With the New Year, you probably have new beauty and skincare resolutions. You may have defined your new beauty routine…or even decided to use beauty products with cleaner ingredients.
And you’ll be right in the new beauty trends! Lastly, many women have embraced the path of DIY skincare to counteract the effects of undesirable cosmetic ingredients. The cosmetics industry tries to communicate more about the ingredients of the products, and eradicate the dangerous ones. But there is still progress to make in this matter.
If you’re like me, you don’t necessarily understand all this scientific nomenklatura and you’re scared. Hence the increasing the sucess of DIY skincare. Even if DIY skincare appears beneficial for most of us, it is not without risks for us. In this article, I’ll introduce the benefits and risks of DIY skincare. Let’s get started!
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The benefits of DIY skincare
Nowadays, many women want to make their beauty products themselves. From deodorants to makeup products, you have more and more books and workshops helping you to shape your cosmetic products. Actually, many women discovered their inner chemist while embracing this activity! Here are some benefits of DIY skincare.
Take control of your beauty products
Tired of too many scientific names on your beauty cream? Then, DIY skincare is just what you need! By using all naturel ingredients like oils, fruits, and essential oils, you take control of what you put on your skin and your hair.
Moreover, DIY enables you to create your own personalized beauty routine. Indeed, many women complain that mainstream cosmetic products are not effective on them.
Thus, you may create products adapted to your skin and hair needs. For instance, you may blend oils adapted to your skin as a body lotion. Or exclude some products you’re allergic to. DIY skincare offers many possibilities. It’s up to you to explore them!
Be kind to the environment
Did you know that plastic accounts for over 100 billion units of packaging produced each year by the cosmetics industry? This is huge! It’s even more alarming when you think that only 9% of plastic waste is recycled, according to a report published by the OECD.
Therefore, embracing DIY skincare is good to save our planet. However, it doesn’t mean that shops where you’ll shop your DIY ingredients have zero-waste solutions. But they’re still better than the classic cosmetics, though they make some recycling efforts.
Keeping traditions alive
Personally, I enjoy DIY skincare recipes because I can make what my mother and my aunts taught me s a child. Actually, it’s very refreshing to see that I might pass some natural beauty secrets to my daughters, if God blesses me in that department! Thus, if you have children, you may plan specific workshops with them. And I can guarantee you that preparing DIY recipes is fun!
The risks of DIY skincare
Though DIY skincare offers several benefits for you, it’s not without risks. If you enjoy DIY recipes on beauty blogs like mine, you’ll notice that many of them are harmless. However, this doesn’t mean that DIY skincare is without risks! Let’s explore them now, shall we?
Beware of essential oils!
Indeed, natural ingredients are not always innocuous. For example, you must use essential oils very carefully. This is especially true if you have allergies, or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Moreover, please keep in mind that some mixtures can create undesirable reactions, such as rashes. Actually, chemistry does its work everywhere, including in natural products!
Consequently, you must pay attention to respect the correct dosage. Also, check the pH of the finished products when recommended, following recipes designed by experts or very knowledgeable people. Don’t forget that commercial cosmetics also undergo extensive laboratory testing to make sure they’re healthy. And this is something you can’t do at home!
Conservation can be an issue, too
DIY recipes also have another problem: their shelf life. Have you noticed the presence of stabilizers and preservatives in mainstream cosmetics, with scientific names and code numbers you don’t understand? Well, it is on purpose!
Indeed, these ingredients are there to increase the shelf life of your products. Thus, they help you use your cosmetics in the long run without problems.
However, it depends on the recipe you use. if you made a “minute” products that you’ll use right aways, then the problem doesn’t really arise.
But if you prepared products to be preserved, then you’ll need to be vigilant on certain points. Don’t just put your DIY preparation in the fridge willy-nilly, hoping that it will still be effective.
Now, let me share one of my experiences with DIY skincare with you. I was in my 20s, and I heard about caramel treatment. Don’t worry, I intend to introduce caramel treatment in a future post, so stay tuned! Well, I made the recipe and apply it on my hair. Then, I stored the remaining mask in the fridge. But I didn’t put any preservative in it.
And for my own misfortune, I forgot that it was in the fridge! So, when I finally remembered that I had some caramel treatment in my fridge, I thought I could still use. Unfortunately, my DIY caramel treatment had rotted and was full of mould! This experience taught me about the preservation of my DIY recipes very early.
Good practices for preservation
Therefore, here are some good practices you can apply to preserve your DIY preparations in the best conditions:
- use of disinfected bottles, tinted if necessary to avoid contact with the air
- addition of preservatives to your DIY preparations in appropriate doses: vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract
- prefer a cool storage for certain moisturizing creams, oils and certain active ingredients
A certain expertise is needed
I’ve noticed this issue for some DIY recipes I’ve tested. Indeed, you may miss some ingredients to add in your DIY recipes. In particular, this is true for ancient recipes, or those containing rare essential oils you won’t find easily.
In that case, you may be tempted to replace the ingredient with another that you know. However, I don’t recommend this practice, especially if you’re a beginner and if you don’t have any expertise in natural ingredient. Indeed, you may have an adverse result on your skin and your hair. And you don’t need that!
Therefore, I’d advise you stay with simple DIY recipes in the first place, using products you can find in your kitchen. Those natural ingredients include vegetable oils, fruits like avocados, eggs, yoghurt, flour, or honey. Then, expand your DIY practice to other natural ingredients when you’re absolutely comfortable.
My recommendations about DIY skincare
If you want to start preparing your DIY cosmetics, here are some resources you’ll need:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
This book will show you the multiple benefits of essential oils, as well as multiple recipes for your beauty, your health, and even your home.
The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
In this book, you’ll get more information about the effects of synthetic products on your skin. Also, you’ll get several recipes for organic makeup, moisturizers, and hair care.
The Holistic Beauty Book by Star Khechara
You’ll get natural recipes for your skin, hair, and even for baths!
Don’t Go Shopping For Hair Care Products Without Me by Paula Begoun
If you want to learn more about the ingredients your favorite beauty products have, then read this book!
Conclusion: what are the benefits and risks of DIY skincare?
By enabling you to take control of your cosmetics, DIY skincare has incredible benefits for you. Indeed, you’ll use natural products that you know; and you won’t be worried anymore about harming the planet. However, DIY skincare has several risks involving the nature of natural ingredients themselves, and the preservation of your preparations.
Therefore, you may carefully assess your motivation before going for DIY skincare in your beauty routine. However, if you’re a woman in a hurry, don’t worry! You can always rely on organic cosmetics or learn how to read the labels!
Well, that’s it for today! What do you think about the benefits and risks of DIY skincare? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Take care, lovelies!
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