When using everyday beauty products, we’re becoming more aware of what we’re putting on our skin. Many of us now look to avoid the chemicals often found in shop-bought cosmetics, ditching conventional cosmetics in favour of homemade cosmetic products that require only a few, natural ingredients.
A quick search online will reveal hundreds of tutorials for DIY cosmetics, and while there are a few flops, there’s a huge number that really work. The point of these tutorials is to teach you how to make your own cosmetic products – everything from soap and lip balms to face masks and eyeshadows – using natural ingredients your skin will thank you for!
Natural ingredients have a multitude of benefits and can be used in several recipes. These three ingredients are some of our current favourites that are great to have on hand when making your own cosmetic products.
Shea butter is one of the most impressive ingredients. Versatile with numerous benefits, the most notable benefit perhaps is that shea butter acts as a natural moisturiser, making it the perfect ingredient for cosmetic products. Naturally rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, shea butter is incredibly nourishing and offers UV protection. Its moisturising, anti-inflammatory qualities make it a great remedy for sensitive, dry skin. Ideal for use in lotions and lip balms, shea butter can help you on your way to smooth, soft and elastic skin.
Coconut oil is a fantastically popular ingredient that offers great skin and hair care, can improve digestion and can even be used as a natural teeth whitener. Coconut oil acts as a fabulous moisturiser: it’s easy to massage into skin and its antioxidant properties make it safe to use even on sensitive skin and for treating skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Coconut oil is the perfect base for hundreds of products such as lotions, soaps and skin care, as well as in DIY hair masks, as its conditioning properties promote hair growth, regeneration and shine. Coconut oil also has the ability to strengthen your immune system and improve digestion.
Evening Primrose Oil
Made from the oil from the evening primrose plant, this ingredient promotes healthy skin and hair and combats hormonal imbalance. As it can be used to treat a whole range of conditions, evening primrose oil is a favoured ingredient for homemade cosmetics. It’s anti-inflammatory, helps skin heal faster and can be massaged into nails for healthy, strong nail growth. It’s great for skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne, but can also be used to treat joint pain, relieve menstrual pain and heal skin wounds. When used in cosmetics, evening primrose oil absorbs quickly so won’t leave you feeling greasy.
Other common ingredients in natural, DIY cosmetic product recipes include beeswax, a natural thickening agent perfect for making lip balms, and essential oils, which give your products a lovely scent and work wonders on your mood.
The health benefits of natural ingredients for homemade cosmetics can be huge. For smooth, healthy skin that glows, why not try making your own homemade cosmetics?