As many of us continue to spend the majority of our days at home, it can be hard to upkeep our usual skincare routine. Not to mention, with an array of non-essential shops closed until further notice, many beauty products can seem out of reach. The rise of DIY facials has been emerging throughout social media for the last couple of years, with the increase of products showcasing bogus results and frankly, quite harmful skincare practices. This article will explore the dangerous world of DIY skincare and offer you some safer alternatives.
What exactly is a facial and what to expect?
A facial is a type of cosmetic treatment that uses an array of products and techniques in order to restore the skin and create a blemish-free complexion. Each facial treatment is different, and each beauty therapist can use a different variety of products. The general purpose of a facial is to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate the skin cells in order to unclog pores and revitalise the skin.
At Dermoi!, we offer at-home facial treatments, meaning that you can experience high-quality clinical treatments, without having to leave the house. On average, a Dermoi! facial treatment lasts around 60 minutes, that includes a 15-minute consultation period where a therapist will discuss your treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
How can DIY home facials damage my skin?
Although incorporating simple facial techniques into your home skincare routine is not necessarily a bad idea, DIY home facials can lead to an array of lasting detrimental effects for the skin.
For example, homemade products like blackhead scrubs or DIY exfoliating sugar scrubs, do not contain added preservatives. Despite preservatives being looked down upon in larger beauty circles, they are a vital element in keeping products fresh and safe to use. If a homemade product does not contain preservatives, it means that the product is more likely to become infected with harmful bacteria. As a result, this bacteria may become clogged in your pores, leading to a harsh acne breakout that could need medical attention.
Moreover, certain ingredients, such as lemon juice, can seriously damage the overall pH balance of your skin. When these harmful acids are used in moderate quantities upon the skin, it will often change the pH balance of your skin, which could cancel out any other products that you may be using. Therefore, it is best to use a lower concentration of a manufactured acid, to ensure that your entire skincare routine can work peacefully in unison.
Adding on to this, mixing certain ingredients together can also lead to some other ingredients not working to their full potential. An example of this is when retinol and Vitamin C and used together, they do not create an even pH balance, so their beneficial results never form upon the skin. Thus, it is important that you research deeper into the world of homemade skincare, before trying to layer any products.
Should I get a facial?
Facial treatments are suitable for almost anyone and any skin type, making it a perfect way to care for your skin. Many older teenagers praise the effects of facial treatments for their acne breakouts and allowing them to prevent future breakouts. If you are noticing the visible signs of ageing creeping up upon your skin, facial treatments offer a wide variety of anti-ageing techniques that help to rejuvenate the skin. However, it must be noted that a majority of facial treatments are not recommended for pregnant women, so please conduct the appropriate research before booking a facial treatment.
What are the benefits of facial treatments?
Facial treatments are often a really effective way to nourish and care for your skin, especially if you suffer from a particular skin condition. For example, many acne sufferers praise the exfoliation aspect of many facial treatments. This deep exfoliation helps to unclog the pores of dirt, oil and other debris that could eventually manifest itself into an acne breakout. Adding on to this, chemical peels help to remove the superficial layer of upper skin and encourage healthier skin to form in its place. As a result, this type of facial treatment is extremely effective against acne scarring and dark spots. Moreover, by having regular facial treatments, you are not only caring for your skin, but you are also able to experience and experiment with a large variety of high-quality products safely with the guidance of a beauty therapist.
How to choose the best facial for my skin?
Dermoi! offers a wide variety of facial treatments for a whole range of skin types. Here are just a few available on the Dermoi! website:
If you suffer from mild to moderate acne, then the ‘Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment’ from Osmosis Skincare is the perfect remedy for your breakouts. This facial treatment uses a 2% Vitamin A infusion, to help neutralise harmful toxins within the skin and boost healthy cell turnover. Not to mention that this facial exfoliates deep within the pores, helping to clear congested skin and prevent future breakouts. Currently, this treatment is available for just £95.00 on the Dermoi! website.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition that can have lasting negative effects on the quality of your skin. The ‘iS Clinical Foaming Enzyme Peel’ uses an abundance of iS Clinical’s botanically derived skincare products to add some much-needed hydration back into your skin. By using a collection of galvanic technology, ultrasound stimulation, LED light therapy and vibrating massage, this treatment helps to boost circulation and increase cell turnover. Thus, your skin will be better prepared to retain moisture and maintain a smoother complexion. This facial retails at £115.00 and requires no downtime.
Finally, many facial treatments offer an incredible anti-ageing defence, such as the ‘Osmosis Glow/Anti-Aging Treatment’ also from Osmosis Skincare. This particular treatment works to communicate deep within the cells to increase fibroblast activity and in turn, increase collagen production. Moreover, this facial offers immediate and long-lasting results, enabling you to develop a healthy glow and younger-looking skin. The ‘Osmosis Glow/Anti-Aging Treatment’ is now available for just £95.00.
How often should I get a facial?
The skin’s lifecycle only lasts one month on average, meaning that your skin will begin to diminish and prepare for a complete cell turnover. Keeping this in mind, it is advised that you receive a facial treatment every 3-4 weeks, to help upkeep the rejuvenation process of your skin.
Now that we have discussed the harmful effects of DIY facials, you may be beginning to see that homemade skincare can often cause serious skin conditions and is not worth the risk. If you feel that your skin needs a course of high-quality professional treatments, why not book an at-home facial with Dermoi!, and get rid of the dangerous homemade products?
Author: Melody Day