The reason why I started making my own cosmetics is simple. It’s because I’m a control freak.
I suppose it’s no revolutionary in saying that I want to be in control of my own body. In fact, I’m pretty sure almost everyone of you would agree. But when you start thinking about it, this is easier said than done. Without starting to discuss feminist politics, let’s just focus on some more tangible issues. The food we eat, the hormonal contraceptives we use, even the clothes we wear affect us in ways that we often can not control ourselves. Not to mention the skin and hair care products we use. Lotions, perfumes, shampoos, sunscreens, lipsticks, antiperspirants, night cream, day cream, eye cream, hand cream, foot cream, cuticle cream… The list goes on forever and ever. The average person uses literally hundreds of different chemicals every day. And even though these are “safe” (other wise they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold) it doesn’t mean they are good for us.
Natural beauty skeptics sometimes ask ”how do you know that this naturally derived ingredient is better than this chemically produced one?”. And my answer is, in many cases I don’t. But that’s not the issue here.
To me, making my own skin and hair care products is very much a question of taking control of my own skin. This way I know exactly what I put in my face, and even though I am not 100% sure about the exact benefits or possible harms of the ingredients I use, at least I know exactly what they are.
When I make something myself, I know what it is. Many of the ingredients I use in my products could just as well go in to my mouth (and taste good!). And since I know that my eating blueberries hasn’t killed me yet, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to do much damage to me if I decide to put it on my face instead. I know there are vitamins and antioxidants in blueberries, and I know those are good for my skin. When it comes to N,N-Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-nitro-p-phenyleneadiamine, I know nothing. I don’t know if it’s good for me, I don’t know if it’s bad. But as I have a job and studies that take up most of my time, reading scientific studies on every single ingredient in all skin and hair care products is not an option. So I stick to the things I know something about. Such as blueberries.
Do you want to take control of your skin? Only one way to get started!