Make your own (mostly) organic face wash
Our skin is our largest organ and will absorb what we put onto it, straight into our blood stream. Think how nicotine patches work!
When you start really looking at all the products we use and what’s in them, it will freak you out! This short video explains it really well for those of us without a science degree. You can also check how toxic your cosmetics are at Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
I have been using natural skin care for a few years now. In a perfect world, I would love to be able to afford organic products, for the whole family, all of the time. But, seeing as it’s not a perfect world, I have to be content with finding ways to avoid the toxic chemicals that are within my budget.
One option I am investigating more and more is making my own products at home. I like to keep it simple though, as I don’t want to spend hours tracking down unusual ingredients and fiddling around like a mad scientist!
One thing I have been able to make at home, really easily, is face wash. In fact it’s embarrassingly easy. It’s also very economical – which is handy with kids who like to splash stuff around!
I start with Dr Bronners Unscented Baby Castile Soap and then add essential oils. I decant it into smaller bottles, then I add essential oils, shake well and label. You only need to use five drops of the mix to wash your face – told you it was economical!
DIY Acne Face Wash
For the teenagers, who need a good face wash for acne, I use:
10 drops of tea-tree oil
10 drops of eucalyptus oil
10 drops of manuka oil*
10 drops of lavender oil
*Manuka oil is an essential oil I picked up in New Zealand. It is the pure essential oil from the manuka tree (yep, same one as the honey!) It is absolutely incredible – I find it to be much more powerful than tea tree or eucalyptus. If you can’t source it, then just leave it out.
I usually just play around with whatever essential oils I have on hand, so experiment yourself! You can also add things like some herb-infused water, jojoba oil and rose-hip oil.
That’s it. Pretty easy, right?
If you are interested in learning more about making products yourself, take a look at these awesome DIY beauty recipes. They also have all the ingredients you need as well!
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