There are many reasons why making homemade beauty recipes, for your daily skin regiment is a wise choice.
You may be surprised to hear that your skin is actually the largest organ of your body. It serves many essential functions, such as protection, heat regulation, and absorption. The latter is especially important to think about – everything that you put on your skin gets absorbed into the body (to some degree). Many beauty products and cosmetic preparations contain ingredients and chemicals that, while serving a particular purpose, can cause a host of reactions or adverse effects.
For example, parabens are preservatives used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. You will often see them listed as methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, and ethylparaben. You may see one or all listed, and are found in many things from makeup to hair care to shaving products. While their function is a good one in that they keep product safe and protect the consumer, parabens are also believed to be hormone disruptors, with the ability to mimic estrogen, causing some to believe their increased and prolonged use contributes to certain cancers.
If you’re concerned about parabens (or any of the other zillion chemicals found in beauty products), there is one way to ensure you are not exposing yourself to them – make the products yourself! There is no shortage of sites with some really cool homemade beauty recipes for a variety of beauty products. I prefer fewer ingredients because, well, to put it simply – I am lazy. (Well, I was before I had a baby. Now I just don’t have a lot of time to spend on it). Below are a few of my favourite recipes using items straight from my pantry.
Homemade Beauty Recipes
Frugal Face Wash
1tbsp of olive oil mixed with 2 tbsp of fine-grained sugar. Splash your skin with warm water to open the pores, gently massage the mixture into your skin, wipe clean with a warm washcloth (steering clear of the thin, sensitive skin around the eyes and lips) and then rinse with cool water to close the pores.
Sweet Strawberry Scrub
Mash 2-3 strawberries with 2-3 tbsp of ground-up oats. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and remove with a warm washcloth.
Boil 2 cups of water and add one bag each of green and chamomile teas, steeping for 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool and store in a spray bottle in the fridge for a shelf life of about 2 weeks. Bonus: It feels AMAZING on the skin when it’s cold. To be applied after cleansing.
Coconut Oil Moisturizer
If the coconut oil is solid, gently warm and melt some in the palms of your hands and then massage into the skin. A little goes a long way. I usually dab (not rub) a clean towel over my face to absorb any excess oil that may be sitting on top of the skin. Use this at your own discretion, but I have oily skin and have yet to experience breakouts or clogged pores because of it.
While not all scary-sounding, multisyllabic ingredients are dangerous, I urge you to do your research and use only what you’re comfortable with. It may take a few different attempts to find what works best for your individual needs (and always do a patch test on an inconspicuous area beforehand if you fear a reaction), but making your own products can leave your skin feeling fantastic and your bank account looking fuller.
About the Author
Melissa has been following her passion for beauty for over a decade. While specializing in everyday beauty and wedding hair and makeup, Melissa has also worked in Film & Television. In 2015, she was a contestant on The Marilyn Denis Show’s Search For The Next Hair Expert. In November 2016, Melissa and her husband David […]Read Bio Read Posts