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Top Reasons to Use Homemade Skin and Hair Treatments

Updated on July 29, 2010
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Do you remember your most recent trip to the drug store? Most likely, you saw aisle after aisle of shampoos, conditioners, body washes, deodorants, and other grooming items. With all of these available products, why would anyone choose to make her own treatments? I hope to answer this question here.

1. Health. You’ve probably heard about the potential danger of the chemicals found in many skin, hair, and personal care products. Applying synthetic ingredients to the skin, the body's largest organ, is unnecessary and possibly harmful. Some ingredients can irritate the skin, and others can even penetrate through the skin and into the body. If you make your own skin products, you’ll know that your creations will be chemical, fragrance, color, and toxin free.

2. Cost. If you’re trying to save money, making your own personal care products can be a great strategy. Do-it-yourself treatments can be just as effective as their department store, drug store, and salon equivalents. You get the same therapeutic benefits but at a small fraction of the cost.

3. Synergy. In commercial products, if vitamins or botanicals are included at all, they’re usually added as an isolated item. Nature, however, tends to combine ingredients in such a way that the value of each one is enhanced. An example is the tomato. Tomatoes include all four carotenoids, compounds believed to be more effective as a group than individually. Tomatoes also contain vitamins C and E and beta-carotene. Each nutrient is good for the skin on its own, but when combined, these vitamins are thought to boost one another’s benefits.

4. Convenience. Making products with ingredients in your own kitchen is a good way to simplify life and save time. You can enjoy spa-quality treatments without the inconvenience of scheduling an appointment, waiting to be seen, and traveling to and from a salon or spa.

5. Ability to customize. Because you make your own products, you can tailor them to your own tastes and needs. For example, if you enjoy the smell of lavender, you can put a few drops of lavender essential oil in all of your skin and hair treatments. Or, if you discover that your skin gets a little oilier in the summer, you can increase the amount of lemon you use in your facial cleanser. The possibilities are endless.

6. Eco-friendly benefits. In the United States, potentially harmful chemicals from personal care items are found in many lakes and rivers. But by making your own products with ingredients from the earth, you can be assured that your products will return to the earth after you use them.

7. Cultural awareness. Sampling traditional recipes from around the globe is an exciting way to encounter diversity through a common quest for beauty. Making treatments from other cultures allows you to experience how they have used their local resources to achieve health and beauty.

Interested in learning more? Visit for timeless resources and recipes emphasizing healthy, natural beauty.

In your opinion, what is the most compelling reason to make your own products?

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