What magnificence therapies are you able to get at house? What do you have to go away to the professionals?

Everyone has a story about a DIY blemish.

When Chrissy from Melbourne tried to wax her eyebrows at home, the wax dripped onto her eye and “waxed my lashes shut”.

“My sister thought it was hilarious,” says Chrissy, “[she was] laughing as she held a pair of scissors right next to my eye to cut off my eyelashes. “

Bridget * from Adelaide says she burned her upper lip while trying to bleach her mustache.

“Do you know what makes a mustache a lot more obvious? It’s bright red and blistered and oozing, ”she says.

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At-home beauty treatments can be great. Most of us can’t afford to go to a salon or clinic for every little thing. But how do you know (in advance) when you are overwhelmed – when is it worth paying a professional instead?

Here’s what the experts said about some common practices.

Teeth whitening

In general, you will get better results with treatment from your dentist if you do teeth whitening – although it is more expensive. (

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Alexander Holden, a senior lecturer in dental ethics, law, and professionalism at the University of Sydney, told us that home whitening kits can be a bit of a mixed bag.

“There are many things you see on social media and online that promise great results but don’t necessarily deliver what they promise.”

In general, says Dr. Holden, you will get better results with treatments from your dentist – even though they are more expensive: “[In-chair treatments] use slightly stronger products to lighten tooth color and are often activated by light. “

Dentists also offer home treatments. These usually involve making a custom splint to fit your teeth, which you can then use at home with whitening gel. The custom-made tray is important, says Dr. Holden because it ensures that the gel doesn’t irritate your gums.

If you’d rather stick with a DIY option, our experts have three pieces of advice:

  • Talk to a dentist first: they can assess your overall dental health, what is causing the discoloration, and the effects of different treatments.
  • Follow the product instructions carefully.
  • Avoid home remedies like lemon juice, bi-carb soda, and charcoal toothpaste; some of them can do more harm than good.

The judgment: Home treatments can be fine, but talk to your dentist first.

Chemical peels

Woman whose face is touched by men's hands One expert told us that at-home facial scrubs are a “compromise”: they’re low-risk, but they’re also low-impact. (

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Not all chemical peels are created equal.

Melbourne dermatologist Shyamalar Gunatheesan told us that peels can be superficial, medium and deep. Superficial and medium chemical peels can treat photodamage, fine lines, pigmentation, and acne like blackheads. Deep chemical peels can help with skin pigmentation and scarring.

The ones you buy from the pharmacy or the grocery store are going to be pretty flat and superficial, says Dr. Gunatheesan. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; You just have to set reasonable expectations.

Dr. Gunatheesan says home scrubs don’t do much as a stand-alone treatment, but can be great as a care product between professional peels.

The dermatologist Adam Sheridan describes it as a “compromise”: They are low-risk, but also have low effects.

The judgment: It depends on what outcome you are aiming for.

Eyebrow lamination

A young woman with plastic wrap over her eyebrows during an eyebrow lamination. The lamination of eyebrows “is a professional treatment and should be performed by a professional”.



In Australia, there are a number of brow lamination kits on the market and tons of DIY brow lamination tutorials on YouTube and TikTok. But the experts told us that it is a treatment that is best left to the professionals.

In fact, some of these kits specifically state that they are for professional use only.

“It’s not that easy to apply lotion and brush your hair up,” says Lana Tarek, an eyebrow specialist and trainer who owns a salon in Sydney.

“This is professional treatment and should be done by a professional.”

Melbourne Dermatologist Katherine Armor agrees, “Going to an experienced technician is ideal.”

This is because the chemicals used in the treatment can put your hair and skin at risk if applied incorrectly or processed for too long.

If you want to do the same at home after reading it, Dr. Armor some advice:

  • Follow the instructions carefully.
  • DO NOT apply the chemicals for longer than the recommended time (you may set an alarm on your phone).
  • Be careful not to let the chemicals drip into your eyes.

The judgment: Go to the parlor.

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LED treatment

Celebrity Kourtney Kardashian with an LED mask Celebrity Kourtney Kardashian touts LED masks on her Instagram, but dermatologist Cara McDonald says all possible benefits are unconfirmed.

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LED masks (light emitting diodes) can cost you up to $ 1,900, but are they worth it? Our experts weren’t convinced.

“LED masks don’t really have the guarantees that LED light can give us in a clinic,” says diematologist Cara McDonald.

Dermatology and beauty clinics offer laser treatments with more intensive LED therapy than masks. And how Dr. McDonald notes there are no clinical studies on the effectiveness of the masks, meaning consumers have to rely on anecdotal evidence and reviews.

“We don’t know if this will benefit you a little [from at-home masks] or none, “she says.

The judgment: If you want a clear result, go to a clinic – after consulting your doctor.


An elderly man with a rainbow-colored beard It’s okay to dye your hair at home, but you should be prepared for some wild results. (

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Who hasn’t done a seedy DIY dye job in their life? Chelsea De Main, a hairdresser who owns a salon in Hobart, told us that she has fixed a lot in her time.

One of the biggest problems is that people don’t understand the limits of their hair color:

“A lot of people think that they can go from blonde to tan in no time. But mostly, when you do that at home … your hair turns green. “

Getting a lot lighter can also be a big problem. Ms. De Main explains that you run the risk of overdoing it with bleach-based products and literally destroying your hair.

A hairdresser can check the hair regularly to avoid damage and also make any necessary color corrections with a toner. That’s preferable, of course, but if you’re not picky about the result, it’s okay to try it yourself.

When working with a paperboard dye, there are a few safety considerations to keep in mind.

Rosemary Nixon, Associate Professor and Dermatologist at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, told us that some people can be allergic to hair dye.

Chemicals often found in permanent hair dyes – such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide – can also cause skin burns if left on too long or mixed too heavily.

To avoid this, according to our experts, you should always follow the instructions on the packaging (don’t skip the patch test). And if possible, make sure someone is at home in case you have an accident or a reaction.

The judgment: At home, it’s OK with some precautions (and emotional preparation).

* Name changed because of embarrassment.

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