I’m Ready to Convert
Step One: What is Homemade Skincare?
Do you hop from one beauty product to another in search of the perfect skincare product? Do you have inexplicable break outs and skin conditions no matter what products you try? Are you obsessed with using make-up to cover your imperfections and try and imitate the flawless skin you see in advertisements?
Step Two: Getting the Mindset Right
If you have only used commercially available products (including natural and organic products), set your expectations straight first. There are differences between off-the-shelf and homemade products: how to use them, how to store them, how they should feel on the skin, what results to expect and so on. Imagine all you knew was packaged or restaurant food, and now you’re going to do your own cooking.
Safety and efficacy comes before superficiality.
When products feel luxurious with prominent perfume, packed in expensive bottles, they sell more. But at what cost? (‘How bad are the chemicals…?’) For our homemade products we focus less on superficial features like smell or what bottle to put it in, and more on safety and efficacy. While it is very possible to achieve the smooth texture and attractive scent, we are not imitating the products manufactured by big businesses with latest technology. It is important you understand that it is not possible to consistently achieve certain texture with homemade, and for that matter, that it should not be your goal. Typically you would expect the following from homemade products:
- √ – Liquid based products will need to be shaken each time you use them, because it doesn’t contain solubiliser.
- √ – Creams will have to be refrigerated and will not last more than two months. In return you are free from dangerous preservatives.
- √ – Many products will come in dry form where you will have to mix in liquid or oils each time you use them.
- √ – There are limited scents you can create since you won’t be using 100 different types of synthetic perfumes but only pure essential oils (Learn C3). There are, however, great ways to mix pure essential oils to create your very own bespoke scents.
Download our list of dangerous chemicals here (Download F7)
No matter how clean and natural your skincare products are, your skin condition is the reflection of what is happening internally. You will not achieve long-term results unless you tackle your well-being holistically. Focus on the following:
- √ – Home spa is the space you create for yourself to feel, heal and revive your whole being. Learn more (Lifestyle C2-3) about how you can benefit from regular spa rituals at home.
- √ – Nutrition is one of the most important aspects when approaching health and beauty holistically. This is a whole new subject and there is the check-list (Download F8) to get you started and lean more about what you can do now to help you achieve the best of you here (Lifestyle C4).
- √ – Lifestyle, in particular, regular exercise and quality sleep, also play important roles. Learn more (Learn C5 & C6)
- √ – Our environment needs more protected, and without this conscience to care for the place we live our quest for beauty will be incomplete. Learn more how to contribute to greener world. (Learn C7)
Step Three: Start your Skin Reset Program
Just as if you were eating unhealthy food all your life and are now switching to clean home-cooked food, detoxification will help ease this positive transition.
It is important to gradually help your skin regain its natural ability to heal and protect itself, while getting prepared for truly natural products. This questionnaire (Download F6) will assess the current condition of your skin to determine how to kick off this reset program optimally.
Start Skin Rest Program here (Lifestyle C1)
Step Four: Get your Kitchen Ready
Getting your kitchen ready should happen gradually and organically. At the beginning, there is very little or nothing you need to buy to get you started and along the way you can add some more essentials. But before you start, let’s remove some of your everyday products that likely contain high levels of unknown chemicals. All of the following you can easily replace with homemade products.
Declutter the non-essentials (and replace with homemade immediately, or do without)
Each product listed here is likely to contain many hazardous chemicals and you are better off without them. Prioritize those products with high concentrations of chemicals when you go homemade:
Perfumes used in personal care products are not just one substance, but hundreds of chemicals mixed to get an unique scent. Many of these chemicals irritate the skin and disrupt the production of natural oils. These oils should keep your skin supple and help form a defensive barrier against other irritants – both natural and artificial. As a result of this disruption your skin could become greasy, dry, flaky, or red and sore, blackheads may appear and allergic reactions such as eczema may worsen. It’s important to remember that perfumes are not just found in spray bottles by the sink: deodorants, moisturisers, shampoos, cleansers, body lotions, etc, may all have perfume. Especially products advertised with scents, including children’s products and products for your pets. Read ingredient lists carefully and discard anything with perfumes or fragrance unless it is of natural source such as essential oil.
Learn more here (Download F7) and what alternative to replace perfume here: (Learn C3)
Deep cleansing oils advertise themselves as solutions for skin problems, but may in fact aggravate them. Think of how much picking and pressure you need to use to remove a pimple or blackhead. This is because the damage is deep in your skin. The only way a cleanser can instantly remove this waste is if it’s very acidic. Some cleansers are even advertised for their acidity, boasting about how they will remove the whole outermost layer of your skin, to reveal the vulnerable, soft skin underneath. It also contains a surfactant which mixes the oil and liquid portions of the cleanser. The combined effect of surfactants and acidity is the devastation of your natural oils, making you vulnerable to future skin infections and blocked pores.
Learn what alternative to replace deep cleansing oils here (Learn C8)
Like some deep cleansers, chemical peels rely on being acidic enough to remove the whole outermost layer of skin, causing it to dry up and peel off. Some argue this is no different to shedding dead skin cells naturally, but the two processes are worlds apart. The skin underneath may look fresh, young, tight and healthy, but it has not had time to build its defenses against the world and makes you more vulnerable to eczema, hay fever, sun burn, acne and possibly even cancer.
Learn what alternative to replace chemical peel here (Learn C3)
There is a broad variety of foundations out on the market. Some even advertise themselves as simple mineral powders. However the reality of the situation is that to create a smooth, long-lasting product that doesn’t require any handling before application, good handful chemicals are used to keep the different components blended, including toxic metals. So this is off our list.
Learn what alternative to replace deep make-up foundation here (Learn C11)
If you have not downloaded the Super Easy Homemade Skincare to get you started, take the first step now to unleash the very first simple recipes.
Read the complete list of Equipment here (direct to Learn C1)
Read the complete list of Ingredients here (Direct to Learn C2-5)
Step Five: Plan for the Unexpected
Perseverance holds the key to success and some unexpected events may become obstacles or even setbacks. Plan ahead and stay safe and effective in your skincare routine anywhere and anytime.
Sudden changes in climate, long flights and temporary dietary changes are known to cause acute dryness and stress on skin. While there are some travel-safe homemade skincare sets that you can create, it is also important to have travel size containers including a carrier bag with ice packs or a cooler handy, especially if you travel frequently. Abruptly switching to commercial products for convenience may sound tempting, but hey, you already made a good decision so stick to it!
Gym and sleep-over
It may not be practical having to pack freshly made products for the day’s use each morning, or ask the gym receptionist each time to please keep the products in their refrigerator and run in and out before and after using them. For such events, try a simple regimen like moisturising castile face wash and spritzer.
What do we do when our skin breaks out after switching to homemade products? This may not be completely uncommon, especially when the skin is detoxifying and getting used to all natural ingredients. Whilst it varies how severe the condition may be and how long it lasts, in most cases it occurs within the first month of switching and won’t last more than several weeks.
Regarding breakouts, there are two main areas you should look into. Firstly make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. After all, it’s perfectly possible to have an allergy to a natural product, just think of peanut allergies, for example. Also examine your lifestyle, as hormonal changes, external influences – such as weather or work conditions – and lifestyle changes – from sleep patterns, to diet and exercise routines – can all reflect on skin condition.
Try to simplify the regimen by eliminating any or all products such as cleanser, moisturizer (go for oil only), defoliant, and mask. Try several remedies introduced in Combat which can help ease certain conditions – that is the best option. But if the problem persists or appears severe, then seek help from your skin specialist or contact us for specific advice.