DIY Beauty: What You Need To Know

What is the difference between DIY beauty and salon beauty products? Well, in short, DIY beauty is an all-natural, homemade, skincare, and hair care product that you make at home. It usually does not require any special skills.

Just like most cosmetics and health products, many of these are “off-label” as being safe for use in clinical studies with the Food and Drug Administration. On average, they contain about one percent of plant extracts, and the FDA doesn’t require any testing to prove that the ingredients are safe. There is a shortage of reliable studies for all “organic” cosmetics because it takes so long for any research to be completed.

Not all the products labeled “all-natural” are actually all-natural, though. So how do you distinguish between DIY beauty and salon beauty products? Here are some clues to help you make that determination.

Ingredients With “Botanical Extracts” Are No Better Than Ingredients With Plant Sources. So what’s the difference? Some studies have shown that the botanical extracts used in salon products contain lower levels of antioxidants, which are good for the skin. Other studies have shown that even without antioxidants, natural botanical extracts can provide mild anti-aging benefits.

Others like ingredients like Manuka honey, avocado oil, Shea butter, etc. are beneficial for the skin, hair, and nails, but are also derived from plants that are toxic to humans (like thy essence wakame and coenzyme Q10) or animals (like hydrogenated soybean and partially hydrogenated soybean oils).

Some salon beauty products do contain plant extracts, but they are more often than not isolated plant extracts, like jojoba oil, and plant oils like olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc. These are not typically safe for consumption unless a physician advises that they are safe.

Unless you understand what is actually in-salon beauty products, there is no way to know what the quality of that product is. Often, the manufacturer will include a disclaimer saying, “Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are sensitive to fragrance”. You don’t need to know what goes into the formulation of any beauty product, but many do not have the knowledge to tell you what those ingredients are.

“All-natural” on the label is not necessarily true, either. The only people who should be using salon beauty products are people who really understand what they are doing. Most people don’t even know what “botanical extracts” are, so they are wasting their money on that product.

“Fragrance-free” on the label of salon beauty products doesn’t mean anything, either. The term “fragrance-free” means the company uses a deodorant or perfume, which is a fine thing, but there are no plant extracts in the beauty product, so it can’t pass muster under the label.

What you need to look for is the ingredient list of salon beauty products. This is the best place to see what kind of plant extracts the product contains. If it doesn’t list those ingredients, don’t buy it.

Keep in mind that many salon beauty products don’t have to contain any ingredients that are toxic to humans or animals. The key is in knowing what the ingredients are.

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