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The rise of the DIY beauty industry

Over the years, there have been a wide variety of trends in beauty that have been used by various companies to create desirable beauty products.  Recently, there seems to be a rise in more natural beauty products.

With the current debate over the use of GMOs and chemicals in food, many people have become more conscientiously aware of the things that they allow inside their bodies. This has led to a wider realization that chemicals can get into the body through food, as well as topical products such as makeup, lotions, shampoos and soaps.

It has become more widely recognized now that there are often chemicals that are put into beauty products that can be harmful to your skin and/or hair, and there is even some debate as to whether or not these chemicals could potentially have cancerous affects. Human skin is very absorbent, so any chemicals or harmful ingredients in the topical products used are absorbed into the body.  With this realization, many people have started to veer over to the organic side by buying more natural beauty products that do not contain the most harmful chemicals.  However, products tend to be more expensive once they are labeled as “organic”, so many have decided to make their own organic products for a minimal cost. This new found Do-It-Yourself (DIY) attitude has been the inspiration for many blogs and YouTube channels that advertise simplistic methods of creating quality, organic beauty products from the comfort of your own home. These beauty products include makeup, lotions, lip balms, bath/shower products, hair products and more, that are usually made from natural ingredients.

Many of the natural beauty products that are sold in stores can be easily recreated at home. Natural lotions and lip balms are usually made by melting oils and butters like olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, cocoa butter and shea butter that are easy to obtain at the local grocery store.  Sugar scrubs, bath bombs and soaps can also be created from grocery store ingredients like sugar, oil, baking soda and lye.  These ingredients are all natural, so by making them at home, the organic grade product is achieved, without the hefty price attached.

Overall, the use of natural ingredients to create your own beauty products can be a great way to save money and nurture healthier skin. The natural ingredients tend to have natural health benefits, so you can still get the results you want without facing the risk of absorbing dangerous chemicals, and the lack of chemicals in these DIY products also makes them better for the environment. It is easy, and it is something new, so give DIY beauty products a go!