DIY Natural Skincare Products
The Environmental Working Group estimates that women use up to 12 skincare products a day. These products contain combined total of 168 ingredients. Skincare products are designed to penetrate the layers of the skin in order to work. This means that you are bombarding your body with chemicals. These are known as hormone disruptors, carcinogens, and having the potential to cause other health issues as well. This is the primary reason most women are using more natural and organic products on their skin. If you are on a budget and can’t afford to buy natural skincare products, what do you do? Below we’ll share with you products you can stock up your kitchen cupboards that are safe and can easily be digested on your skin.
In the kitchen:
Oil: coconut oil and olive oil are both good choices if you have dry skin. You can also use oils as a makeup remover. Some people with eczema have found relief with coconut oil.
Honey: honey has antiseptic qualities, and thus is great for acne. It can be used as a mask or as a spot treatment. It can also be mixed with other ingredients, like cinnamon, for further effectiveness.
Lemon: Some people with acne have found that rubbing half a lemon on the skin makes a great astringent. Others find it too harsh and prefer to squeeze the juice onto a water-soaked cotton ball. In any case, lemon juice is helpful for preventing new breakouts as well as for lightening dark spots caused by acne scarring. If you are someone who thinking using lemon juice is too harsh for your skin and have given everything else a go, but haven’t noticed any significant results, the next step may be to get in touch with a specialist like Dr. Sachin Shridharani to find out what they can do to help with your acne scars. Hopefully, you’ll find a procedure that works better for you than lemon juice did.
Oatmeal: Running oatmeal through a blender transforms it into a powder known as colloidal oatmeal. Soaking in a bath of colloidal oatmeal can sooth irritated and itchy skin. It can also be used as a healing mask or poultice when mixed with coconut oil.
In the bathroom: Hydrogen peroxide definitely isn’t something to ingest, but the EWG does approve of it to use as a cleaner. Mixed with water, hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten teeth, nails, as a mouthwash, acne treatment, deodorant, to soften your feet, clean hair and makeup brushes and even to lighten hair.
How to use them: You can experiment with your own recipes or try using the ingredients on their own or mixed with water to soften any harshness. These items are staples to get you started. You can add fresh ingredients, ranging from eggs to avocados and berries to create facemasks, bath soaks, and more beauty treatments.
A note for allergy sufferers and those that new to DIY skincare:
Natural products that you make yourself are generally better for you than their chemical counterparts. However, if you have food allergies or sensitivities, applying these items topically can cause a reaction.
Also, if you have sensitive skin or have never created your own skincare solutions, you may find that your skin has to go through a period of adjustment before it calms down with your new regimen.