Having your skin hydrated not only prevents cracking and irritation but also keeps acne at bay and acts as an anti-aging solution. Therefore, the products you use on your skin must achieve the required hydration without causing additional damage. Store-bought moisturizers come with the uncertainty of what is in them and to what proportions? To clear out any doubts on the components of your natural moisturizer, it is best if you are in charge of putting the components together to your desired taste.
Let’s explore simple recipes you can follow in the comfort of your home to make natural moisturizers that work well for your skin type. Through simple DIY steps, you will learn to give your skin the care it deserves without worrying about potential harm. Most of the ingredients in our recipes are within arms reach in your kitchen, or you can get them at your local grocery store.
Some of the ingredients used in store purchased moisturizers can be harmful to the skin in the long run. Here are a few ingredients that you should keep away from while making your DIY natural moisturizer.
While astringents are recommended in clearing breakouts their overuse can be harmful to the skin. Overuse of astringents takes away the natural oils in the skin, leaving you with dry, irritable skin that looks dull. Ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol and salicylic acid are especially harmful when used too often.
Although good for the skin after showering, petroleum-based products tend to block the skin pores trapping in oil and dirt and preventing moisture from penetrating. These include products like vaseline and glycerin.
Most of the moisturizers on the market prominently display that they contain both alcohol and retinol. While there are obvious benefits of having both in your moisturiser, potential harm lies in wait when they are used regularly.
For your skin care, routine moisturizing is an integral part. Therefore the risk of dehydrating the skin by constantly using moisturizers with alcohols and retinol should be avoided. In homemade natural moisturizers, it is possible to use substitutes for alcohol and retinol and achieve fantastic results.
Fragrances and synthetic dyes are common ingredients in manufactured moisturizers and other skincare products as brands reach a wider market. While regulators may approve many of the synthetic dyes used, their use has been linked to allergic reactions and irritations on the skin.
Overuse of scented moisturizers that are usually rich in fragrances could lead to burns, rashes and itching. To avoid fragrances and dyes, there are simple recipes of how you can make natural moisturizers with the desired scents and colors in the comfort of your kitchen.
A luxurious body butter made with luscious shea butter and coconut oil. This is an extremely moisturizing butter that is best used in the evenings to allow all the beneficial oils to be absorbed by the skin.
¼ cup of shea butter
½ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of oats
2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil
- Grind the oats using a blender or a coffee grinder until you get a smooth powder.
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan until it becomes a liquid.
- Add shea butter to the pan.
- Mix well to ensure the mixture is evenly distributed.
- Add the oats powder and continue stirring until you have a fine mixture.
- Add two teaspoons of vitamin E oil to your mixture.
When the mixture is ready, you have your DIY shea butter and coconut moisturizer from natural ingredients.
Shea butter has a lot of health benefits, especially when used on sensitive skin. As a natural ingredient for homemade moisturizers, Shea butter is rich in vitamin A; hence, it helps treat eczema and rehydrates dry skin.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties as well as being an antioxidant. Regular use of coconut oil and shea butter prevents the skin from forming premature wrinkles and keeps the skin properly nourished with an even tone.
Olive oil has amazing benefits for the skin, and in a natural moisturizer it provides extra nourishment.
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- One tablespoon of beeswax
- One tablespoon of coconut oil
- Two vitamin E tablets
- Put together olive oil and coconut oil in a pan.
- Put the mixture on the stove and let it simmer.
- Add beeswax to the mixture and let it turn into a liquid.
- Add crushed powder of vitamin E tablets to the mixture and stir until even.
Once the mixture has cooled down, your homemade natural moisturizer is ready for use.
Vitamin E is a vital ingredient to the well being of the skin. When used on the skin as a natural moisturizer, vitamin E helps treat acne scars and hydrate the skin. Beeswax is another beneficial natural skincare ingredient. Beeswax helps in treating eczema, irritations and hydrating the skin.
When used together, these components produce a fantastic DIY moisturizer that hydrates the skin, prevents irritations and improves the look of acne scars..
Aloe Vera is a wonderful skincare ingredient and one of the main components of this moisturizer.
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
- Four tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel
- One tablespoon of vitamin E oil
- Two tablespoons of almond oil
- Add the almond oil and Aloe Vera gel into a clean container.
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan over low heat for a few minutes until completely melted.
- Add two tablespoons of the previously melted coconut oil to the mixture.
- Pour vitamin E oil into the mixture and stir until completely even.
Use the mixture on your face and body after it has cooled down.
Aloe Vera rejuvenates the fibroblast cells in the skin, protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation and also evens out skin tone as it hydrates your skin. This DIY natural moisturizer diminishes wrinkles when combined with other natural ingredients such as almond oil and vitamin E oil. It tightens up your skin, leaving you with soft and supple skin.
Green is the way to go, and so should your skincare routine. Making moisturizers from natural ingredients within arms’ reach not only saves you money, but also keeps you immersed in your skincare routine. Readily available ingredients such as Aloe Vera improve the well being of your skin while keeping you away from harmful chemical ingredients in manufactured moisturizers.