This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take these prep rules seriously:
Kitchen Cosmetics Road Rules
* Wash down your work area with a disinfectant wipe and dry with a disposable paper towel.
* Wash hands with soap and water.
* Wash your work bowls, measuring spoons and cups, stirring spoons and jars for storage in a diswasher or boil for 5 minutes in a large pot of water.
* Wash all fresh fruits and veggies in hot water before using in beauty care products.
* Store your homemade products in clean jar with a tight lid and keep in the frig.
* Label and date all jars.
* Don’t dip your fingers in the jar. Use a spoon or butter knife to take out what you need.
* Check the date on any product before you use it.
* Discard within a week.
Here are two of my favorite all natural skin care produts:
Creamy Milk Mask for Dry Skin
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon organic yogurt or buttermilk, 1 tablespoon powdered milk, 4 drops of olive oil
Steps: Combine all ingredients. Apply to the face and allow masks to dry and harden for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
The yogurt, powdered milk or buttermilk are rich in lactic acid that can exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells and encourage growth of healthy fresh skin.
Roman Nail Soak
Ingredients: 1 cup crushed organic tomates, 2 teaspoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons white wine ( but no garlic)
Steps: Combine all ingredients. Divide mixture into two small bowls and soak nails for 20 minutes. Rinse off, rubbing cuticles with a dry washcloth.
The tomates are a great source of lactic acid AND vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and essential for healthy collagen.