Make your own skincare products.

Enthusiasm for creating beauty products at home is growing. Read about the online school that teaches how to make skincare products.

Angela Elliott is a Yoga Teacher. In 2017 she completed a diploma in natural skincare formulation with The School of Natural Skincare. Soon after, she launched a range of scented meditation mists that her yoga students could include in their exercises.

Like Angela, there are now many people who make their own beauty products, from shampoo and soap to skin creams and facial cleansers. They want to have greater knowledge of and control over the ingredients they use every day.

“Students can make up their minds and create their own personalised products which match to their individual values,” explains Gareth Després. He is an aromatherapist and co-founder of the School of Natural Skincare. “A vegan would use an alternative to beeswax, for example, whereas some people might choose organic ingredients.”

Després runs the company with his wife, Gail. He combines his expertise in aromatherapy with her cosmetic formulation skills. In February the company celebrated its 10th anniversary. It has trained thousands of people in more than 120 countries to make their own skincare products.

Some people, like Angela, study so that they can sell their products commercially. Others simply want to learn how to create moisturisers, shampoos, lip balms and body scrubs as gifts for friends and family, or for personal use to treat a specific skin condition.

“Our online courses enable people to make their own products that are safe, stable and effective, and can be adapted to their own skin type,” says Després. “It’s about deliberately selecting the right ingredients that are suitable for certain skin types, and which can help reduce symptoms associated with specific conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, irritation or inflammation, or cracked and chapped skin.”

The ‘natural’ label covers everything from organic ingredients to vegan and cruelty-free beauty, as well as sustainable cosmetics. Courses range from a beginners’ certificate in making natural beauty products to the more in-depth diploma natural skincare formulation, as well as the more advanced high-performance serum formulation.

“More people now are questioning what they’re putting on their skin in the same way that they’re questioning the food that they’re putting into their bodies,” says Després. “People are becoming more environmentally aware too, so it all fits together.”

Angela also says that making her own products has reduced the volume of cosmetics she might otherwise waste when her skin’s needs change. She has saved money, too. “I can mix and match between my own handmade products and if I feel my skin might need something different as the seasons change, I can easily blend a small amount of exactly what suits me,” she says.

Ultimately, her new-found education from the School of Natural Skincare has opened her eyes to the often-confusing labelling of products in this industry. “I’ve always avoided heavy make-up, synthetic smells and anything tested on animals. This course has allowed me to understand exactly what I’m looking at on the shelves. I can understand the jargon now. It’s a great knowledge to have.”

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