DIY Skincare: abbreviation for do-it-yourself. DIY Skincare means the act of making & using your own skincare/haircare products like hair masks, face cleansers, facial oils, hair oils etc following certain instructions.
While some people love doing DIYs, some people totally stay away from it. Everyone has their own preference. However, if you are someone who would like to enter the DIY world but fear damaging your skin/hair, I have some tips for you. Being a certified skincare formulator, I still have inclination towards DIY skin and hair care. Well I guess, most of us Indians have grown up on remedies for health, skin & hair, which makes us all more inclined towards DIYing.
After spending around 5-6 years trying 100s of DIYs, doing an organic skincare formulator course and guiding 1000s of customers in their DIY journey, I am compiling this article for you all to venture into DIYs.
Why should you try DIY Skin & Hair Care?
- you know the exact ingredients that are going in
- effective yet gentle (of course if done right)
- eco friendly
- kitchen ingredients like oatmeal, turmeric, coconut milk etc have been proven to be effective
- fresh products
- you can customize as per your skin’s everyday needs
- a fun learning & empowering activity
Tips for effective DIY skin & hair care
- Use simple ingredients: Do not think of trying DIYs with complicated ingredients meant for formulators. Use simple ingredients like clays, dried flowers, cold pressed oils and certain kitchen ingredients like oats, banana, ghee etc.
- Stay away from essential oils: Essential Oils are highly concentrated. If not used in proper measurements, they can do more harm than good. Leave them for formulators.
- DIY with 5 ingredients or less: Never complicate a recipe by adding two many ingredients. Keep it simple.
- Use clean and dry tools to DIY: If you are making a product that you are going to use overtime for eg. a powder based face mask or a whipped butter, please use completely dry tools & jars. Even a single drop of water can spoil the product.
- Store DIY products in fridge for 1-2 months: Use a DIY product (without water) within 1-2 months. Make a fresh batch every few weeks. Fresher the better. Do not store water based DIYs or DIYs made with fresh ingredients like fruits and fresh herbs.
- Do not try to DIY everything: It is amazing to make your own face masks, hair masks, butters etc. However, do not try to DIY Vitamin C serums, water based products like toners, shampoos etc. These require proper skills, pH measurement & preservation.
- Do not make everything shared online: Try to follow DIYs provided by people who are trained in this subject.
I hope these tips help you delve into herbs, oils and clays and try making your own products. Start with face masks and powder cleansers as they are super basic and easy to make.
Want me to guide you in your DIY journey based on your skin/hair type? Drop me a whatsapp message on this number: 8929632789.