Homemade, DIY face masks may not be good for you. Here’s why
With DIY masks, you can easily whip up a face mask from ingredients found in your kitchen and slather it on your face. It’s also a popular option for people who want to go natural in their skincare practices.
But then the important question comes up: Are homemade face masks good for you?
The biggest drawback of DIY masks is that these Pinterest recipes are not FDA tested and approved. Although the individual ingredients have some studies that link them to certain health benefits, the combination of these ingredients does not.
Evidence that these recipes are effective have been anecdotal claims so far. There’s no body of scientific research that prove their efficacy. Worse, you may end up damaging your skin by using irritating ingredients or combination of ingredients.
Another drawback of DIY face masks is that they almost always make tall promises on what they can do for skin. “Fight signs of aging”, “fade scars and acne spots”, “wake up your skin”—these are mostly unfounded claims.
Truth is, the benefits of food ingredients like banana, milk, and egg yolk are best reaped by eating them because only a small portion of their nutrients can be absorbed by the skin.
For safe and effective masking, it’s best to use commercial face masks that are formulated by knowledgeable and experienced scientists. Some of them even have clinical trials to prove their efficacy and benefits.