When faced with worrying headlines about toxins, as well as confusing ingredients lists on our skincare products, it can be difficult to know what to choose when out shopping.
The fact that we don’t know how most of the added chemicals will affect us as the residual amounts build up over the years is also of concern.
We do have great resources, such as the Environmental Working Group website, which works hard to keep us informed:
It’s our mission at Environmental Working Group to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Skin Deep database gives you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals.
Our aim is to fill in where industry and government leave off. Companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish. The U.S. government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold.
But there is another solution, which comes in the form of DIY beauty and skincare recipes for all of your needs. We have searched online to come up with some fantastic ideas that you can create quickly and cheaply from your home. These have you covered from head to toe. Have a look through and see what inspires you, and be sure to let us know how you get on!
The awesome people over at DIY natural.com have our all time favourite calming cleanser, created with chamomile tea. This recipe comes with a ton of variations so that you can create your ideal cleanser based exactly on your individual needs.
- ¼ cup liquid castile soap
- ¼ cup brewed organic chamomile tea (for its anti-inflammatory properties)
- ¾ teaspoon grapeseed, sweet almond, hazelnut, avocado, or olive oil
- 8 drops essential oils
- several drops of Vitamin E oil – optional, but recommended
Brew a cup of strong chamomile tea and set aside ¼ cup to cool. (Enjoy the rest of the tea while you’re mixing together this recipe!) Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add tea when completely cooled. Mix ingredients well and pour into a small squirt bottle or pump bottle. Be sure to label your container. Makes about 4 ounces of face wash.
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