Pros, Cons and Some Recipes
There are many pros and cons to making your own skin care products, these include:
- Having full control over the ingredients going onto your body.
- Saving money by using items that you already have on hand.
- Using end products that are free of harsh chemicals and preservatives.
- Making your own products can be time consuming, especially when just starting out.
- They spoil much more quickly so you will continually need to make new batches.
- Can be costly if you are using products you don’t have on hand and do not need a lot of (but are only available in larger sizes). You will also need to invest in containers and possibly special equipment such as double boilers.
Of course, it all depends on what kind of skin or personal care products you are making, after all, there is a big difference between whipping up a simple sugar scrub and making your own soap or deodorant. Sometimes, the easiest and most economical thing to do is mix it up.
Take our all natural skin gel, for example. While it serves many, many different purposes on its own, you can generate even more uses with a few simple, natural ingredients right from your own home:
Face wash for sensitive skin, breakouts and rosacea:
Mix 1 Tbsp. Nature’s Aid skin gel with 1 tsp almond milk and 1 tsp lemon juice.
Rinse your face and apply mixture, massaging it into the skin.
Wait 1-2 minutes and then use a warm, damp washcloth to gently wipe it away.
Mix 1 Tbsp. Nature’s Aid skin gel with 1 tsp 100% raw, organic coconut oil.
Massage into hands, face or neck until the contents are warm.
Use a warm, damp wash cloth to gently remove the mixture.
Nature’s Aid body scrub:
Mix ½ cup Nature’s Aid skin gel with brown sugar or baking soda to get a gritty, but not sharp, texture. Add the brown sugar or baking soda a little bit at a time to ensure you get just the right amount.
Rub the mixture over your elbows, heels, arms and legs in the shower and rinse clean.
Hand sanitizer that won’t dry out your skin:
Mix ½ cup Nature’s Aid skin gel with ¼ cup alcohol and 20 drops of your favourite essential oil.
Transfer mixture into a spritz bottle.
When needed, spritz hands and rub together. The alcohol will fight germs while the skin gel moisturizes and the essential oil offers a nice, light fragrance.
We hope you have enjoyed this series, learned a few tricks of the trade and will try out some of the above recipes!