If you throw together all the creams, lotions, waters and masks in your bathroom, what number do you get? 10, 20, more than 50? According to the Industrial Association for Personal Hygiene and Detergents (IKW ) people in Germany invest more than 200 euros per capita per year in beauty and household care products.
More and more expensive products are appearing on the shelves of drugstores, which promise a lot, but unfortunately also produce a lot of garbage and are sometimes packed with chemicals. Fortunately, nature offers great, cheap beauty aids – guaranteed free of harmful substances! And certainly in your kitchen anyway. Why shouldn’t you just mix your beauty products yourself then?
We have Youtuberin and DIY -Queen JuliaBeautx about her experience with homemade beauty products and asked dermatologist Dr. Stefan Duve about the tolerability and benefits of homemade cosmetics. Here you will find the best tips and recipes.
Cosmetic products without microplastics
Can DIY -Beauty really improve the skin?
Clearly, self-mixed products do not contain the dreaded harmful ingredients and are usually cheaper than conventional cosmetic products. But are they also beneficial? “Rose water, plant oils and the like care for the skin and give it a great glow,” says Dr. Duve.
“Through DIY -cosmetics, my skin feels much softer and small impurities have become much better since then,” confirms Julia. But you should always adapt the products to your skin type. Otherwise, homemade cosmetics can even harm the skin. More about this in the next paragraph.
The right care for your skin
Is DIY -Beauty suitable for sensitive problem skin?
The thought is obvious: For sensitive skin, irritating ingredients should be avoided, since homemade cosmetics must be the best choice? However, especially natural products also bear a high allergy risk. Especially essential oils are better to avoid in case of sensitive skin.
“Anyone suffering from acne should always consult a dermatologist first. Toothpaste can actually help with individual pimples. But caution is required here too,” says the dermatologist. So it is better to first carefully test the tolerance before you DIY -Cosmetics spread over the face.
Which natural ingredients are particularly good for the skin?
“Chamomile and zinc are generally well tolerated,” recommends Dr. Duve. Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory and skin calming effect. Zinc is antioxidant and regulates sebum production in impure skin.
Coconut oil is also a real all-round talent! “You can use it as a hair treatment, remove make-up – it also removes waterproof make-up – and use it as a body oil,” JuliaBeautx knows.
The right care for sensitive skin
The 5 best recipes for homemade cosmetics
1. recipe for a homemade coconut peeling
Making cosmetics yourself is not difficult at all. If you want to start small, Julia has a very simple recipe for a great body peeling with only two ingredients for you.
You need: 1 EL sugar and 1 EL Coconut oil
Here’s how it goes:
- Take coconut oil out of the refrigerator and wait about 15 minutes until it is soft. Alternatively, put it on the heating for a short time.
- Mix the oil with the sugar until a paste is formed.
- Wash the body as usual with shower gel.
- Remove the peeling with your fingers.
- Distribute in circular movements on the moist skin.
- Rinse with warm water.
By the way: Because a light care film remains on the skin after rinsing off, you can also save the body lotion afterwards.
2nd home remedy against impure skin:
Why do pimples always appear when you can use them least and you don’t have any anti-pimple medication at home? You don’t need to! Simple household remedies, which you probably have in the kitchen, can be enough. Julia’s DIY -Tip against impurities: Take a steam bath with chamomile tea and then put on a homemade banana mask.
You need: Chamomile tea, 1 mashed banana, 1EL ground almonds, 1EL honey
Here’s how it goes:
- Mix bananas, almonds and honey to a cream, put aside.
- Open the pores with a steam bath of chamomile tea
- Dab the skin carefully dry.
- Apply the complete amount of cream thickly to the face and let it work in for about 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water – redness is reduced significantly and the inflammation subsides faster due to the antibacterial honey!
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3. homemade intensive treatment for dry hair
Dry hair tolerates particularly rich care packages with a high oil content – especially coconut and avacado oil nourishes the hair intensively. Tip for extremely stressed hair: mix in one egg yolk. The proteins in it are similar to the keratin in hair and can help prevent hair breakage.
You need: 1 EL coconut oil, 1/2 avocado, 1 egg yolk (optional)
Here’s how it goes:
- Take coconut oil out of the refrigerator and let it soften for 15 minutes at room temperature or liquefy it quickly on the heater.
- Cut the avocado in half.
- Mash the flesh of one half with a fork.
- Mix coconut oil and avocado.
- If desired: break an egg and separate the egg white and yolk.
- Stir the egg yolk into the coconut-avocado mix.
- Apply the mix to damp hair.
- Leave the mask under a towel turban or cling film for about 30 minutes.
The effect is intensified by the accumulation of heat.
- Rinse with shampoo – preferably 2 times and with lukewarm water. Hot water makes the egg curdle and you won’t get scrambled eggs rinsed out so quickly.
4. DIY -dry shampoo for brown, blond and red hair
What is often annoying with purchased dry shampoo: it contains propellant gases, smells much too strong and a bottle usually does not last very long. Soda is a good alternative.
You need: 1 TL Sodium powder, 2 heaped EL Corn or potato starch. Leave it for blonde hair. If you have brown hair, mix in a pinch of cocoa powder. Redheads go for cinnamon.
Here’s how it goes:
- Strain all ingredients through a sieve and then mix.
- Seal the powder airtight and apply sparingly to the hairline if necessary.
- Tip: It is best to fill the powder into a sealable salt shaker – then you can dust the powder directly onto the roots.
5. homemade liquid soap with honey and coconut oil
Although natural soaps without synthetic tensides or other artificial substances are now available almost everywhere, many people prefer liquid soap from the soap dispenser. But even this can be produced quite simply by yourself.
Ingredients for 1 liter hand soap: 25g organic curd soap, 500 ml water, 1 TL honey, 1TL coconut oil, olive or sesame oil,1 empty pump dispenser
Here’s how it goes:
- Grate the soap over a pot of water and bring to the boil while stirring.
- Leave to cool, stirring again and again.
- Add honey and oil.
- Mix for a long time with a mixer at the highest setting. The longer, the smoother the consistency of the DIY -Soap.
- Then pour the mixture into the soap dispenser. If you like, add some glycerine to the soap. This ensures that the skin does not dry out after soaping.
Coconut oil can do all this for our skin and hair
You have to do that when you make DIY -Beauty note:
- Don’t let it stand too long! No preservatives are super at first. But this also means that the products have a limited shelf life. Therefore, it is best to use up the products you make yourself as quickly as possible. Our masks for example are intended for immediate use. You can store the coconut peeling in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Soap and dry shampoo do not run off so quickly. Julia’s tip: It’s best to make smaller portions and produce more often!
- Pay attention to hygiene! As with cooking, you should also mix masks and co. only with washed fingers, otherwise the DIY -products quickly – Then pimples can threaten.
- Always test on the arm first! This way you directly exclude possible allergies and skin intolerances in the face.
How to recognize good natural cosmetics
Now you know how you can easily make cosmetics yourself and what you have to keep in mind. Do not only treat yourself to something good, but also think of your loved ones: a DIY -Peeling for example is also perfect as a gift, when nicely packed!