People turn to DIY skincare remedies for many reasons. Sometimes it’s to save money, other times it’s because of the belief that anything natural is better and safer for the body than anything synthetic.
The natural skincare industry is rapidly growing alongside the booming natural foods and products arena. A larger variety of safer alternatives to chemically-based skincare products are now available, not just at health food stores, apothecaries and farmers markets, but even in big box stores who are starting greener initiatives, like Target.
So you may be wondering if it’s even worth it to make your own skincare products. Let me help with that!
Make your own skincare products pros and cons
- Complete control over ingredients – where they come from, how they’re formulated, quality of ingredients.
- Customized specifically for you – Your skincare products are completely customized for your unique skin—not a generic “type” like Normal, Combo, Dry, Oily.
- Consistency – You never have to worry about your favorite product getting reformulated or discontinued again.
- Saves time and money in the long run – You’ll probably save lots of it!
- Trial and error – You may go through a learning curve.
- Investment in supplies – High quality natural, organic ingredients are expensive, though many are shelf stable and last a long time. It’s best to use dark-colored glass bottles for handmade products—these can be expensive, but they’re reusable.
- Storage space – You’ll have to find cabinet, shelf, or drawer space to store your ingredients and supplies.
How making skincare products saves time
Organizations like the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, The Environmental Working Group, and of course, Green Beauty Team and Holistically Haute have done so much to encourage people to read labels and check ingredients.
While this is a great practice, it can also be very time consuming and overwhelming. These are some of the factors that have driven people back to their kitchens and gardens in search of natural ingredients to try on their skin for the sake of peace of mind.
I’m one of those people.
While I used to rely on natural and organic skincare products, I too got sick of having to stand in store aisles and read product labels in effort to choose products with the fewest “bad” ingredients based on the cosmetic ingredient dictionary I kept in my purse.
While not all chemicals or chemical sounding names are harmful, I just didn’t think it was the best use of my time. That’s just a small part of the journey that led to my becoming a natural skincare formulator and educator.
I also realized that while it seemed like I spent a lot of money upfront on natural, organic skincare ingredients and glass bottles, these ingredients last a very long time. Some can last years when stored properly.
I used to spend anywhere from $200 to $350 a month on all natural, professional quality skincare products. Now I spend less than that A YEAR on my own products, which actually work better on my skin than any products I used in the past.
How I got started in DIY Skincare
Once I decided to take matters into my own hands and start experimenting with my own products, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make products that were as “good” as the ones in stores or sold in spas.
It definitely took some trial and error to come up with formulas that worked for me, but what I found is that making skincare is a lot like cooking. Once I had a few basic formulas down, I was able to tweak them and come up with different formulas quite simply. The process is very similar to what you’d do after learning basic cooking techniques.
Overall, making my own skincare products was far less frustrating and time consuming than trying to compare ingredients. It was definitely less draining than trying out several different natural brands to find something that worked for me with ingredients I could really trust.
At the end of the day, I love making my own skincare. The feeling of knowing that I don’t need to rely on some cosmetic manufacturer to keep my skin looking clear, healthy, and vibrant is extremely empowering and rewarding.
Are you excited to make your own skincare or would you rather just buy ready-made? Tell us where you stand on this in the comments below.
Feature image courtesy of Verdant Beauty. Shot by Kristen Arnett.