March 31, 2014
IRVINE, CA (March 31, 2014) – Be it a sugar scrub or an avocado facial mask, chances are most women have at some point dabbled in do-it-yourself (DIY) skincare treatments.
And while at-home complexion concoctions may seem like a fun, easy and more affordable alternative to professional skincare, according to skincare expert Ellen Clark, a licensed esthetician and founder of Control Corrective Skincare Systems, there is a dark side to DIY.
“DIY beauty lore has been around forever, but the Internet and social media have proliferated the dissemination of skincare ‘ tall tales’ that can actually have detrimental effects,” she said. “Before raiding the pantry for an online at-home skincare recipe, remember that many ingredients in their natural state are neither safe nor effective for skin, and the beauty blogger who shared the recipe may in fact be a sixteen-year-old girl!”
Clark urges eager DIY-ers to consider the following before formulating at home:
Perform a patch test. Before experimenting on skin, you should ideally see an esthetician for a complete skin analysis and customized recommendations for an appropriate at-home care treatment. If you choose to forego this preemptive step, at least perform a patch test by putting a small amount of whatev er concoction you’ ve come up with behind the ear on the neck. This is especially important for those with existing skin conditions such as acne or aging.
Sweet isn’t always skin-friendly. Papaya skin creams, pineapple enzyme cleansers and sugar scrubs line supermarket beauty sections, so you could easily assume these sweet additives are fine for at -home use. However, these ingredients must be formulated for skin and are not necessarily safe in their natural state. If left on too long, natural acids found in citrus fruits can actually cause burns and irritation, while raw sugars and oatmeal can scratch skin.
You aren’t a celebrity. Almost every week, a gorgeous A-lister makes a broad statement about her “simple” skincare routine: olive oil as an allover moisturizer, coconut oil for the face and hair, and so on. While some of these ingredients can indeed be beneficial, before you get greasy, get cautious. Olive oil straight from the cabinet, for example, has not been formulated for the skin and its molecules are therefore too large to be effectively absorbed. Freshness can also pose an issue. Remember that the rich and famous have access to the crème de la crème of beauty treatments and skin specialists, so your skin and hers may not start out the same playing field.
Got milk? If you do choose to DIY, gravitate toward recipes that incorporate milk. Not only does it contain lactic acid, an anti-aging essential, but it’ s also soothing to skin and shouldn’t cause adverse reactions. Swabbing skin with a milk-soaked towel or actually taking a milk bath can be both relaxing and beneficial. Word on the street is Cleopatra used milk baths to keep skin supple and youthful.
Professional skincare for your skin type is the best recipe. Sure, at-home skin remedies can seem more affordable, but they’ re often not worth the risk. Instead, adopt a professional skincare regimen that is specifically formulated for your skin type, and has been tested for quality and safety. Whether your skin is sensitive, sun-damaged, aging or acne-prone, Control Corrective has a line of effective, fool-proof products.
Corrective Skincare Systems products are available through skincare professionals nationwide, or by contacting the company at (866) 290-4290; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Control Corrective Skincare Systems puts the power of beautiful skin into your hands. A clinical-based skincare brand since 1997, Control Corrective Skincare Systems offers comprehensive, collection-based skincare for both the professional seeking to offer superior professional solutions or the consumer looking for a user-friendly home care regimen. Available at finer salons and spas nationwide, the line offers a full range of skin care products that utilize the highest quality ingredients along with natural extracts, vitamins and essential oils.