The time has come to ask the important question: what should we do with our cosmetics? We live in a society that imposes eternal youth on us. Cosmetic empires sell us expensive creams, claiming that if we don’t apply them, we’ll end up wrinkled and damaged. All our lives, we are drowned in the advertising and promotion of cosmetics. It almost seems vital to have 50 creams, masks and ointments in our bathroom.
At one time I had quite tired skin due to lack of sleep and a lot of work. A consultant in a cosmetics store suggested a cream that cost almost 100 euros for a tiny box. She praised its virtues to me… I didn’t doubt a second that seeing the price, the complexe chemistry of this box would restore its radiance to my skin. But I thought that it wasn’t the answer. It’s just a very expensive way to deal only on the surface with a deeper problem.
A chemistry lab on the face?
What scared me the most was the composition of this cream. I didn’t know any of these substances. And the skin is an organ that, even if it protects us from the outside, also introduces external elements into our blood. We are reading more and more articles on endocrine disruptors that are found in cosmetics, household products, even in the equipment of our home (carpets, upholstery of sofas). I can’t even eat a non-organic fruit or vegetable anymore, otherwise I see them as a big chemical plant. So, there is no way to spread half of the periodic table on my skin.
Let’s use only the ingredients we can eat for our skin
There is a rule in Ayurveda: “Do not put a product on your skin that you would not have eaten.” The skin is one of the largest organs in our body. It’s not a steel barrier. Anything that affects our skin can penetrate inside our body – this ability is even used in medicine in patches with various medications. So I decided to do a test and not use any product if it wasn’t from my kitchen – or if it wasn’t 100% natural.
Can we really replace everything with products from our kitchen?
The most difficult is to do the psychological work. I thought to myself that the laboratories were working on complex formulas that they are selling at high prices. Was it possible to replace these «miracles » so easily with things found in my house? I decided to give myself a chance with my domestic mini-lab. And I can proudly admit that I have been using natural products for three years and my skin is always impeccable. I don’t make all my products by myself. I admit that when it comes to soap, shampoo, toothpaste and makeup products, I turn to professionals. For these products, I decided to make a big shortcut. I trust LUSH (and I plan to test Typography). Most of their ingredients are of natural origin, cosmetics are vegan, not tested on animals and all packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. Thus, for all the products I am not able to make myself, I base myself on their know-how.
Use of oils – to moisturize and nourish the skin
If you eat well, sleep well, exercise and avoid cigarettes and alcohol, it is very easy to keep your skin in good condition. At 90%, my beauty routine consists of using various oils. Personally, I’m a fan of sweet almond oil, which is a source of vitamins A and E – necessary to protect the skin. Often, I also add extra vitamin E to increase the anti-wrinkle effect. You can use the oil of your choice.
Sweet almond oil: a face and body cream.
It is an anti-inflammatory care, antioxidant, and thanks to its phenolic acid and fatty acids, this oil has repairing and smoothing abilities (yes, it smoothes our wrinkles). It is the cheapest anti-aging treatement in the world. In addition, you can add some vitamin E purchased in the pharmacy to increase its anti-aging properties. If you have oily skin you should avoid applying it to sensitive areas. Sweet almond oil nourishes our skin and treats its imperfections. When you apply it on your body vigorously massage your legs, buttocks and even stomach – this is the best way to protect yourself from cellulite. It’s the most moisturizing “creams” you can find. In two or three uses, you get rid of all the dry areas – even the elbows and knees become soft. And if you are pregnant, don’t hesitate to use it to prevent stretch marks.
Coconut oil – make-up remover and dental care
I try to reduce the use of coconut oil, there are many ecological concerns about it. I minimized its use only to make my makeup remover and mouthwash. As a makeup remover it’s really great, it eliminates everything, even the most waterproof mascaras you know. Just gently spread the oil over your face, massage gently until you look like a panda, then remove the “mask”. I hope that, like me, you use cloth cleaning wipes. In addition, coconut oil nourishes our skin and lashes – some dare say that after a few weeks of use our lashes become thicker. Every morning I also apply the Ayurveda rule and I do a 15-minute mouthwash with coconut oil. It has an antibacterial effect, prevents the appearance of plaques and, in the long term, whitens the teeth.
Castor oil – a hair care product
Castor oil nourishes our hair, but also gives it softness and shine. Just apply a teaspoon to the hair one to two hours before washing – it depends on how much time you have in front of you. It is the only product that is able to penetrate the hair and feed it from the inside. Don’t make your mask every time you wash, as the active ingredients integrate your hair and persist for several washes.
KUMKUMADI Taila Oil for use on the face
It is a product borrowed from Ayurveda. It is a mixture of about fifteen plants and oils. It also contains saffron – an ingredient used by Cleopatra herself for her body care. This oil eliminates all imperfections – small scars, blackheads, gray pockets under the eyes and even mosquito bites. You can do a week-long treatment. Three times a day, apply 3 to 5 drops to the face and rinse with water 15 minutes later. Then we can use it once a day. Attention: people with very oily skin and open pores should only apply it once a day with 2 to 3 drops and if the skin becomes oilier, avoid it.
Food – a cosmetic that acts from within
The skin reflects the health of the blood and digestive system. These systems are closely linked, so healthy blood chemistry and strong digestion are essential factors for healthy skin. By supporting digestion and cleansing blood toxins, the skin will be soft, supple, clear and strong. To do this, we need to rely on healthy foods: vegetables (if we can eat them raw, it’s so much better) lots of nuts (for omega 3 and 6). You should drink lemon water, ginger infusions, thyme infusions to stimulate the work of your liver – the detoxifying center of your body. Restorative sleep, sports and meditation should also not be overlooked (if you have the time – it is really beneficial to calm the daily stress).
Some homemade recipes :
And at the end, let’s take a look in the kitchen and bathroom to see what we can use on a daily basis:
Ayurveda specialists advise to use soap on the private parts and to scrub well, rinse with water and moisturize with oil the rest of the body.
Coffee marc scrub with the oil of our choice. You can use sweet almond or coconut oil – even olive oil can do the trick. It is super simple: for 5 tablespoons of coffee grounds 1 teaspoon of oil is added. Apply the mixture to your body and rub to remove dead skin. Caffeine softens the skin and helps fight cellulite. The oil also softens the skin.
Coarse salt scrub, juice of half a lemon and oil of our choice. I tested the mixture even with olive oil – once rinsed well, there is no more perfume. We take 5 large tablespoons of coarse salt, the juice of half a lemon and 1 tablespoon of oil. So it’s a mixture that can come 100% from our kitchen. This scrub softens our skin – the effect is visible directly and gives us a soft baby skin.
Sugar and oil scrub of our choice. 2 tablespoons of sugar and ½ tablespoon of oil and rub well the face. The scrub has a cleansing and stimulating effect.
Lemon juice. A few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to apply in the morning and rinse 5 minutes later. With the rest of the lemon, you can dilute the juice with lukewarm water and drink the mixture on an empty stomach. Vitamin C awakens and brightens your skin. In addition, lemon helps to get rid of blackheads
Easy mask of ripe banana. Crush a banana that is too ripe to be eaten with a fork and apply it to the skin for 1 minute.
Cucumber – apply fresh cucumber strips for 2-3 minutes – moisturizing and illuminating effect visible directly.
Black or green tea pouches, warm – to be placed under the eyes for 10 minutes to remove the pockets. Immediate effect.