Many people think that our skin is just a big barrier used to keep environmental toxins from entering our bodies. In reality, our skin acts more like a big sponge, soaking up everything that comes into contact with it.
This means we need to be really careful about what we put onto our skin because it could end up in our bloodstream and in our organs.
What could homemade skin care products do for you?
Consider these results, the very same ones that you see advertised on television and in magazine pages:
- Hasten collagen production
- Improve your skin’s moisture content
- Boost your skin’s ability to protect itself from environmental toxins
- Reduce the effects of free radicals that can damage your skin
- Encourage and stimulate the renewal and repair of your skin cells
I was very shocked to learn that the European Union has banned over 1000 ingredients commonly used in skin care products, while the FDA had banned only a fraction of them.
So making your own skin care products makes real sense.
Here are a few recipes all using honey for you to try:
Soothing Carrot Face Mask
- 2 to 3 carrots
- 4 1/2 tablespoons honey
Cook the carrots and mash them, then mix with the honey. Refrigerate the mixture for about 10 minutes. Gently apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Gently rinse the mask off with cool water.
This face mask is especially fantastic if you have oily skin.
Honey – Almond Scrub
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons raw almonds
- 1/2 orange
- 1 mint leaf
Finely grind the almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder. Finely chop the mint, combine with the almonds, honey and orange juice. Use as a face scrub, gently massaging into your face and then rinsing off with warm water. Store any remaining product in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Lemon Honey Toner
This face mask is especially beneficial for people with sensitive skin, it is really smoothing.
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
Whisk the egg white until it begins to thicken, stir in the lemon juice and honey. Apply the mixture to your skin avoiding your eyes and lips. Leave the toner on for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Finish up by splashing some cold water on your face.
Honey and Coconut Oil Moisturizer
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
If the coconut oil is solid, warm it gently over some hot water. Mix all the ingredients together and apply to your skin. The moisturizer should be left on your skin for at least 30 minutes and up to several hours for badly dried skin. Rinse your face with warm water.
As you can see, these recipes are all very easy to make and I am sure that you will be very pleased with the results.
Chemicals used in skin care products that you should avoid
There are a number of very commonly used chemicals in commercial skin care products that you should avoid, these are some of them:
Sulfates – sodium lauryl sufate / sodium docecyl / sodium laureth sulfate
Sulfates are known skin irritants
The material safety data sheet for Propylene Glycol states “Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing” and yet it is put into skin care products.
Phthalates are used to stabilize fragrances, they have been linked to kidney damage, liver problems, obesity, breast cancer and more.
These are known to irritate the skin, eyes and the respiratory tract.
Parabens – methyl / propyl / butyl / ethyl
Parabens cause allergic reactions, they are a possible cause of breast cancer and they react in the sun causing increased skin aging.