I have always had normal/dry skin, depending on the season. With the winter season in Ohio approaching my skin has been changing. During the warmer months my skin was hydrated (few dry spots), blemish free and glowing. The cleansers I use, based on the needs of my skin at that time, are still working but I want to switch to using more natural products. I have yet to finish the cleansers but the moisturizers were the real problem. All of the ones that worked separately on my face for different issues were now aiding my breakouts, drying my skin out even more, or leaving my face feeling extra greasy or sticky.
Recently I set out on a mission to find a new natural/organic facial moisturizer. After researching and attempting to shop I was too confused and frustrated to continue on. After all, my budget is real and some of the products can get expensive. I gave up and decided I would make my own. I looked on Pinterest at several post and decided on a base that will work best for my skin (I did not think that coconut oil would be a good base for my confused skin). I concocted my own moisturizer.
DIY Moisturizing Face Gel
3 oz bottle (travel size)
Aloe Vera gel (a little less than half of the bottle)
Water (about a tsp)
Sweet almond oil (8 drops)
Vegetable glycerin (2 drops)
Essential oils of choice (I used 6 drops of tea tree oil and 12 drops lavender)
Jojoba oil (4 drops)
*These are not exact measurements. I did have to tweak my ingredients. The bottle was small enough for me to eyeball it.** Play with different formulas until you get the right results for your skin.*** Do not fill your bottle all the way up to the top. Leaving a little extra room in the bottle will allow the ingredients to mix better and space to add any ingredients later.
I applied the moisturizing face gel (MFG) to a clean, dry face in the morning. Soon after the application the dry patches around my mouth (problem area) were still visible (less so, but still noticeable). I applied MFG again paying special attention to the dry spots. My skin around my mouth had dried out so fast that I added the following 3 ounce bottle the next day.
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (about 2 drops)
Jojoba oil (2 drops)
Prior to adding the additional oils I had tried the original MFG overnight to see how it affected my skin. Usually I wake up very oily. When I awoke the next morning I did notice a big difference. My face was not as gross as usual. I was less oily and was able to get a nice clean feel without the use of my Clarisonic. I was pleased but there was still the issue of all-day-wear. So I proceeded as planned and added the new oils to the original MFG.
The addition of these two oils made my skin feel fully hydrated after one application. I was actually able to see some other parts of my face were not only dry, but also raw. The MFG did not further irritate those spots but soothed them. However, I will have to spot treat for a little extra TLC (possibly by using Shea butter overnight with MFG).
Tips: 1). Research your oils and products prior to use, 2). Do a spot test on an arm or leg to make sure you do not have any allergies or sensitivities, 3). Beware of too much oil it could make you shiny or… oily, 4). The cost of oils can get expensive. It is my opinion that I get more bang for my buck when I purchase items separately rather then already mixed. Most oils have a good shelf life and if stored properly can last a long time. It is more cost-efficient for me to replenish an oil for a DIY than to buy a product I’m not sure as far as both the ingredients and the results. Plus, with the oil on hand there are more opportunities for fine-tuning and other projects.
I hope this helps out if you’re looking for a DIY moisturizer. Let me know how it goes if you try it out and how you made it work for you.
UPDATE: If you make this moisturizer I suggest storing in a glass container so that the oils are not disturbed by the plastic. Also, I have discontinued my use of this moisturizer. Some time long after making this moisturizer I had some challenges with my skin which were unrelated to this moisturizer. You can read about that here.
Let your radiance shine through,