Five DIY Ingredients That Are Just Don'ts
Treat Your Skin With Care
Your skin is the pashmina scarf of biological organs; a beautiful, finely textured, strong, but soft, protective covering that requires special care. A lot of people have advice on how to keep your pashmina beautiful. But a lot of that advice is wrong. If you want your skin and your pashmina to last, don’t let any of the following near either one.
Vitamin C helps prevent photo-aging, protects against UV damage, stimulates collagen production, improves elasticity, and lightens skin tone. But in the form of lemon juice, it’s highly acidic and putting it straight on your skin, is extremely irritating and highly disruptive to your skin’s natural acid mantle. Instead, get your vitamin C safely and effectively with Vivant’s Spin Trap Vitamin C & E Therapy.
Toothpaste as zit zapper is an old idea, but that doesn’t make it a good one. Its good for cleaning and brightening the hard enamel surface of your teeth, but can be pretty irritating to skin and can even cause dark spots in skin with more melanin. Benzoyl peroxide is far more effective. It kills bacteria and reduces inflammation below the surface to prevent future breakouts.
Kendall and Kylie have promoted a facial “slushie” that calls for not only the toxic, paint-stripping chemical, but also dry ice, known for its ability to instantly freeze cells. This is definitely not a DIY and not for most skin types. The potential for irritation is off the charts. Try a detoxifying and nourishing mask instead.
Because it’s stored in your kitchen cupboard, it’s easy to think of baking soda as a skin-friendly natural substance. But remember, baking soda doesn’t just make cupcakes fluffy; it makes your science fair volcano erupt. It’s a highly alkaline chemical compound and it wreaks havoc with your skin’s pH balance. A Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser will oxygenate pores and kill bacteria without the irritation.
Scrubs are a great way to remove dead skin cells and jumpstart cell turnover, but the wrong scrub can do more harm than good. Sugar’s inconsistent crystalline edges can make micro-tears in your skin, which can cause irritation and admit bacteria. Ditto ground shells or fruit pits. Vivant’s Buffing Grains LUXfoliate skin with sustainable, smooth cellulose beads. Use them alone or add to any cleanser.