What’s in my skincare products? (and Night Serum recipe)

Seriously, what the heck is Methylisothiazolinone?!? In most commercial skin care products, you will find a number of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Many of those ingredients are toxic, carcinogenic (petrolatum), hormone disruptors (parabens), or common allergens (fragrance/parfums). A survey by the David Suzuki Foundation showed that 80% of the products contained at least one toxic chemical. A list of the Dirty Dozen ingredients can be found here.

Whenever I have a question about a product that I’m considering purchasing, I often refer to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database (US). They have a fairly comprehensive list of products that they have researched and the website
rovides a rating for each product.

I also recently discovered the free Think Dirty app which is a non-biased product comparison app that allows you to scan the barcode on your skincare products to learn about the ingredients and their toxicity. This app makes it easy to decode the ingredients and safety before you make a purchase.

Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, it absorbs what we put on it into our bloodstream. Commercial anti-aging serum’s are expensive. Everyone is looking for youthful, radiant looking skin but I can’t always afford $70 eye cream (especially
on mat leave). I love to DIY, and it is a lot cheaper than the natural alternatives. I love putting my homemade night serum on after my nightly shower (since I no longer have time to shower when I wake up, because of kids!)

About the ingredients:

  • Rosehip seed oil: contains essential fatty acids and beneficial for healing the skin.
  • Jojoba oil: skin hydrating and good for almost all skin types.
  • Frankincense essential oil: protects skin cells, tones/lifts the skin, reduces dark spots on skin and can be used to slow signs of aging.
  • Lavender essential oil: high in antioxidants and reduces appearance of skin imperfections.

Want to make your own? Here’s a recipe:

DIY Youthful Night Serum

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients

img_20412 tbsp Jojoba Oil

1 tbsp Rosehip Seed Oil

2 Vitamin E capsules (or 1/4 tsp of Vitamin E oil)

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in an amber glass bottle with eye dropper top.
  2. Roll the bottle to mix ingredients together.
  3. A little goes a long way, use about a 1/4 dropper full each night on face and neck.

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