Some people think that making skincare products at home doesn’t seem like a realistic option. There are so many skincare products available on the market already, so why should you make your own? Who has the time? Doesn’t it require special equipment?
Let’s step back and take a look at home cooking versus eating meals in restaurants. In recent years, we have come to learn that on average homemade meals are much healthier than their restaurant counterparts. At home, you can control the quality of ingredients used in recipes and how the food is handled. Home cooked meals are the most economical and environmentally friendly way to provide meals for your family.
Homemade skincare – missing link
Now, think of how skincare products are absorbed into your body. We can make sure to eat healthy, exercise, drink enough water, and get enough sleep every day. But what we put on our body matters too. In the quest to build a better and healthier lifestyle for you and your loved ones, homemade skincare in the missing link.
Transition to homemade skincare
Of course, transitioning to a homemade skincare regimen will be an adjustment, but a worthwhile adjustment. You will be making healthier choices for you and your family. Just like making meals at home there will be time involved. However, once you commit to a healthier lifestyle it will become second nature.
Before we go into how easy and effective homemade skincare is and how to get started, let’s set the expectations straight by sharing a few things to keep in mind when converting to homemade products:
Slow and steady
Have you ever noticed how some products have warnings on the label? At home, you won’t be making ‘avoid sensitive eye area’ creams or ‘use once a week’ scrubs. There isn’t a recipe for a miracle potion that claims to ‘reduce wrinkles in xx days’ either. The products you make will be not only 100% safe and completely personalised, they gently improve the overall health of your skin over time. You need to be a little patience with the progress, but I think it is also a part of keeping our faith in nature.
No dangerous chemicals means to refrigerate
Big beauty companies tend to focus on selling products and usability. Many of the cleansers on the market today use petrochemical derived detergents such as sodium laurel sulphate which help them foam. These chemicals do remove the dirt and makeup from your skin, but they also strip your skin of its natural oils. Companies also use preservatives to stabilise their products. This makes it possible to leave your cleaners out on your vanity. In homemade skincare (at least at Jojo-Moka), we do not use sulphates or preservatives. That is why you will find most creams, lotions, and cleansers in the refrigerator. Most dry products will last up to a year on the shelf, but fresh creams will only last 1-2 months. Think of homemade mayonnaise. It is fresher and healthier than commercially made mayonnaise, but requires refrigeration.
- Detox effect
Beauty products are everywhere. We see them in magazines, online, and in the stores. However, it is important to stick to your natural skincare plan instead of taking the easy way out. This may be a struggle in the beginning when it requires extra time in the kitchen with seemingly few results. Don’t despair, you will be doing yourself a favor in the long run. Once you rid your system of synthetic chemicals, you may temporarily experience redness and/or breakouts. This is all part of the detoxification process which aids our natural ability to heal and revitalise. Do not underestimate the body’s natural ability to detoxify itself.
To me, the transition went very smooth but it probably would have been even easier had I know all of these in advance. Cheering your quest in true natural beauty!