I’ve gotta come clean, when I first conceived the idea of creating this website I thought it would be fun to include some homemade skincare that hydrates, cleanses, tones and exfoliates your skin. I mixed and formulated home products and they worked surprisingly well – but truth be told there are a few super important reasons why I think using professional skincare products is a much better route than making your own homemade skincare.
Homemade skincare might make your skin feel good but it’s not going to actually transform your skin. If you’re dealing with acne, wrinkles, brown spots, dry skin, etc. there are active ingredients in professional skincare products that you would never be able to recreate in your kitchen. Homemade Skincare might be a great approach in your early 20’s (assuming you have ideal skin) but as you enter your late 20’s and beyond you’re in need of nutrients, enzymes, proteins and more for your skin that you simply can’t find on your own – unless your a chemist.
Homemade skincare can be expensive over time. Buying the ingredients for homemade skincare seems reasonable until you realize the shelf life for those precious essential oils doesn’t equate to the time it takes to go through your products. Unless you’re making products for all of your family and friends the likelihood that your materials will go bad before you use the bulk of them is very high. So do your wallet and your face a favor and spend your money on high quality, professional skincare that will improve your skin, not just feel good.
Lastly, when you make your own skincare, you’re making assumptions about what your skin needs and you might be very mistaken. A perfect example is someone with oily skin might assume they need a heavy astringent to get rid of all that oil when in fact they are stripping their skin, causing the excess oil production. What’s really needed is some moisturizer to balance out the skin. (if you haven’t read my post about causing your own oily skin – it’s a must read and you can find it here). The moral to story is that you absolutely need a professional esthetician to explain to you what your skin needs as well as recommend products that will help improve your skin.
Homemade, Drug Store Or Professional Skincare
Believe me, estheticians aren’t making hand over first selling skincare products but it is our professional obligation to offer solutions that will actually work for you and only you. And before you start thinking that professional products all cost a fortune, that’s not always the case. There are affordable professional products at your neighborhood spa – I promise you. So before your purchase an overpriced, one size fits all skincare system from your neighbor, fall victim to drug store subpar products or try to become a chemist in your own kitchen step back and realize that the best option is to go to a local spa and learn about your skin and find a professional product that works – just for you.