Friday, May 20, 2011
Popular Homemade Skin Care Ingredients
So many of us like to make our own homemade face/body/skin care, cosmetics, house-hold cleaning items, etc. And we go to the local health food store or grocery & gather up all of our ingredients. But . . . do you know WHAT those ingredients do?
One of the reason I make my own products is because I can control what goes into them & use ingredients that actually WORK for my skin-type or type of cleaning I want to do.
Here's a good place to start (you can probably even add your own) . . .
Witch Hazel ~ is used in so many products. It is a light astringent that also firms the skin, great for acne & cleaning skin scrapes.
Almond Oil ~ very light-weight, great for most skin-types (even oily). Smells yummy.
Castor Oil ~ great for VERY dry skins, VERY emollient.
Coconut Oil ~ very emollient, mostly used to moisturize skin & even hair.
Cocoa Butter ~ very rich, use sparingly, especially in recipes for oily skin. Great for mature skin. Great for body care products.
Grapeseed Oil ~ the "non-oily" oil. :-) Even oily & acne-prone skin-types can use this. Very light & highly absorbable. My favorite oil.
Lanolin ~ from sheep's wool. One of the best moisturizers for human skin b/c it's close to our own oils.
Rose Water ~ lightly astringent. Used for face & hair.
Borax ~ "20 Mule Team Borax" is actually the Sodium Borate you see listed on many skin care items. This naturally occurring mineral cleanses, softens water & suspends soap particles (that's why it's so popular in homemade laundry detergent), won't clog pores, softens skin.
Green Clay ~ great for medical & cosmetics. Mild & all skin-types can use it. Tightens pores, smooths skin.
White Clay ~ most versatile clay. Less drying; great for masks, body packs, powders & bath salts.
Aloe Vera ~ "the kitchen plant" ~ you can break a plant open & apply the juice/gel directly to a burn, skin irritation or other minor wound. Great moisturizer & firms skin as it dries.
Tea Tree Essential Oil ~ what did we EVER do before we found out about tea tree oil?! One of the most important & versatile products in your medicine or kitchen cabinets. Tea tree is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral & anti-septic. It treats, acne, eczema, athlete's foot, cuts/scrapes/minor wounds, sinus infections, asthma, add to your shampoo to kill lice, dandruff, makes the best anti-bacterial house-hold cleaners . . . & on & on.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><