DIY Skin care recipes you should NEVER try!

by: Veronica Gorgeois

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hello again everyone today we're going to talk about homemade DIY skincare recipes that you should absolutely never try and these recipes are everywhere they're all over YouTube they're all over the internet all over blogs and for some reason they just won't die so I'm going to make this video today to tell you which ones you should never try and why and to start let's talk about lemons one of most popular recipes that I see involves taking a lemon cutting in half coating and sugar and then scrubbing it all over your face now I kind of understand why people might think this is a good idea you think all lemons have vitamin C and sugar is exfoliating exfoliation is good but no the pH of lemon juice is way too low to be just rubbing all over your face it's highly irritating and then adding a crystalline substance to it crystalline meaning it has sharp edges scrubbing that all over your face you're going to create a lot of tiny lacerations through which the lemon juice can enter and further irritate the skin so absolutely not do not ever do this the best way to exfoliate your skin is gradually over time and leave on treatments like a EJ's be a chaise retinols etc are by far the best way to go about it I've said before that scrubs are really not that effective at exfoliating especially over the long term so not only is this not providing the benefit that you think it is but it's going to damage your skin in the long term if you do this repeatedly another version of that that I've seen is to do the same thing but with a tomato tomato is slightly safer to use on the skin and tomatoes do have some beneficial properties for oilier skins because they are naturally astringent but same thing applies you do not want to be rubbing sugar all over your face and homemade scrubs in general homemade facial scrubs are generally a bad idea and on that note let's talk about baking soda baking soda is something that does not belong on your face literally ever you should never ever ever put baking soda on your face your skin has a naturally acidic pH and that's a good thing it helps to keep the lipid layer intact helps to keep the skin healthy and performing its job keeping things out of the body but when you introduce something that is highly alkaline to it you are compromising the quality of that lipid layer and the integrity of your skin now a lot of recipes say well you can mix this in with your cleanser and it makes for a nice mild exfoliation that's true and it's an extremely mild exfoliation because this is this is just a powder there's very little grit to it and that's all well and good but you're introducing a highly alkaline substance into your skincare routine and that is never advisable there are also a lot of it's sort of like logical leaps that people take with baking soda like baking soda is good for cleaning your teeth so it also must be good for cleaning your face but that's just not true absolutely not true it may help you to clean your face but it's not going to help your skin be healthy the only time we as aestheticians really purposefully introduce an alkaline substances during a process called dis incrustation which we use before extracting blackheads and that is a whole other thing it's done in a very controlled way but I do not ever recommend that you add baking soda to any of your skincare products in fact the only thing that I ever recommend adding is a mechanical exfoliant if you did want to add something to your face wash to make it into a mild scrub would be jojoba beads and you can get these in bulk from various ingredients suppliers like coastal since I believe has some but just do a Google search for Homa beads that is Jo Jo ba and you will should be able to find some of they're not expensive and because they are just a wax they are biodegradable and therefore much better for the environment than a lot of the plastic beads that you're getting in your facial scrubs all right another thing you should never put on your face is toothpaste I don't know where this one came from I don't know who had the brilliant idea to take a tube of crest and slather it on their face I've heard this before from many people that they heard to use toothpaste as like a spa treatment for acne that's not a good idea toothpaste often has baking soda in it so right there you're getting a high alkaline product even if it doesn't have baking soda toothpaste is basically sodium lauryl sulfate which is soap which is also alkaline mint which is an irritant and silica which is an abrasive it has some other stuff in it for flavorings sweeteners etc but those are the three main things and you may experience a drying effect from rubbing sodium lauryl sulfate and so go on your face but that's not a good thing if you want to have an effective spa treatment get a clay mask that's what they're for clay masks are great at drawing out oils and helping reduce inflammation so you can either make one yourself get some kaelin and mix it a little toner that works great or you can buy many many different wonderful clay masks my personal favorite is the skin suta khals clarifying clay mask it's a really really great one it makes a great spa treatment all right the next thing you never want to put on your face is lavender oil and this is very controversial because people love lavender and I love lavender too as a fragrance I love it in the home I put a little bit of in my in my nail polish remover but I don't put it on my face there's a lot of new research coming out about lavender and it's still not quite definitive but there are a few things that we know lemon there's an irritant first and foremost which we already knew but lavender is also very highly photo toxic which means that it reacts strongly in sunlight it can cause hyperpigmentation inflammation in the skin it can also be cytotoxic which means it can be toxic to the cells of your skin so if you want to enjoy lavender use it as a fragrance in your home you can mix in a little bit of it in with your body lotion and rub it on areas where you won't get any sunlight I don't really recommend leaving leaving it on the skin because of its possible cytotoxic properties but if you really love lavender just keep it in your environment not on your face not anywhere that you're going to be getting any sunlight this next one is a particularly strange one that I encountered in some YouTube comments I forget where but someone left a comment saying that you can wash your face with alcohol to remove blackheads and you guys know how I feel about alcohol it is just that you should never ever ever put it on your face but this person said that there was a dermatologist who made a video saying that you can put alcohol in the skin and it helps to extract blackheads therefore it's okay because a dermatologist said it and that means that this person obviously knows better than I do but of course that is absolutely terrible advice you never want to put alcohol on your skin for any reason it is just not something you want to do the next one is apple cider vinegar and this is another controversial one because conventional training conventional aesthetic training would tell us that you don't want to put out vinegar on your skin because of its pH however it's kind of a cult favorite my sister really swears by it she used to have acne she started using apple cider vinegar as a toner and it cleared up however she has very very dehydrated skin that doesn't really ever take two moisturizer my take on it is that using this highly acidic substance this irritating substance on her face on a regular basis has damaged her lipid layer and she has combo oily skin so she can't really use heavy moisturizers and she shouldn't really need one but her lipid layer is compromised so her skin can't retain moisture so she and ends up in this place where yes she doesn't have acne anymore but now she has severely and chronically dehydrated skin that doesn't tolerate moisturizer as well so I don't really recommend it if you are going to use apple cider vinegar as a toner I would mix it with water definitely dilute it and don't put it straight on your face apple cider vinegar does have some really great properties for the body in general but I never recommend putting straight vinegar on the face this last one really only applies some of the time if you have oily skin or skin that is prone to comedogenic breakouts which means if you put something like an emollient product on your skin and you have breakouts the next day you don't want to be using olive oil or coconut oil on your face these are two very popular recipes if you can call them that a lot of people recommend using olive oil or coconut oils take off your makeup and that's not as bad as leaving it on your face I never really recommend using either one of them as a moisturizer just because they're not the best tolerated in the skin despite a lot of hype around them they're not really the best oils to be using on the face for the body yeah you can get away with it but for the face it's a little it's a little sketchier however if you're going to use it as a makeup remover and wash it off immediately after it's not as big of a deal I just don't recommend it if you do have oily skin or combo skin or skin that is just prone to comedogenic breakouts which could include dry skin some dry skin types do get community breakouts very easily and lastly let's just talk about essential oils in general for a minute a lot of online bloggers and youtube recipes call for essential oils for various reasons I saw one the other day that was a post son body spray that had tea and aloe and mint in it and the tea and aloe are fine but the mint I suppose was theirs for its tingly cooling sensation but the problem is that mint is a very very strong irritant like most of these essential oils are so putting something on your skin that tingles and feels cool doesn't mean that it's actually helping and I'm going to talk about that in the future so if you see a recipe that calls for the use of essential oils I would be very skeptical about it because there really isn't a good reason to be putting essential oils on your face in particular and in fact they can be quite harmful so I'd be very careful just remember always that just because something is natural doesn't mean it belongs on your skin and if you ever doubt that wisdom just think about poison ivy because poison ivy is 100 percent natural but that doesn't mean it belongs on your face and neither do lemons and baking soda so I hope that was helpful those are all of the recipes that I can think of right at this minute but if more come up I can make another one of these videos in the future if I didn't mention a recipe that you've heard of it's either because I haven't heard of it I forgot it or it's in my DIY recipes to try video which will be coming up soon so if you have any recipes that I didn't mention please leave them in the comments below if you're curious about them if you want to know my opinion or if you just want to maybe get a sneak peek of what's coming up either way I hope that was helpful you guys let me know if you have any other questions and if you like this video if you found it helpful please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven't already and please share my videos if you if you find something I have some good things to say just sure go to Facebook you know Twitter just put them out there you know help your friends to not put baking soda on their faces and toothpaste and crap um anyway I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will talk to you

