Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I say that DIY beauty recipes do not have to be complicated to be effective. Some of my favorite natural recipes only take a few minutes to throw together.
This DIY Makeup Remover Wipe recipe is one of them.
Your skin is the first line of defense against the outside world. From harsh weather to bee stings to germs and viruses, the skin protects your insides from a variety of harmful agents that can make you sick or otherwise harm your body. As the largest organ, the skin, or epidermis, is incredibly resilient and tough but also stays soft and pliable.
There are many products out there designed to pamper, cleanse, and soften skin such as body washes and soaps, lotions and creams, and different makeups. While these products are meant to enhance beauty and health, some chemicals used within them can cause a lot of damage. Since your skin absorbs what you put onto it, it is important to know exactly what’s in your products and how they can help or harm you.
INGREDIENTS AND CHEMICALS TO AVOID
Every day you could be exposing your skin to thousands of harmful chemicals found in ordinary skincare products you pick up at the store. Many companies do not have to warn or even tell their customers about what may be lurking in their products, making it highly dangerous to neglect doing your own research. Plenty of the chemicals present have not been tested for long-term toxic effects and are suspected of causing cancer or hormone imbalances. What’s worse is that these chemicals can be found everywhere—in your shampoo, face creams and cleansers, lotions, and other personal care products.
While this is certainly alarming, you don’t have to be scared of using personal care products ever again. All you really need to do is read the labels of products before you buy them so you’ll know what’s going on your skin.
The following are the top potentially harmful and toxic ingredients commonly found in soaps, creams, and other skin care products that you’ll want to avoid:
• Parabens: Parabens are inexpensive chemicals that act as preservatives. They are used to prevent the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life of beauty and personal care products. They are found in a variety of products, especially cosmetics. According to Arthur Rich, Ph.D. “About 85 percent of cosmetics have them.” They can also be found in shaving creams, shampoos, lotions, and even in tanning products. Parabens have been known to cause endocrine disruption and they disrupt hormone function. Some parabens have the ability to somewhat mimic the hormone estrogen. High exposure to estrogen has been linked to the development of breast cancer. Parabens have even been found inside some cancerous tumors.
• Alcohol/Isopropyl: This solvent is drying, irritating, and dehydrates your skin, stripping it of all moisture and causing it to lose its natural immune barrier. This chemical is made from propylene, which is a petroleum derivative commonly found in most skin and hair care products, fragrances, antibacterial soaps, and washes, as well as antifreeze and shellac. Of course, you wouldn’t want this chemical anywhere near your skin, but it can be found in most products. This chemical can also accelerate the infiltration of other harsh and hazardous chemicals into your skin and may cause headaches, dizziness, depression, and a host of other physical symptoms.
• FD&C Color Pigments: These pigments, or synthetic colors, are made from coal tar. Coal tar is known to contain heavy metal salts which, when applied to the skin, can deposit toxins in the pores causing sensitivity and irritations. Certain colors can be especially harmful, with studies reporting that most synthetic colors are carcinogenic. These are most commonly found in makeup and some lotions.
• Mineral Oil: Mineral oil is almost singlehandedly responsible for clogged pores and stubborn acne. This oil is a petroleum byproduct that coats your skin in an unbreathable film. Mineral oil makes it difficult for your skin to eliminate toxins, which promotes heavy acne, blackheads, and other problems. This oil also slows the skin’s cell development, which causes premature aging and oily, irritated skin.
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This chemical is used to create a foaming ability in many cleansers. Not only is it used in soaps and face washes, but it is also found in car washes, engine degreasers, and even floor cleaners—basically in almost all personal and universal care products that foam. This chemical can cause irritation to the eyes, severe skin irritation, and can even cause cancer.
With so many chemicals hiding in your everyday products, you may feel as if there’s nothing you can do to avoid them. However, there are plenty of products that use only all natural organic ingredients that are safe for the skin and the rest of your body. Does your research, check labels, and stay educated on what is harmful and what’s not.
Luckily it is easy to avoid these ingredients when you are making your own skin care recipes like the one I'm about to share with you.
Are you ready for it?
Simply add your oil and lavender essential oil to a jar.
Then drop in the cotton pads and let them soak up the oils.
DIY Makeup Remover Wipes