The Dish on DIY Skincare Products
If you’re curious about the whole DIY skincare craze, you’re not alone, especially if you have sensitive skin. It sounds so green (and virtuous) to mash up an avocado and slather it onto our skin.
But, certain questions rolled around my head -
- Does our skin absorb the benefit of a raw avocado (or other) food product as well as compared to a cosmetically formulated product?
- What are the pros and cons of using a DIY skincare product for a sensitive skin?
- While we’re on the subject, what ingredients help calm a sensitive skin?
- What’s up with Jurlique’s ‘super strength calendula’ line for sensitive skin?
I had my suspicions about the answers, but I felt it best to reach out to one of my favorite experts for the real dish. Last fall we chatted with Richard Pietz, Jurlique’s Global Director of Product Development about what ‘green’ really means in the beauty industry, so we went back to Richard for the DIY skincare scoop.
1.) So, Richard — enquiring minds want to know! Does our skin absorb the benefit of a raw avocado (or other) food product as well as compared to a cosmetically formulated product?
Not really — for instance the olive oil you buy in the food section of the store is a food grade, not cosmetic grade.
Richard explained that a cosmetic grade ingredient is typically more refined — purified, and of a smaller molecular structure, so our facial skin can absorb and maximize the benefits of the product. Buying something like coconut oil, or castor oil and slathering it on your skin won’t replicate the results of a cosmetically formulated one.
2.) What are the pros and cons of using a DIY skincare product for a sensitive skin?
You run the risk of cross-contamination when you create a product in your home. Typically, a skincare formula is developed in sterile environment with precise measuring tools, which are sanitized.
Additionally, the formula is PH adjusted so it’s safe for the skin and eyes. Richard advised that if you decide to mix up a DIY recipe, first patch test it, then use the mixture immediately, and throw the leftover away. Don’t save it for another day.
3.) While we’re on the subject, what ingredients help calm a sensitive skin?
Calendula extract, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, squalane (olive) oil — some of the best kept beauty secrets of past generations offer an excellent remedy. They’re packed with flavonoids and polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants, and essential fatty acids (the omegas).
Antioxidants defend our skin and bodies from the environmental aggressors, plus they help strengthen our skin’s barrier, so it builds up better defense level. It’s a cumulative benefit, so your skin learns to fend off irritants faster.
Calendula nurtures a sensitive skin and its packed with antioxidants. We grow our calendula blend (and all our botanicals) on our organic farm in Australia. Antioxidants help strength the skin’s defenses.
In other words, Jurlique is never at the mercy of a supplier’s standards. They are the supplier and the manufacturer of the products, so they control every aspect of their production. That’s a huge advantage compared to other green brands.
5.) One last question — what are your favorite Jurlique product (s)?
Plus, it’s packed with vitamin C, which is one of the best skin brighteners out there and lacks some of the harsher ingredients like hydroquinone. As always, we love an oil and one that firms as well? Perfect!
Learn more about the Jurlique products here.
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