Diy face moisturizer refers to a cosmetic used to prevent dryness and water loss of the skin. Dry skin is susceptible to fine lines, wrinkles, flaking, and aging. You can find moisturizers online and in the pharmacies but if you want to make a DIY moisturizer, you can make one out of ingredients found at your home.
How Do Moisturizers Work
Moisturizers help skin keep its moisture or water content and prevent its loss. It contains two main ingredients – the occlusives, emollients, and humectants. Occlusives hold water, humectants draw water to absorb water from the air and dermis and emollients make the skin smooth and fill the rough spots. Other ingredients include vitamins, lactic acid, and menthol.
- Emollients – They keep the skin smooth rather than moisturize. Other occlusives such as dimethicone are both humectants and emollients. Alcohol is commonly known to dry skin but in fact, some alcohols such as the octyl dodecanol serve as good emollients.
- Humectants – This substance pulls the water from the air and the deep parts of the skin into the stratum corneum. When it’s less humid, there’s little water from the air to pull. Common humectants include panthenol, glycerin, honey, urea, and sorbitol. When used alone, they can potentially dry the skin and so they are used with occlusives to trap the moisture and bring water into the stratum corneum.
- Occlusives – Occlusives refers to oily substances or petrolatum in moisturizers. They are used to prevent water evaporation and keep the water in the skin. Commonly used occlusives are waxy and fatty substances that include mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin, lecithin, and cetyl alcohol or fatty alcohol. Moisturizers that are oil-free rely on dimethicone as their occlusive. Petrolatum is effective in holding water, second the lanolin, silicone, and mineral oil.
- Lactic – Lactic acid is also best for heel skin to prevent cracks and make it more flexible.
- Water – Most of all moisturizers are water-based. Some moisturizers contain oily ingredients to hold water into the stratum corneum (the apart of the skin). Using oily and grease on the skin without resupplying water is ineffective as this only leaves the skin dry, cracked, and greasy. An effective method is to soak the skin in water and cover it with vaseline.
- Vitamins – Vitamins such as retinoic acid (a type of vitamin A) reduces wrinkles and fine lines and stimulate collagen production. Retinyl palmitate (another type of vitamin A) is used in moisturizers.
DIY Face Moisturizer Recipe
1. The 3 Ingredients Moisturizer
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 6 drops lavender
- Essential tea tree oil or other types
- Mix the ingredients.
- Put in a cosmetic bottle.
2. Coconut Lime Lotion
- Lime essential oil
- Coconut oil
- Mason jar
- Mix the ingredients.
- Put in a mason jar.
3. Green tea moisturizer
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 2 tbsps of loose green tea
- In a medium heat and double boiler, melt the coconut oil.
- Add the green tea and mix.
- Simmer in low heat for an hour.
- With a cheesecloth, strain the tea.
- Cool until it becomes solid.
- For 3 to 5 minutes, whip until the mixture is creamy.
4. Vitamin E cream
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E
- 4 drops of essential oil
- 3 tbsps of cocoa butter
- 4 tbsps of coconut oil
- Mix the 4 ingredients and place them in a fridge for 1 hour.
- Mix the ingredients until light and place it in a fridge for 30 minutes.
- Whisk the mixture until fluffy and place it in a jar.
5. Aloe Vera Facial Cream
- 5 to 8 drops of essential oil like geranium or lavender.
- 1.5 tbsps of beeswax pastilles (grated finely and diced)
- 2 tbsps of jojoba oil.
- ½ cup of coconut oil.
- 1 cup of aloe vera gel
- In a saucepan, heat the coconut oil, jojoba oil, and beeswax.
- Mix the ingredients until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into a blender and let it cool for about 1 to 1.5 hours.
- Once cooled, use a spatula to scrape down the mixture to loosen.
- Slowly blend the mixture and our the aloe vera until well combined.
- Add the 5 to 8 drops of essential oil.
- The aloe vera facial cream is good for facial skin types. Test before using it by applying it in a small skin area.
- Coconut oil is an excellent ingredient as it has been shown by research that it can fight acne, promote antioxidant enzyme, and increase collagen cross-linking 1, 2, 3.
- This uses the emollient properties of coconut oil and the occlusive effects of aloe vera and jojoba oil. Jojoba is a humectant that can draw water from the skin and air. They all work to prevent drying and water loss of your skin.
- It has 3 to 4 months of storage life.
6. Honey and Coconut Oil Facial Mask
- 2 tsp of coconut oil
- 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil.
- 1.5 tsp of raw and unpasteurized honey.
- Mix the lavender essential oil, coconut oil, and raw honey.
- If the cream is very viscous, place it in a refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once hardened, take it from the fridge and whip with a spoon.
Usage: Test this cream by applying it in a small area of your face. It’s impossible to have an all solution or all for skin facial skincare. So it’s possible that coconut oil and honey could not be right for every skin type.
- Lavender oil optional and it’s included in the ingredients as it has an antibacterial and antioxidant effect that can aid in fighting acne and soothing irritated and inflamed skin.
- Be careful with what you choose for the ingredients as some can cause irritation. For instance, cinnamon and lemon juice can lead to skin irritation especially if they are in highly concentrated doses.
- Coconut oil has a melting point of 77 F so, to mix it evenly, it should be cooler than 77 F.
7. Olive oil moisturizer
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- One tbsp of beeswax
- Two tbsp of coconut oil
- Two vitamin E capsules
- In a pan, mix the olive oil and coconut oil with beeswax.
- Let the mixture simmer until melted.
- Add 2 capsules of vitamin E.
- Keep in a cosmetic bottle for later use.