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How to Make Your Own Face Moisturizer Based on Your Skin Type

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We are all aware that moisturizer is one of the most crucial elements of any effective skincare routine. What you might weren’t aware of is that moisturizer does not have to be a major enemy to your wallet! Sure, there is nothing wrong with luxe formulas, but by being creative, you can get a more affordable option, and as effective. Plus, these homemade moisturizers are extremely easy to make! What is the catch? To know what to reach for, more precisely, your skin type. But do not worry, I got your back as always, I’ll go into detail about the recipes for each one.

Face moisturizer for aging skin

This creamy face moisturizer is particularly important because it helps with aging skin. Yes, that’s right! It will help soften and lighten your wrinkles, fine lines, and other age spots.

What you’ll need

  • About 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp of argan oil 
  • Essential oils

I have first to mention shea butter because I am pretty much obsessed with it. With age, the skin loses hydration, and this little game-changer is rich in vitamins A and E, so it will help you with moisturizing, and it will be anti-inflammatory too. Pretty much, it is a true skin gem that everyone should be grateful for. Another component is argan oil. Did you know that its comedogenic rating is 0? Yup, so it cannot clog your pores! Good as it is for acne-prone skin, it’s also great for anti-aging. It softens wrinkles and fine lines and even hydrates your skin.

Essential oils are another game-changing element. I mean, they help with wrinkles, age spots, hydration, and pimples. But the hard part is deciding which essential oil to add. That is really up to you! I recommend lavender and frankincense for anti-aging effects. They give your new moisturizer a great scent. If you never used them before, do a patch test first. And even if it’s all good, start with 5-10 drops. Later on, you can go up to 15 drops. 

How to DIY

  1. Add 1/4 cup of shea butter to a bowl and mash it until it’s buttery.
  2. Then, add 2 tbsp of argan oil and mix it till you get a paste-like texture.
  3. In the end, join in your essential oils and merge it all again.

Homemade face moisturizer for dry skin

Everyone heard about coconut oil’s benefits for the skin. What is good about it? It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high fatty acid content. And it absorbs quickly into the skin, so it’s an excellent moisturizer. Not to mention, it smells unbelievably pleasant. Another thing you have to add to your moisturizer is vitamin E. It will help fight off bacteria in your skin and protect your cells. And since it’s an oil-based vitamin, it fits dry skin.

What you’ll need

How to DIY

  1. Melt the coconut till it’s liquid. You could do this by putting the jar of coconut oil in a bowl of warm water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Then add vit E and mix them. You can add a few drops of essential oil too — lavender, myrrh, geranium, or carrot seed — if you want.
  3. Store your new cream in a cool, dry place.

DIY face moisturizer for sensitive skin

Ok, sensitive skin is more the result of a damaged skin barrier rather than a skin type. But avocado oil works great to repair the skin barrier — research shows it — it’s mega nourishing! The moisture features are thanks to the omega 3s. And what fights free radicals are vitamins A, D, and E. Also, it’s anti-inflammatory, so it is beneficial to those who struggle with eczema or psoriasis. What goes so nicely with avocado are beeswax and coconut oil! Beeswax will protect your skin against irritation, which is vital for sensitive skin, while coconut oil will be your antibacterial soldier — it will add a relaxing smell!

What you’ll need

  • ⅓ cup Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets

Let’s do it

Start by pouring 2 to 3 inches of water into a pot and add all the ingredients. Put it on a stove, on medium heat, till all the components melt. Pick up the jar and swirl it to make sure it’s all even. You need to wait till it cools down, for about an hour, before the use.

DIY face moisturizer for oily skin

We all know how aloe vera is great for soothing sunburns and minor cuts, but do you know that it’s a perfect moisturizer for acne-prone skin too? I mean, it can be used for sensitive and dry skin types as well. But if you have oily skin, you will be happy to find out that aloe kills the bacteria that causes acne! Plus, it plumps up skin to hide wrinkles. Everything about it is just a win-win, isn’t it? Now, you can pair it with whatever goes well for you. But I would suggest tea tree oil, jasmine oil, or almond oil. The oil’s fatty acid from almonds will help dissolve excess oil on the skin. And retinoids from it will reduce the presence of acne. Jasmine and tea tree will kill bacteria and heal acne breakouts.

What you’ll need

  • 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 5-6 drops of vegetable oil (almond)
  • 5 drops of essential oil (tea tree)
  • 1-2 drops of jasmine oil

DIY

Put two tablespoons of aloe vera gel in a bowl and add the oils. Mix it all well together! When you get a creamy texture, you know you are done! Bear in mind that you should use it within a month.

Moisturizer for combination skin

Did you that natural oils will help the skin to start making its own moisture again? We have to agree that it is the ultimate goal! Now, the choice is broad, but I would tell you to pick gentle, moisturizing hazelnut oil. It’s packed with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. So, it protects against sun damage and boosts collagen production. You could attach collagen-boosting avocado oil. Use sesame or jojoba oil. Both will do wonders in keeping bacteria a bay. And you got a perfect creme!

What you’ll need

  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or jojoba oil)

How to make it

Pour all three oils into a bottle, screw on the lid, and shake to mix. Yes, it is that simple! What you get is an oil moisturizer, not a cream. Thus, you are less likely to transport bacteria into the bottle!

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