Moisturizers can be a vital part of your daily routine. They help keep your skin smooth and prevent your skin from drying out. Unfortunately, many commercially available moisturizers contain ingredients that could potentially be harmful to your skin and health.
When you purchase moisturizers, how do you really know what is included? You can look at the ingredient list, but this often results in a list of unrecognizable items. Whether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, or are tired of dealing with itchy eczema patches, then you may like to try using one of these 5 homemade, all-natural, safe moisturizers.
1. Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer
This first recipe should yield about 10 ounces of moisturizer. It is relatively easy to prepare. To create your own whipped shea butter moisturizer, gather the following ingredients:
- 12 tablespoons of plant butter (shea butter)
- 4 tablespoons of plant oil (coconut oil or jojoba oil are recommended)
- 5 to 10 drops of essential oil (chamomile and lavender are known to reduce skin irritation)
Place the shea butter in a small mixing bowl. Add the oil and thoroughly mix the two ingredients. Use a spoon to whip the two ingredients. Once you achieve the desired consistency, add the essential oil and then scoop the moisturizer into containers.
2. Ultra Moisturizing Lotion
This next homemade moisturizer contains a combination of healing oils and nourishing essential oils. You can experiment with the combination of essential oils, but the first time you make this moisturizer, stick to these ingredients:
- ½ a cup of shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of oil (jojoba oil, avocado oil, or almond oil are recommended)
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops of carrot seed oil
- 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
In a saucepan, melt the shea butter. Once the butter has melted, add the oil of your choice. Turn off the heat and stir the two ingredients together. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Place this in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes, but do not allow it to freeze.
Remove the bowl from the freezer and add the essential oils. Whisk the ingredients after each addition of an essential oil. This will only take a few minutes and you should ensure that you do not over-whip the ingredients.
Scoop the mixture into a jar and store at room temperature. As with any of the moisturizers listed, apply as needed.
3. Aloe Vera Moisturizer
Aloe Vera is the primary active ingredient in this recipe, but the other ingredients also provide skin-relieving benefits. Vitamin E helps to relieve irritated or dry skin.
Use the following ingredients to make your own Aloe Vera moisturizer:
- 4 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of almond oil
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
Add the Aloe Vera gel to a small bowl and then add the almond oil and vitamin E oil. Thoroughly mix these ingredients together, while you slowly melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat. Once the coconut oil has melted, add it to the mixture.
Allow the mixture to cool before placing it in the container of your choice. If you enjoy the soothing relief offered by essential oils, you could include a few drops of lavender or other essential oils.
4. Coconut Oil And Vitamin E Moisturizer
Coconut oil is again used for this next moisturizer. This is another simple recipe to whip together. Start by gathering these three ingredients:
- ½ a cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of vitamin E
- 12 drops of lavender essential oil
Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, or place it in a jar inside of a bowl of warm water. Once the coconut oil has melted, add the other two ingredients. Thoroughly mix the three ingredients until they are completely combined.
After the coconut oil has cooled and the mixture has hardened again, you can put it into a container. Store in a cool, dark place.
5. Coconut and Vanilla Homemade Moisturizer
Again, the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of coconut oil are used to create a moisturizer that can help to relieve skin irritation and keep your skin hydrated. Here are the ingredients needed:
- ½ a cup of shea butter
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ½ a teaspoon of vanilla oil
- 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil
Start making this moisturizer by placing the shea butter in a mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil and place it in the bowl with the shea butter. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients and then allow to cool before placing in a jar or other airtight container.
While there are many moisturizers that you can buy, it is hard to determine what ingredients are used in some of these products. Many commercial products have ingredients with difficult to pronounce names. This makes it difficult to research and really know what these ingredients are. Instead of relying on commercial moisturizers, consider making your own by using any of the 5 recipes provided.