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Tips on Choosing Natural Beauty Products

September 2, 2013

natural beauty productsEach evening as bedtime approaches most of us grab the toothpaste, face soap and lotion and  begin our daily ritual. But, have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients in your health and beauty aid products? Many traditional products contain an ingredient list that is not only LONG but full of words that are difficult to pronounce! Avoid all those chemicals and green your home with these tips on choosing natural beauty products instead:

1. Before heading to the store, check out the SKIN DEEP database. This free searchable database created by Environmental Working Group analyzes nearly 50,000 personal-care products with the best available science sources, ranking each product from 0 (least toxic) to 10 (find a safer brand!).
2.  Terms such as “pure,” “healthy,” or “natural glow” mean nothing. Even the terms “organic” and “hypo-allergenic” have no legal standards when used on personal-care products. So, don’t assume because the front of the bottle says “natural” it is chemical-free. Instead…

3. Be sure to read the label and choose products with shorter ingredient lists and fewer or no synthetic chemicals. Scan for common chemicals such as sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, parabens, diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), diazolidinyl and imidazolidinyl urea, PEGs, quaternium 15 and fragrance. Avoid products with these ingredients if at all possible.

 
4. Create your own products at home! Here are a few recipes on how to create natural beauty products right at home:
 
NATURAL LIP BALM FROM CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS:
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor or jojoba)
6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit or peppermint)
1 teaspoon honey, for flavor
 
Instructions:
Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.  Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
 
 
 
NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO TOOTHPASTE FROM WELLNESSMAMA.COM 
Ingredients:
  • About 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2 small packets of stevia powder
  • 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract (optional)
  • 10 drops myrhh extract (optional)

How to make:

  1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.
  3. Put mixture into small glass jar (I make different ones for each family member)
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles. Could also use a small spoon to put on toothbrush.

*of course, always check with your dentist for the best way to care for your teeth!

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES USING AVOCADO:

MOISTURIZER: This is a simple one! Rub the inside of an avocado skin all over your face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. The avocado oils with soften your face naturally! (And if a little gets in your mouth, you don’t need to worry!)

CONDITIONER: Create a natural conditioner using the inside of an avocado mixed with coconut milk until it makes a thick paste.  Comb through hair, leave for 15 minutes and rinse.

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES USING ORGANIC OLIVE OIL:

MAKE-UP REMOVER: Add a small amount of organic olive oil to a cloth or tissue and rub on eyes to remove eye make-up.

MOISTURIZER: Add a few drops of organic olive oil to dry skin on areas like your elbows and knees and let it soak in. Remember, it only takes a FEW SMALL DROPS of oil. So, start with a drop or two and add as needed. (Be sure it is dry before putting on clothing so you don’t leave an oil stain!)

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES USING BANANA:

FACE MASK FOR ACNE: Combine 1 ripe banana, 1 Tbsp honey and 10 drops of lemon juice in a bowl. Apply to face and neck. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

FACE MASK FOR DRY SKIN: Blend together 1/2 banana mashed,  1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 tsp honey, 1 egg yolk. Apply to face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

HAIR CONDITIONER: Blend together 2 very ripe bananas, 2 tablespoons of mayo, and 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Leave on hair for 15 minutes and then wash as usual. Throw away remaining conditioner.

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES USING LEMONS:

FACE SCRUB: Rub a cut lemon dipped into a half-teaspoon of sugar over your face for a few minutes, or create a mild mixture by using lemon juice, sugar and a small amount of water. Do this once a week to help remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.

HAIR RINSE: Add lemon juice to a cup of cool water to rinse your hair after shampooing to add shine.

What types of natural beauty products are you using?

(Remember to always test a small area of your skin first and check with your doctor before making any changes to your routine!)

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