It can be chilling to think about the chemicals found in some foods and the impact they may potentially have on your body. Unfortunately, some not-so-nice chemicals are also found in skincare items, including those you apply to your skin everyday. If you’re curious about making your own skincare products, we have four basic recipes that will ensure that you know exactly which natural, wholesome ingredients you’re applying to your face.
Many common skincare solutions are loaded with synthetic chemicals. For example, parabens are preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth in products. However, some evidence suggests these chemicals may play a role in the development of breast cancer. While research is ongoing to determine the exact link, the fact is that our bodies weren’t made to process synthetic chemicals like parabens. What’s more, if you suffer from allergies, making your own skincare solutions allows you to create a product that won’t trigger an uncomfortable reaction.
Mixing your own skincare items also saves money. After all, you won’t get stuck paying for these companies’ fancy magazine spreads or slick packaging. If you run across a particular ingredient that seems pricey, buy in bulk or split the cost with a friend who’s also interested in homemade skincare.
Learn more about tossing chemicals from your diet with 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Going Organic¸ A Beginner’s Guide to Organic Gardening, and The Dirty Dozen- Foods with the Highest Pesticide Residue.
Recipes for Making Your Own Skincare Products
There are various recipes for making homemade skincare, and you can have tons of fun experimenting with different ingredients and scents. These four basic recipes will get you started:
Face Moisturizer: Add 1 drop each of jasmine and rose oil (for mature skin) to 1 tablespoon of high-quality coconut oil. You only need a small dab for your entire face.
Facial Mask: Yogurt’s lactic acid is as good for your skin as it is for your digestive tract (Learn 5 Benefits of Probiotics to Your Health.) Mix 1 cup of yogurt, 3 tablespoons of honey, and a handful of flax seeds. Apply a thick layer. Make rinsing easier by removing when it’s dried (pieces of it should come off easily). Oatmeal can also do double-duty: yummy breakfast or homemade facial mask!
Face Exfoliator: Take 1 tablespoon of cornmeal, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 drop of lavender. Exfoliate your face. Then use a warm cloth to wipe it off.
Make-Up Remover: Rub olive oil onto the skin with your hands, even over your eye make-up. Then use an all-natural soap to rinse. Another option is to soak a washcloth in warm water, add a few drops of lavender oil, and wipe it off twice for a deeper cleanse.
Making your own skincare products is surprisingly simple. If you’re thinking of making the move to a more natural lifestyle, start by trying one of these homemade products. On an all-natural kick? Then you’ll want to read 50+ Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar and 101 Uses for Coconut Oil.
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