Why DIY Beauty Isn't as Safe as it Seems

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This month, Jillian Wright, co-founder of Indie Beauty Media Group and founder of Jillian Wright Skincare comes clean on the ingredients found in professional products.

The Myth About DIY Concoctions

Aside from the mess factor, DIY concoctions that are made in a blender at home are subject to the mystery of pesticides and herbicides used in our food, the labor it took to harvest the ingredients, the stress it puts on our environment, and the sheer fact that typically DIY recipes don’t do anything clinical for the skin, because the molecules are too big. It’s not the most effective way to treat the skin if you are trying to make a change. There is nothing wrong with having some fun with self-care in the kitchen, but if you are looking for real improvements, using strawberries from the fridge might not be your best choice.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Botanical stem cells are bioidentical to what you find in nature. The key benefit to using these incredible ingredients in skincare is the low to zero impact on the environment. Stem cells that are created in a lab do not have any exposure to pesticides and use less water and energy and no soil, so they don’t deplete our Mother Earth. Labs are also sterile environments. Plant stem cells created there function better, because they are engineered to help fight premature aging and acne and improve the overall health of the skin.

Products to Try

Paraben-, phthalate-, and sulfate-free, Jillian Wright Skincare’s Energy Serum is a peptide serum made with apple stem cells, blackberry extract, Indian gooseberry extract, and rice-peptide proteins that promotes new cell production and helps minimize wrinkle formation.