Here at Jan de Vries, we’re all in favour of homemade DIY face masks and moisturisers, however, there seems to be a lot of worrying rumours persisting about what you should be putting on your skin and sometimes these myths can end up doing more harm than good. That’s why today I’m going to take a look at a few of these so-called skin saviours and how they can harm ageing skin.
1 – Egg whites
If you’ve ever looked into DIY remedies for ageing skin, I’m willing to bet you’ve stumbled across this one before. Egg whites are famous for helping to improve your skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Nowadays, many spas offer treatments that involve the food product, especially if you have ageing skin, however, there’s a big difference between the eggs used by your local spa and the ones that occupy your kitchen cupboard.
Raw eggs are nobodies idea of a yummy snack – if they’re uncooked, eggs can seriously upset your stomach thanks to their content of salmonella – and you want to smear egg whites all over your face, near your mouth…you see where I’m going with this. In future, leave eggs whites where they belong – in your omelettes, not on your face!
Our simple swap: If you are looking to tackle ageing skin and boost your skin’s natural elasticity, I would ditch the egg whites and focus on a hydrating cream like PHB’s Anti-Aging Moisturiser with Monoi Oil and Gardenia. There’s a good reason why we’ve recommended incorporating it into your AM/PM routine and that’s because it contains ultra-nourishing ingredients like Monoi Oil and soothing Gardenia flowers, helping to boost your production of collagen, keeping your skin firm, supple and protected from the signs of premature ageing.
2 – Baking soda
Baking soda – the darling of homemade exfoliators everywhere! It is such a versatile product that it’s not really that surprising that skincare would come into the equation at some point. However, just as undiluted apple cider vinegar is too acidic, baking soda falls at the other end of the spectrum, being far too alkaline.
You skin relies on a delicate alkaline/acid balance and on the pH scale, it sits around 4.5-6.5 (anything above 7 is considered alkaline). If you apply a product that is too acidic or too alkaline, this balance can become disrupted, damaging your natural skin barrier and changing the activity of the enzymes and bacterial flora that naturally inhabit your skin.
This can result in weaker, drier skin that’s more prone to damage and bacterial infections, so next time you see a DIY recipe that calls for baking soda, make sure you give it a miss!
Our simple swap: Baking soda is usually incorporated into face masks to help combat spot-prone skin, but I’d definitely advise using PHB'S Anti-Aging Facial Tonic with Melissa instead! It’s bursting with antioxidants and soothing ingredients like Melissa leaf oil to help re-energise your skin for a youthful glow!
3 – Lemon juice
Rich in collagen-boosting vitamin C, lemon juice is often used in DIY skin remedies as a way of naturally brightening your skin or as a natural exfoliator. However, as I’ve just mentioned, your skin relies on a delicate pH balance and while baking soda is too alkaline, lemon juice is far too acidic sitting approximately at a 2 on the pH scale. If you put undiluted lemon juice on your skin, expect to see some aggravation!
Worse still, lemon juice can be phototoxic, meaning it can irritate skin when exposed to natural light – just think red angry sunburn. Not a good look, especially if you’re trying to avoid oxidative stress and premature ageing.
Our simple swap: Since lemon juice is sometimes used to brighten skin and treat blemishes, I would recommend investing in a good toner that can do both. PHB’s Anti-Aging Cleanser with Jasmine and Rosehip contains extracts of Jasmine and vitamin C rich Rosehip, gently nourishing your skin, removing impurities and shrinking your pores!
4 – Essential oils
Essential oils can be soothing and even contain skin-boosting properties, however, if you have ageing skin it might be worth giving them a miss. You should never, ever, apply undiluted essential oils to your skin whether it’s sensitive or not as it can agitate your epidermal layer and create sensitivity.
If you are going to use an essential oil, always mix with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba and, if you have sensitive skin, avoid oils such as birch, clove, ginger and peppermint!
Our simple swap: When it comes to oils that might be able to help support your sensitive skin, I would opt for PHB’s Gentle Gel Serum with Sweet Almond. Extremely soothing and imbued with natural anti-septic properties, extracts of Sweet Almond work to hydrate and soften skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for fresher, smoother skin!
From one DIY exfoliator to another, sugar is definitely not the answer to removing dead skin cells. It might get a pass being used on your lips but when it comes to your skin, the jagged edges of sugar crystals are far too harsh and can cause tiny micro-tears, scratching your epidermis and stimulating an inflammatory reaction – not exactly what you want if you have ageing skin.
These scratches can also upset your lipid barrier, making you even more prone to bouts of dryness, punctuated by flakiness and irritation. As with baking soda, if you see this on any lists avoid like the plague!
Our simple swap: When it comes to exfoliation, I would normally recommend leaving it out of your routine if you have ageing skin. Ageing skin can be very sensitive and vulnerable to injury, however, if you are suffering from a bout of dry skin, you could try using PHB Beauty’s Brightening Jojoba Bead Exfoliator with Grapefruit and Kukui.
This formula contains gentle, nourishing components like organic aloe vera, helping to comfort sensitive skin. Antioxidant-rich ingredients help to protect skin against free radical damage while gentle Jojoba beads exfoliate without causing irritation or upset.