Looking for ways to improve your skin health without exposing yourself to the more than 10,000 chemical ingredients found in personal care products? Eco-activist Michael DeJong, author of Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself, shares the following skincare recipes comprised of five common, pure and simple kitchen ingredients. Mix up a batch or two of each and you can stay smooth, clean and chemical-free.
Skin care products are not FDA regulated
According to the DeJong, personal care products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any government agency, and that 89 percent of the thousands of chemicals in these products have not undergone any safety testing.
Instead of spending scads of money on pricey products and exposing yourself to chemical-ridden cleansers and scrubs, DeJong suggests using five pure and simple ingredients: baking soda, lemon, olive oil, salt and white vinegar. Not only are these items easily found in your kitchen, they are cheaper than storebought skin care products and offer an organic and natural way to take care of your skin.
Recipes for natural skin care
Skin softener recipe
This economical and quick to fix exfoliator will energize you and give you silky smooth skin.
To make skin softener recipe: Mix equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and salt to create a wonderful skin softener. Mix the two so that the salt soaks up the oil.
To use: Scrub your entire body, massaging the mixture into your skin. Wash off thoroughly.
Luxurious bath recipe
DeJong calls this invigorating skincare concoction a dermadip. He recommends, “Lock the door, put on some soothing music, and submerge yourself into the citrus mix by loosening up and settling down for a long, luxurious, lazy soak. Reappear recharged and revived. You owe yourself this one!”
To make luxurious bath recipe: Cut two lemons into super-skinny slivers. Dribble half a dozen drops of olive oil onto citrus slices. Give it a toss and finish with three cups of sea salt. Let mixture cure for five minutes.
To use: While filling your tub with hot steamy water, roil in citrus mixture. Then sit back and enjoy.
Free yourself from those rough, flaky dead skin cells with this easy exfoliator recipe. Even with one application, you’ll find your skin soft and sparkling fresh.
To make exfoliator recipe: Blend three-quarters cup of sea salt or coarse kosher salt, three tablespoons baking soda and one-quarter cup of olive oil in a bowl.
To use: Douse yourself in a warm shower, dip a washcloth into the mixture and scrub everything you can reach with the exfoliator. Rinse well.
DeJong offers additional clear cut recipes and solutions for all types of skin ailments such as acne, dry skin, body odor, dandruff, sunburn and many others in his book Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself. You can also visit MyKindofClean.com for more chemical-free eco-clean tips.