Even the products that consider themselves ‘organic’ and free of harmful chemicals can still be full of harmful ingredients. It really pisses me off because these companies are blatantly lying to us, using marketing and advertising to seek out those looking for safe products by providing us what we want to hear but doing the exact opposite in terms of their actual ingredients.
I started using an app called Think Dirty. I can scan barcodes at drugstores and grocery stores to see what chemicals are in the products, what the chemicals actually are (because they use long and confusing names people can barely pronounce) in order to see if it’s a safe product. They then score the product based on the ingredients, giving you the opportunity to understand what’s in it. Everyone deserves to know what is going on their body. Even if you don’t care what’s inside of it.
Makeup and many skincare brands aren’t even regulated by the FDA, leaving them to put almost whatever they want in their products and on to the shelves. You’d think if a product is in a store being sold to us that it must be safe. But that’s not really true, given the unregulated process.
Tired of giving money to companies who could give a shit about me and my health, I decided to start making some of my own products in my kitchen. Turns out, my skin looks better than it ever has.
Unpasteurized Honey and a Lemon Wedge
Unpasteurized Honey is great as an exfoliant and a moisturizer. I suffer from redness and acne, and a squeezed lemon wedge into my tablespoon of honey works wonders. I mix this up, put it on my face for about 20 minutes and then wash it off. My skin the next day always looks refreshed and moisturized.
Lemon Essential Oil and Sweet Almond Oil
I use this when I have dry patches or overall dryness in my skin which happens very often. I use a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Sweet almond oil has changed my life! It smells amazing, so moisturizing and is all natural.
Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar
Just like the unpasteurized honey, brown sugar is a great exfoliant and missing it with a melted down coconut oil is a great way to leave your skin soft after you’re down exfoliating. I use a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of brown sugar and I scrub the brown sugar into my face using a sponge, and then I rinse everything off with warm water.
Aloe Vera Gel
Not only is aloe vera gel healthy for you and your skin, but it also makes a great primer underneath your makeup. Don’t bother buying the expensive primers from Sephora because aloe vera gel does the same job and for much cheaper and with much fewer chemicals. I use aloe vera gel as a moisturizer.
You can also use coconut oil and sweet almond oil as a makeup remover! Hopefully, this inspires some of you to start looking into what’s inside of our products and to never trust the government (lol) and what they allow for us to consume or use. There is a lot of bullshit products out there, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and do research!