Have you noticed lately that DIY cosmetics have suddenly become popular?
Whether it’s homemade face masks, creams mixed in your kitchen or even soap made in your own bathroom, Do-it-yourself seems to be the Now Age mantra taking hold. But are freshly made cosmetics really that much better for your skin? In the last 5 years, I have noticed people becoming more and more cautious about which cosmetic products they apply to their bodies.
Modern customers now focus on understanding everything they can about the products they purchase. They identify the items on the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), their origin, whether they are natural, how specific ingredients work, their safety and utility, toxicity, etc.
But what do homemade cosmetics have to do with all this? When you make a DIY cream, facemask or shampoo yourself, you know what goes inside of it, how it is made and where you sourced the raw material yourself. And the best part is you end up with a fresh, natural product to apply along with great personal satisfaction as well!
Why are fresh cosmetics are better?
Most ingredients found in cosmetic products on the shelves, even the natural ones, when mixed together and put into a liquid form can lose their potency and efficacy. An example of this is vitamin C, which is a strong anti-oxidant that stimulates collagen production and brightens uneven skin tone. Unfortunately, vitamin C is also very unstable. So, preserving its properties safely in a cream, face mask or serum, is not an easy task. When it comes in contact with water, air or heat, vitamin C does not work as well as it does in its pure form.
The best way to preserve cosmetics in the best condition is in a powder form. By keeping the ingredients separated up to the moment of their activation by adding water, we can ensure that their potency is protected and the need for preservatives is diminished. Ingredients in dry form don’t spoil easily, while remaining fresh and deactivated. As a result, they can last longer. With powdered cosmetics, you make the decision when to activate the ingredients. The process of mixing your own ingredients also gives a satisfying feeling of having your own little beauty ritual.
How do I find DIY ingredients?
Making your own cosmetics can be fun and healthy. However, finding the right ingredients isn’t always as easy as visiting your grocery store. Sometimes mixes can be complicated, requiring loads of work and maybe even buying a special tool to shred, grind and so on. Even if you have the right motivation, finding enough time to dedicate to making your own cosmetics is a challenge and can feel like a luxury you may not have. Thankfully, though, we don’t have to do everything on our own. Recently several brands have started offering healthier solutions for those who like homemade products. I like to call them “DIY experience cosmetics”.
Can You Buy DIY Cosmetics?
It may sound like an oxymoron, but ready “DIY cosmetics” are an option! Some popular brands have recently begun offering some products with ingredients kept in isolation until the moment of their activation, such as Clinique Fresh Pressed – which keeps vitamin C in a specially designed container, that keeps it fresh. Another option is the big come back of the world’s oldest known cosmetic, and my personal favourite, solution: face masks in powder form. This is one of the most effective and simple ways to have not only an efficient product with maximum potency of ingredients, but also giving you an “à la DIY experience”.
Clay-based masks are strong cleansers, while those with algae deeply hydrate our skin. Masks mixed with water or rose water are easy to make and can be applied immediately. Ayurveda has prescribed this kind of solution for over five thousand years. Their popularity has endured for one simple reason- they just simply work.
Thanks to the solutions listed above we can now enjoy the luxury of having fresh and natural cosmetics that don’t harm our skin, yet are made exactly how we want and in the exact amount we want. Perhaps this trend may turn out to be just a temporary phase, but for me nothing feels better than the thought of freshly mixed product on my face. It’s my own little 10-minute beauty ritual that i look forward to.
What do you think about DIY solutions? Do you prefer making your own cosmetics from scratch the hard way? Or you would rather just enjoy a DIY experience prepared in advance? Let me know in the comments below.