Homemade masks: a help for the skin and the reserves of using food on the face

Five homemade gelatin masks to remove wrinkles from the face. (Photo: Capture)

Skin care should always be among the priorities of any person, not only for an act of vanity, but for health: keeping it clean, hydrated and healthy is essential. However, when it comes to the face, there are many options on the market for its care: toners, creams, facial serums, make-up removers, soaps and the list could go on. But beyond what can be seen in luxury stores, pharmacies and other places focused on the sale of these products, many people also turn to homemade masks.

One could start with a national example. Last February, Carolina Cruz recommended the use of lemon with bicarbonate as a lightening mask on the skin. Immediately, the criticism received was quite a lot in view of how aggressive this mixture could be on the face.

On the other hand, among the stars of world entertainment pCharacters like Kendall Jenner (American model) make avocado masks. But some youtubers focused on the skin-care (so famous for this last time) have realized their disagreement with the use of food on the face. For example, the Argentine dermatologist, Simon Scarano, gave his opinion from his YouTube channel about this example of Jenner that:

“We dermatologists do not recommend the use of food on the skin, it is different to use a product formulated with extracts of some plant, fruit, etc. These products go through countless tests until they reach our hands… in this process the laboratory makes sure that it does not represent a risk to our skin… with the products of skin care homemade nobody can assure us this. Many of the foods that we see on the Internet that are frequently used to assemble these homemade mixtures can represent a risk to our skin, some due to their ability to dehydrate it, others due to their unfriendly PH, others for being able to irritate it when coming into direct contact. with it… such is the example of some citrus fruits that, when in contact with the skin, can irritate and hurt it”.

And it is precisely on the Internet that you can see all kinds of recommendations on homemade masks, whether with oatmeal, honey, avocado, cucumber, egg, coffee, natural yogurt, etc. But is it really harmful to use food as face masks or do they have any benefit? To know, Infobae Colombia spoke with Alexandra Rada (aesthetic doctor) and with Luisa Fernanda Galindo (Dermatologist doctor).

To begin with, when asked how recommendable it is to use food as a face mask, Rada showed that he is in favor of taking advantage of the benefits that nature offers.

“Definitely food, things that nature gives us have always been used for our benefit, not only to achieve good nutrition, but to take advantage of certain properties of each food for the benefit of our skin. Of course, everything has a reason for being, for example, the avocado is rich in fatty acids, therefore it will be very moisturizing for the skin, for the hair. We can eat them calmly, we can apply them, spread them, it also depends on the type of skin and just as someone does not like one food, another food may not suddenly like their skin. Here there is only one recommendation and it is with foods that are abrasive, like lemon, like orange, with those you have to have certain special considerations.

For her part, Luisa Fernanda Galindo highlights the care that must be taken when applying food to the skin. “Although some people use it and have no side effects, we must be careful when applying artisan products of plant origin as they can trigger allergic reactions on the skin. and spots, called Phytophotodermatosis, “Phyto” due to its vegetable origin that, when in contact with UV rays, triggers a reaction that leaves spots”.

Woman looking in the mirror with mask on her face.  Female applying facial cosmetic mask in bathroom.
Woman looking in the mirror with mask on her face. Female applying facial cosmetic mask in bathroom.

Continuing with Galindo’s opinion, he lists “allergies, irritation, sensitivity, blemishes or worsening of pre-existing skin diseases such as rosacea or acne.

Alexandra Rada, for her part, prefers to start with the positive effects such as hydration and luminosity. However, regarding the use of lemon and bicarbinate, she does make a warning.

“If we talk about the use of lemon, like the example of Carolina Cruz: lemon with bicarbonate, here we have to be very careful because, just like when we are on the beach or in the pool: exposed to the sun, and we come into contact with lemon, this can be a source of stains and not all skins will receive lemon in a good way. So, side effects can be burns, skin peeling, if we expose ourselves to the sun they can be spots.

Here the experts – who were interviewed separately – have some differences in their opinion. Luisa Fernanda Galindo assures that: “That’s right, for the vitamins that food or vegetables have to reach the skin effectively, they must go through chemical processes that are what allow dermocosmetics with positive properties on the skin”.

However, for Alexandra Rada, both a homemade mask and a product that is available in the market could cause problems depending on the skin of each person.

“Just as food can give you some type of reaction when you consume it… the same can happen with masks, but beware, even cosmetic or dermocosmetic products on certain skin types can also generate a reaction; They are not abrupt, exaggerated reactions, but that is where the particularity of each human being is, there are people who may have specific skin conditions that are more susceptible to having some type of reaction. It is not about whether you react to what is natural or to what is elaborated, in both conditions we can have reactions”.

Here both experts agree that, indeed, there are some foods that are a little more skin-friendly.

There are some that are allowed, such as oatmeal flakes or honey, which have less risk of triggering skin allergies and could hydrate it due to their properties. The ones that can most likely alter the skin are vegetables and citrus fruits”, comments the dermatologist Luisa Fernanda Galindo in dialogue with Infoabe Colombia.

Alexandra Rada, as it is to be remembered, is an aesthetic doctor, she highlights the need of each skin and the benefit that each person is looking for with the mask that they are going to use.

“This amertia review a little what is the property of each food. If I want to moisturize my skin I look for something that is moisturizing, if I want luminosity I look for something that helps us with shine, if I want something anti-aging I look for something antioxidant; but it is not that some are better than others, it is to define what you need to find the food or product that suits you best”.

In any case, the aesthetic doctor warns about the use of ingredients such as bicarbonate: “Food is one thing and products such as bacarbinate are another thing, which are already a man-made creation, they do not come from the earth.”

Sun protection is one of the fundamental factors at this point; highlighted by both experts.

“Knowing our skin type and selecting the right products based on that. The pillars are: cleaning, hydration and sun protection”, says Galindo.

Alexandra Rada concludes, for her part: “Have a daily skin cleansing and moisturizing routine. Here is an important thing, they always sell us make-up removers, but the question is: – if I don’t put on makeup, then I don’t clean my skin? – Every day our skin picks up impurities from the environment, we receive pollution, therefore, toxins. In addition, when our diet is not adequate, it also generates toxins… always cleanse the skin, moisturize it… sunscreen throughout the day every two hours”.

In fact, the expert defines sunscreen as the elixir of youth.

“The greatest damage that occurs in the skin is the photodamage that comes from the aggressions of ultraviolet rays, from day-to-day lights, from computer lights, from cell phones, etc. ANDhe protector every two hours is one of the easy, vital tools and we can even talk about the elixir of eternal youth”.

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