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Stop filling your face with unecessary chemicals when you can whip up your own natural beauty alternatives
Drugstore shelves are filled with beauty products designed to solve every skin care problem imaginable – including issues you didn’t even realize you had. But sometimes they also create problems through chemical reactions with your skin.
When a simple solution is all that’s needed to clean, buff, scrub and soften your skin, start with these simple recipes.
If your evening beauty routine includes removing layers of makeup, skip the chemical-laden removers and try a natural solution you’ve already got in your cupboard: extra-virgin olive oil.
It moisturizes the most sensitive and wrinkle-prone spots on your face, while gently removing your makeup before bed. Dab a small bit onto a cotton ball to wipe off your eye makeup, then leave the remaining oil to do its job while you sleep.
Many facial scrubs claim to be natural, with added ingredients like apricots, but if you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients on the list, you’re essentially using a chemical stew to clean your face.
Opt for a completely natural deep cleanse with these two scrubs. You’ll find all the ingredients you need in your kitchen cupboard.
This is a great option for oily skin because the oats absorb excess oil from the face, leaving it clean and shine-free.
This scrub is nice and gritty, but should only be used about once a week so that you don’t irritate your skin.
Many drugstore toners have a high alcohol content, which only ends up drying out your skin.
Instead, combine a few drops of jasmine essential oil in a bottle of purified water to keep your skin looking clean and fresh. Jasmine has natural antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties and will cleanse your skin of impurities.
Dab a small amount on a cotton ball and apply to your face to help balance oily skin and nourish dry skin.
A beauty routine isn’t complete without a good facial moisturizer. This one requires a few ingredients, but the end result is worth the initial up-front cost.
This concoction usually lasts about eight months, but if it starts to smell funny before that, ditch it and make a new batch.
Your skin is the biggest organ in your body, and it absorbs everything you apply to it. So why not let it soak up some natural goodness?
Alter the facial moisturizer recipe to create the perfect body butter.
Keep a small amount in a jar in the bathroom and store the rest in the refrigerator. It should last in the fridge for up to six weeks.
Sweating is healthy. It cleanses the body of toxins and helps regulate your temperature. So when you apply an antiperspirant that contains aluminum, you’re messing with your body’s natural chemistry and contaminating it with chemicals that may be linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
But going natural doesn’t mean you have to smell. Use essential oils to customize this deodorant to the scent you desire.
To apply, use your fingers to scoop out a small amount of the deodorant and massage it into your armpits daily. Allow a minute or two for the deodorant to set before you get dressed.
Ever finished spraying your hair with hairspray and felt the need to exit the room just to breathe? Not only is your hairspray filling the air with chemicals, but it’s doing the same to your lungs. Try this sweet alternative to those nasty aerosol sprays.
Mix a cup of boiling water with 1-4 teaspoons of sugar, depending on the strength of hold you’d like. Stir, letting the sugar dissolve completely before pouring into a mister bottle. This mixture will hold your hair and make it shine.
Don’t have time to make your own products? Check out these natural beauty products made in BC.
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