It has become an increasingly popular practice for people to prepare their skincare cosmetics at home. It is a foolproof way to make sure that the ingredients are pure, that the cosmetics will have either no or very little preservatives or other harmful chemicals and that whatever they put on their skin will not have unpleasant side effects. It also costs a lot cheaper than purchasing a commercially available skin product.
While all the above may be true, this is so if any only if all the necessary precautions are taken. The recipes for producing homemade skincare products do allow for a lot of leeway and experimentation but some limits are not meant to be crossed.
To begin out exploration to the world of producing cosmetics on our own, let’s start with one of the skin care products that we use most, an organic lotion. For the uninitiated a lotion is a liquid compound, with medical and cosmetic properties, that is applied locally on skin without wounds. Here are the properties in discussion:
- Fighting acne
- Comforting, smoothing and moisturizing
Lotions are oil-in-water mixtures that use a chemical bonder to keep it together, the active ingredient and optionally other additives like scent, glycerol, proteins, Vaseline and sunscreen.
If we were to analyze the chemical composition of any lotion that came to our hands, we would discover that it contains:
- The aqueous phase (the water part) which is the base of the lotion and what allows the skin to absorb it
- The oily phase which is the part that keeps the skin moisturized
- The emulsifier which is the ingredient that keeps the lotion in one piece
- The active ingredient which is the part the will address the issues of our skin
- Ingredients with the objective of providing additional features to the lotion
These five components are common to all lotions in existence regardless of which part of the body the lotion is meant to be applied at. You can have lotions for:
- The face
- The body
- The hands
- The feet
It must not be considered that a lotion is good enough to be applied to any part of the body. On the contrary it is rather dangerous to apply a lotion to a part of the skin that it is not meant to. Please see the safety measures and allergy considerations page for more details on this.
Important notice: If you are aware that your skin has specific features and unique characteristics you need to consult a specialist because a generic formula may not provide the desired results or even become harmful. For example you cannot use yogurt to cool your skin if you know that it has a tendency to excrete alkalis.
If you are ready to proceed to the world of making organic lotions at home, please feel free to browse through our organic lotion recipes to get a head start.