There are many recipes online for DIY beauty treatments and skin care. I love using natural ingredients but those natural ingredients can sometimes breed bacteria or cause allergic reactions.
- Test a small concentration of the treatment on your forearm and wait an hour for an allergic response.
- Store recipes made with perishable ingredients in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated no longer than a week.
- Sugar and salt based scrubs will keep up to a month in an air tight container (as long as no other perishable is included).
- Extend freshness by adding vodka, witch hazel, vinegar, or lemon juice (if your skin permits) as they act as natural preservatives.
- Aromatherapy essential oils are sensitive to light. Keep any products containing essential oil in dark, sealed glass bottles or jars.
When making skin care products at home, a few rules to remember to prevent severe reactions to products:
If you wish to invent your own or to add to a basic salt or sugar recipe, these common food items can be added. Just remember to add ingredients that work for your skin type. Oily skin may not be able to accept olive oil without a breakout. Sensitive or dry skin may not do well with lemon juice. Perishables have a short life without preservatives.
- Brown Sugar
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Raw Sugar
For most skin types, aloe vera gel is a wonderful skin care treatment. I’ve used it for slight burns, bug bites, and general facial care. Scrape out the gel and apply to skin. Although it can be bitter to taste straight from the plant, It is not toxic. I periodically buy aloe vera based drinks to help heal and settle an upset stomach. It is so healing inside too.
Whether making a product or buying one, choose real ingredients over a manufactured ingredient. I believe that un-petroleum jelly is better to use for a natural green treatment than the petroleum-based product in most commercial products. It is frightening to think of how much petroleum jelly is consumed by people in lip gloss. Remember it came from oil. You are swallowing a petroleum product. I suggest lip gloss based on bee’s wax, cocoa butter, or coconut oil. Check the ingredients and choose natural as much as possible – you can still get wonderful products that are not adding chemicals to you body. Just as in choosing food, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it.
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