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Take Control Of Your Skin

How much do you understand? And how much time are you willing to spend to understand?

The reason why I started making my own cosmetics is simple. It’s because I’m a control freak.

I suppose it’s no revolutionary in saying that I want to be in control of my own body. In fact, I’m pretty sure almost everyone of you would agree. But when you start thinking about it, this is easier said than done. Without starting to discuss feminist politics, let’s just focus on some more tangible issues. The food we eat, the hormonal contraceptives we use, even the clothes we wear affect us in ways that we often can not control ourselves. Not to mention the skin and hair care products we use. Lotions, perfumes, shampoos, sunscreens, lipsticks, antiperspirants, night cream, day cream, eye cream, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream… The list goes on forever and ever. The average person uses literally hundreds of different chemicals every day. And even though these are “safe” (other wise they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold) it doesn’t mean they are good for us.

Natural beauty skeptics sometimes ask ”how do you know that this naturally derived ingredient is better than this chemically produced one?”. And my answer is, in many cases I don’t. But that’s not the issue here.

To me, making my own skin and hair care products is very much a question of taking control of my own skin. This way I know exactly what I put in my face, and even though I am not 100% sure about the exact benefits or possible harms of the ingredients I use, at least I know exactly what they are.

When I make something myself, I know what it is. Many of the ingredients I use in my products could just as well go in to my mouth (and taste good!). And since I know that my eating blueberries hasn’t killed me yet, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to do much damage to me if I decide to put it on my face instead. I know there are vitamins and antioxidants in blueberries, and I know those are good for my skin. When it comes to N,N-Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-nitro-p-phenyleneadiamine, I know nothing. I don’t know if it’s good for me, I don’t know if it’s bad. But as I have a job and studies that take up most of my time, reading scientific studies on every single ingredient in all skin and hair care products is not an option. So I stick to the things I know something about. Such as blueberries.

Do you want to take control of your skin? Only one way to get started!

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7 Comments

  1. Jean @ Garden of Beauty

    I love this! absolutely agree! While Im not very good at mixing and making my own concoctions (I;m still trying, though!) I take control by researching and reading ingredient labels like a hawk. As a result, I’ve stuck to 2-5 companies and don’t stray, but I have to admit, your argument makes DIY that much more desirable!

    Speaking of blueberries, it also has a natural form of methylparaben. We know people go all in a tizzy over parabens, but no one really says anything about it in blueberries (or coconuts). Yet they get pissed at the kind of honeysuckle. Personally, I say use and eat what you like, since it’s your health and your body. For the record, I love and eat blueberries as often as possible! :)

    1. hilda

      Yeah, it’s true that blueberries contain some parabens. Personally, I think that the paraben hysteria is kind of exaggerated, because it’s always used in such small amounts. I’m not saying parabens are good, but if you use conventional products, it’s most likely the least of your worries… I wrote a bit about that earlier in this post. There might also be a difference between chemically produced parabens and the ones that can be found in nature, however I’m not sure about that.

  2. Courtney

    Love your blog…and this is exactly how I feel! I am a cosmetics junky, just learning the dangers of all the chemicals. I am starting to change a lot of what I am doing!!! I just did a post today on my blog of all the cosmetics I use daily and am shocked!!! Thanks for all of your great tips

  3. Hmelcookie

    I would highly recommend http://www.bubbleandbee.com for more information regarding the toxic chemicals in over-the-counter personal care products. Stephanie, the founder, is a chemist and started noticing that the chemicals she used in the lab were also in her personal care products, thus Bubble and Bee was born. Beside selling all-natural products, she is a wealth of information on derivations of the chemical product names we see frequently and if they are harmful or not.

    The fact is, most of the chemicals in our products are very harmful. I gave up trying to remember what was what so I either make my own products or buy from companies I know are reputable, one of which is Bubble and Bee.

  4. DietiaBlog

    Are you serious to make your own cosmetic? Do you not fear something happens to your skin. What do you mean its just cosmetics or skin care as usual? Cosmetic is created by mixed a variety of chemicals, which could be harmful to our skin. Are you an expert in this case?

    1. hilda

      My point is the exact opposite; my fear is that “something happens to my skin” if I use products containing chemicals that I have no idea what they are doing to me, my skin and my body. That’s why I prefer to make my own concoctions with ingredients that I am familiar with. I know that the ingredients used in chemical products need to be approved before they can be included in skin care or cosmetic products. But at the same time I know that many of these ingredients can be really bad for your and actually only harm your skin. That’s why I’m looking for more natural alternatives to these products. As you can gather from my post if you actually read it, I am far from an expert on the subject. On the other hand, I do not want to pay tons of money for products that will make me look pretty today but that in a few years will give me cancer and a skin that looks 20 years older than it is.

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