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Are DIY Skin Treatments Safe?

The DIY craze—which is fueled by the click-worthy images plastered all over Pinterest—is gaining more and more traction. You make your own wedding centerpieces, candles and cleaning products, so why not whip up your own skin care products too, right?

Well, that depends... 

Are DIY Treatments Safe

Homemade Skin Care Products

While some homemade skin care products offer benefits, there are many that don’t meet their claims—or cause your skin more harm than good! The skin care specialists at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care Center recommend that you always consult with your dermatologist or a skin care professional before testing out a new skin product, especially if the product is homemade!

Another good rule of thumb when using a new skin care product for the first time is to patch test it on a small area of your skin. This allows you to see how your skin reacts to the product before using it all over your face or body. We recommend this practice to our clients when they’re using one of the skin care products sold at our office, so we cannot stress the importance of doing the same when using a homemade product.

DIY Face Mask Ingredients

When you compare the price of a store-bought face mask to the ingredients that are already in your kitchen, it seems like a no-brainer to go the DIY route. But it’s all relative once you compare the benefits that the masks actually offer.

Buzzfeed highlighted a handful of DIY masks on their website. Let’s review the claims versus the expert opinion. 

Honey + Cinnamon + Nutmeg

~Tis the season to face mask~

DIY Breakout Face Mask

The good news about this face mask is that you can set the ingredients aside while you’re baking your holiday cookies, so it truly is a time saver.

This mask claims to brighten your skin, clear breakouts and even out skin tone. When Buzzfeed’s experts weighed in, they were sure to note that cinnamon can be very irritating to the skin. If you decide to try out this breakout prevention face mask, be sure to patch test it to ensure it doesn’t upset your skin.

Worried about the risks associated with cinnamon? Allow us to recommend our Clear + Brilliant skin care treatment instead. 

Egg White + Lemon Juice + Honey

DIY Wrinkle Reduction Face Mask

This three-ingredient DIY face mask claims to reduce the appearance of age spots, shrink pores and moisturize the skin. But let’s be honest, we’re only interested in what the experts have to say. And the verdict is…

While this mask *can* lighten dark spots, you’ll want to be sure you don’t get the lemon juice in your eyes. Ouch! Also, the egg whites have the ability to tighten pores, giving the wrinkle-reducing effect, but it’s only a short term fix.

Don’t worry, Palo Alto offers treatments that have long-term effects for reducing the appearance of age spots AND wrinkles—you can find those here

Skin Care Treatments with Long-Term Effects

As we mentioned above, there are some DIY skin care products that *actually* offer benefits to your skin, but they’re only short-term solutions. The skin care treatments at Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care Center are the long-term fix for your skin concerns, whether it’s reducing the appearance of wrinkles or age spots—and there’s no risk of getting lemon juice in your eyes!

To learn more about Palo Alto’s skin care treatments and products, feel free to call our office at 650.565.8683, or schedule a consultation online. 

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