There are a lot of DIYers (do it yourself-ers) among us and for certain things, I say fantastic! Like microdermabrasion, waxing, manis/pedis, etc. However, when it comes to the health of your skin, please do not play “chemist.”
I may not know everything about skin care, but I certainly understand the risk involved in mixing chemicals and ingredients without said degree.
Websites such as Essential Day Spa, Garden of Wisdom and Skin Actives have been around — and new ones continue to pop up — offering an amazing array of botanical actives, as well as chemical powerhouses (lipoic acid, niacinamide, superoxide dismutase). It’s incredibly inexpensive to order vials of these botanicals and chemicals over the internet … enough to justify a shopping spree.
I admit, it’s tempting. So what stops me? The facts. #1: It takes a true professional to master the balance of ingredients in order to make a superior product. #2: Product testing alone can take years. #3: And what about FDA approval? There is good reason why formulations are performed in a lab, at the hands of experts.
Bottom line: experimenting with chemicals is dangerous. We are talking about the skin on your face. Skin, in which, you can willingly burn if you are not careful. Is it really worth the risk? It’s daunting to know that the skin novice will try to replicate a product by ordering all the suggested vials. What the novice doesn’t know are the interactions between the ingredients. Following a “kit” isn’t going to give you the exact formulation of the product you seek. In fact, if you make a mistake, the product is worthless, or worse, harmful. See, antioxidants are unstable compounds. Unless you are a chemist, you won’t know how to intermingle ingredients so that they will last for more than 30 minutes. Both vitamins C and E can auto-oxidize in the wrong formula … meaning, they are no longer antioxidants. They can even cause oxygen decay rather than prevent it.
I realize that skin care products can be expensive. And technology used in skin care, such as nanotechnology, can up the ante. However, you have to live in your skin for a lifetime. Spend those years wisely.