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Take Control Of Your Skin

March 18, 2012

How much do you understand? And how much time are you willing to spend to understand?

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!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2012 01:47

    I love this! absolutely agree! While Im not very good at mixing and making my own concoctions (I;m still trying, though!) I take control by researching and reading ingredient labels like a hawk. As a result, I’ve stuck to 2-5 companies and don’t stray, but I have to admit, your argument makes DIY that much more desirable!

    Speaking of blueberries, it also has a natural form of methylparaben. We know people go all in a tizzy over parabens, but no one really says anything about it in blueberries (or coconuts). Yet they get pissed at the kind of honeysuckle. Personally, I say use and eat what you like, since it’s your health and your body. For the record, I love and eat blueberries as often as possible! 🙂

    • March 25, 2012 19:54

      Yeah, it’s true that blueberries contain some parabens. Personally, I think that the paraben hysteria is kind of exaggerated, because it’s always used in such small amounts. I’m not saying parabens are good, but if you use conventional products, it’s most likely the least of your worries… I wrote a bit about that earlier in this post. There might also be a difference between chemically produced parabens and the ones that can be found in nature, however I’m not sure about that.

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