Homemade Beauty Products: How To Make Your Own
Are you curious about all the beauty products out there claiming
to be natural or organic, and wondering what you might be able to create at home?
Or have you seen ideas online or in magazines for homemade beauty products and you’re
intrigued to start mixing things up? Making your own beauty treatments in the kitchen
may sound fun and adventurous, but there are a few things you need to know before
you get out the mixing bowl.
Be sure to ask your parents for permission before you go
about making any sort of concoction. Although there are recipes at the bottom of
this article, get mom and/or dad’s approval and ask them for help. They may want
to join you!
Be Aware of Allergies
Just because an ingredient grows out of the ground or is
found in nature doesn't automatically mean it is safe to use on your body. It's
important to know that many common kitchen ingredients can cause allergies, irritation
and skin sensitivities. Do some research and test new items on your hands or wrists
before you toss in a pinch of this and a cup of that — you may be allergic to something
you had no idea you were!
Once you've whipped up a batch, it is critical that you store
your homemade product in a sterilized container with a tight-fitting (preferably
airtight) lid. Most store-bought products are made with ingredients called preservatives
that help to keep bacteria and other nasty things from growing in them. Most likely
you don’t have access to use them in your homemade products, so they won’t be safe
for a long period of time.
When it comes to natural, homemade beauty products, only
make small batches at a time and discard if the smell or color changes.
Now that you know what to do to get started, we've compiled
a few recipes you can try:
Makeup remover: Use a small amount of plain olive oil
on a cloth or cotton ball.
Facial mask: For normal skin, use a tablespoon of sour
cream, or plain yogurt. For dry skin, mash up half an avocado or a banana. For oily
skin, mash up some strawberries, blueberries or egg whites. Then, spread the mixture
on your clean skin. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.
Follow up immediately by applying your favorite cream or moisturizer.
Face moisturizer: Use a small amount of good-quality
coconut oil and add one drop of jasmine oil. Mix it up and apply a small amount
over your whole face.
Face exfoliator: Mix a tablespoon of cornmeal with a
tablespoon of olive oil and one drop of lavender. Apply a small amount on your face
and use a circular motion to exfoliate. Then wash away clean with warm water and
dry with a clean cloth.
Hair treatment: To treat dry, damaged hair, use pure
honey as a hair conditioning pack. Massage a tablespoon or two into your damp hair
and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. It might feel sticky at first, but don't worry.
Just rinse warm water and dry as you normally do.
Egg hair conditioner: Beat one egg yolk until its color
is light, but its consistency is thick. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil slowly
into the egg and beat well. Pour 3/4 cup of lukewarm water into the mixture, and
then beat the mixture together well. Place the conditioner into a container. The
next time you wash your hair, shampoo, rinse, then rub the conditioner into your
hair and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing completely with warm water.
Body scrubs: Mix together 1/2 cup of kosher salt with
1/4 cup light oil or liquid cleanser. When in the bathtub or shower, massage into
your skin before bathing. You can also add a drop of lavender and/or a drop of rose
oil to add some scent. Finish by washing away with warm water.
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