DIY Skin Care Remedies vs Over-the-Counter Skin Care Products

Nothing can compare to the flawless beauty of a woman of color. Natural makeup only brings out her features without the side effects.

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DIY skin care remedies are often equal if not better than over-the-counter products. I know rather than make homemade skin care remedies, it’s most comfortable for us to walk into Belk’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s or even Walgreen’s to pick up over-the-counter beauty products, but is it better? 

As an alternative, we can order them online, but you may be wasting your money.

The truth of the matter is most over-the-counter cosmetics have toxic chemicals, which can do more damage to your skin rather than help you look better.

Most brands label themselves as eco-friendly, but are they really as they claim? One way to find out is to read the list of ingredients.

How can you determine if it’s natural?

  • Artificial fragrances are a sure sign a product is not all-natural. These fragrances can contain phthalates, which can set off an allergic reaction and could cause related health problems.
  • One way to avoid products claiming to be all 100% natural is to make your products, natural skin care at home.
  • Choose ingredients organically grown. This means the plants are void of fertilizers and pesticides. I can’t imagine using pesticides on my skin, can you?
  • Using organic makeup or natural skin care products is a far healthier practice than buying most drugstore cosmetics over-the-counter.
  • The USDA National Organic Program certifies products, which are organically grown, so look for their sign of approval.

DIY skin care

Making your skin care line is likely the way to go if you want the promise of natural ingredients for skin care. You’ll know what’s on your skin and how it will affect you.

At first, it can be costly, but it will give you a sense of confidence to know you are using quality ingredients. Do you want to know what’s in most other skin care products? I can name a few for you.

Ingredients found in cosmetics


Ammonia. Yes, ammonia! Developers add ammonia in hair dyes and bleaches, but why? Ammonia comes with a warning label. That’s the stuff I use to clean with, and it can be harmful to your health. Ammonia releases an acid gas, which irritates the eyes and can do damage to the respiratory tract. Please, tell me why you or I would want this on our bodies?

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is known to cause nausea, coughing, and bring on asthmatic flare-ups. You can find it in mascara and eyeshadows. In addition to those symptoms, it can cause burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat. (Now you know why your eyes start to water when putting on eye makeup.)

Aluminum chloral hydrate. This is a big one, folks. Aluminum chloral hydrate is an astringent used in deodorant. It’s a neurotoxin, which means it can alter the function of the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from dangerous substances. By using aluminum chloral hydrate, you are putting yourself at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cancer.

Mercury. Mercury is a preservative (thimerosal) used in cosmetics like mascara and can damage brain function. It is also found in individual eye drops and skin lightening products as well.

Dibutyl Phthalate. I know we briefly mentioned phthalates earlier; however, it’s more to it. Dibutyl phthalate is a chemical plasticizer in cleaning supplies, air fresheners, hair sprays, nail polish, and mascara.

What’s disturbing about this is it can cause congenital disabilities, and the manufacturers don’t need to label it as an ingredient. Sneaky, right?

Oh yeah, DIY skincare recipes are sounding better as you find out more information about over-the-counter skin care products, aren’t they? I know it is!

Why make your skin care products?

Making your own concealers, conditioners, sugar scrubs, and facial tonics will give you the satisfaction of knowing not only do they work, but you’ll feel better knowing they are all-natural.

When you think about it, some of the world’s most beautiful women didn’t have the luxury of ordering online or going to a department store. They used herbs, rainwater, raw honey, oils, and rose petals to treat dry skin and damaged hair. These women also made their fragrances.

I learned some of the best skin care tips when dating a Jamaican man. He shared with me hair regrowth secrets as well. I feel so lucky, these ingredients are safe and work on all skin and hair types.

Conventional oils used in natural skin care remedies

DIY Skin Care Remedies vs Over-the-Counter Skin Care Products
DIY Skin Care Remedies using pure ingredients
  • Coconut oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Aloe
  • Avocado
  • Argan Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil

You’ll find all sorts of vitamins and minerals necessary for correcting most of your skin and hair damage: hydration, split ends repair, acne, hair texture, and more.

Do you have any DIY skin care remedies you want to share with America and beyond? Let us know… we want in! In the meantime, here’s a recipe for a facial mask I’ll share with you. It’s said to make your skin smooth as a baby’s.

Olive Oil and Whole Egg Face Mask


Before going to bed, gather an egg and a tablespoon of pure Olive Oil. Break the egg into a bowl, throw in the Olive Oil and whisk until consistent. Apply the mixture to a clean face. Cover your face and neck with the mask.

Next, slightly warm a face towel to place over your face. Wait up to 10 minutes before removing. After the time has expired, wash off with warm water. Pat dry.

Imagine; a DIY skin care routine for women of color this simple and effective. You will find your skin is tighter and silky with regular use. If you don’t believe me, check out the egg yolk face mask reviews and form your own opinion.

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Mikki Donaldson is a southern girl, born in “hard time Mississippi.” She, like her town, has seen many hurricanes, but bounce back each time. Mikki is no different from any other person with a passion, late to bed and early to rise. The writer adores her family and seeks to leave her mark on this remarkable world.