In today’s modern world, we are constantly bombarded by toxins that silently attack our health without us knowing. Chemicals, colourings and fragrances in our skin care products all add to the toxic load on our bodies.
These toxins can cause serious interference with our body’s natural ability to balance itself, and result in a wide range of health problems.
The skin is our largest elimination organ, but it also absorbs as well as excretes. It therefore makes sense to be aware that what we lather onto our skin will end up in an already overloaded system.
Whilst there are many chemical free products on the market, there is nothing better than making your own products from one or two simple ingredients.
There is a certain amount of satisfaction, as well as fun that comes from creating your own beauty potions and lotions. Not only are you totally in control of what you are putting on your skin, but, the cost implications are significantly less as well. No more spending half your monthly wage on expensive creams and gels.
The possibilities for making your own products are endless, but here is a list of 10 easy recipes that will get you started.
**1. Body Scrub**
Brown sugar, olive oil and honey makes an effective body scrub. A week’s supply can be made from 1 cup of olive oil (cold-pressed is best), ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup of raw honey. You can also add an essential oil of your choice to fragrance it.
**2. Facial Wash**
Use cleansing and moisturizing oatmeal to make a facial wash. Mix 1 tbsp. of oatmeal with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of lemon juice to make a paste. Smooth over face and rub off with a cotton wool pad when it starts to dry.
**3. Hair Shampoo**
Use 1 tbsp. of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 1 cup of water as a substitute to shampoo. Wet the hair and pour over the mix. Massage into the hair well, paying particular attention to the roots. Rinse thoroughly.
**4. Hair Conditioner**
Apple cider vinegar is great as a conditioner to hair as it helps rebalance and restore. Mix 1 tbsp. of vinegar to 1 cup of water and pour over hair, paying attention to the ends of the hair. Rinse thoroughly.
Jojoba or almond oils can be used as effective moisturizers for both the body and face. Jojoba oil is very light, and has been well-documented for its use in combating acne.
Coconut butter makes for an effective deodorant. You can use it on its own, or try this simply recipe. Melt ½ cup of coconut butter, add ¼ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of cornstarch, and essential oils of your choice. Mix together well, and pour into a container. Leave in the fridge to set.
**7. Sun Cream**
Coconut oil can also be used as a sun screen. Use as you would commercial sun products, and remember to cover up and stay out of direct sun during the hottest part of the day.
**8. Teeth Whitener**
Turmeric is an amazing spice to use to whiten the teeth. Simply make a paste out of ½ tsp of turmeric and some water, and brush the teeth as normal. Note that the turmeric will stain your tooth brush.
**9. Face Packs**
Clays make for excellent face packs, helping to draw impurities out of the skin. Green clay is particularly good for this, and also helps to increase the blood flow to the skin. Simply make a paste with the clay and water. Smooth over the face and allow to dry. Leave for 15 minutes before washing of.
Fruit can actually make perfect make-up. Berries can be pureed and used on cheeks, lips and eyes with good effect.
All these recipes are super easy, super cheap and super effective to make, with ingredients that most of us will already have in our kitchens. Have fun with them.