Take care of yourself by making homemade masks and creams to avoid controversial ingredients and turn to simpler and more natural products. Here is a trend that is still very present in the beauty world. But achieve this type of care at home may be dangerous if you are not supervised or guided. Pernelle Hourcade, Training Manager and Education Manager at Codage, explains to us what cooking and everyday ingredients to avoid in home care. Because “Natural does not mean safe”, notes the expert. Indeed, if the natural ingredient is misused, it can have adverse effects on the skin. Here are some to avoid!
Ingredients to avoid in home care: lemon and other “sour” fruits
“You have to be careful with anything that will react with exposure to the sun”, explains the expert. Thus, certain fruits, including lemon, should be avoided. “Anything that is acidic will reduce the ability of the skin barrier to defend itself ”. The cosmetics industry uses products from nature, but it’s regulated, or if you use ingredients “acids”, they can be photosensitizing. Result: if you expose to the sun after, “pigment spots or burns may appear ”. Pernelle Hourcade also explains that “In certain fruits such as lemon or blueberry, AHAs allow an exfoliating action, but sensitize the skin to the rays of the sun ”.
Ingredients to avoid in home care: certain essential oils
Fruits are not the only ones that can be photosensitizing. “Must also beware of essential oils”, warns the expert. These last are ultra-powerful, although natural. Some are even not recommended for pregnant women or for skin application. Thus, before embarking on the preparation of a homemade treatment without a guide with essential oils, check with your pharmacist or an expert to be sure not to risk you burn your skin or create irritation.
Ingredients to avoid in home care: cooking oils
“Also beware of some oils you find in your kitchen”. At first glance, the vegetal oils of your cupboards present no danger. But beware ! “You can use vegetable oils without danger, as long as they are intended for cosmetic use”. Indeed, molecular weight cosmetic vegetable oil and cooking vegetable oil is not the same. The olive oil in your kitchen has a higher molecular weight. Result : “It is too ‘heavy’ to penetrate the superficial layers of the skin and will stay on the surface, like a poultice, and will be very difficult to rinse”. This may have a negative effect and clog pores. But nothing prevents you from using a “light” vegetable oil Of type sweet almond or hazelnut depending on the desired virtues (nourishing, sebum regulator…). If you want to perform treatments at home, try to be guided and learn about the ingredients that you use to make sure you don’t damage your skin.
Thanks to Pernelle Hourcade, Training and Education Manager at Codage for her advice.
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