These days, at home remedies are all the rage and many people are ditching their cosmeceuticals in favor of do it yourself skin care methods. While it can be fun to experiment, it is important to keep in mind that just because you make a product yourself does not mean that it is beneficial or even safe. In fact, there are a few common at home remedies that people are choosing over cosmeceuticals that are downright dangerous for your skin.
Toothpaste Instead of Acne Cosmeceuticals
When a last-minute pimple shows up, many people do not want to spend the time running out for acne cosmeceuticals. Instead, when they are in a pinch, they will put toothpaste over their pimple and wait it out overnight. The logic is the toothpaste contains baking soda, which will dry out the pimple. While baking soda may be fine for your skin, toothpaste generally contains a number of other ingredients that are definitely not approved for topical use. In fact, some could cause serious irritation to your skin if they are applied to a pimple.
Egg Whites as a Skin Mask
Skin care masks are one of the most popular trends in skin care right now. They are easy to use, do not take very long, and often feel very luxurious. One of the biggest misconceptions in do it yourself skin care is that egg whites can take the place of skin masks that are developed by professionals. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that egg whites (as compared to eggshell membranes incorporated into professionally made cosmeceuticals) have any effect on your skin. Not only that, but they could potentially contain salmonella, which can be extremely dangerous if accidentally ingested.
Homemade Facial Scrubs
Exfoliating is an important part of any skin care routine, but it is important to do it carefully. People often try to make their own facial scrubs from household items such as sugar, salt, or even broken up nuts. What they fail to realize is that these ingredients, as you may purchase them in the grocery store, are not intended for use on the face. They very often have sharp edges that can cause small cuts all over the face. This can lead to bleeding, irritation, and even infections.
DIY projects can be fun but creating your own skin care products should not be part of that “fun.” Instead, take the guesswork out and start using the skin care product developed by Genovo Skincare. For more information about these products or to get an order started, click here.
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