Radiant, smooth skin that feels supple … the everlasting dream of all of us. However, it is not that easy to achieve this on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with increasing age it doesn’t get any easier to withstand the influence of external factors. Of course, many other aspects also play an important role in the appearance of our facial skin. In addition to getting enough sleep, a balanced diet and regular exercise, you can still do something yourself – find the right facial care. Face creams are among the most important elements that can be optimally used depending on skin type, age and other specifics.
The agony of choice is incredibly strong here, because there is a huge range of face creams that advertise their appearance, aromas and great effects. Finding the right one for you is not an easy task and can often be achieved with long research and constant trial and error. That’s why we’re giving you a few useful tips today to help you make your purchase decision, as well as a great recipe with which you can make your own face cream yourself.
Face cream is not the same as face cream
Avoid harmful ingredients in your face cream
Admittedly, it is not really easy to find your way through the jungle of ingredients on the packaging of cosmetics. Too many strange terms that are written in technical jargon and are still so small that they are difficult to read with the naked eye.
In addition, there is the uncertainty that maybe not everything that is written on it is also there … Quite a few black sheep help themselves with beautiful promises or misleading descriptions. Nevertheless, there are some things that you should pay attention to and which can definitely be used as a guide. So always look at the ingredients first and don’t let the logos and big words fool you.
It’s basically true that most conventional face creams contain many synthetic ingredients – much of them petroleum-based. These are, for example, paraffins, silicones and parabens such as propyl and / or butyl paraben. These substances have no place on your skin and can not only irritate it, but also have harmful consequences for the whole organism.
Don’t let the design and the beautiful promises mislead you
Problematic fragrances such as hydroxycitronellal, cinnamyl alcohol or aromatic mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOAH) are also not uncommon in a face cream. Unfortunately, these can often trigger allergies and any intolerance. In some studies it has even been shown that the fragrance Lilial is suspected of causing reproductive problems.
Formaldehyde and the so-called PEG compounds, which are used as emulsifiers in creams, are other ingredients that should be avoided. This also applies to any plastic compounds that, as microplastics, additionally and, above all, unnecessarily pollute the environment.
It is not for nothing that many are switching to pure natural cosmetics
In the case of tint creams and those with a sun protection factor, you should also look at the packaging. Most of them contain UV filters such as ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and octocrylene or nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide, which are classified as questionable.
And what about anti aging creams? In addition to unwanted ingredients, there is an even greater risk of being fooled by the great promises of “immediate, visible results”. Again, stay vigilant and double-check everything well before buying. In addition, some neutral test bodies have already indicated that a good skin care cream is just as effective as one that advertises an anti-aging effect.
Pamper your skin only with good, harmless creams
A natural cosmetic face cream is always the better choice?
To give a clear “yes” to this question would not really be serious and of course we cannot do it. Sometimes there are also some deficiencies in natural cosmetic products, as well as manufacturers who are not responsible enough. The other way around: there are also conventional products that are pretty good and even consist almost entirely of natural ingredients. One such example is the test winner of the Stiftung Warentest for 2020 in terms of face cream – the Nivea Natural Balance moisturizing day care. Although this is not a certified natural product, this cream does not contain any of the above-mentioned questionable ingredients, but a lot of natural substances. Some certified natural products, on the other hand, even failed the germ load test, because germs were detected in them.
So, be critical when purchasing your facial care products and carefully check all of the ingredients. Read the comparison tests from neutral bodies such as Ökotest or Stiftung Warentest and if you don’t trust anyone, then there is only one thing left: make your own face cream.
Natural cosmetics face creams are still the better choice in most cases
Make face cream yourself
Shea butter was chosen as the basis for this recipe. It’s the ultimate skin moisturizer. It is widely used in lotions and other conventional cosmetics. Shea butter is recommended for dry skin and can be extremely helpful even for chapped skin. The shea butter can be used to even out skin tone, reduce acne scars, tighten skin, and improve skin discoloration. Other options for the base are cocoa butter or mango butter.
Coconut butter and oil are among the most popular ingredients for DIY face creams
A mixture of jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil is used as the carrying oil. These carrier oils have a mild odor and are also very moisturizing for the skin. Other carrier oil options include: argan oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, or rosehip oil. Depending on your skin type and your own preferences, you can choose the best variant.
The added essential oils help with anti-aging, acne, dry skin or oily skin. They also add a subtle aroma to your face cream. Don’t overdo it, however, and leave out essential oils altogether if you’re allergic or too sensitive to them.
Lavender also has a balancing, beneficial effect on the mind
A simple recipe for all skin types
- 1/2 cup of shea butter
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp fractionated coconut oil
- 5 drops of lavender oil
- 5 drops of sandalwood oil
- 3 drops of yarrow oil
- Put the shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil in a glass bowl.
- Place the glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water to create a water bath.
- After all the ingredients have melted together, take them off the heat and let them cool down a little.
- Add essential oils and stir well. Store in an airtight container.
Rose oil gives your face cream an incomparably romantic fragrance
These are the most popular and most suitable essential oils for a DIY face cream:
lavender – Great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne prone skin
incense – ideal for anti-aging, blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines
Tea tree – ideal for normal, oily or acne-prone skin
rose – ideal for sensitive skin, fine lines and wrinkles
lemon – ideal for oily skin
sandalwood – ideal for all skin types
myrrh – ideal for dry and chapped skin
Helichrysum – ideal for blemishes, dry and aging skin
Attention! When using citrus essential oils on face, avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours due to their sensitivity to light.
Use this simple recipe to pamper and care for your facial skin. Be creative and try different natural ingredients that will give your face even more freshness and moisture every time.
Trust the power of nature and have a good time!
Good ingredients for the perfect face cream
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Coffee is used in DIY face creams as well
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