Lately, I've gotten concerned with what I'm putting on my skin as well as what I'm eating and putting inside my body. It's amazing how much your skin really does absorb into your body and one thing we don't want getting absorbed is countless chemicals we can't even pronounce and those that are actually toxic for us. You never know what the exact level of toxins crosses the line between safe and not safe and for me I'd rather just avoid them altogether.
We also live in a world where companies have 'green washed' their products meaning they claim to be natural, but still contain unnatural ingredients and chemicals. What's worse is that as a consumer, we trust these companies to be truthful and end up spending more money on them to pay for that 'natural' label. In reality, we're being duped. It's a huge bummer for people like me who have sensitive skin and can get break outs from synthetic ingredients.
In an attempt to not only know what going into my skin care products but also to save money, I stumbled upon The Holistic Mama's new ebook, Guide to Homemade Skincare. In the book, author Roxanne King talks about how diet and lifestyle not only has a huge impact on your body but on your skin as well. There are also 20 recipes to make your own skincare products. She includes products such as facial cleansers, moisturizers, a mask, and lip balm. For the body there are recipes for lotion, moisturizers, body butter, and scrubs. There's even a recipe for shampoo & conditioner, ointments, bug repellents, and hand sanitizer.
For those of you that are new to making your own products, the book even goes into detail about the quality of ingredients you need to be using. It also discusses the ingredients so you understand what you're using and why they are great, natural choices for your skin.
Obviously, I'm not going to go into detail about the recipes in the book because I believe you really need to get a copy for yourself and try them out.
I personally tried the decadent Almond Brown Sugar Body Scrub and it left my skin feeling extremely soft and hydrated. I didn't feel like I needed a moisturizer or lotion after using and it left my skin feeling fresh since it's an exfoliant. I also tried out the Essential Oil Castile Shampoo. I did choose not to use the essential oil only because the only one I had on hand was a citrus and I'm not a huge citrus person and didn't want my hair smelling that way. I did choose to use a scented castile soap though so it was all still very well balanced. I like that it left my hair feeling cleaner than my current TRESemme shampoo but it didn't feel super dried out afterward.
I have a feeling as soon as I can make a trip to the store to get more of the ingredients used in this book, I'll be most likely replacing all my current skincare products, which are actually pretty minimal and non-existent since I've had issues with so many in the past anyway.
Get your own copy of The Holistic Mama's Guide to Homemade Skincare ebook for the low cost of $19!! It's so worth it to be able to customize your skincare products to your own liking or to your own health conditions such as specific allergies. Think of all the money you'll save by not buying those chemical laden synthetics that will only mask a problem that you have rather than solve or prevent it. Also be sure to check out The Holistic Health Mama's blog and get some free skincare recipes as well as other great tips to help live a healthier lifestyle. =)
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