I’ve always been a fan of DIY beauty treatments. Along with saving you time and money, it’s amazing how effective at-home beauty treatments can be. I love whipping up a DIY facemask, made entirely out of ingredients I can find in my kitchen (no mystery chemicals included). I also do my own nails the majority of the time and only set foot in a nail salon on special occasions. But that said, some treatments are better left to the professionals, no matter how proficient you think you are. Sometimes beauty DIYs simply aren’t worth your while, and the salon version will yield much better results. And in other cases, trying a DIY version of a professional treatment can actually do more damage than good. Keep scrolling to hear which beauty treatments I do not recommend trying at home…
1. Lash Tinting
Who wouldn’t want to give themselves darker, fuller looking lashes right from the comfort of their powder room? Among beauty aficionados, there’s been a growing trend of doing lash tinting at home. Truth be told tinting is pretty easy for eyebrows, as long as you’re neat about it and take care not to stain your skin. But when it comes to lashes, I’d urge you to leave the tinting to a professional. The chemicals and dyes can sting very badly if they get in your eyes, and you don’t want to mess around with that.
2. Hair Color
When it comes to hair color, there are obviously tons of boxed dyes and DIY kits on the market. But if you’re not in high school anymore, you should really leave the highlights to a professional. There is no substitute for a good colorist and if you want long-lasting, natural looking color, it’s well worth the money for a salon visit.
Dermarolling is the at-home version of microneedling, and it’s a huge trend in the skincare world right now. It might sound tempting to save hundreds of dollars and go the DIY route, but if you read yesterday’s microneedling diary, you’ll know that professionals recommend against it. According to skincare guru Kate Somerville, if the skin isn’t properly cleansed and bacteria is present when using an at-home derma roller, the device can spread bacteria and infect other pores. A professional treatment is safer and yields much better results.
Sure you can do this at home, but why would you? One word: ouch! If you can afford it, a salon visit will be quicker and a little less painful since you’re not the one ripping off the strip. Also, when it comes to facial waxing, professionals are trained in brow shaping. It’s all too easy to accidentally take off too much when you’re waxing your own brows in the mirror. And for a lot of people that hair never grows back the same way and they regret it later.
5. Gel Removal
As I mentioned in the introduction to this post, I almost always give myself an at-home manicure. But the one time I got gels, I ended up ripping them off as soon as they started to chip. This is probably obvious, but ripping off your gels at home can damage your nail beds. So if you’re desperate to have them off that minute, follow this method of at-home gel removal to a tee. Otherwise, leave it to a professional manicurist.
6. Chemical Peels
You might be intimidated by the strength or price of a professional grade peel and think an at-home product would be a good alternative. But knowing which peel is right for you is the tricky part that should really be left up to a professional. There are tons of peel options that you can buy at beauty supply stores or from skincare lines, but acids react so differently on every person’s skin. For this reason “peels” are best kept to a dermatologist or esthetician who can help you decide exactly what peel is right for you and how to use it correctly. It is surprisingly easy to over-exfoliate with peels/acids (or some people choose the wrong active ingredient altogether) and it aggravates their skin condition, making things worse instead of better.
If you’re not already familiar with it, microdermabrasion (a form of “mechanical exfoliation”) is a procedure that uses an abrasive surface to gently sand away dead skin and rejuvenate your complexion. This is typically done in the office of a skincare professional, but nowadays you can buy at-home microdermabrasion devices for about the same price as a single in-office session. Sounds tempting, right? But one of my editors, Tessa, who also happens to be a trained aesthetician actually recommends against it. Tessa explains that unless you really know what you’re doing, you can easily cause swelling, redness, and what is called “striping” (or in other words, unsightly lines of redness and scabbing from the path of the microdermabrasion tip, due to using the wrong settings on sensitive skin).
Do you have any DIY beauty horror stories? Or any at-home treatments that work particularly well?
I’d love to hear your take on this topic in the comments below.