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DIY Skincare Debunked

DIY Skincare Debunked

DIY skincare isn't always bad. In fact, some DIY recipes can be great—but it's important to know what kind of product you're using before you start applying it to your skin. Here are some of the most common ones we see going around that you definitely should AVOID. 🙅

Key Disadvantages of DIY Skincare

⏰ Time Consuming - Prepping takes a lot more time than you think!

🦠 No Shelf Life - Cannot be stored for future use and requires the correct storage conditions to maintain sterility.

🍃 Natural ≠ More Effective - Since we cannot verify standard quality, efficacy, and safety of the ingredient, there’s no way to predict how it might affect your skin.

💧 PH Conditions Vary - Skincare products are formulated to have skin friendly pH. Even exfoliants are deliberately acidic to achieve safe home exfoliation.

Common DIY Skincare Ingredients

🍋 Lemon Juice 

Although it contains high levels of Vitamin C and AHA for brightening and exfoliation, lemon juice is very acidic. It can alter the skin’s acid mantle and weaken the natural moisture barrier, causing irritation, dehydration, and increased sensitivity to UV rays.

Use these instead:

Isntree C-Niacin Cream - For sunspots, uneven skin tone, and general dullness

Axis-Y Dark Spot Correcting Glow Serum - Niacinamide-based for post-pimple marks (PIE or PIH) 

KAINE Vita Drop Serum - A sensitive skin-safe Vitamin C serum 

🪥 Toothpaste

Toothpaste has been believed to be a hack for treating acne because of its antimicrobial properties. But this is outdated information! Since it’s formulated for teeth, it can be too strong for your skin, leading to dryness, irritation, and more inflammation – especially for sensitive skin.

Use these instead:

Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% - Topical non-irritating anti-acne treatment

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch - Hydrocolloid patches for emergency zits

Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule - Targets under-the-skin hormonal/cystic bumps 

🍭 Sugar & Himalayan Salt

Used for DIY exfoliation to deep cleanse and brighten skin, these two household ingredients can actually cause micro-tears in the skin’s surface, leading to long-term damages to your skin barrier.

Use these instead: 

Isntree 8% chestnut AHA Essence - Chemical exfoliant that addresses different skin concerns like clogged pores and dullness

AXIS-Y Mugwort Pore Clarifying Mask  - Non-drying clay mask for gentle physical exfoliation


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