I have been a licensed facialist for over a decade now. I took a break from that part of my career once I had my first daughter. Since I got pregnant with her, my whole outlook on health has dramatically changed. I had a home birth with both my children in order to avoid synthetic drugs for me and my babies. I have switched out many of my processed food favorites for a more healthy and preferably organic alternative.
Upon finding food alternatives, I started researching the skin care industry. I was shocked to learn that the industry is not regulated by any association. In fact, a huge percentage of skin care products contain at least one ingredient that is harmful and it isn’t even listed on the bottle! Not to mention all the info. that is readily available about the dangers of synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives.
Propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, and antibacterial compounds are all common to body products and all cause alarming side effects such as hormonal disruptions, infertility, dermatitis, premature aging and cancer to just name a few. So, it became clear that part of my “green” journey was to include making skin care products for my family and friends.
I also found out that Europe has banned thousands and thousands of harmful ingredients while the U.S. has only banned 11.
The skin is the bodies largest organ. It absorbs a huge percentage of what we put on it. I realized that if I wouldn’t eat it then why would I lather it on my skin? At least when we eat something we have enzymes in our saliva and stomach that help break it down and flush it out of the body! What goes on our skin goes directly into the blood stream which bypasses this filtration system. Essential oils, organic oils (olive, sweet almond, jojoba, etc.) infused distilled waters and beeswax are just some of the ingredients I’ve become familiar with. All of them are safe to eat and very nourishing to the skin.
I started out making body balms, lip balms, cleansers and toners. I’ve recently been experimenting with adding water to oils to make creams. In the near future my goal is to find a shampoo recipe, deodorant recipe, and laundry detergent recipe! This has been such an exciting venture for me. I hope to share many recipes and tips and inspire you to take a good look at what you are putting on your skin and in your body!
Remember, your DIY projects are only as effective and clean as your ingredients are pure. I link only ingredients that I have experience with and trust that they are high quality.