A lot of us are spending more time at home than usual, and some folks are supercharging their domestic side, venturing into all sorts of DIY activities. If you aren’t satisfied with your current face cream, or just want to try an alternative, this is another area where you can try your hand at doing it yourself.
Many ingredients you’ll find in a lotion, moisturizer, or face cream can be purchased at the store, such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or aloe vera gel. You may already have some essential oils on hand to add to a homemade face cream. By experimenting with your own recipes, you’ll be able to incorporate as many natural and nourishing ingredients as you need. You can make sure your DIY cream addresses dry skin or combats early signs of aging. It’s up to you how to bring out your natural beauty.
It’s always a good idea to see what a dermatologist says before beginning any new skincare regimen. Or, if you aren’t able to consult with one, you might want to do a patch test. This simply means you try out any new ingredients on a small portion of your skin before adding it to a recipe and applying it to your entire face.
Below you’ll find several recipes for face creams that you can use or adjust to suit your needs.
1. Amazing almond oil cream: free-radical fighting, soothing & softening!
This DIY face cream recipe takes into account what so many of us find essential in our skincare products. We want ingredients that soften skin while protecting it against environmental toxins and damage.
For that first part, almond oil fits the description. It’s an emollient, which means it works to soften the skin. Emollients moisturize the skin and decrease flaking and drying by filling in the spaces between skin cells with fatty substances, or lipids. Almond oil has often been used to deal with eczema, and other types of dry, irritated skin. It is soothing and revitalizing and can help improve your complexion.
To address the second part of that sentence above, this recipe also contains virgin coconut oil, which at least one study has shown to have a particularly powerful effect when coming up against free radicals. And just as a reminder, free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage our cells when they try to snatch an extra electron from other molecules in the body. This antioxidant capacity is a beauty bonus and has several anti-aging effects.
The other ingredients rounding out this face cream are beeswax, shea butter, and vitamin E. Beeswax is a natural salve that protects the surface layer of the skin against harmful environmental elements. It contains vitamin A which also helps with skin cell regeneration and overall skin health. The shea butter hydrates and softens skin and has anti-inflammatory properties to boot. Vitamin E adds to the antioxidant effects of this face lotion, and softens skin as well.
Makes about ½ cup (lasts about 3 months)
- ¼ cup almond oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
How to make it:
Add the ingredients above to a glass jar. Fill a pot with 3-4 inches of water, and bring it to a simmer. Put the jar that contains the aforementioned ingredients in the pot, and do not cover either. Stir gently as you allow the ingredients to melt. Once this new magic potion of yours has melted, pour it into a separate jar and allow it to cool at room temperature until it solidifies. Cover the jar with a lid, and keep it in a cool place. This cream can be applied to your face any time you need a little moisture. It’s a great cream morning or night.
2. Hey hey ho ho, this Jojoba’s got to go…on your face!
This DIY face cream is similar to the recipe above in that it also contains coconut oil and beeswax, but instead of the other ingredients, it has jojoba oil and aloe vera gel. You can also add essential oils to this mixture if you like.
When making a moisturizer, you’re going to need a moisturizing ingredient like jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a humectant, which are ingredients that keep skin hydrated by attracting water to the skin and slowing down the normal rate of evaporation. Humectants draw moisture from the environment and the lower layers of skin, so it’s best to combine these with other moisturizing elements like emollients (such as coconut oil) and occlusives (such as beeswax). We defined emollients above already, but occlusives help keep skin moisturized by coating the skin to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL). So beeswax seals in moisture in a similar way to petroleum jelly (also known as Vaseline).
And as if we needed another reason to say hooray for jojoba oil, it can even make a difference in your complexion and skin tone by fighting the oxidative stress of environmental toxins and pollutants. In other words, it’s an antioxidant.
Before we get to the making of this mixture, let’s not forget to sing the praises of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is very helpful in healing wounds and even helping to minimize scars because it has the capacity to help boost collagen production as it fights bacteria. It can help relieve dry skin, and always seems to play nice when combined with other oils.
Okay, now that we’ve covered a little bit of the backstory on these moisturizers, let’s get to this DIY face cream recipe and instructions.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 cup aloe vera gel (not homemade in this case)
- (optional) 4-8 drops essential oils
How to make it:
Just like the last recipe, you’ll be using a double-boiler, meaning you will put a heat-safe glass jar or bowl (with the ingredients inside) in a pot with simmering water.
First, fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water, then place the glass bowl in the saucepan. Add the jojoba and coconut oil, and the beeswax pellets. (Set the aloe vera and essential oils aside for now.) Bring the heat under the saucepan up to medium until the water is at a simmer. Once the oils and beeswax melt turning liquid and translucent, you’re ready for the next step. That means you can pour the mixture into a blender (again, making sure it’s a heat-safe container).
Let it cool for an hour or so. Then, with the blender on low, slowly pour the cup of aloe vera in. Make sure you’re blending it all together and use a spatula if necessary.
Now is when you add in your drops of essential oil. Each essential oil can provide unique skin health benefits, and a lovely fragrance as well. Rose or rose geranium provides a nice floral scent and works well with normal skin and aging skin. If you want to address oily skin or acne, lavender or rosemary essential oils may be your best bet. You can look into which essential oils will be most likely to benefit your skin and/or choose the ones you know you love. Add 4-8 drops of your preferred essential oil.
Mix it all together, and move it to smaller glass jars, so you can refrigerate a few of them. If you store them that way, you will extend the shelf life. The jar with the face cream you keep out should last you a few months. Just make sure to secure the lid and not expose it to extreme temperatures.
Smooth this natural cream on your face whenever you feel like it. With the jojoba oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel, it’s sure to make your skin smoother and give you results you’ll love.
3. A rose by any other name is not rosehip seed oil
Rosehip seed oil is a unique and natural way to address wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is not the same as rose oil. Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild rose bush, Rosa Rubiginosa. (Rose oil, on the other hand, comes from rose petals). Rosehip oil is enriched with vitamin A and vitamin C. The former helps with the natural skin cell regeneration process, which allows newer, fresher layers of skin to make their way to the surface.
Vitamin C has positive effects on the skin with its antioxidant properties, and it also stimulates collagen synthesis, which is critical for youthful-looking skin. Collagen is what really helps skin maintain its elasticity and ability to bounce back.
Rosehip oil also contains the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are foundational for healthy cell membranes. These fatty acids are part of the natural oil barrier, which helps maintains the skin’s moisture balance and overall health.
In combination with the other ingredients that your skin will love, this homemade face cream will make you look forward to your beauty routine. Using it one time in the morning and once at night will get your skin looking fabulous.
- 1 Tablespoon beeswax
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 1 Tablespoon coconut butter
- 10 drops vitamin E oil
- 2 Tablespoons rosehip oil
- 4-8 drops essential oil
How to make it:
Get your ingredients out and ready. Mix the beeswax, almond oil, and coconut butter together in a glass bowl that can withstand heat. Just to preempt any possible misunderstandings, don’t confuse cocoa butter for coconut butter – cocoa butter comes from cocoa beans, and coconut butter comes from coconuts, as the names would suggest). Put the glass bowl in a pot of hot water – yes, it’s time for another double boiler. If you keep it simmering on low heat it’s okay if the glass touches the water, but if you keep it a medium or high, you’ll want the glass or metal bowl in your double boiler to remain balanced above the boiling water in the pot.
Continue to stir until the aforementioned ingredients have blended and melted together. Then, set the glass bowl aside allowing the oil mixture to cool off at room temperature. After 10-15 minutes, you can stir in the rosehip seed oil, vitamin E oil, and any essential oil you like.
Put the bowl in the refrigerator until the mixture thickens, but take it out before it solidifies completely. Then you can use an electric mixer to whip the face cream until it’s nice and smooth. This DIY lotion works better and has a longer shelf life if you keep it in the fridge, so every time you go to sneak your last snack, you can smooth this cream on your face as well.
Whoever says botox is the only way to reverse the signs of aging may not have seen what this face moisturizer can do. This DIY rosehip lotion is one of the best natural options out there.
Here’s one last bonus recipe that only has three ingredients: coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and chamomile essential oil. Watch the following video to learn how to make this DIY face cream:
If you are not about to do another DIY project, then I’m not sure how you made it to the end of this post, but I’m glad you did! Maybe you only have the energy to put a little olive oil on the fine lines of your face and call it a night. That’s better than nothing. However, there is more than one face cream out there that’s already prêt-à-porter – meaning all you have to do is twist off a lid and apply.
The professional skincare specialists at Viviane Woodard have concocted several formulas to address the issues experienced by every skin type. The time-tested Moistrio Formulas have three different options that balance skin. Whether you need to control excess oiliness, reduce the signs of aging, or combat dry, dull skin, there’s a moisturizer for you. There are even cleansers and a moisturizing facial mist to match each one. So if you don’t want to worry about getting out a blender, following recipes, and having to store your face cream in a cool, dry place, you can count on the Viviane Woodard products you love that have been around for generations.
Whatever you decide, thanks for reading, and best of luck!
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