DIY Natural Moisturizers
Nowadays, commercial moisturizers can be expensive, and they are often filled with a number of questionable chemicals and additives. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives that you can make and use at home. Follow the directions in this article to learn how to make and use homemade moisturizers.
One Ingredient Moisturizers
There are many natural ingredients that can be used as a moisturizer on their own. Other things can be added to these ingredients to enhance them (which will be discussed later in the article). It is best to buy raw versions of these ingredients, or versions in which there are no additives, as this may affect the way that they are used. Below are some of the most popular single ingredient moisturizers.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel can be obtained in two basic ways. You can either buy bottled aloe vera gel or slice the leaves of an aloe vera plant to obtain fresh gel. Either way, this natural ingredient is sure to get the job done. Simply rub a handful of aloe vera wherever you have dry skin. Aloe vera gel also works to treat a number of other skin conditions, including itchy skin, rashes, allergic reactions, and bug bites and stings.
Coconut oil seems to become more popular with each passing day, and it’s no wonder, as coconut oil is loaded with health benefits. The name “coconut oil” may be a bit misleading, as coconut oil is usually in a solid state, rather than a liquid state, like most other oils. Of course, you can melt this oil to make it a liquid once again. To get the most from this natural moisturizer, simply rub the oil on your skin after showering or before bed. This will help your skin to keep from getting dry and itchy.
One ingredient which is similar to coconut oil is cocoa butter. When purchased, this will come in a solid state, much like a facial cream would. One bonus of this ingredient is that it will leave you smelling wonderful. While you will not smell like chocolate, you will still smell fragrant and clean. Use this butter as often as you need to combat dry skin. You can also use cocoa butter as a chapstick to treat cracked or dark lips.
Shea butter is more or less an alternative for cocoa butter if you do not like it for some reason. This natural moisturizer works wonder to make more skin and hair less dry. Use this as either a lotion or hair conditioner to receive its wonderful benefits.
Petroleum jelly may not be your first go-to when it comes to single ingredient moisturizers, but it does the trick if you are out of your favorite lotion. You may feel slightly sticky after using this, depending on where you put it on your body. However, it not only helps to keep your skin from getting dry, but it also has additional medicinal benefits. You can use petroleum jelly to treat hangnails, as well as apply it to cuts and other abrasions to keep them from becoming infected. For these reasons, petroleum jelly is one of the best single ingredient moisturizers to use on cracked or cut skin.
Unlike coconut oil, jojoba oil is usually in a liquid state when it is purchased. It is used as a carrier oil for many of the moisturizers later in this article. To use this natural moisturizer, simply rub it on your skin after you shower. Like cocoa butter, this oil will also leave you smelling nice, especially if you add in essential oils, like lavender oil.
While the ingredients above work well enough on their own, they can also be combined with other ingredients to make moisturizer which can help with specific skin issues. Follow the instructions beneath each moisturizer name to make your own natural moisturizer.
Treat Oily Skin
For this recipe, you can mix 2/3 cup of either jojoba oil or grapeseed oil with 1/3 cup of borage oil. Next, add in five drops of ONE of the following essential oils: lavender, peppermint, orange, or rosemary oil. Rub this oil wherever you have oily skin. It is okay to use this moisturizer on your face as well, just try not to get it in your eyes or mouth.
If you want to have soft skin, try this recipe. Simply mix equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil (solid form) in a small container. Then, add five drops of lavender oil for each cup of moisturizer. Use this moisturizer on your legs, arms, and face to have smoother skin. For the best use, apply this moisturizer after shaving.
For this recipe, mix 2/3 cup of either argan oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil with 1/3 cup evening primrose oil. Next, add in five drops of either lavender or rosemary oil. Rub this oil on your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, to get the best results. This recipe will also work to treat back acne. For other home remedies for treating acne, read this article.
Treat Other Blemishes
If you have facial blemishes, other than acne, then try this recipe. Mix 1/2 cup of jojoba oil and a teaspoon of vitamin E (this can be obtained by breaking open vitamin E supplement pills). Then, add in five drops of tea tree oil. Apply this oil mixture on your blemishes with a cotton ball. Use this no more than three times a day to get the best results.
To make aging skin look younger, try this recipe. Mix 2/3 cup of either argan oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil (liquid form), or avocado oil. Next, add in 1/3 cup of either seat buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, or emu oil. Last, but not least, add in five drops of rose, ylang-ylang, or rose geranium oil. Use this oil mixture as you would use any other anti-aging serum.
One simple way to treat wrinkles is to use a mixture of honey and water. All you have to use it mix one part honey with four parts water. This should make a paste. Rub this paste on and around your wrinkles. Once the paste dries, rinse it off with warm water. It is best to use this home remedy before bed. For more home remedies for treating wrinkles, read this article.
Treat Scars or Damaged Skin
Whether you have scarring due to to a cut or acne, this recipe will be able to help. Mix 2/3 cup of hemp seed oil or coconut oil (liquid form) with 1/3 cup of either tamanu oil or rosehip seed oil. Lastly, add five drops of chamomile or palmarosa oil. Use this on your scars two or three times a day, every day, to see results.
Treat Cracked Feet/Heels
If you have cracked feet or other injuries on your feet, then you can try out this recipe to get relief. Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil (solid form) with four tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Lastly, mix in ten drops of lavender essential oil. Once this mixture is mixed thoroughly, rub it on your feet and put on socks (so the lotion does not leave your feet). It is best to do this right before bed so you can sleep with this mixture on your feet.
To protect your skin from the sun, you can make a moisturizer our of equal parts olive oil and sesame oil. While this may sound more like a salad dressing than a beauty product, it still works! This works best when treating sunburn. It should be noted that you will still need to wear sunscreen.
Do you know of any other recipes for natural moisturizers? If so, comment with your recipe below!