Did you know your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it? You may also not be aware that your skin is the body’s largest organ.
Our skin often gets taken for granted. We may think nothing of caking our skin with all sorts of chemicals in the form of creams and other beauty products without realising the damage this could be causing our health.
If you use hair and beauty products you are more than likely putting dangerous chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde, onto your skin. These chemicals act as endocrine disruptors, skin irritants and contribute to the ageing process. They have also been linked to a host of diseases from breast cancer to birth defects.
The great news is we do not need to use chemicals on our body to look amazing. There are many natural products available that are completely safe and far more effective.
Here are 10 home-made beauty products that are easy to make and are both brilliant and effective and can help transform your health and beauty regime:
Deodorant: Bicarbonate of soda dusted under the armpits acts as a natural yet powerful deodorant. By mixing it with coconut oil it also becomes anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
Body Scrub: For a fantastic exfoliator, for both the face and body, simply mix a cup of oil, which you use for cooking (e.g. olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil or almond oil), with 1 cup of finely granulated sea salt. Used as a pre-shower/bath scrub, it will leave your skin looking and feeling silky soft and will help smooth fine lines.
Night Cream: Mix 10 drops of the essential oil, lavender, into a small jar of unrefined coconut oil. This will not only have you skin looking gorgeous and glowing by the morning, but the lavender will aid in giving you a perfectly relaxed night’s sleep.
Day Cream: Mix 10 drops of the essential oil, geranium, into a small jar of unprocessed coconut oil to prevent or reduce fine lines and wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow (If you find this oil is a little heavy, apply it before you have a shower and allow the water to rinse the excess away).
Hair Treatment: Use coconut oil as a weekly intensive hair treatment. Apply 1 to 2 tablespoons to dry hair massage into the scalp and spread through to the ends. Leave for 20 to 30 minute or overnight (applying heat will further intensify it). To wash out apply shampoo to dry hair massage through, rinse then shampoo again and condition as normal.
Teeth Whitener: Mix 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to the juice of 1 lemon and a splash of water and swish through teeth for anything from 1 minute up to 20. This effectively lifts stains and whitens the teeth without the use of harmful chemicals.
Bath Soak: Add a cup of sea salt or bicarbonate of soda to your bath water to soften and rejuvenate your skin. If you want to make it extra relaxing add a few drops of lavender.
Anti-Fungal Cream: Instead of using harsh chemical creams to rid yourself of fungal infections, such as athletes’ foot, use coconut oil. Unrefined raw coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
Lip Balm: Coconut oil and castor oil makes for a lovely lip balm that will make your lips soft, silky and luscious (if you suffer with dry lips use the body scrub to remove dead skin first)
Eyebrow Tamer: Tame unruly eyebrows with a fine coating of coconut oil which will smooth and condition them at the same time.