So, surfing the web I have come to find there are as many beauty tips for for homemade skin treatments as there are social networks. Shinier hair, brighter eyes, whiter teeth, softer legs. The list goes on and on. At this stage in my life I am less likely to jump on the bandwagon of some beauty blog of the week but the claims and simplicity of the ingredients often intrigue me enough to at least give them a test run. I have drank various concoctions of vegetables and spices, had eggs on my head, coconut oil on my legs, and once attempted a skin treatment that involved olive oil, herbs and saran wrap around my chest (don’t ask). Although harmless, I would say most of them did not do what they promised. Last week I met with my friend Kathi, a liscenced esthetician who owns A Kneaded Escape , to expose the good the bad and the ugly of refrigerator skincare, as I call it.Knowing the science behind skin and how it works is Kathi’s business and she invests time in evaluating your skin to determine the right treatments to produce the best results. We discussed some of the most recent popular home skin treatments out there.
1) Elmers glue to remove blackheads: The pores in your skin are really muscles that hold it tight. Inside the pores are canals that hold oil. When dirt finds it’s way in and the oil oxidizes it turns dark creating a blackhead. Strips like Biore are simply tacky substances that pull the impaction out of the pore. In this case it is possible that glue like Elmers would create the same effect as the expensive strips. Since this is one skin issue I don’t have to deal with I haven’t tried it myself.
2) Homemade Scrubs: Sugar scrubs, coffee scrubs, epsom salts ,oatmeal etc. These are usually promoted to exfoliate skin. At my age Kathi recommends only using homemade scrubs on elbows and feet. Most are too harsh for faces. Over exfoliating your skin causes micro cuts, which cause inflammation and ultimately breakdown of the skin. Not what I’m looking for in skincare. She does share one homemade recipe. Mix white sugar with a little petroleum jelly and gently rub into lips to smooth and exfoliate.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar: There are thousands of uses for apple cider vinegar and most are probably helpful. Using it for a toner on your face is not. Your skin is PH balanced and vinegar is too acidic and harsh. Toners used to be called astringents and had different properties. Toners bring back your normal PH balance and should be used after cleansing. They help your serums and creams penetrate better and work harder. Kathi strongly encourages using one and I left that day with a bottle in hand.
There are some simple skin rules Kathi does believe in…
- protecting your skin from the sun with basic sunscreen and a hat
- gentle cleansing both am and pm
- drinking plenty of water and using a good moisturizer
- smile! – your mood has alot to do with how your skin looks
You can find out more about skin care and professional treatment at her website akneadedescape.co.