Everyone cares about the health of their skin. Dry patches, eczema rashes, etc. are universal problems that don't usually just get better and go away, never to be seen again. They re-occur over and over, requiring us to spend more and more time and money in our search for a remedy.
Cosmetic manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies cater to our skin insecurities, manufacturing a multitude of pricey skin care products, all promising to improve the health of our skin.
Face moisturizer reviews can be found all over the Internet touting the benefits of big-named products. The manufacturers of these products follow the trends and have begun to include more natural ingredients like olive oil or shea butter, thus hoping consumers will believe they are getting something that is healthier for their skin.
The problem is that the natural ingredients get “processed" along with the preservatives, artificial colors and/or fragrances, thus eliminating any true natural benefit. As such, they can't really compare with the all natural face moisturizers that you can make at home.
Some companies do a little better with their natural skin care products, but they are very expensive, and some still contain synthetic preservatives to maintain shelf life.
Fortunately, we can create our own natural face moisturizers for very little money and with more substantive results. Say goodbye to artificial ingredients and preservatives. You control what goes into your natural face moisturizer and what goes on to your skin.
There are a variety of natural and organic products you can use to make your own face moisturizer for dry skin. The following can all be found in your local grocery store or whole foods market.
Here are some homemade face moisturizer recipes that are easy to make and that will offer you better results than the store-bought products.
Personally, I think this is the best natural face moisturizer.
Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer
12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) shea butter.
4 tablespoons coconut oil.
5-10 drops lavender essential oil (according to your preference).
1. Place shea butter and coconut oil combination in mixing bowl.
2. Thoroughly whip the mixture until it is smooth and creamy in texture. This takes several minutes to achieve.
3. Add the lavender essential oil and mix again before transferring the cream to a clean, 10 ounce glass container.
Both the shea butter and coconut oil have fairly long shelf lives and don't need to be refrigerated. They are easily absorbed into your skin, leaving it smooth and soft, but not oily.
Avocado-Honey Moisturizing Masque
Here's another homemade face moisturizer that can be used to prevent your skin from showing signs of aging. This one is recommended by TV plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD.
3 tablespoons of fresh cream
1 tablespoon honey
1. Place all three ingredients in a blender and puree into a smooth cream.
2. Apply it to your skin and leave on for at least an hour.
3. Rinse off with warm water.
The honey helps your skin to retain moisture, thus making it look more youthful. Avocado is packed with fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that are highly beneficial and aid in skin maintenance and repair.
Here's another easy to make DIY face moisturizer that also uses just three ingredients.
½ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
5-7 drops lavender essential oil and/or tea tree oil
Combine the coconut oil, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and or lavender in a bowl.
Mix until well blended. Transfer to a clean glass container. Apply by pouring a small amount onto a cotton ball and apply to your face.
The addition of the tea tree oil provides anti-bacterial properties, thus helping to reduce blemishes. And vitamin E has long been renowned as a natural face moisturizer beneficial for skin health. A note to remember, coconut oil gets very hard when cold. When making this during the winter months, use a blender to mix the coconut oil into a smooth texture.
Malai Natural Face Moisturizer
Another of my favorite natural face moisturizer recipes that is very easy to make uses milk cream. This is a great daily moisturizer.
Milk cream, otherwise known as Malai, is used in Indian cooking. Non-homogenized whole milk is heated and then allowed to cool. The thick layer of yellowish fat the results from this process is skimmed off and becomes the Malai. Here in the USA it is difficult to find authentic Malai. Try substituting whipping cream instead.
Malai or whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons of gram flour
1. Combine enough cream (a few drops) to the gram flour to make a smooth, thick paste.
2. Apply the paste on your entire face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse off the paste with lukewarm water.
All of these face moisturizer recipes, and many more, can be found on the Internet and in beauty and natural skin care books. Once you know the benefits of each all natural ingredient, you can come up with your own recipes for the best face moisturizer that will work with your skin type, and everything can be found no further away than your own pantry.