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Leave it to the Professional

With beauty influencers on the rise, there are a few beauty trends floating around. It can be hard to determine what can be safely used at home and what should be left to a professional. We’ve compiled a list of five beauty trends and why they may or may not be safe to do at home. 

 

Gua Sha

Facial gua sha increases circulation and the production of collagen and elastin. This increased circulation helps with detoxification and lymphatic drainage. This can result in a temporary “lift” in the face. In general, gua sha is safe to do at home, however, you must be aware of the pressure you’re using on your skin. Because it involves rubbing or “scraping” skin with a massage tool, tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin can burst and bruise the skin. Gua sha is not supposed to be painful. Always be gentle with the skin, and refer to a professional for correct techniques. 

 

Microneedling

Microneedling should absolutely, under no circumstances be done at home. There are no microneedling instruments that are safe for at-home use. Microneedling must always be done by a professional. Microneedling works by stimulating the production of new collagen in the skin. This is achieved by puncturing the dermis with microscopic needles. The treatment utilises the skin’s ability to heal itself, in turn triggering the production of new collagen. 

 

LED light mask

Light therapy is the application of light rays to the skin for the treatment of wrinkles, capillaries, pigmentation, and/or inflammation. LED light masks can come in many different colors: red, yellow, green, and blue. Although at home LED light therapy devices use lower frequencies than professional devices, LED light therapies are safe for at-home use – with proper eye protection, of course. 

 

At-home peels and masks

After having minimal access to dermatologist and esthetician, it’s anticipated that at-home treatments would be on the rise. However, chemical peels must be done by a professional. Chemical peels purchased online and used at home can result in irritation, chemical burns, toxicity poisoning, and scarring. Ask your local esthetician for safe masks and enzymatic treatments that are safe for at-home use. 

 

Dermaplaning

Female face shaving has been on the rise on social media since the release of the Jill Razor. When using these specialized razors, dermaplaning is safe for at-home use. However, we recommend seeing an esthetician for a professional dermaplane once a month. Professional dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses a specialized blade — similar to a surgical scalpel — to gently and painlessly remove dead skin and hairs. This treatment removes vellus hair and two layers of dead skin, whereas at-home razors cannot reach that far. 

 

When in doubt, ask a professional what is safe to do at home and what you should leave to the professionals. What at-home beauty trends have you tried?