Everything we put on our skin is absorbed by our bodies, but sometimes we forget to think about something most of us apply everyday—makeup! It’s time to detox your products for natural and toxin-free options that are made without harsh chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Or another option (the safest, cheapest and greenest!) is to make homemade makeup with these easy recipes and formulas.
When it comes to swapping to natural or homemade makeup, you should know a few things beforehand—the first being to expect to use a different formula for some products. For example, a lot of homemade makeup will be powder based, unlike store-bought stuff that comes in a variety of formulas. This is something that your skin will definitely appreciate as powders feel way lighter on the skin!
However, because some of these products don’t use traditional harsh preservatives, it’s crucial to store them properly to stop them from going off prematurely. Store-bought natural products may have an image of a tiny jar with a number inside on the packaging to help you understand how long something is good to be used for.
For example, one that says “6M” means that the product is good for 6 months after opening. To really keep track of this, sometimes I make a tiny note in Sharpie of the day I opened something. I usually finish stuff up before they ‘technically’ go off, but it’s good to be aware of these things anyway.
When it comes to homemade products, storing them properly is key. I know what you’re thinking—”I store my beauty stuff in the bathroom, where it’s easy to access!” but the thing is, that might be making your homemade makeup go off prematurely.
This goes for regular store-bought products, but especially affects homemade stuff since we’re making them without commercial preservatives. The bathroom is usually hot and steamy place, right? You know what loves heat and humidity?
To avoid any mold setting up shop in your natural makeup, store it in a cool dark place, like a drawer or cabinet in your bedroom. I know it’s not as convenient as the bathroom, but you’ll make sure that you’re getting the most out of your products before they possibly expire! And as with any product, if the smell or texture has changed, don’t be afraid to toss it—you can always make a new one.
If you’re thinking of going greener, or all the way natural on your makeup, this round-up has some great chemical-free options and super easy recipes to cover all your needs! Are you ready to make the switch?
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