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Answers to "what about" questions: Tea tree oil? It depends. See my facebook note on TTO. Other essential oils? No. There's nothing essential oils do for the skin that can't be accomplished with other ingredients. Most skin care ingredients overlap with each other in their functions. An exception to the EO rule is vanilla, but it doesn't serve much of a function aside from fragrance. Lemons, if they're used with (fill in the blank)? No, never use lemons. Other citrus fruits? No. Witch hazel? Controversial, depends on some factors that we can't necessarily determine. Probably ok, but see my facebook note on witch hazel. Rose water? No. See my facebook note on rose water. Tea? Fine. Yogurt/dairy? No proof this is beneficial. Might be, might cause problems. See facebook note. Cinnamon? No. Turmeric? Probably fine, don't overdo it. Other spices? Probably not. If your skin tingles or burns when you put something on, it's probably not good for the skin. Various emollient oils (castor, jojoba, argan, etc.)?

See my skin care oils and comedogenicity video

Honey, eggs, oatmeal, bananas, and others, see the next video.

Watch the next video for the other side of using coconut and olive oil on the skin. Want to learn more about inflammation's effect on the skin?

The takeaway from this video should be that you need to exercise caution when trying things you hear about on the internet. Remember, your skin is an organ, and not everyone is qualified to give you advice on how to care for it! I do not give personalized recommendations in video comments or answer private messages. It is just not feasible for me to do so. I will try my best to answer questions in future videos, in facebook notes or (whenever I get around to it) in blog posts, but I regret that it is not possible to answer thousands of questions individually. Please check my back catalog of videos and facebook notes--there is a lot of information in each! ---------------- Hi, I'm Veronica! This is my 12th anniversary of becoming an esthetician, and I'm happy to share the wisdom that I've gathered over the years with all of you. My resume includes practicing in a famous LA plastic surgery center's medical spa, a five-star hotel and two of the most famous waxing institutions in Beverly Hills. My skin care philosophy may be a bit different than a lot of what you hear about on the internet, but it's based on many years of professional and personal experience. If anything that I say is helpful to you, I would sincerely appreciate if you take a moment to share my videos! Thank you, xo
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