Why on earth would you bother to make your own home facial mask recipe, when the shops are crammed full of cosmetic beauty products which only require you to open the lid and apply? Why? Because the cosmetics industry has been filling their products up with more and more chemicals that scientists have found to be harmful to long-term health. They do this solely because the chemicals keep the products on the shelf for longer or have another property which benefits the profit makers rather than you!
Let’s take a peep inside your average bathroom cabinet and see why you should be wary of shop bought beauty treatments.
Have a read of the ingredients on the back of the cosmetics you have been putting on your skin. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce them and don’t feel embarrassed if you have no idea what they are doing to you. You are not alone! Most of us have been carrying on in blissful ignorance, assuming the cosmetics industry has our best interests at heart.
Do you have anything with the word Paraben in it? You may well as it is in more than 13,000 skin care products in the US alone. Whilst extending shelf-life for the manufacturers, these chemicals are disrupting hormones and have been linked to cancer.
Do you have any phthalates? Wonderful at extending the shelf life by keeping fragrances stable, these chemicals also mess around with your hormones and there are fears that they may be involved in disrupting genital development.
Sulfates? Sometimes it seems impossible to find a cleansing product without sodium lauryl or sodium laureth sulfate in it. Fabulous at giving a product a foaming lather, but at best it causes skin irritation (ironic for a skin care product!) and at worst is implicated in increasing female cancers and reducing male fertility, due to its oestrogen mimicking properties, once absorbed into the skin.
Feeling depressed about the contents of your bathroom cabinet yet? This is only the tip of the iceberg. Ureas are preservatives (remember that suits the needs of the cosmetic companies) which can release the toxin formaldehyde and can cause contact dermatitis – another irony for a skin care product.
Petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin are all ingredients used in cosmetics and all originate from crude oil. They form a barrier on your skin that stops it breathing and clog up your pores. Charming!
Watch out for so-called ‘natural’ products. I searched high and low for a natural de-odorant, that was free from all the usual harmful substances such as aluminium, but that actually worked. Delighted to find one in an ‘everything handmade from natural ingredients’ shop, I was really fed up to find propylene glycol in the ingredients. Propylene glycol might make have made my underarm de-odorant easy to put on my skin, but I decided not risk the contact dermatitis, kidney and liver complaints it has been linked to!
Definitely keep an eye out for nano-technology creeping into skin products. Extraordinary these minute particles may be, but the fact that they can penetrate cells means we don’t really know what harm they may do long term.
This is just a sample of the problem. Multitudes of chemicals that were once deemed safe for use in skin care products by our government bodies, are now concerning scientists as they begin to wreak havoc on people’s long-term health.
Home facial masks recipes use only ingredients that you understand and that grow organically. You will probably be familiar with most of them. You may well have eaten some already today. They are such ingredients as milk, yoghurt, oatmeal, avocado pears, bananas, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, lemon, almonds…the list goes on. Learn to combine these ingredients and others easily and quickly into cleansers, toners, exfoliators and moisturizers and you will save money and protect your health with your very own skin care recipes.