There seems to be a new awareness concerning the bath and body ingredients we are apply to our bodies on a daily basis. More and more people are questioning the ingredients in many skin care and bath and body products. Research has shown that ingredients such as parabens and Sodium Laureth Sulphate or SLS can have ill effects on your health.
However, the skin care industry has taken notice and you see more and more products advertising paraben free or no "SLS," but actually this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to harmful ingredients in skin care products.
The solution - DIY skin care recipes! Just think: chemical free, made from natural ingredients, eco-friendly and no animal testing. Furthermore, DIY skin care recipes are customizable to your skin type and the fragrances you like.
There are many skin care recipes on the web and I have tried many and concocted a few of my own. I love bath bombs as they are fun to make and are a great gift. Body butters are also easy to make and offer a luxurious moisturizing experience to the skin. Lastly, I love my facial toner.
Below is one of my favorite skin care recipes that I use on a daily basis:
2 Tablespoons chamomile
1 Green tea bag
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
1 1/2 cups water
Place two tablespoons of chamomile in a tea infuser and place in 1/2 cup boiling water and let steep 20 minutes. If you do have an infuser, steep your chamomile in boiling water and strain it through a cheese cloth. Place one green tea bag into one cup of boiling water and let steep for 20 minutes. Combine the steeped teas into a sterilized jar and add 1 tablespoon witch hazel. This recipe is good for all skin types; however, if you have extremely dry skin, you can eliminate the witch hazel.
Green tea is very beneficial for the skin as it is loaded with anti-oxidants. I really like the way my skin feels after toning. I know the last bits of cleanser are removed and love the revitalizing feeling it gives my skin.
Skin care recipes are also customizable to your skin type. Mix and match some of these herbs to find the best recipe for your skin type.
- Chamomile - Good for sensitive skin and dry skin.
Geranium - Good for all skin types as it balances sebum and is good for sluggish, congested and oily skins.
Lavender - Valuable for most skin conditions, promotes new skin cell growth and balances sebum.
Lemon - Brightens pale and dull complexions by its exfoliation properties. Has an effective cleansing action on greasy/oily hair and skin.
Rose - Good for all skin types
Rosewood - A cell regenerator and cell stimulant. Good for dry, sensitive and inflamed skin.
Sandalwood - Good for aging skin and dry skin. Gives a softening effect and a great neck cream when mixed with cocoa butter.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite skin care recipe. I would love to hear about any skin care recipes you have tried. Will you try this recipe?
Carol Belanger is an author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes and a Shine Beauty Guru. I hope you will stop by visit my Shine blog which offers skin care and hair care tips and product reviews. Or, stop by and visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for skin care and hair care recipes and products for all your beauty needs.