I’m a true believer in the healing power that nature has on our wellbeing, and that inner beauty and happiness stems from good health. Working for my family’s organic skincare business in Cornwall, the benefits of a natural, organic way of life are at the forefront of how I live, both at home and at work. I see the positive impact that nature can have and I speak with people all day who share their experience with organic produce and skincare and how it transforms their wellbeing.
Organic foods reintroduced themselves back into the mainstream several years ago, but recently organic skincare products have slowly begun to emerge across the market. So how do natural and organic skincare products differ from the synthetic alternatives? The true purpose of skincare is to feed, cleanse and balance your skin. Chemicals in synthetic products contain just that, synthetic chemicals, which can be absorbed into our system via the skin and harm our state of health.
Natural skincare can enhance the healing process and support the body’s natural system of detoxification. As the skin is our body’s final frontier, it forms a crucial part of the body’s natural system of detoxification. So, whilst synthetic chemical based skincare products can harm the skin, natural ingredients in skincare, when selected appropriately, can actively improve our health as they have a closer affinity with our skin’s composition and allow it to play a fuller part in the detoxification process.
Hopefully you’re convinced by the benefits of natural skincare for you and your children. But, natural skincare can cost a little too much for us to squeeze into the family budget. So, I’ve put together a list of fantastic DIY natural skincare recipes that you can make for you and your loved ones at home. They also make for great gifts too.
Homemade face masks
If I asked 50 women to name the natural skincare remedies that you could make at home, facemasks would probably be at the top of the list. This Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg facemask recipe from Liz Marie is incredibly easy to make and smells beautiful. Resist the urge to lick the spoon!
This deodorant recipe is really great for sensitive skin, so perfect for your little ones. It’s also a good thing to move away from mass-market deodorants, most of which contain parabens. Although the evidence isn’t conclusive, parabens have been linked to breast cancer and are known to disrupt hormone function.
Homemade face wash
Here’s another use for the honey that you used for the facemask. This facial cleanser with avocado oil and honey literally contains just three ingredients and is really great for eczema sufferers.
Homemade make-up remover
Sticking with simple recipes, the next one contains just two ingredients: jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. This make-up remover will cleanse your pores and there’s the added benefit that it’s an oil rather than a cream. Because our skin is packed full of natural oils, it responds better to skincare oils rather than creams, absorbing them to leave your skin nourished.
This is a brilliant moisturiser oil recipe that gives you options to customise to suit your own preferences. Making them is simple, it’s just a case of blending the right amounts of selected oils together.
Homemade Lip Balm
This lip balm recipe is one that I created with my family. Lip balms are a little trickier to make than some of the other products above, but lips tend to get forgotten when it comes to skincare, so it’s worth the extra effort, particularly in winter when they get exposed to the cold, wind and rain. This is a recipe that makes a marigold and rose balm and it’ll make enough for you, your friends and your loved ones.
This is a beautiful natural skincare scrub recipe with lemon and aloe vera. It’ll leave your skin cool, refreshed and well hydrated.