In this post we going to explore recipe of homemade moisturizers and creams.
You could read the basic algorithm of preparing DIY moisturizers HERE.
What Does Moisturizer Do?
Skin creams and moisturizers are meant to do the following to our skin:
- Supply skin with vitamins and minerals;
- Provide skin with poly and monounsaturated acids;
- Stimulate collagen production;
- Moisturize, hydrate and nourish our skin;
- Brighten, whiten and improve skin tone.
How to Apply Moisturizer
I thought it would be easier explain how to apply moisturizer to your face with pictures.
- Apply small amount of moisturizer or face cream to your forehead, nose, both cheeks, chin, and throat.
- Massage gently and spread over the face according to the lines (step 3)
There are tons of products ranging from cheap to very expensive prices.
However, you can easily make good moisturizers at home.
General Rule Of Mixing Cream’s Ingredients
- First, melt solids and mix melted solids together.
- Then, add runny components such as gels, honey, glycerin, and oils.
- Then, add liquid components like water and herbal infusion.
- Sometimes the last step is to whip the mixture with hand blender or mixer. Some recipes do not require that.
The best way to melt liquids is in a double boiler. This way you won’t overheat solids and they won’t lose their useful properties.
1. Simple Moisturizing and Nourishing Cream with Olive Oil
3 teaspoons of Lanolin
3 teaspoons of Beeswax
2 teaspoons of Glycerin
4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
10 drops of distilled or mineral water
- Melt wax in a double boiler, add lanolin and olive oil. Mix all very well together. (mixture 1)
- In a separate pot warm glycerin and water, mixing them very well. (mixture 2)
- Gradually introduce mixture 2 to mixture 1, constantly stirring the product with a wooden spatula.
- After mixing for 2 minutes, remove mixture from the heat, continue stirring and allow to cool down.
- Allow to thicken, you can skip on a blender.
- Shelf life: up to 6 months outside the fridge
2. Nourishing Night Cream with Honey
This cream will moisturize and nourish your skin.
1 tablespoon of lanolin
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of glycerin
1/2 teaspoon of starch or xenathan gum (for thickening, you can omit this step)
2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) beeswax
8 tablespoons of rose water
- Melt: lanolin, olive oil, honey and glycerin. Keep stirring, do not overheat more than 40 degrees Celsius.
- Add starch and keep stirring.
- Add wax and rose water while stirring the mixture.
- Take mixture off the heat, keep stirring. Let is cool.
- Optional: add essential oils once your cream is cooled.
- Shelf life is about 3-6 months.
3. Mattifying Moisturizing Cream for Oily Skin
This cream contains gelatine. Gelatine is a very good source of protein and will nourish your skin very well. It also regulates skin oil production. This recipe contains salicylic acid which is added for extra exfoliation.
I personally have mixed feelings about adding acids, especially in homemade products. I strongly advise you to skip this step if you are preparing this cream for your face. If you are making it as a body care product, then it is safe to add salicylic acid.
Gelatin powder – 6 grams
Glycerin – 5 tablespoons
Honey – 5 teaspoons
Distilled water – 100 ml (around 1/2 cap)
Salicylic acid – 1 gram (skip for a face product)
- Pour water into gelatine, let powder dissolve and swell (it will take around 40 min).
- In a double boiler, place gelatine and let is dissolve, keep stirring.
- Add honey and glycerin, keep stirring.
- Take off the heat, add salicylic acid (if you are using it)
- Let cool and whisk cream with a hand blender
- Shelf life is about 3 months
4. Whitening Moisturizing Cream with Cucumber Juice
Cucumber not only moisturizes but also removes age spots. In addition it has many useful vitamins and minerals.
1 teaspoon of beeswax
3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil (or any other oil of your choice, see the table HERE)
2 tablespoons of mineral water
3 tablespoons of pureed fresh cucumber (peel first) – it is better to use juice only
- In a double boiler melt beeswax, add almond oil, heat up to 40 degrees.
- Add pureed cucumber, keep stirring for a minute.
- Add mineral water.
- Keep stirring mixture at the very minimum heat for 30 minutes.
- Once mixture is cooled, whisk with hand blender.
- Shelf life: 2 months. Refrigerated: up to 6 months.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Moisturizer for Dry, Sensitive skin
This cream will reduce dry, flaky patches; redness and irritation.
5 tablespoons Jojoba oil
1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice
10 capsules Vitamin E (or 1 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons of beeswax
100 ml (around 1/2 cap) of Distilled Water
- In a double boiler heat up water, hot enough to melt wax.
- Stir in wax and jojoba oil, reduce heat, keep stirring until wax is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat, cool off a bit, add vitamin E and Aloe Vera Juice. Let cool
- Whisk with hand blender.
- Shelf life: 3-6 months
6. Universal body and face moisturizer
This is moisturizing, healing and anti-inflammatory product.
12 teaspoons of pure Distilled water
3 teaspoons of Lecithin
4 teaspoons of Castor oil
1 teaspoon of Glycerin
1 teaspoon of Aloe vera juice
1 teaspoon of Propolis tincture
- In a double boiler, heat water o a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius, and soak in lecithin.
- Remove mixture from water and let cool; lecithin will expand
- Start whisking the mixture with hand blender on a low speed. Add propolis, aloe vera juice, glycerin, and castor oil.
- Gradually increase the speed of a blender, whisk for about 3-5 minutes.
- The mixture should be cool completely by now.
- Your cream is ready for use.
- Shelf life: 3-6 months.
7. Anti-bacterial Nourishing Face Cream with Calendula
I have an extensive post about CALENDULA and its benefits.
1 teaspoon of dried Calendula flowers
5 tablespoons of any carrier oil (jojoba, sesame, olive, sweet almond etc)
1 teaspoon of Glycerin
4 teaspoons of beeswax (grate it first)
- In a double burner place carrier oil and heat it up to 40 degrees Celsius
- Add calendula flowers, reduce the heat and simmer for 1-2 hours (the longer you simmer, the stronger your oil infusion will be. There is also another method to make calendula infusion. Please, read it HERE).
- Add grated wax, let it melt and mix well with calendula oil.
- Remove from the heat, let cool down and pour to glass jars.
- Shelf life about 3-6 months.
At the end I would like to mention my opinion about homemade products. It might not be the popular one. I believe that as our skin age, we need strong ingredients. And homemade products just don’t have them.
Homemade skin care products are wonderful but as an addition to professionally formulated products. If you are in your 20s, everything will work on your skin (and young skin does not need intensive treatments). However, mature skin does need strong ingredients that peel, lift, improve elasticity and skin tone.
However, if you are totally against professionally formulated products for whatever reasons, this is absolutely fine and respectful. That is why I have this section with natural homemade products – so anyone can find a solution for their skin issue.