I have very dry skin that is also sensitive to many commercial chemicals. After spending way too much money on things that only partly hydrated my skin, or caused it to break out, or set off my allergies, I realized I could just make my own with things I had on hand.
Here’s a recipe for one of the gentlest, actually hydrating, easiest facial moisturizers you can make. (You might not have these ingredients on hand — and they’re not ridiculously cheap — although a little bit goes a long way, so they definitely pay for themselves in the long run.)
I like to use this for a nighttime moisturizer, as I use lemon essential oil in mine (and that can make skin sensitive to sunburn).
- 4 tablespoons of plain Aloe Vera gel or oil
Natural moisturizer with wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, also stimulates new cell growth
- 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond oil
Hypoallergenic, naturally hydrating, pore cleansing, rich in vitamin E. You can substitute Rosehip oil, Grapeseed oil, or Avocado oil, which are also healing and hydrating, and good for sensitive skin
- 10 drops Jojoba oil
Antibacterial, antifungal, similar to human sebum so it helps regulate skin oil production, rich in vitamins A and E
- 1 teaspoon of glycerin for skin
An emollient that helps protect skin from moisture loss
- 6 drops of essential oil
Lemon is brightening and antibacterial, geranium oil encourages new skin growth, lavender oil is anti-inflammatory and encourages new skin growth, etc.
- Put everything in a shake-able container.
3. To apply, put a dime-sized amount on a clean cotton pad and swab across your face. For me, two applications covers my whole face.
Be careful not to get this in your eyes, and don’t swallow it. It’ll last anywhere between one to three months (longer if refrigerated). After that, throw it out and make more — oil goes rancid naturally, after all.
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