4 DIY Beauty Trends You Should Not Be Doing Yourself

There have been tons of popular beauty trends promoted by influencers and celebrities. Treatments like getting those luscious lashes to the perfect glowing skin, and everything in between. Before you find yourself searching for ‘laser hair removal Los Angeles’ or any other trends mentioned below, please always make sure to do your research. Despite the growing appeal for DIY trends, there are a few cosmetic procedures that you should not be doing yourself.

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  • Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses a highly concentrated beam of light over the areas where the hair is to be removed. The light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair (not the pigment of the skin), inhibiting future hair growth. There are plenty of laser hair removal products on the market but they should only be used for small areas, like your upper lip. If you would like to remove hair from other areas of your body, you need to consult a licensed technician because of the equipment used and the risks involved. It is suggested that laser hair removal be treated as a medical procedure. The procedure requires professional-grade devices in order to achieve the desired results in a safe manner. Licensed laser hair removal technicians can help you gauge the appropriate steps to take before, during, and after the treatment in order to reduce the chance of painful side effects like swelling, redness, and blisters.

  • Microblading

If you’ve mastered the art of the five-minute makeup (not by choice, but out of necessity), and find that you are using most of that time filling in your brows — then you should probably consider microblading. This semi-permanent tattooing process involves fine-point needles that look like a blade, depositing pigment into your skin to give your eyebrows a naturally thicker appearance. Results tend to last anywhere from 12 to 24 months, but if you aren’t practicing proper technique, the damage could be permanent. If the tool you are using cuts too deep into your skin, long-term scarring can occur and may lead to infection. Microblading is a very difficult process and should be left to the industry professionals who are trained in this art form in order to diminish the chance of these harmful risks.

  • Eyelash Extensions

The process of applying eyelash extensions is much more complex and detailed than gluing a strip of false lashes on to your lash line. After you select your desired look, the tech will glue a false lash onto each of your own lashes, one at a time. The first set will take about two hours to apply. You will then need to replace your extensions every 2-3 weeks as they tend to sync up with your natural lash cycle and fall out. If the proper hygienic practices weren’t in place during the application, you run a higher risk of contracting infections like conjunctivitis (pink eye). Additionally, if you are not careful and use an improper adhesive, you could experience an allergic reaction or pull out your own lashes when attempting to adjust the placement of the false ones. If you try applying the extensions yourself, you run the risk of accidentally poking your eye and inflicting damage that could have been easily avoided. Experienced artists can craft beautiful sets of lashes customized exclusively for your eye shape and desired results.

  • Microneedling

Microneedling or collagen induction therapy is a cosmetic procedure for the purpose of rejuvenation, where a doctor will make small punctures under the skin with a tool that has very fine, short needles. If you desire the long term results to improve the look of scars and boost collagen, we recommend you schedule a professional appointment. While the home rollers might seem like an appealing option for those hoping it will be less painful because it won’t puncture the skin, it will only work for short term mild skin brightening. Home rollers don’t offer the full microneedling benefits that will have your skin looking and feeling plump and luminous.

Attempting to perform any of these procedures yourself might save you some money in the short-term, but the cost of fixing the damage will be much higher in the long-term. Don’t give yourself undue emotional distress trying to fix something that should have been avoided in the first place. Instead of giving yourself a headache trying to figure out what products are needed for a particular procedure, seek out the guidance of a licensed and qualified professional so you can just sit back and relax knowing you’re in good hands.