Everyone cares about the health of their skin. Dry patches, eczema, rashes and other skin problems are universal and 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.
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.
Warning: Always test a moisturizer (even a natural face cream) on your arm before applying to your face. Some fruits, especially strawberries have been found to leave some people with a rash.
DIY Anti-aging Moisturizers
Avocado oil or avocado puree. Avocado contains vitamins and minerals and is known for its anti aging properties.
Coconut oil, on its own is a wonderful DIY moisturizer and is so very convenient. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which is easily absorbed and helps to slow aging, what’s more is that it is perfect for dry and oily skin alike and is anti-bacterial. Buy cold pressed, organic coconut oil for your skin care routine. Apply just a smidge of oil to your face after cleansing. It can be used as a fat in cooking to hydrate from the inside out.
Recommended recipe from naturalandhealthyliving.com. This recipe only contains three ingredients. Coconut oil, Vitamin E oil and Lavender oil. This mixture is anti-aging, anti-fungal, antibacterial and smells wonderful!
Avocado & Honey Moisturizer
Here's another homemade moisturizer that can be used to prevent your skin from showing the signs of aging. This one is recommended by TV plastic surgeon Andrew Ordon, MD.
3 tablespoons of fresh cream.
1 tablespoon honey.
Place all three ingredients in a blender and puree into a smooth cream.
Apply it to your skin and leave on for at least an hour.
Rinse off with warm water.
The honey helps your skin 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.
Dry skin should be treated with rich oils such as sesame oil,
vitamin E, almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil, rose hip oil, shea
butter or extra virgin olive oil.
You can combine an egg, 1 tsp olive oil and 1tsp of lemon juice. Mix
together, apply all over face and neck, leave for 15 then rinse with
Macadamia nut oil is great for dry skin, it also helps to reduce skin irritation.
1 tbsp honey, 30ml milk and 1 tsp olive oil mixed together. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off afterward.
Mayonnaise can be applied to dry skin day and night. Leave on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Here is a natural skin moisturizer by livesimply.me. This is an ultra-moisturizing cream that contains carrot seed and tea tree oil extract among other ingredients. So if you would like to spend a bit more on your recipe, this is a great option. This cream can apparently help to prevent break outs and is great at keeping dry, peeling patches of skin at bay.
Cocoa butter combined with Coconut oil is an all natural facial moisturizer that will protect your skin from the elements.
Beeswax boosts the skins natural oil supply.
Beaten egg yolk can be used just as is, apply, leave on until it dries on your skin then rinse off with cool water. You can feel a definite difference in your skin after using this.
Malai Natural Face 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.
Combine enough cream (a few drops) to the gram flour to make a smooth, thick paste.
Apply the paste on your entire face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Rinse off the paste with lukewarm water.
Your Grocery List
Sesame oil, vitamin E oil, almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil, rose hip oil, extra virgin olive oil, lavender essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, tea tree essential oil (optional in recipe), Macadamia nut oil.
Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Beeswax.
Egg, lemon juice, honey, milk, cows cream or malai.
Apply any fresh fruit to your face, this can be added to some honey (honey is an antibacterial agent), which will prevent acne. Wash off after about 15 minutes. Ice can be used as a toner to close your pores afterward.
Mix 2tsp honey with 3tsp of lemon juice, 3 tbsp of yogurt and one whipped egg white. Apply to face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing off.
This natural DIY face moisturizer is non greasy and soothes irritated skin. It is excellent for those with an oily, acne prone skin. You will need:
• 1/3 cup Aloe Vera gel
• 4 tablespoons Sweet almond oil
• 1 tablespoon Beeswax
• 10 drops Lemon essential oil
Heat the sweet almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler until melted. Mix well. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Leave to stand until the mixture is room temperature. Mix the lemon essential oil with your aloe Vera gel. Add this to your beeswax mixture a little at a time, while beating with an electric beater. Beat the mixture until you are happy with the consistency. Get yourself a pretty container to store your moisturizer in.
Many expensive moisturizers on the market claim that their products can heal certain skin conditions like photo damage, loss of collagen and wrinkles, but have very little evidence to support their claims. The actual effective compounds in these products are in fact very inexpensive.
Some moisturizers made by the cosmetic industry may aggravate certain skin conditions or cause itching, burning, redness and even dehydration of the skin. These products contain artificial colors, petroleum and harsh preservatives, which can cause more harm than good. When looking for something to combat dry skin, It's best to stick with the ingredients in your grocery cupboard.