At some point in our lives we’ve all been down that isle in the store—you know the one— “the skin care isle.” For many, understanding what skin care products are a good fit for you is like trying to figure our what diets really work! There are so many options and so many brands all making the same claims but one costs more than the other; so does that means it works better? Do you have oily skin or sensitive skin? Lotions, scrubs, micro beads, toners, creams, masks, serums… Lets just say that if you don’t know what you are looking for specifically, you could spend FOREVER just browsing the isle trying to make a selection.
On top of the ridiculously huge selection of products—have you ever picked up a bottle, read the ingredients list and felt more confused than before? Don’t feel bad, most people don’t know what Alpha-hydroxy acids, Kojic Acid, Hydroquinone, and Beta-hydroxy acid are and these are some common ingredients found in many skincare products. I don’t know about you but rubbing my skin with anything acid doesn’t make me feel very comfortable.
There’s another way… If you’ve ever been on Pinterest then you’ve likely come across one or more DIY skin care pins. If you actually search “DIY skin care” you’ll get thousands of search results—but do they really work?
As it turns out, many do-it-yourself skincare products often provide the same or even greater benefits than many “top rated” skin care products currently available on the shelves. Take a moment and imagine a skin care product in your shower that actually works and you know what all the ingredients are… Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
For many, the idea of making your own anything seems like a lot of work, time consuming, and potentially difficult. Don’t worry, a quick trip to your local health food store will have you well on your way to clean, healthy, skin—the natural way.
Not quite convinced on the DIY approach? Here are some advantages to making your own skin care products:
- BIG SAVINGS!—In the world of skincare, prices over $25 for a tiny bottle are pretty common, especially if the phrase “age defying” or “anti wrinkle” appear anywhere on the label. Spend up to 10 less and get so much more with DIY.
- Control your product’s strength—Often, the active ingredients in skincare products aren’t enough to give you the results the bottle claims you can expect. When preparing your own product you have control over the active ingredient and can increase/decrease the amounts to meet your desired results,
- No chemicals—Chemicals, whether natural or synthetic, decay over time. When this happens, the active ingredients in your product become less potent and may become harmful. Many skincare products on the shelves were prepared months or years in advance and some of their ingredients may have already decayed. And on top of this, many products don’t even list an expiration date so how do you know what the shelf life is?
- Easy to make—See for your self. Below are some favorite DIY skin care options… Be careful though, you may fine it fun and addictive!
Lavender is a lovely plant used in many topical ointments and is also used for its rich flowery fragrance. It is still one of the most desirable scents used by most modern perfume companies. This location is refreshing and soothing to the skin.
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Beeswax (1 2oz bar)
- 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Instant face lift? I think, yes! Ingredients:
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
Drain the contents of the vitamin E capsule into a small bowl. Add the honey and heavy cream and mix together until a smooth consistency forms. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Super simple! This recipe is safe for all skin types and not to mention.
#3 Got Wrinkles?
Need a quick fix for crow’s feet and the small wrinkles around your eye? Look to your refrigerator! Fresh, chilled egg whites can be applied directly to the area around your eye to tighten the skin and reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Start with freshly cleansed skin, apply the egg whites around your eye as directed above, then allow them to dry (approx. 15 minutes). Place a soft cloth, soaked in warm water, over the eye area to rehydrate the dried egg white. Then rinse the remaining egg white off with warm water. Do not scrub at the egg whites or the area around your eye…gentle, gentle, gentle.
Coffee has many natural properties that help the skin such as moisturizing, firming, exfoliating, and brightening.
- 1 cup of sugar (white or brown)
- 5 tbsp coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz. mason jar
Listed above are just 4 favorites out of soooo many. The skin care isle may be a routine stop for most people, but now you know there was a better, less expensive, and fun approach to skin care. Try them yourself and let let us know what you think!