Thirdly, making beauty products at home lets you customize your products for your needs, ensuring you are getting bang for your buck in terms of active ingredients and tailored skincare. The beauty business tends to boast one or two, usually natural, 'feature' ingredients on the front of their package, obscuring the bulk of the ingredients - water, fillers, preservatives and chemicals, in fine print on the back. Making your own ensures you get more of the good stuff and less of the garbage.
Last but not least, DIY beauty is cheap and makes for excellent presents!
I'll leave it at that for now but this topic (cosmetics, chemicals and cowboys) and really is fascinating. I'll delve deeper in future posts.
Now for the Foaming cleanser!...
Home made cleansers are the shiz. And for this one, I'm using a Castile Soap which is soap made from oil. Why, you ask? - well have you heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? You wash your face with - you guessed it - oil, and steam it off using a hot damp face cloth.
Big beauty business inform us that "oil-free" make-up and cleansers are the way to go, but the problem is, these cleansers strip the skin of its natural oils, and to compensate, we produce more oil. This means more breakouts, blackheads, and aggravated skin, and more going back to the store to purchase products to fix the problems caused by products!
The principle behind the OCM is basic chemistry: like dissolves like. Hence, oil dissolves oil. The OCM uses oil to naturally dissolve the dirty oils on our skin without stripping it or using harsh chemicals.
After lots of research, I'm pretty confident that OCM works and I've been meaning to try it for a while. I've got the castor and olive oil sitting on my shelf staring at me, but since I'm only just coming out the other side of a mega detox (a painful but super rewarding result of switching to whole plant-based foods) I've been resisting sticking thick oil on my unpredictable skin until the detox symptoms are well and truly over.
So, in the interim, I made a gorgeous, safe, gentle cleanser that has been nothing short of amazing. Liquid castile soap, being oil based, gently foams and cleanses the skin without drying it. It gets a rich lather without the surfactants, feels clean after washing, and even moisterised. The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of tea tree make it perfect for pesky acne. Here's the clincher, once you make this, you'll realise that foaming face cleansers basically 75% water, and you'll never buy store bought again! Here's how it goes:
Stick it all in the bottle, shake it up and away you go! The results for me so far? Pretty sweet. Simple, effective, non-drying. I've found that the less complicated my skincare regime is, the better my skin gets. Plus I don’t miss spending $16 a bottle on face wash - the cost of this cleanser would be around $4. Maybe less.
Tailor it to your needs: You can add a variety of essential oils (EO) to benefit your skin type.
You can also substitute the water with rose water or chamomile tea.
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