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Bespoke natural products vs. off-the-shelf products

Having anything made specifically for you has always been looked upon as a luxury. Many of us do not even dare consider having our custom-made outfits or skincare and hair care products. Even before the thought hit our brain, we see expenses beyond our means.

Getting our products made may incur a cost initially, but it may cost us less in the long run. Or, we could learn to make them.

Off-the-shelf products

Modern skincare and hair care products are sold in dazzling packages. They grab our attention and desire to buy them using slick advertising. There are hundreds and hundreds of products available to choose from, yet they are all the same version of each other with slight variations. They may look, feel and smell different. Still, behind the facade of fancy labels claiming "improved" or "new," they are made from one basic formula consisting of mineral oil and water held together with synthetic emulsifiers and waxes. They are scented with different artificial fragrances and contain different artificial colours. And, amongst the myriad of chemical ingredients added to make them look appealing, more chemically based preservatives are added to give them a long shelf-life. Products designed under these conditions tend to only work on the skin's surface, achieving temporary benefits if they achieve anything at all.

Bespoke products

Bespoke products take into consideration our individual needs. Because our skin is a breathing living organ, the biggest one in the body, everything that we put on it is absorbed into the bloodstream, directly affecting our health, moods, and well-being. If we eat food that is chemically loaded or has no nutritional value, we will suffer the consequence in various ways, such as stomach problems, headaches, and bad moods. We may even have to deal with serious illnesses in the long term. Similarly, what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our bodies. If we value ourselves, we will only use pure and natural products to nurture our skin and body on all levels, physical, mental, and emotional.

Skin Types

There are categories of skin, such as normal, dry, oily, combination, acne, sun-damaged, etc. However, most people's skin types fall within two or more of these categories. This is because our skin is a breathing living organ. Our skin is also constantly changing. The reason for these changes is due to a number of factors.

  • The seasons are one of the factors; in summer, our skin may be different from what it is in winter. Each individual has different reactions to heat and cold, the effects of wind, rain, and centrally heated environments.
  • Age is another factor that affects skin types because, typically, skin is "normal" when we are children, oily during adolescence, and drier as we grow older.
  • An important factor for women is their menstrual cycle. With every cycle, our body changes, and any change occurring within our system includes our skin a well.
  • Another major factor is diet. What is inside our bodies is reflected on the outside. If we consume food that will cleanse and nurture us, we will be rewarded with radiant skin.
  • The most important factor of all is our emotional state. A positive outlook on life will be reflected in our skin, if not our whole life.

Off-the-shelf products are mass-produced, cannot address our individual needs because they are produced commercially from one basic formula that only works on the surface. As skin types fluctuate regularly, it makes more sense to custom-make our skincare products, where we have the flexibility to choose the ingredients and techniques that are suitable for our individual needs.

 You may be surprised to find that making your products is much cheaper than buying expensive off-the-shelf products. Making your own products or buying off-the-shelf products made with pure natural ingredients and fragranced with natural essential oils that are beneficial to your skin means you know exactly what you are putting on your skin and can avoid all the artificial chemicals found in many off-the-shelf products.

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