Things guys should never put on their skin

DIY is all the rage; from IKEA flat packs to cleaning products made from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils, from home-brewed beer to home-roasted coffee, guys everywhere are experimenting with what happens when they stop buying products, and start buying ingredients. That’s great for a lot of things, according to Amy Sahota, founder of […]

Health Grooming Brian Webb

This article was published on May 17th, 2014

IMG_4239DIY is all the rage; from IKEA flat packs to cleaning products made from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils, from home-brewed beer to home-roasted coffee, guys everywhere are experimenting with what happens when they stop buying products, and start buying ingredients.

That’s great for a lot of things, according to Amy Sahota, founder of Bare Essentials Skin Bar, but your skin is absolutely the last place you should attempt to do it yourself. Her list of things guys should never put on their skin?

  • Avocado, baking soda, or lemon juice.  Although these products might show up on the ingredient list of a guy’s favorite facial products, the concentrations are very different. Using these items at full strength on your delicate facial skin can cause sensitivities.
  • Cleaning solution. “If you can put it in your dishwasher, you shouldn’t put it on your face,” Amy says. “It messes with your PH balance.”
  • Even fruits? “Yes, absolutely. If you would eat it, or use it to clean your house, it’s too harsh for your face.”
  • What about cucumber slices on your eyes after a long night out? “It may feel nice, but it’s not going to get you the results you want,” Amy says. 

So what’s a guy to do to keep his skin healthy and fresh? “Be consistent with your skin care, use the right products and get professional treatment from time to time, and step up your products in summer time.” Also, Amy reminds guys that the food they eat is fuel for their bodies. “If you’re eating a lot of processed food, it contains very few nutrients, vitamins, or anti-oxidants. Sooner or later, that’s going to catch up with you. To feed your skin from the inside, eat your fruits and veggies. Dark greens, like kale, and fatty acids, like Omega-3s in avocados, are great for your skin.”

Bare Essentials Skin Bar is located at 790 Richards Street in Vancouver, BC, and offers a menu of customizable target treatments with an expert Skintender. Make an appointment today. Call (604) 428-0091.

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