Wearing cosmetics can improve your self-confidence and self-image and about 80% of women in the US use beauty products every day. But a big concern about cosmetics is the toxic chemicals they may contain. An assessment of 231 cosmetics found that 52% contained perfluoroalkyl and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which may cause adverse health effects. This doesn’t mean you have to give up your daily cosmetic use. Instead, make your own so you can be sure of the ingredients they contain. If you want better skin and clean beauty, then DIY your own.
Which beauty products people rely on daily will vary depending on their skin type and age. But there are some essential cosmetics that you should include on your list when you start manufacturing them yourself. These are:
· Moisturizer with SPF
· Night cream
This might seem like a long list, but think about it ... you are likely to use all of these weekly and probably, daily.
I can’t quantify this, but according to some accounts, people using branded cosmetics are being exposed to an average of 168 chemicals per day. That seems like a lot! But if you DIY your own skincare you control what’s in them. Obviously, the more natural your products are, the better. Important ingredients to include in your cosmetics are:
· Antioxidants – antioxidants keep your skin looking youthful. Some antioxidants to consider using are Q10 coenzyme, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
· Emulsifiers – emulsifiers help to keep cosmetics together. Wax is a natural ingredient you can use. Beeswax, candelilla wax, and carnauba wax work well.
· Hydrolates – hydrolates clean, tone, and calm the skin. Essential oils are usually used, and you can choose to add any essential oil that you like to your cosmetics.
· Vitamins – vitamins have anti-aging benefits, boost collagen, increase cell regeneration, and more. The vitamins often used in cosmetics are A, B Complex, C,
D, E, and K.
· Humectants – humectants moisturize the skin. Some effective natural humectants include glycerine, honey, and aloe vera.
· Exfoliants – exfoliants remove dead skin, encourage cell regeneration, and keep skin healthy. Oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and coconut oil can be used.
· Plant extracts – plant extracts treat inflammation, moisturize the skin, and improve the appearance of the skin. Some of the most common extracts used are aloe vera chamomile, soy, and green tea extract.
· Surfactants – surfactants are needed to cleanse the skin. Natural surfactants you could use are coco glucoside, decyl glucoside, and lauryl glucoside.
Consider Easier Cosmetics First:
If you are just starting out with DIY skincare, consider that some products are easier to make than others. For example, a facial scrub can be made with just three ingredients (sugar, oil, and fruit). Makeup remover can be created using just olive oil and water. A stick deodorant only needs baking soda, coconut oil, and shea butter.
Consider The Cost:
On average a person can spent $15,000 throughout a lifetime on beauty products. By making your own, you’ll save a small fortune. For example, a branded high end exfoliator can cost $$$ but you can make one yourself for a few cents with rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil. Do note that most if not all branded products have some kind of preservative and packaging to preserve the integrity of the product. When you are making your own, remember that they need to be used and not kept on a shelf for long.
What to DIY?
If you’re not sure what product to start making first or want a few ideas to get you on track, check out the product and cosmetic recipes below.
49% of women wash their hair every day, so a good quality and effective shampoo is a must. It is easy to make a natural green tea shampoo.
· 4-5 used green tea bags
· 200 ml liquid soap
· Aloe Vera gel
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· Boil the tea bags in 200 ml of water for 25 minutes.
· Remove the tea bags and leave the liquid to cool.
· Add the liquid soap, a dash of Aloe Vera gel, and olive oil to the liquid.
· Apply to wet hair and rinse off.
Hair conditioner is essential for protecting your hair and keeping it in great condition. This coconut and honey conditioner recipe will nourish your hair and leave it looking and feeling great.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp curd
1 tsp rose water
1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
2. For best results, apply the conditioner onto the hair generously and leave for between 10 and 15 minutes before rinsing off.
All-over body balm:
There’s no need to make multiple balms for your lips, elbows, cuticles, and brows, as this body balm is suitable for your entire body.
3 tbsp jojoba oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cocoa butter
2 tbsp beeswax (substitute with soy wax if you want your body balm to be vegan)
· 5 drops of chamomile oil
1. Melt the oils and wax together.
2. Add the chamomile oil and mix.
3. Pour the mixture into your choice of container (old lip balm tins work well) and leave to solidify.
Many women (and men) wouldn’t be without hairspray. The problem with most hairsprays is that they contain chemicals, such as carboxymethylcellulose, hydrofluorocarbon, and polyvinylpyrrolidone. Thankfully, this recipe eliminates all these chemicals and is as effective at holding hair in place.
· 2 cups of filtered water
A fresh lemon cut up
· 1 tsp baking soda
1. Squeeze the juice out of the lemon and add to the water.
2. Add the lemon rind to the mixture.
3. Bring the mixture to the boil and wait for half of the mixture to evaporate.
4. Leave to cool.
5. Strain the mixture.
6. Add the baking soda and mix thoroughly.
7. Pour into a spray bottle and store in the fridge between each use. The mixture will need to be discarded after a fortnight and a new one made.
Sell Your Creations?
Many people have started successful businesses in their home kitchens. The natural skin care industry is booming and an increasing number of people want products that are better for their skin and for the environment. If you want to share your cosmetics with others, start by selling them to your friends and family. Get their honest opinions and make changes to your product(s) if need be. Should you decide there’s a future career in your venture, you can register your business and get the appropriate licenses. You’ll also need to follow the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).
If you enjoy making skincare and cosmetics you may find that this is the business opportunity you’ve been waiting for. And, at the very least you have the satisfaction of DIY and helping your skin to benefit from your efforts.
*Disclaimer: This is an unpaid guest opportunity. Advicesisters.com has not tried these recipes for DIY skincare and cannot comment on their safety or efficacy.