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The Viral DIY Mask: A Natural Botox Alternative or Just a Trend?

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Social media is abuzz with a DIY face mask claiming to be a natural alternative to Botox. The mixture of mashed banana, rice flour, and curd has gained popularity, with users touting it as a potential Botox replacement. However, dermatologists are quick to dispel the notion that this DIY mask can truly mimic the effects of the renowned cosmetic procedure.

What the experts say

Dr DM Mahajan, a senior consultant in dermatology at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi, emphasizes that while the mask may enhance skin health by providing essential nutrients and encouraging exfoliation, it cannot replicate the muscle-paralyzing effects of Botox. Botox works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, a property absent in the natural ingredients of the DIY mask.

Dr Henna Sharma, a consultant dermatologist at Yatharth Hospital, Noida, acknowledges that the potassium in bananas might offer a temporary tightening effect similar to Botox’s quick plumping action. However, she underscores that this effect is temporary and does not address long-term muscle relaxation or deeper wrinkles.

Despite not being a Botox substitute, the DIY mask does have benefits for skin health. Dr Monica Bambroo, head of dermatology and cosmetology at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, points out that the mask can contribute to a more radiant complexion, smoother skin, and improved hydration. Mashed bananas provide essential vitamins and antioxidants, rice flour exfoliates and brightens the skin, while curd, with its lactic acid, promotes a smoother texture and supports the skin’s microbiome.

However, the viral mask is not universally suitable. Dr Sharma warns of potential allergic reactions to its ingredients, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The acidity in curd may cause irritation, making it unsuitable for individuals with severe acne or rosacea. To ensure compatibility, a patch test before applying the full-face mask is recommended.

Be aware before use

While the viral DIY mask may offer skincare benefits, it falls short of being a true Botox alternative. Users are advised to manage expectations and consider their skin type and potential sensitivities before incorporating this trend into their beauty routines.

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