Most of us would say that…we love DIY beauty treatments. Pampering, at times luxurious and more often than not, easy to do.
But with so many recipes out there, it seems that everyone is an expert. Some are from credible sources with a good working knowledge of ingredients and formulations. Others on the other hand, can be completely reckless and unsafe in their approach. So how can you tell the right from the wrong way to DIY? Here’s a couple of things to be aware of....
Shelf life of DIY recipes
The biggest issue with DIY recipes is that they don’t last very long. The reason is because they lack the preservatives often found in skincare products. This especially speaks of water or plant-based ingredients such as hydrosol without a preservative. For such recipes, don’t use it longer than 2 days and keep it refrigerated to make it go the distance.
Avoid DIY sunscreen recipes
It is strongly recommended not to make your own sunscreens. Formulating sunscreens is complex business so adding in some zinc oxide into your mixture just won’t do. Due to the nature of zinc oxide, they tend to clump up which means that you are not getting an even coat of it when applied onto your skin.
Secondly, you are unlikely to get the SPF level you want from DIY sunscreens. Plant-based ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter have build-in SPFs in them. The problem is there is no way to accurately measure their SPF level. Some homemade sunscreens include a chart but more often than not, they have not been tested in the lab for effectiveness.
Be careful when using essential oils
Essential oils are amazing and are great for so many things including treating acne and headaches . But there are a couple of things to be aware of. The first is something you most likely have heard of – essential oils are powerful stuff so be vary of recipes asking for high concentrations of essential oils. The wrong amount can lead to skin irritation and other unwanted side effects.
During pregnancy, never use essential oils directly on your belly and avoid applying it neat to other parts of your body. To be on the safe side, consult with your doctor about using essential oil particularly in your first trimester.
The other thing to be concerned with is that some essential oils are photosensitive ie burns your skin if exposed to UV rays. These tend to be citrus oils such as bergamot, grapefruit, lemon (expressed) and cumin. However, stable forms of these oils such as distilled lemon and Bergamot FCF are non-photosensitive.
Now that we have that covered, look out for our next post on one of our favourite DIY beauty recipes!