Many DIY skin care recipes that circulate around the internet include ingredients such as sugar and salt. These are physical exfoliants, and while they can help remove dead skin, they do so in a very rough and harmful manner. Using sugar or salt on your skin can create microscopic lacerations that damage the skin. Rather than using harsh scrubs such as these, the best way to exfoliate your skin is gradually over time. For this purpose, gentle products that contain retinol, vitamin C, or AHA are excellent. These products come in many forms, including toners, lotions, and serums, and using them nightly will help your skin regenerate in a healthy and non-damaging manner.
Another common find in DIY skin care recipes is the use of ingredients that have extreme pH. Very acidic ingredients such as lemon and apple cider vinegar do not belong on your face. Neither do very base ingredients such as baking soda or toothpaste. When an ingredient is very acidic or very base, it disrupts the skin’s natural pH levels which is damaging to your skin’s protective lipid barrier. Using recipes or products with improper pH levels can cause your skin to become very dry, dehydrated, and prone to breakouts and irritation. Alcohol is another common skincare ingredient and DIY ingredient that harm your skin’s lipid barrier. Using non-irritating, pH-balanced products is the best choice for your skin’s health.
When shopping for skincare products, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the ingredients list. Although you won’t often find commercial products containing lemon juice, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar, be sure to avoid products with high amounts of ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol. To further protect your skin’s lipid barrier, look for products containing hyaluronic and ceramides, such as Atopalm’s Real Barrier line, as these ingredients help keep moisture in the skin.