For the most part, we all try to practice good skin care habits and use our common sense when it comes to at-home cosmetic treatments. But not everyone realises the dangers posed by some home remedies. Here are eight skin sins you might be committing.
Physical exfoliation is a great way to replenish the skin cells and smooth skin texture. However, using nontraditional devices to achieve this effect isn’t healthy! Sanding your face with DIY tools like nail files is not comparable to professional microdermabrasion or an exfoliating facial scrub, and could actually lead to injury or infection.
Smoking and second-hand smoke exposure are very bad for your skin. In fact, heavy smokers are nearly five times more likely to be wrinkled than non-smokers. Collagen-destroying enzymes in the skin increase when exposed to tobacco smoke, dramatically speeding up visible signs of ageing.
Drinking alcohol after a facial treatment
Drinking alcohol can undo the healthy benefits of cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion, medi-aesthetic peels and Dermapen skin needling because alcohol is very dehydrating to the skin. After a facial treatment, you want the skin to absorb all the nourishing benefits of the treatment rather than exposing it to dehydrating factors.
Picking at your blemishes can be very damaging. Sometimes, people can take it to the extreme, resulting in severe scabs. It can be considered an obsessive-compulsive disorder and professional help should be sought in order to prevent long-term skin damage.
Sun exposure after a peel
After some facial cosmetic treatments such as medi-aesthetic peels, dead skin cells are removed which allows fresh cells to surface. Caring for these new cells requires daily sun protection and avoiding UV exposure during peak times – typically from 10am to 2pm.
Layering exfoliation products
Regularly using exfoliants will improve skin texture, but products need to be used correctly to have any benefit. For example, layering acid products by using an acid toner followed by an acid serum every night will result in an ongoing acidic burn similar to sunburn, putting the skin in a major state of inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of early skin ageing, and while most of this comes from environmental exposures such as UV radiation, it can also be worsened by traumatising the skin with overuse of exfoliants.
Using rubbing alcohol as a toner
Alcohol can be effective in clearing up blemishes on the skin, but it also completely strips the healthy skin of moisture and causes extreme dehydration. Skin cells need water to live and the skin is constantly trying to repair itself and maintain a moist environment. It’s best to avoid alcohol-based toners and use regular, hydrating toners after cleansing.
Using lemon juice and baking soda as skincare
Lemon juice is extremely acidic with a pH of around 2. When used on the skin, it can cause severe damage to the moisture barrier and even cause burns. While lemons are high in vitamin C, the skin doesn’t work in the same way as the digestive system; you can’t absorb the nutrients of food through your skin. That’s why skincare products are scientifically formulated.