4 mistakes you might be making with your homemade face masks and skincare remedies

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Now that we’re spending more time at home than ever before, DIY skincare certainly sounds more appealing than it ever has. Whether you're dealing with an acne breakout or a dull visage, a quick internet search will give you a plethora of easy-to-whip-up concoctions that promise to transform your complexion. While kitchen ingredients are a great addition to your routine (just ask celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt for their picks), it can backfire if you pick the wrong ingredients, or go too hard, too fast. We spoke to dermatologists about the beauty mistakes you might be making right now. 

1) You're not considering your skin type while picking ingredients

When you look up easy homemade remedies for blackheads, breakouts or even dull skin, you’re most likely to find plenty of options, but they're not one-size-fits-all. Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad says that knowing the right ingredients for your skin type is important. “For example, if your skin is dry or flaky, or if you are on acne medication, do not use fruit extracts, potato or tomato juice or lime juice on the skin. These will dehydrate the skin and make it more sensitive. It could even lead to irritation. And if you have oily skin, avoid milk cream, milk and oils on the face. These will clog pores and cause more whiteheads," she says.

2) You're using too-strong ingredients

We’ve all definitely tried or heard of using lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or baking soda in a quick and efficient face pack. These common ingredients are actually huge skin no-nos. Dr Sharad says, “Lemon has a pH of about two, it is very acidic and can damage the protective barrier of the skin and alter the skin pH which is about four or five. This can also make the skin more sensitive and lead to rashes and hyperpigmentation. It’s best not to use lemon or even try dilutions of it. As for baking soda, it’s extremely alkaline, not only does it dry the skin, it can also cause certain types of bacteria to grow leading to skin infections.”

Delhi-based dermatologist Dr Kiran Sethi agrees. “Lemon can really irritate the skin, and can even cause sun-related rashes. Apple cider vinegar is quite acidic, so it should be avoided on the face,” she says. What about the age-old toothpaste on a pimple trick? “Toothpaste actually results in a caustic burn if applied to the skin, do not apply to zits! You will give yourself a horrible post-inflammatory pigmentation mark that will last longer than the zit would have," warns Dr Sethi.

3) You're mixing up your regular skincare products with DIY ingredients

“If you are already using products that are designed to chemically exfoliate your skin like retinol, AHAs and BHAs, a home remedy will only irritate it. If you absolutely must do a home remedy, then stop your medicated products one-two days prior, the day of, and one-two days post the remedy.” Dr Sethi confirms. “Your skin is a barrier, it is designed to protect you. If you are switching too many things up through the day, it will rebel. Calm the skin and don't go at it so much," she says. 

4) You're not storing your ingredients right

Using fresh ingredients that haven't been compromised is important. “If any of your ingredients are old, or the containers are not clean or your spoons/hands are dirty, you definitely run the risk of developing infections,” states Dr Sharad. 

Also read:

6 ways to look after your acne at home, during the lockdown

What you need to know about treating hyperpigmentation on Indian skin

How to make sure you're using face masks correctly + 3 great DIY versions to try now

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