Skin care….au naturale!

6 Aug

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One of the things I strive for is to live as naturally as possible.  Free from chemicals, toxins and artificial flavors and colors.  I want to only feed myself foods that are going to nourish me and promote my health instead of threatening it.  Another area that’s important to to focus on is skin and body care.

What many people don’t realize is that the skin is our largest organ and our bodies absorb nearly everything we put on it.  It is important to remember that what you put on your skin is just as important as the food you eat.  When you really take a look at what is in all of these commercial products, you’ll be shocked to learn that they contain over 800 toxic ingredients.

Even the labels on so-called organic and natural products can be misleading.  The word natural can be used by a manufacturer if only 10% of the substance is natural.  Nontoxic can mean up to 1/2 of the animals tested in a lab died within 2 weeks.  The FDA does not have the authority to test products before they hit the market.  So, it ends up being the consumer who is testing out the safety of the products.  Only when someone gets sick do they take a closer look and actually test the products and analyze the effects it has on our health.

Homemade personal care products are cheaper and safer to use.  There is a wealth of information on the internet about different natural ingredients that you can use to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize the skin.  Making your own formulas gives you the power to manipulate the ingredients and customize products to your skin and body type.

Below are some of the products that I made and have been using.  They are broken down by each ingredient with the benefit listed.  After using my homemade products, I notice that my skin is smoother and healthier.  Now I can feel good knowing that I am putting all safe ingredients in and on my body.

 

Oatmeal Facial Cleanser: (great for exfoliating)

Baking soda – it is good for so many uses.  It is safe and gentle and exfoliates the skin without drying it out

Oatmeal – it is moisturizing, anti aging and anti inflammatory.  It can also help treat acne, and other skin conditions

 

Lavender Sugar Scrub:  (this is my go to in the shower, it leaves the skin so smooth)

Sugar – Works as an exfoliator, improves skin function and maintains healthy skin

Coconut oil – Moisturizes and soothes skin, has natural antiviral and antifungal properties, can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne

Olive oil –    Moisturizes and softens the skin without clogging pores, promotes skin elasticity, contains antioxidants

Vitamin E oil – Has an anti-aging effect, helps skin retain its natural moisture, useful for removing scars and stretch marks

Lavender –   Has a calming effect on migraines, anxiety and sleep disorders, useful in treating respiratory disorders, improves blood circulation, relieves pain of sore muscles

Rosemary – Tones and firms the skin, increases blood flow and contributes to healthier skin, has natural stimulant properties to refresh and rejuvenate

Mint –   Refreshes skin, removes dryness from skin, has anti- inflammatory properties, useful in treating blackheads and acne

Orange peel – Brightens and softens skin, cleanses skin, helps reduce scars and can reduce wrinkles over time

 

Lemon Toner:

Witch hazel –  has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties

Lemon – helps exfoliate the skin and can be used to even skin tone and fade discolorations

 

Moisturizing Facial Oils (I use these oils to cleanse my skin and also to remove eye makeup)

Olive oil –    Moisturizes and softens the skin without clogging pores, promotes skin elasticity, contains antioxidants

Vitamin E oil – Has an anti-aging effect, helps skin retain its natural moisture, useful for removing scars and stretch marks

Lavender –   Has a calming effect on migraines, anxiety and sleep disorders, useful in treating respiratory disorders, improves blood circulation, relieves pain of sore muscles

An easy way to start would be to look up some recipes on the internet.  You can use that as a baseline and then add or subtract ingredients according to your skin and how it reacts to certain things. Also, definitely keep in mind if you have any allergies.

Happy experimenting!

 

 

*  Here are a few websites that I like and found helpful when researching and learning about homemade products.

www.crunchybetty.com

www.wellnessmama.com

 

 

 

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