Myth or Fact: Do These DIY Beauty Hacks Work?
There’s a ton of information on the Internet about every topic imaginable and nifty tips and tricks — including beauty and skin care. However, should you believe, or even try out, every DIY suggestion? Let’s take a closer look with skincare specialist New York Skin Solutions:
DIY Beauty Hacks
1. Toothpaste on Acne
There’s no scientific explanation or benefits for this hack, but for a long time now, putting toothpaste on acne has been making its rounds. Toothpaste has an alkaline pH level of 8, while your skin is naturally acidic with a pH level of 5.5. This means that even if toothpaste can combat your acne, it is also causing skin damage. You can end up with skin irritation like rashes or burns. This is a risk not worth taking. Instead, use proper skincare products targeted at acne treatment.
2. Baking Soda Exfoliation
Baking soda is a miracle ingredient that can clean everything from your oven to your fruits and vegetables — but should you use it on your face for exfoliation? This essential baking ingredient is alkaline with a pH level of 8.3, which affects your skin’s natural pH level of 5.5. Keep the baking soda for non-sensitive cleaning purposes, so as to avoid skin barrier damage that can escalate into dryness, infection or acne. Choose exfoliant products or go for a professional facial treatment that includes exfoliation instead.
3. Lemon Juice for Brightening and Whitening
Lemons are well known for their brightening properties and ability to fade dark spots, as well as being a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin C and citric acid. Sounds good? Well, you may be surprised to know that using fresh lemon juice on your skin may in fact cause more harm than good. It can cause skin irritation, hyperpigmentation, increased sensitivity, pH imbalance, and even sunburns if used before heading outdoors. With these harsh side effects, avoiding fresh lemon juice is best. Instead, go for a brightening serum to boost natural radiance.
Fruits may seem harmless and while you can ingest them with minimal issues, certain active components in fruits can actually irritate and damage the skin. This is why lemon juice, as well as fruit facial masks, should not be used on the face without prior recommendations.
4. Raw Egg Masks
You may have heard of using raw egg whites as a mask to tighten and lighten your skin. While this may be less expensive than using an anti-aging skin serum, there’s no proof it works and it’s simply not worth the risk. Some people may be allergic or intolerant to eggs, and this includes putting them on your skin. You are also exposed to salmonella or other infections, especially if you have micro cuts or wounds on your face or hands. It is recommended to use proper anti-aging products to avoid these nasty side effects.
Should You Try DIY Beauty Hacks?
When it comes to DIY beauty and skincare hacks, proceeding with caution is the best way forward. While travel, household, tech and even makeup tips can be practical and beneficial without causing much issues if they don’t work, it’s a different story when it comes to your skin. As the saying goes, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet, and that goes even for the most well-intentioned DIY beauty or skincare tips.
This is because you can cause serious damage or irritation to your skin when you try out these DIY hacks without expert guidance. It is crucial that you know your skin type and understand your skin in-depth before trying out any of these DIY beauty and skincare tips. Even then, it can be a risk since you wouldn’t know how your skin will react to these seemingly harmless ingredients or methods.
It is also important to maintain a balanced skin pH for healthy skin. Some of these ingredients, even if natural, can throw off that pH balance. When you see signs of acne, dryness, skin inflammation or an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, that could mean your pH may be out of balance. To restore the pH balance of your skin, use gentle cleansers, moisturizers and keep your skin hydrated to help rebuild its moisture barrier. It is also advisable to go for professional facial treatments that can revitalize your skin.
Choose Professional Facial Treatments
Want to understand your skin type and skin pH? New York Skin Solutions can help with an in-depth consultation. Following which, your skincare concerns can be addressed. Our experienced skincare specialists will recommend tailored facial treatments and skincare products that will reveal supple, glowing skin without the worry of trying DIY beauty and skincare hacks. When you see a difference in your skin after the first session, DIY hacks will be a thing of the past!
Book an appointment with our skincare specialists at any of our outlets located conveniently in Singapore today!