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 easiest 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 are filled with 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? You can tell by reading 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 own 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 own 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! It’s used in hair dyes and bleaches. Oh, my goodness… 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 a pungent gas which irritates the eyes and can do damage to the respiratory tract. Please, tell me why I or you would want this on our bodies?
Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is known to cause nausea, coughing and bring on asthmatic flare-ups. It’s found 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 certain eye drops and in 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 birth defects and it’s not mandatory the manufacturers 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 own 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 own fragrances.
Common oils used in natural skin care remedies
- Coconut oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemon Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- 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.
Homemade Egg Yolk Mask
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