We all want perfect, flawless skin but not at the expense of an at-home treatment gone wrong! While DIY beauty treatments have become a popular way to save time and money all within the comfort of your own home, some beauty trends may actually damage your skin and others are just downright dangerous. We’ve put together a list of five of the worst offenders – suffice to say, do NOT try these at home!
1. Setting makeup with hairspray
Hairspray is fantastic for setting the perfect curl, or keeping wispy hair off your neck or ears, but should it be used to set makeup? NO WAY!
Not only does hairspray contain alcohol and other unhealthy ingredients, it can cause skin to become dehydrated and dry. This often results in an irritated, itchy and red complexion as well as leaving your make up with a sticky feeling. Regular use could also lead to breakouts.
The alternative: Makeup setting sprays are mists that sit weightlessly on the skin to prevent smudging and control oils, deflect surface shine and keep the skin looking matte. Balense skin care’s Balensing Moisture Spritz is a hydrating and calming spritz that delivers instant moisture to thirsty skin, it can be used to hydrate skin at any time during the day or night as well as to set makeup.
2. Milk of magnesia as a primer
Milk of magnesia is often used for stomach health and as a deodorant, but it has started trending as a makeup primer for oily skin.No matter what skin type you have, using Milk of magnesia on your face is a no-no in our books.
Our skin is naturally slightly acidic, and we have an acidic mantle that stops bad bacteria penetrating the skin. Milk of magnesia has a high pH that can damage this acidic mantle, allowing nasty bacteria to get past the skin’s defenses and cause acne and dry skin. With the skin unable to shed its dead layers, clogged pores and breakouts can occur and cause further damage skin’s overall integrity.
The alternative: Despite its name, Balense Spot Control Serum is perfect to use as an all-over primer for those with oily skin. The serum is hyaluronic-based, which means it hydrates the skin for up to 12 hours after application, and well-hydrated skin is less likely to draw moisture from liquid foundation. Balense Spot Control Serum also contain encapsulated BHA, helping to prevent blockages and breakouts often associated with wearing makeup regularly. Two birds, one serum!
3. DIY Sugar Waxing
Sugar waxing is the “old-is-new” trendy way to remove hair cheaply and in the convenience of your own home. Sugar wax is made from food substances like toffee and aims to remove hair by the root. Although this may seem like a cost effective alternative, sugar waxing is only effective for specific hair lengths and can cause skin inflammation, bacterial infections and burns on the skin if not performed correctly.
The alternative: Laser hair removal is a fast, effective and affordable alternative. It is suitable for all skin types and most hair colours. Australian Skin Clinics uses the most advanced technology for long-term hair reduction in just six to 12 treatment sessions.
4. Topical Lip Plumper
Over the counter lip plumper products contain an irritant that help the lips to swell, giving a pouty appearance. This irritant can also cause itchiness, redness, burning, cracking and peeling of the lips. Not even Kylie Jenner would risk her famous lips with that stuff!
The alternative: Australian Skin Clinics offers Dermal Fillers for lips to give you a plump, voluminous and natural-looking pout, which can last from four to eight months. The simple and safe procedure takes just 30 minutes and is performed by a trained and registered nurse.
5. Charcoal Masks
The beauty obsession that has taken social media by storm and got us all obsessively watching YouTube videos of people pulling these masks, and their pores, off their face! And while charcoal is a detoxifying ingredient that is known for its cleansing properties, the physical action of removing these masks can contribute to the tearing of collagen elastin and other fibres, causing micro-trauma to the skin. The charcoal also loses its detoxifying and cleansing properties when combined with glue, meaning the masks can draw out oil and moisture from the skin, potentially leading to a dryer complexion.
The alternative: A much more effective way of reducing pore size and clearing up blackheads is by using products with ingredients such as salicylic acid and other advanced enzymatic exfoliators. Balense Microdermal Cleansing Scrub or the Balense Next Generation Cleanser + SRC offer a good combination of enzymatic and physical exfoliation between those two products. For a more professional approach, our microdermabrasion treatments use products that will hydrate the skin, making it pliable while it undergoes exfoliation.