Skincare is kind of a big debate. When you read the ingredients in your favorite lotion you will probably be discouraged. My guess is that there is at least 15-20 ingredients you can’t pronounce. Even products claiming to be natural may have a lot of suspicious chemicals.
Standard store bought skincare contains carcinogens, neurotoxins, DNA damaging chemicals, and have been link have been linked to: increased allergies, cancer, birth defects, developmental and reproductive problems, and more.
Your skin absorbs about 60% of what is put on it, so putting on chemical ridden products is kind of risky. By no means am I perfect when it comes to natural skincare, but I am learning and making changes. One thing I have not tried is natural sunscreen and with an upcoming vacation planned I think the bahamas will be the perfect place to try it. I will probably try this recipe from the Wellness Mama. Also, I’ve tried the No Poo method of washing hair. This worked great for a few months and then I started to get build up. Even thought I use a store bought natural shampoo I really want to try to make my own. Like this Homemade Shampoo recipe.
I love creating new skincare recipes and I always keep an arsenal of natural ingredients right on hand so I have no excuses!
Natural Ingredients to Stock Your Pantry
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Aloe vera gel
- Almond oil
- Jajoba oil
- Bentonite clay
- Vitamin E oil
- Essential oils– tea tree, lavender, orange, and peppermint are my favorites!
With just these products I have been able to create a ton of different body products. I didn’t just decide one day that I would start making my own skin care products and order everything I needed to make them all. I started slow, bought things as I could (I was a poor grad student living off of one income), and would order in bulk to save money!
Here are some of my favorite DIY Skincare Recipes I’ve created so far… And there are plenty more on the way!
Other great homemade skincare recipes:
This was part of the 30 Day Natural Living Challenge!
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