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Learn on – How to make natural cosmetic, and how to preserve to last longer.
Check out how many great natural preservatives you can use in making it yourself.
If you want to find a healthier solution for your body and skin care routine, making your own natural cosmetics is the smartest thing you can do since it is easy to control the quality of the products you put in.
Not only will it make you feel better because you will know that you have made the cosmetics yourself, but you’ll also get to experience a natural healing process on your skin.
Once you’ve made your own natural cosmetics you will become obsessed with it due to many great benefits it will bring to you. You’ll also save money, which is great.
It is essential that you are familiar with the use of these preservatives in cosmetics because that will prevent product malfunction and microbial development.
Although the healthy ingredients you use while making a soap are really beneficial to your skin, we must warn you that your soaps might not be that safe. Their pH often messes with the skin and it’s not smart to use them on the face often.
It is essential for you to know that if you make cosmetics by using high-quality natural oils mixed with dry ingredients, that you have no need to worry about anything. These products will last very long, as long as the products in it. Oils and dry ingredients don’t spoil easily, don’t worry.
However, it is not the same with water-containing cosmetics which require (not optional!) good preservatives to keep the products safe for use in a longer period of time.
Why do we even need (conservants) preservatives in cosmetics?
There are few reasons for including preservatives in your cosmetics: they extend the shelf life of the product in question; they stop bacteria and fungi from entering the cosmetic product; they save you time because once you will make the product you will take a break from it for a while; it helps skin allergies to appear.
You may not like the use of preservatives but they are always a better and safer option than possible bacterial development. Those who suffer from acne know that it’s very dangerous to have bacterial issues on the face.
On the other hand, cosmetic products in stores are not really harmless although they contain preservatives which prevent bacteria creation: that is because the same preservatives which keep the cosmetics away from bacteria and fungi are harmful themselves! They can cause your skin to react or to get rash. Although a lot of products claim to be safe, this is rarely the case.
If you make your own cosmetics, you must keep your workplace very clean. That includes all the surfaces, all the tools, and dishes involved in the process. It is also best if you could use glass tools and bowls, for the ions in the metal can mess some natural products up.
If you want to make sure that your workplace and tools are sterile, you can clean it with medical alcohol and wait for the alcohol to evaporate.
The other way to keep your tools clean is to boil it in water for several minutes in order to remove the germs. This is a cheaper method.
There are a lot of natural preservatives which are safe for your skin but still extend the shelf life of the product. They won’t mess with your pH and you’ll get the perfect result, no matter are you doing it for yourself or for mass production, for sale.
These are the most common and popular ingredients which also serve as (conservants) preservatives:
Vitamin E – this natural preservative mildly extends the life-span of the product, but cannot protect from a wide spectrum of bacteria so it is not 100% safe. It is really good for the skin and many people who have issues with scars like to use it.
Rosemary extract – it is often used in making natural cosmetics, and it provides just a little higher protection against microbes.
Lemon acid – this is a great ingredient which prevents the germs from making and it is safe for use. It is also great as an exfoliant, it can help with hyper-pigmentation.
The citric acid is used as a preservative for both food and skincare products.
Grape seed extract – this extract is very concentrated but great in battling microbes.
Natural preservatives are not as strong as the ones used in industry but are much healthier. If you want to use more effective preservatives you can use the ones that can be bought in organic cosmetic stores.
Geogard 221 or Silverion 2400 is always a good choice. These are a bit stronger, but not harmful.
These also work with cosmetics which contains the development of fungi because natural preservatives don’t work as well. People with skin issues like acne, eczema and so on, should not experiment too much, though. Simple preservatives will do.
The reason for that lies in the fact that water helps the bacteria to grow. If the product you are making contains water (this includes aloe vera) or will come into contact with water, you must make the product secure by putting more effective preservatives in it.
Using raw aloe vera is dangerous if you put it in products and don’t take proper care of it. It’s recommended to treat it one use at a time. You rip off a part, use it up, throw it in the trash.
You must be aware that making your own natural cosmetic product which contains milk, water or hydrosols, cannot be made without a stronger preservative if you want it to be effective enough.
If you have sensitive skin, using dairy products may not be a good idea. You can use oils like jojoba oil or argan oil to dilute the whole mixture. Just make sure that you are using thin oils, those that don’t clog pores up. Otherwise, you may create issues on your skin.