skincare? Yes, skincare - a set of daily or weekly care for the face - is the concern with the health and beauty of the skin.

If when you hear about skincare, you immediately think of the hundreds of specific skin care products out there, great. However, if homemade recipes are still in your routine, beware: some can have the opposite effect on your skin's health.

WOMAN SURPRISED WITH HER SKIN BEFORE microdermabrasion

Nowadays, we have many homemade skin care recipes published on blogs, social networks and internet pages in general. However, it is a danger to believe that home-made products, most supposedly natural, pose no health risks to beauty. There are manyhomemade recipes that are dangerous and that, in addition to not treating, can still worsen the skin. Therefore, it is important to remember that the products prescribed by the dermatologist, whether manipulated or industrialized, are tested, have a controlled pH and concentration and comply with quality standards.

Below you can see some homemade recipes that some people on the internet might say it’s good to add to your skincare routine but actually you have to be away from.

CORNMEAL SCRUB

The cornmeal scrub, despite looking harmless, can hurt your face. Don't be fooled by the clean feeling after exfoliation: cornmeal contains small particles that can "scratch" the skin. As for food, cornmeal is an excellent ally. Rich in magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, cornmeal helps maintain red blood cells.

To exfoliate the skin without unforeseen circumstances, one of the most suitable procedures is the Chemical Peeling, which promotes a deeper and more controlled exfoliation, and also anUltrasonic Facial Cleanser, which gives the skin a gentle but deep exfoliation, which expertly removes 99.5% of dirt and oil from the skin while providing a pro prep for enhanced absorption of your favorite skincare. 

CRYSTAL OR GRANULATED SUGAR CLEANING

Like cornmeal, granulated sugar can be a problem for the skin's structure. Its particles are very sharp and cause small aggressions on the skin. To deeply sanitize the skin, prefer specific products and procedures such as Skin Cleaning.

It indeed, promotes a skin exfoliation. However, movements that are too vigorous, granules that are too coarse, and inappropriate intervals between exfoliation candamage the skin, cause infections and blemishes. Another point to note is that body scrubs are not the same as facial scrubs, as they are different types of skin. That is, the products chosen for a homemade exfoliation, as well as the frequency of application, should always be recommended by a dermatologist.

LIGHTENING USING LEMON

Despite being a very old recipe and recommended by some people, lightening made with lemon is extremely dangerous for the skin. Because of its strong acidity, lemon can cause burns and blemishes anywhere on the body.

Even if the lemon has been applied at night, residue may remain on the skin. And contact with the sun, no matter how small, can lead to a “burn”, known as phytophotodermatosis, which causes dark spots, blisters and can leave scars.

To help even out skin tone, seek out treatments like Lasers,Peels and products recommended by a dermatologist.

COFFEE FACE MASK

It is much more advantageous to put coffee in food than in skincare. The feeling of clean skin happens because coffee is slightly abrasive, and this characteristic helps to remove some of the impurities from the skin. The problem is that coffee offers nothing more than superficial cleaning.

Exfoliating products are formulated to stimulate blood circulation in a controlled way, offering nutrients that coffee cannot provide.

RECIPES FOR ACNE

Home remedies for acne are probably the most numerous and range from toothpaste to dry pimples to olive oil to remove blemishes. Acne, however, is a serious skin disease that requires proper treatment to avoid scarring or blemishes. Toothpaste is used to brush your teeth and, on the skin, it can cause allergies and inflammation. Olive oil and diaper rash cream are oily and make the problem worse. Coconut soap should never be used to clean the skin of the face or body, as it causesdermatitis and dryness. Water or hydrogen peroxide and camphor are antiseptics, but they do not serve as an acne treatment and improper use leads to burns and irritation


Anyway, of course there are homemade recipes that can help with skin care. But always be suspicious of those who claim to be miraculous. Inappropriate mixtures can cause serious injuries, so always consult a dermatologist before using any type of product or treatment, whether homemade or not!



Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal



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