We’ve come a long way from the days of mixing up face masks at sleepovers and can now perform a myriad of beauty treatments at home. However, there are some aesthetic treatments that should be left to the professionals, no matter how tempting it may seem to DIY. 

Chemical Peels

Stronger chemical peels can only be performed by a licensed cosmetic provider. The chemical solution applied to the skin will trigger a reaction that removes old and damaged skin cells, which have been overexposed to sun damage, free radicals and additional environmental damage, leaving the new skin feeling rejuvenated. While this is not something to be tried at home, there are products available that contain chemical exfoliants such as AHAs or BHAs. These products can be used to provide lighter results and treat similar concerns. Try using the Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads at home, made with 2% Salicylic Acid and potent 10% Glycolic Acid Complex to penetrate and clear out pores.

LED Treatments

While there may be a number of at-home treatment technologies on the market, you’ll definitely see more affective and worthwhile results from consistent in-office treatment sessions. In-office light therapy treatments performed by your licensed cosmetic provider are more aggressive in fighting acne and other concerns. Both red or blue light therapy is gentle to the skin and can be used in conjunction to kill bacteria and bring down any inflammation. Using varying wavelengths, LED therapy can treat acne, promote anti-aging effects, and reduce inflammation on the skin. 


Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that rejuvenates the skin via tiny punctures in the top layer of the dermis to create new collagen and elastin, reducing the appearance of pores and scar sizes over time. As with other at-home aesthetic treatments, you may not see as efficient or even results by doing treatments at home, and without proper sterilization, they can spread bacteria, cause infections, or trigger skin conditions. 


Microdermabrasions renew overall skin tone and texture with a special abrasive applicator that gently sands away the outer layer of skin to rejuvenate what’s underneath. These machines are expensive to purchase and in-office treatments are found to be much more effective when performed by your licensed provider. Like microneedling, you run the risk of damaging your skin with at-home treatments if you don’t know what you are doing. For other methods of exfoliation at home, try using the SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, which gently scrubs away dead skin to improve tone and texture.


Fillers, Botox, and any injectables are always something that should be left in the hands of your board-certified dermatologist or licensed cosmetic provider, and should never be done at home. Especially on or near your face, using any at-home injections could cause serious infections permanent consequences, especially in the case of non-FDA-approved materials. Between visits to your CosmeticPerks provider, maintain results around your eyes with the Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye to instantly tighten, firm, and smooth the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and crow’s feet around the eyes.


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