The Benefits of Making your own Skin Care Products
Posted: Oct 17, 2019
For most of human history, people made their own skin care and beauty products from natural materials. In recent years, people have once again become interested in making their own skin care products. There are many reasons to make your own beauty products. Once you learn some of the benefits of making your own skin care products, you’ll want to give it a try, too!
One of the biggest reasons people like making their own creams, lotions, and even soaps is because they have complete control over the ingredients. As information comes to light about the potentially harmful effects of many artificial additives, colorants, and perfumes, people want to protect themselves and their families. Because companies sometimes engage in coverups when they know their products contain harmful chemicals, people are skeptical when companies insist their products are safe to use.
People are also turning to DIY beauty and skin care products in order to reduce waste. Many commercial products come in plastic tubes and containers, but may also have additional plastic wraps and packaging. Most homemade beauty products can be stored in reusable glass or metal containers. After the product is used up, the container can be cleaned and reused or recycled. You don’t even have to buy new containers for products like scrubs. Simply save glass jars from jams, honey, or even salsa. Remove the labels, clean them thoroughly, and you have free containers for your homemade beauty products!
Many homemade self-care products are multipurpose. Coconut oil is popular as a moisturizer and as a diaper cream, for example. It can even be used as a makeup remover! Coconut oil is also an ingredient in many other homemade body products. These overlapping ingredients cut down on waste even more, reduce the amount of clutter in your home, and are economical. Many homemade beauty product ingredients, like baking soda and coconut oil, are easy to find in bulk quantities. Even if you decide to make more elaborate skin care products, the cost per ounce is still typically far, far less than what you would pay for an equivalent beauty product from a top brand.
Homemade skin care and beauty products also make excellent, low-cost homemade gifts. Everyone loves a delicious sugar scrub or bar of handcrafted soap! Just add a gift tag, ribbon, or bow to a jar of homemade body scrub for a lovely and thoughtful gift. There are many free printable gift tags available on the internet, like the free printable jar toppers available with this DIY coffee and sugar scrub recipe.
Many people have special dietary concerns or skin care needs. Vegans, for example, may have a difficult time finding skin care products without animal-derived ingredients. Even many natural skin care products contain beeswax or honey, which aren’t vegan-friendly. Following a vegan skin care recipe or looking for recipes with vegan suggestions, like this DIY pumpkin spice body wash, can allow vegans to create their own ethical beauty products. People with allergies, such as nut allergies, can also easily modify skin care product recipes to meet their particular needs.
Making your own beauty products is fun, and it can be better for you, the environment, and your wallet. Start making your own skin care products today!
Natasha is a certified high school history teacher and blogger at The Artisan Life where she shares her love of crafting and gratitude.