If you would have told me five years ago that I would be making my own skin care products, I would have laughed in your face. I was a girl who really loved her pretty smelling, neatly packaged, store-bought goods. Not to mention the convenience factor. It’s so easy to run to the store and pick something up off of the shelf because it smells good, and not bother to look at the ingredients. But as I’ve researched and learned more about environmental toxins and how they burden our bodies, the more inclined I feel to create my own personal care products. Now, I make my own facial toner, lip balm, body butter, and more!
Did you know that about 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed directly into your blood stream? That includes the good and the bad, people. I promise, it’s so much easier than you think to swap out the nasty chemicals that burden your body with safe, natural and health-giving ingredients. Even products that advertise themselves as “natural”, sneak synthetic, harmful ingredients into their ingredients list.
“While Neutrogena strives to keep ingredient lists on this website as accurate as possible, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, reliable, up-to-date, and error-free. Please refer to the ingredients list on the product packaging for the most accurate list of ingredients.“
Water, Alcohol Denatured, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, PEG/PPG-20/6 Dimethicone, Benzalkonium Chloride, Cetyl Lactate, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract
Okay, so the ingredients and disclaimer listed above in blue is directly from the website of the Oil Free Cleansing wipes in the pic. First, notice that they’re basically saying “here’s our ingredients list….sort of. It may be accurate. Then again, it may not”…..hmmmm…….And why is it that they aren’t sure exactly what’s in their product? Then take a look at the ingredients:
- Denatured alcohol– “Denatured alcohol or methylated spirits is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, extremely bad tasting, foul smelling or nauseating, to discourage recreational consumption. In some cases it is also dyed. Denatured alcohol is used as a solvent and as fuel for spirit burners and camping stoves (source).”
- Butylene Glycol– a petroleum byproduct, butylene glycol is used to help retain moisture
- Fragrance– According to the Environmental Working Group: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate.
Those are just a few ingredients commonly found in numerous skin care products, and we think it’s safe because it it’s out there on the store shelves. It must be safe, right? Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to sell it. WRONG. The fact is, most of the ingredients in these products have never even been tested for safety.
…But there is good news!
There are safe, natural products that you can use to support natural skin health! One of the most important weapons in my skin care arsenal is essential oils! I’m not talking about the kind you can purchase at your local health food store or Whole Foods. Generally, those are what I would consider perfume grade oils. They smell nice, but I wouldn’t count on them to have any therapeutic properties. I’m talking about 100% pure, unadulterated, high quality essential oils. I use Young Living oils exclusively, and I can’t say enough about how much my skin has improved since I have incorporated the use of essential oils into my skin care routine.
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So these DIY Facial Cleansing Wipes are just 3 ingredients, and couldn’t be easier to make. They’re perfect for make-up removal, or just every day dirt removal! However, I should tell you that you should NOT remove eye make-up with these, as they have a bit of lavender essential oil in them. There are two places we never put essential oils (no, not the two places you’re thinking of): your ears and your eyes! If you want to use these to remove eye make-up, simply leave out the lavender. However, I like to include the lavender just for everyday use, as lavender is great for supporting skin health!
- 2 quart size mason jars
- 1 roll of paper towel. I wait until I’ve used about half of the roll so that it will fit into the mason jar
- 1 cup of water (give or take a half a cup or so)
- 2 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil (I like this kind)
- 10 drops vitamin E oil (like this)
- 8 drops lavender oil (get that HERE)
What to do:
- Bring the water to a boil on the stove top
- While that’s happening, cut the roll of paper towel in half using a serrated knife
- Place one half of the roll in one mason jar and the other half in the other jar
- When the water comes up, add the coconut oil and stir until it dissolves
- Let the water cool so that it’s just warm enough to touch
- Add in the vitamin E oil and lavender oil and stir it around
- Pour half of the water in one jar and half in the other jar
- Let it soak up a few minutes, then remove the paper towel and reinsert them with other end facing up
- Let the remaining liquid absorb into the paper towel
- When the liquid has absorbed, remove the inner cardboard from the paper towel roll. This should pull up the paper towel from the inside.
- Keep the lid on when not in use.
If you’re looking for a place to start making over your skin care routine, but aren’t sure where to start, these DIY Cleansing Facial Wipes are it! They’re really simple and low-maintenance. You can’t mess these up!
Do you make your own skin care products?
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