April 4, 2011 § 5 Comments
So why home skin care? Saving money week taught me about all of the natural ways you can clean your home which also got me to thinking about how easy it might be to make natural skin products as well. Products are getting more and more natural anyway, right? I can already tell from my research that I’m going to put a huge dent in how much I normally spend on skin care products. It’s kind of ridiculous really and I’m not even someone who buys a ton of that stuff.
The other reason is that I’m on a pretty fast-paced pitch again this week. I wanted to do something that was not only manageable to do but relaxing as well.
Before I get into today’s project, I will share a funny episode from yesterday that will serve as a warning if you’re trying to make your own. I was working all day yesterday and worn out by the end of the day, so I thought I’d make a coffee scrub I had read about to try out for this week using leftover coffee grounds (which I had roasted myself of course). Important lesson: ALWAYS TRY A SMALL AMOUNT TO MAKE SURE YOU WON’T HAVE A REACTION. I did not do that and ended up on the craziest caffeine high I’ve ever experienced. My heart was racing and I was seriously contemplating going to the emergency room. I can just imagine me showing up in my bathrobe telling them I’m having a heart attack because I used a homemade coffee scrub.
I was seriously thinking about calling it quits, but apparently no one else seems to have had any reaction like that as far as I can find. One person I read about even leaves the scrub on for 20 minutes which probably would have put me in a coma.
I’m just going to use the TESTING rule from now on and see what happens. As long as I don’t end up in the hospital or with a hideous rash before my presentation, all will be well. Hopefully the result from here on out will be some amazing natural skin products that make me look 10 years younger!
The first product I’m making this week is toner which is one of my favorite parts of the morning because it’s so refreshing. It also helps with skin that’s getting a bit splotchy and older looking (ahem, like mine). Above are various toners I’ve used in the past that range from $28 – $35 each. I usually use about 4-5 of them a year and it’s only one of a number of products I use daily. That definitely adds up.
My friend Jessica sent me a link to an orange & fennel toner recipe I’m planning to TEST out. Fennel seeds & fennel essential oil contain plant oestrogen s& phytohormones that firm and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating the dermal cell metabolism. Let’s hope it’s not the same type of stimulation as the caffeine was yesterday.
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
5 T. boiling water
2 t. fresh squeezed orange juice
1) crush the fennel seeds in a mortar & pestle. Cover with boiling water & leave covered for 20 minutes
2) strain the infusion, mix with juice & bottle
use within 2-3 days or refrigerate for longer use. can also freeze as ice cubes if you make more at a time & use later.
I know it’s not as convenient but it is all natural and costs a fraction of the other stuff. It also smells amazing!