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DIY Skin Care: Beware of These Ingredients!


Home beauty care, using plant extracts and natural substances, have become very popular. We use herbs and plant extracts without a second thought, for external applications in beauty care. But, even with natural ingredients, we need to be careful. For one thing, keep your skin type in mind, when choosing ingredients for skin or hair care. Skin care should be according to the skin type and also according to the seasons. In summer, for example, the skin needs toners and refreshers, to close the pores, remove sweat deposits and refresh the skin. In winter, on the other hand, the skin needs moisturizers and emollients to nourish the skin. But it may be a mistake to apply heavy creams on oily skin even in winter, especially if the skin is prone to acne, pimples or rash. While following DIY treatments, keep in mind the ingredients one should avoid.

Ingredients are absorbed by the skin. However, some can cause an accumulation in the system. For instance, some can disrupt the pH balance (acid-alkaline balance) of the skin and scalp, cause allergies, itching, rashes and eruptions. As already mentioned, they also cause a build-up of toxins in the system over a period of time and damage internal organs. Medical experts say that daily application of certain ingredients and even some perfumes in cosmetics can lead to skin sensitivity and allergic reactions. One of these is Bergamot, which may be present in lipsticks or perfumes. Mineral oil is a very common ingredient in skin care cosmetics. As we know, it is derived from petroleum. It may not cause any immediate reaction, but over a period of time, it can give rise to allergic reactions and irritation.

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