Tired of talking about natural products? Then why don’t you make one yourself? This way, you will know exactly what goes into the jar. You will know why it works; and if it doesn’t, you can learn from this experience and improve your formulation. Hundreds of brands, big and small, were conceived in a kitchen, and the best thing is you don’t need a gift for cosmetic chemistry or a professional degree to whip up a simple cucumber and clay mask.
Here are some other benefits of making your own skin care:
- Big savings.You will be able to save up to 80 percent on an advanced antiaging cream if you boost your existing moisturizer with active ingredients that are sold separately. Most scrubs and masks cost pennies when made at home.
- Better value. To put it simply, you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. You are not spending 95 percent of your money on the packaging, labeling, and advertising—so you can get a much better product for a lower cost.
- You can eschew paraben and formaldehyde preservatives by making a fresh batch of a skin cream or a cleanser at home every month
A rule of thumb is to prepare small batches of skin care weekly and store them in the fridge. Refreshing facial toners can be kept in a freezer to give you a quick minilift in the morning. If you use a mild natural preservative, such as my own Silver Vitamin Blend or plain grapefruit seed oil or extract, you may store your products on a bathroom shelf for up to a month. Keep a watchful eye out and discard any product that shows signs of contamination (smells spoiled, develops discolorations, or changes its texture).
No matter whether you prepare your beauty products from scratch or buy them in a store, make sure you keep them away from direct sunlight. The ideal place to store your organic skin care is a cool, dry cabinet. A refrigerator isn’t always the best option, since cold temperatures may reduce the efficacy of certain ingredients.