Do me a favor. Go to your bathroom, dresser, or wherever you keep your skincare products. Take out a body scrub, facial mask, or whatever is handy, and look at the ingredients. Are there more than 10 items listed? Do you know what all of the ingredients are? Can you even pronounce them?
If you aren’t using all-natural products, chances are the answer is not good for at least one of these questions. And if you haven’t thought about what you’re putting on your skin, it’s time you did.
A Medical Fact About Your Skin
Here’s a medical fact: your skin absorbs 70% of what you put on it. That means 70% of the products you use go through your skin, into your bloodstream and your liver, and can affect your entire body. Some ingredients are mostly harmless, some are good for you, but the majority of what you find in “beauty” products isn’t always beautiful. They can irritate your skin, dry it out, cause allergic reactions, and in extreme cases make you physically sick.
Healthy Alternatives to Store-Bought Skincare Products
There is a healthy alternative to these store-bought skincare products. You can make many of the things you use-masks, toners, scrubs, even make-up remover-right in your own home. It’s not very difficult or time-consuming, either. And there are some major advantages to doing so.
- Homemade skincare is all natural.
There won’t be any lotion containing dimethicone (a silicon-based polymer that could be a toxin if too much is cumulatively used) or toner that causes skin irritation. Everything is made with organic ingredients, many of which are already in your home or are just a grocery store away.
- It’s economical to make your own skincare.
Have you seen the prices of some of those cream that reduce eye puffiness and ‘intensive’ moisturizers? If you’re on a budget, it adds up. Healthier products are at your fingertips for a lot less money than what you’re spending in the beauty isle.
- Your skincare will be tailor-made for you.
Many products try to address multiple beauty needs, some of which you don’t have. For example, it may contain retinol, sunscreen, beta hydroxy acid, and collagen. That’s one reason why they have so many ingredients. You may only need sunscreen, or you need collagen but are allergic to retinol. When you make your own products, they will uniquely suit what your skin needs.
- Homemade skincare products are great to give as gifts.
Chances are many of your friends are in the same beauty boat you are and have tons of store-bought products. When you give them some homemade beauty items, not only are they definitely something your friends will like and can use, you’re helping them get out of the multi-ingredient, pricey product trap.
Now that you know why it’s good to make your own skincare products, let’s look at some simple recipes for different items.
Apple Cider and Baby Aspirin Toner
To make this refreshing toner, combine 12 ounces of apple cider vinegar with six crushed baby aspirin.
Pour the toner into a bottle with a lid and keep it sealed when not in use.
Not only will it remove impurities, your skin will be soft and smooth.
Beeswax Lip Balm
No more store-bought lip balm with this easy recipe.
Combine ¼ cup of finely grated beeswax, 3 TBSP coconut oil, and 2 TBSP almond oil into a saucepan.
Melt on the stovetop on low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly and pour into containers.
Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Body Scrub
This scrub smells fantastic, gets you smooth and soft, and costs a fraction of store-bought scrubs.
Combine 2 cups of brown sugar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, and ¼ TSP of a scented oil such as lavender, orange, or vanilla.
Mix the ingredients until they form a paste, and then store it in a jar or other sealed container.
Lemon and Yogurt Skin Lightening Mask
Forget those department store masks with their harsh ingredients. This mask will lighten discolored areas naturally.
Combine 1 cup of plain yogurt with the juice of ½ of a freshly squeezed lemon. Mix together, apply to the areas that need lightening, and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
You can also use it all over your face for a brightening effect.
Honey Facial Moisturizer
Honey has been used in skincare for centuries. It might seem that honey will make you feel sticky, but it won’t.
To make a facial moisturizer with it, wet your face with warm water, then massage ½ to 1 TSP honey into your skin, moving your fingertips upwards in small, circular movements.
Pat dry with a towel; do not rinse your face.
So there you have it, simple skincare product alternatives that you make at home. For a more thorough exploration of what you can do for beautiful, glowing skin, check out this definitive guide. If you have suggestions or recommendations, we’d love to hear from you, just drop us a comment.