Homemade Moisturizer

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Why Make Your own Moisturizer?

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.

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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.
  • 1/4 avocado.
  • 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 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.

Your grocery list

  • Avocado oil and fresh avocados
  • Organic, cold pressed coconut oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Fresh cream
  • Honey

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Why do we use honey in most of our DIY recipes?

 Get four DIY honey mask recipes here. 

DIY Moisturizer for Dry Skin

  • 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 lukewarm water.
  • 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.
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Gram flour.

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Natural Face Moisturizers for Combination Skin Types

  • Normal to oily skin should be moisturized with light oils such as grapeseed or avocado.
  • Jojoba oil is known for its antioxidant properties, it is a good  moisturizer that protects your skin against the sun, wind and other elements.
  • A combination of Sesame oil and Olive oil will moisturize and protect your skin from the sun.
  • Orange juice mixed with olive oil will cleanse and hydrate at the same time. Mix equal parts together, leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off. 

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.

Your grocery list

  • Grapeseed oil, avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Sesame oil and Olive oil, organic coconut oil. lavender essential oil.
  • Orange juice. 
  • shea butter.

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Facial Moisturizer for Oily Skin

  • 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.
  • A combination of Aloe Vera gel and honey.
  • 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. 

Lavender Homemade Moisturizer

Here's another easy to make DIY face moisturizer that also uses just three ingredients.


  • ½ cup Jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
  • 5-7 drops lavender essential oil and/or tea tree oil


  1. Combine the jojoba oil, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and or lavender in a bowl.
  2. 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. 

Your grocery list

  • Jojoba oil, Sweet almond oil, Lemon essential oil, liquid vitamin E, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil. 
  • Honey 
  • Beeswax
  • Aloe Vera gel 
  • Lemon juice  
  • Yogurt  
  • Egg 

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Total Body Homemade Moisturizer

  • Put 1/2 cup of raw honey with 1/2 cup of oats in a sock. Tie a knot. Throw it into your bathtub for smooth, beautiful, supple skin.
  • Olive oil skin care. Use olive oil for dry skin patches on your body, but make sure you use extra virgin, organic olive oil. Alternatively coconut oil can be used.

Hydration Tips for Beautiful, Supple Skin

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to hydrate your skin.
  • Stay away from things like alcohol or excessive amounts of salt or caffeine that draw moisture from your body.
  • Take omega 3,6 and 9 supplements daily.

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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.

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