Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Make it at Home: Mayonnaise-Baby Oil Dry Skin Treatment




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Make your own beauty products to keep harmful chemicals off of your skin. Homemade creams, soaps and other products can be just as luxurious and fragrant as their commercial counterparts but you can avoid artificial chemicals – and the headache of dealing with all that packaging waste.

Although beauty products don't have to list their ingredients, they often contain pthalates, formaldehyde, parabens and other chemicals that have been shown to harm animals in lab tests, and which are being phased out in Europe in favor of less toxic alternatives. Prenatal exposure to pthalates, for example, has been linked to liver and kidney damage and effects on baby boys' reproductive organs, and the chemical has been implicated in male obesity. The CDC found the potentially harmful sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone in 97% of Americans tested.

Plus, you don't want any nasty stuff getting into our fragile waterways, do you? That's what happens when cosmetics and personal care products are washed down the drain. Frogs and aquatic life are highly susceptible to damage from even minute contamination.

Why not get beautiful in less risky ways? Remember that many of these recipes can be put into reusable containers — which can also be decorated and given as unique, homemade gifts.
- by Helen  ItsEcoTime.com

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Makes 1 application
2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
1 teaspoon baby oil
  • Combine both ingredients.
  • Smooth onto face, neck, rough elbows and knees or anywhere else you feel might benefit from it.
  • Leave for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off thoroughly with tepid wate

Thanks to the Daily Green!

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