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The Pros and Cons of DIY Face Masks

With so many online shopping outlets, the modern day beauty savant has access to more products and ingredients than ever before! Lots of people have started learning about potentially harmful ingredients that are often found in skin products and cosmetics. DIY skin care is a great way to take control over what goes into your products and onto your skin.

Whether you are customizing your skincare for a particularly stubborn skin type or you’re just plain crafty, do-it-yourself skincare can be awesome and easier than ever, but it can also have its drawbacks.

Thinking of whipping up some DIY face products? Check out these pros and cons before diving in.

Pros

1. It’s fun!
Researching skin care recipes, hunting down top-shelf ingredients, and turning your bathroom and/or kitchen into a skin care laboratory is its very own kind of adventure. Plus there is a satisfying if a not smug sense of accomplishment after a great DIY facial that leaves you glowing. Yeah. You did that!

2. You can customize to the max
Whether it’s all of the ingredients that you want, or all the ingredients you want to steer clear of, sometimes it just seems impossible to find the right product. When you make your own you have total control over what goes in and what gets left out. If you have sensitivity issues with certain ingredients or preservatives, or if you are in search of safe products for your kids, DIY skin care allows you to check every box you are looking for and adjust formulas as needed.

3. Skip the mall
If just the idea of going to the mall makes you break out in hives, then DIY is for you. Most, if not, all of the ingredients for DIY skincare can be ordered online or found at a local health food store. Breathe easy and shop the way you want to.

Cons


1. It is time consuming
Speaking of all those ingredients, between finding them, buying them at a store or ordering them online, and mixing up your products you are looking at a solid couple of hours at least before you’re putting anything on your skin. This may be more hassle than it’s worth.

With a charcoal mask cleanser for example, you may be better off quickly comparing reviews and buying a ready-to-use product that can be delivered to your door because the DIY set up can get messy and there may also be a learning curve filled with trial and error before getting it right. Many ready to use products also have extra ingredients included to help you get your skin to where you want it to be.

2. Ingredients take up more space
Even though the ingredients are likely small, they still take up space. You could end up with several packages of ingredients instead of one container of a premade solution.
Also, hand-made product doesn’t contain preservatives, which means that the active ingredients are not as stable and usable as long as the store-bought version so the raw ingredients usually have to be kept separate until it’s time to use them. Check the shelf life of any ingredients you buy and follow the instructions for storage.

3. It might not work quite the way you want it to
There are plenty of natural ingredients that pack a punch when it comes to skincare results. However, if you are looking for something more dramatic you will probably get better results with a clinically tested product.

In that case, you could try using a manufactured product for your heavy-duty treatments (like facial peels or acne treatments) and DIY for the day-to-day maintenance treatments (like cleansing and moisturizing).

The In Between: Price
All of those ingredients can add up pretty quickly!
Most of the ingredients you will use in homemade skin care products come in a size that has more than the amount you will actually use in a single batch.
Thankfully, sometimes you may already have some of the ingredients in your home (brown sugar, for example). In these cases, you could actually end up spending less on you DIY.

Final Word
Whether you go the DIY route, choose store-bought products, or use a combination of both, the most important thing is that your routine works for your unique skin.
Just because you want to try making some of your own products doesn’t mean you have to go cold turkey on the bottled stuff. Making your own products may introduce you to some stellar ingredients that give you great results.

Mix, match, and test different ingredients, making sure that you spot test anything new (DIY or store-bought) so that you don’t accidentally cause irritation. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with different products until you find the perfect balance!

Author Bio
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path, which is a naturopathic wellness site that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living.

You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.

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