DIY is incredibly popular, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare, and it’s no surprise as to why. Depending on what you’re making, it could be more cost efficient, you can control the ingredients that go into it, and it can be fun to say you made your very own product. However, when it comes to certain DIYs, such as making your own sunscreen or using craft glitter as eye shadow, it’s not the best idea. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about DIY, but it’s important to safely go about it not to mention you want to make sure to use a product that actually works. Let’s talk about some of the reasons you may want to forgo certain DIY skin care and beauty products.
Store Products are Professionally Reviewed and Evaluated
Products that you buy on store shelves undergo quality control, and they’re professionally evaluated to ensure that the ingredients are safe to use and that the formulas are regulated. The directions are also right there on the packaging to tell you how to use each product safely while at home ingredients obviously don’t come with the same warnings or directions. For example, there are those who use lemon on their skin and go out in the sun unaware that doing so could lead to a phototoxic reaction.
You Can Read Customer Reviews
One of the best aspects of buying beauty and skincare products from stores is that you can read customer reviews about how well (or horribly) they worked for previous customers. It’s a great way to get an idea of how the product may work for you, especially if you read reviews from those who have the same skin type as you.
You Could Irritate Your Skin
There are quite a few ingredients that could cause severe irritation to skin, and even though a specific DIY recipe worked for one person doesn’t mean the ingredients—whether individually or mixed together with others—won’t irritate the skin of another. Cinnamon is just one such ingredient that might result in a problem.
The Products Might Not Work
Let’s say you decide to DIY a product and you’re absolutely sure it will work, but what if it doesn’t? For example, say you decided to create DIY sunscreen and you followed a “recipe” that was allegedly guaranteed to work, so you mix it up, slather it on your skin, and head out for a beach day. If it doesn’t work, you could be left with some negative side effects, such as a severe sunburn. When it comes to your skin and health, you don’t want to take chances.
You Could Cause Damage
Since we mentioned craft glitter already, it’s just one of the DIY items that you’re going to want to stay away from as it could cause damage, such as that it could scratch your cornea if you use it around your eyes. There are those who feel it’s a convenient (cheaper) replacement for cosmetic grade glitter, but they are absolutely two separate things and craft glitter should not be used on the face.
DIY is not worth doing to save yourself some money if you’re going to end up causing yourself harm in the process. Just keep in mind that natural doesn’t always mean safe nor does it mean that it’s going to react well with your skin. Should you insist on doing any DIY, always remember to speak to your dermatologist first and do a patch test.