A Mom’s guide to organic beauty – creams and remedies

1If you’ve just given birth and are eager to get back to the way you used to look … young, fresh and pretty … who can blame you? All women love to feel beautiful… a good enough reason to want to try new diets, new products. You’d have to keep in mind though, that you can’t just eat anything. You can’t just go around the supermarket, pick up any old thing that catches your taste or fancy and put it in your mouth. Neither can you just poke into women’s personal care items and simply apply it or spread it on any part of your body because it’s going to make you feel nice and cool. It’s important to remember that you’ll be breastfeeding and taking care of your baby. What this means is that you’ll have to carefully examine the ingredients that go into your favorite things, whether they’re edibles (you enjoy eating) or “spreadables” (you love putting on any part of your body). A close look at this information helps ensure that you only use or consume items that are safe and non-toxic. The other way to approach this sort of safety net for your baby is to create your own organic beauty creams and remedies at home. To be completely honest, this is what I do. It’s inexpensive. It’s effective.  

Here’s a rundown of several organic beauty lotions or creams you can easily work on by yourself. 

Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Moisturizer

If you think olive oil is only great for cooking, think again. Olive oil is actually known and recognized to be one of the simplest, purest and most potent moisturizers in the planet, and it can be applied on practically all parts of the body, from the face to the elbow, from knees to feet.  Naturally, too much use of it will give you that greasy feeling which could be icky. In my case, I just use a dime-size drop and evenly spread it over my skin.   (Source: keeperofthehome.org)

Peach-and-Honey Mask

Who doesn’t love peaches and honey? Well, apart from them being great tasting and so nice to eat, peaches and honey can help make your skin feel soft and supple. To create a peach and honey mask at home you’ll need one large peach or nectarine (skinned), three teaspoons of honey and a pinch of lecithin powder or two teaspoons of yogurt. You will then crush and blend the peach and honey together, add the two tablespoons of yogurt or lecithin powder, and mash them until you get a pleasant-smelling, workable, kind of paste. Pat this blended mash over your face and neck, as well as around the eyes. Next, lie back and relax for around 10 minutes, then rinse off the paste with warm water, pat dry, then as a final touch, tone and moisturize your skin like you normally would afterward. (Source: goodhousekeeping.com)

2Shea Butter

Another potent, yet inexpensive organic ingredient, is shea butter. It is hailed and noted as the most-used natural beauty ingredient after coconut oil, and possesses an earthy, yet mild and naturally nutty smell. Shea butter contains very high antibacterial properties, and is effective for preventing stretch marks. It has an SPF of around 5, and can be used as a daily sunscreen. I’ve experienced making and using this as a face cream, deodorant, diaper cream and even baby lotion! And if you don’t mind my saying so, these DIY concoctions work beautifully.  (Source: wellnessmama.com)

Beeswax

Another skin-friendly byproduct from bees is of course, beeswax. You can use this to create home-brewed foot creams, lip balms, lotion bars, and even baby-care creams and recipes! (Source: wellnessmama.com)

According to organic beauty experts and adherents, the average family in the US today spends an estimated $2,000 each year on hygiene items and beauty products. If you’d like to save on these personal care items, since the savings can be put to better use for your baby’s growing-up needs,  go organic, and create your own beauty aids in the comfort of your home.

What’s great is that these DIY items require fewer ingredients, and they last longer than any synthetic or chemical-based beauty creams and gels that one normally sees displayed and marketed in stores today.  And the best thing about this whole idea is that home-made organic beauty products are naturally safe to use, and are free from toxins and other cancer or disease-causing substances.

 

 

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