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Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional?

Aug 17, 2007
Mix some oatmeal and honey, put it on your face and wear it as a mask for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Or perhaps you would prefer the scrub on your drugstore shelf that includes oatmeal or some kind of oatmeal derivative?

The same can be said for honey. When it comes right down to it, what is better for you? Should you simply reach for the lemons and cucumbers in your refrigerator or do you want to use a moisturizer that has lemon and cucumber extracts?

The age old question of whether you should do it yourself when it comes to skin care, or if you should simply go out and buy products that offer you organic ingredients has been in debate for some time. After all, why would it matter if a product uses something you already have in your kitchen?

While each side is going to fight for why their decision is the best, it is important to remember one thing; the company making the product has experienced scientists working for them. These specialists understand better than we do what is contained in organic items such as green tea or beeswax. They are better able to isolate the components in organic plants and such in order to make the most out of them or find ways of making them more potent.

Just recently the claim has been made that shiitake mushrooms have many benefits for your skin, but would you have ever thought to go out and make a pulp out of shiitake mushrooms and plaster it all over your face? Do you even think that would work?

The point is that companies have people who know how to get the best benefits from organic materials. They have methods of obtaining extracts from things that might not help us otherwise. Sure, you could cut open a cucumber and pop a few slices on your eyes to get the fresh feeling they provide, but a scientist working with a cucumber can find the correct liquid that will help even out your skin tone.

Once they find the specific benefits that materials have to offer, they can combine them with other ingredients in order to enhance them or simply give you more advantages within a single bottle. A moisturizer may contain shea butter, cucumber extract, sweet almond oil, and grape seed extract all at once in order for you to reap the benefits of moister skin, antioxidants, moisture retention, and even skin tone. You would have to do a great deal of work to get the same ingredients, and it is doubtful you could find everyday average plants and materials to get the same results that single moisturizer could bring you.

There are times when there are exceptions to this concept. For example, jojoba oil on its own can be extremely effective as there are no important things to be extracted from it, and rather it is better off in its entirety. Companies that use jojoba oil usually use the oil as it is and simply add it as an ingredient to enhance their products, so you could get away with using straight jojoba oil if you did not want to bother with any extra manufactured ingredients. However, overall you would be better off finding good organic products to use.

You can always use both home remedies as well as manufactured products, especially if you have found a routine that works very well for you and your skin. There is no reason for you to choose one side; your focus should be on your skin and the best way you can keep your skin healthy, whether you do it yourself or get a little professional help from the shelf.
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