I make most of my own personal care and skin care products and have been for about 5 years now. I first discovered coconut oil, and how many uses it really has. Coconut oil got me looking into other ingredients and recipes I could do at home. I started out making chapstick, because I am addicted to the little tube, and I wanted to find a better way than buying a new one every two weeks for $3.50+. After starting with chapstick, I found that a lot of products included similar ingredients, and were easy to make. Below is the starting list of the best ingredients for homemade beauty care.
Why All Natural Products?
Cosmetic and beauty care products are loaded with toxic chemicals terrible for our skin and health. Just one product contains dozens of harmful chemicals, many of which that have not even been tested for the safety in humans. We are basically the corporation’s guinea pigs when it comes to skin and health reactions. Fortunately, there are all natural alternatives that can be homemade, and work even better than commercial bought products.
Benefits of All Natural Products
Many natural products work better than their conventional counterparts because they don’t contain unnecessary fillers or irritants. While some unnatural products may seem to work better with the first try, over the long-term, the harmful chemicals that made your skin feel cleaner or your hair feel smoother may cause damage.
Best Products to Use When Making All Natural Beauty Care Products
If you’re just starting out with DIY beauty products, these are great to have on hand. You can make many, many recipes with just these basic ingredients! That’s why buying in bulk can benefit you in the long run and save money. *This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase using one of the links.
Shea Butter benefits to skin & hair are endless. You can use it by itself or as an ingredient in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, hand & body creams, and so much more. Shea butter is good for dry skin, which is prone to eczema or psoriasis. It is suitable for use on damaged skin including stretch marks during and after pregnancy.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has many benefits too. It can be used internally and externally, and the uses are endless. potential benefits for skin, including reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds.
3. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter benefits for skin include locking in moisture and protecting the skin from oxidative stress. It is solid at room temperature, but melts at body temperature making it a perfect base for solid massage bars, or bath melts. It is a good emollient and conditioner.
Beeswax is used in many skin care products because it provides a protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. It has an amber color and is used in cosmetics for emulsifying creams and ointments.
5. Carrier Oil – Sweet Almond Oil
A carrier oil is lightweight and absorbs easily and is a great moisturizer for dry skin. It’s also used in general aromatherapy, but its strong scent may mask an essential oil’s aroma. Uses: Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils for skin care.
There are so many essential oils out there, and each individual one has their own amazing benefits. It’s best to start out small, and if it is something you enjoy, then grow your collection, and learning their benefits. I love lavender and use it all the time, so this is a good one to start with.
7. Raw Honey
Honey can be found in most people’s kitchens, and can be used for more than cooking. Honey is known for its healing and soothing properties. its main components are water and sugar, but there are also small amounts of organic products such as essential oils of the flowers. It is these trace elements that are thought to give honey its curative properties.
Arrowroot powder is similar to cornstarch, both are a thickening agent in cooking. Better yet can be used in deodorant recipes to thicken and be the base. Arrowroot is predominantly known for its soothing properties. A natural healer for small irritations, it assists with the drying out of wounds, rashes or blemishes
This is an excellent healing oil and an exceptional anti-oxidant in bath oils where botanicals have been added. Vitamin E capsules are cheaper than the liquid version. Just cut or pierce the capsule and squeeze out the oil.
10. Castile Soap
Castile soap naturally possesses antibacterial properties. Just like it’s perfect to use on skin that suffers from eczema, it’s also good for people who suffer from psoriasis or acne. The oils found in Castile soap penetrate pores with their antibacterial agents, helping clean your skin without drying it out. Plus, it helps balance your skin’s pH, making Castile soap for acne an excellent choice.
Cost and Storing?
It may seem like buying all these ingredients costs more than running up to the store and buying it already made. It also depends on what you are purchasing. Some products could cost a lot. Making it yourself can save a lot of money in the long run because the ingredients are so versatile.
The best way to make your ingredients last the longest is to store them in a cool dark place. The shelf life can vary from each ingredient, but they will last the longest stored this way.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Homemade Beauty Care!
Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. When making your own beauty products you know EXACTLY what is in it. Each ingredient in your homemade products offers different benefits for not only your skin but you’re also your health! It is also a lot of fun to make your own products and can become addicting.
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