DIY Natural Moisturizer Recipe & Guide: A Healthy Moisturizer!
If you live in a particularly dry area or have naturally dry skin that tends to worsen in long, dry summers or cold, dry winters then you’ll already know how important it is to keep your skin nourished and hydrated. After all, having dry cracked and flaky skin is something any of us would like to avoid as it’s unsightly and can even become painful.
Of course, if you suffer from a more serious skin disorder such as eczema or psoriasis, you’ll know how important it is to use a more effective moisturizer or treatment cream to help reduce inflammation and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and smooth.
The irony of using these treatments is that although they’ve been specifically designed to help treat these disorders, they tend to contain other harmful chemicals or derivatives which can be harmful to your skin -- especially if it’s open i.e. an open wound. Most of the creams available for treating these disorders will specifically state that they should not be used on open wounds -- which proves that they contain ingredients that are not suitable for ingestion.
Many have turned to natural products to help treat dry, itchy skin and even to help treat more serious skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema. Better yet, many have even turned to making their own DIY treatments at home, such as moisturizers, because they can control exactly what type of ingredients they contain and therefore make them suitable for any skin type or allergies.
DIY recipes also cost less over time and can be rewarding -- as creating things with our own hands generally is. If you’re interested in learning how to make your own holistic, all natural DIY moisturizer, then you’ve come to the right place.
Why Does Skin Become Dry?
When diagnosing dry skin, there are a number of factors that one should take into account when trying to determine what the root cause is. However, in most cases, dry skin is generally the result of a variety of factors acting together. Some of the most common factors, and generally the ones that are easiest to address, are external factors such as cold temperatures, excess sun exposure, high winds or low humidity can contribute to dry skin.
Also, using too much soap on a regular basis or hand sanitizers can strip your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated and moisturized, thus leading to dry skin. These are also the easiest to treat and can be done so via topical treatments.
In addition to these external factors, there are a number of internal health issues that may lead to dry skin such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and malnutrition as well as ingesting certain medications for ailments such as high blood pressure, acne and even certain allergies.
Treating your skin on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a healthy complexion, smooth skin and from keeping healthy in general. Your skin acts as shield from germs and bacteria that we’re exposed to on a daily basis. But it’s also porous and tends to absorb bacteria, so ensuring that it’s in good condition is essential to keeping your body’s first line of defense in working order.
For the sake of this article, we’re going to focus more specifically on the external factors and how to treat your skin topically. This is the easiest means of doing so and can be done with entirely natural, organic ingredients in the comfort of your own home.
The Importance of Using Natural Ingredients In Moisturizer
If you’ve made your way onto this site to read this specific article, there’s a good chance that you’re already aware of the importance of natural ingredients and holistic treatment methods. If, however you aren’t or feel like you may need a little more convincing in order to make up your mind., then I recommend that you keep reading.
Most of the conventional moisturizes and hand creams available on the market today will promote the fact that they contain natural ingredients or products -- trying to emphasize the fact they’re different from other brands or that they’re even healthy for you. The truth of the matter is that they often contain a wide variety of additional chemical ingredients, such as alcohol based solvents or parabens to maximize the efficiency of the product or increase it’s shelf-life.
The reality is quite the opposite as these can of lead to skin irritation or inflammation on sensitive skin types or seep into your bloodstream through the pores in your skin and raise your blood toxicity levels. So, utilizing a product that is completely free of any additional chemical ingredients is essential to maintaining your skin’s health and general health overall.
However, finding a purely natural product (like Maple Holistics Therapeutic Hand Cream) that works for you can be harder than it seems and they tend to cost quite a lot -- unless you find a good retailer, health store or supplier as well as an affordable product. Going the DIY route is the best way to get your hands on a purely natural and effective product for a fraction of the price.
DIY Moisturizer For Dry Skin Recipe & Guide
For anyone who’s had interest in natural products in the past, or even those who are somewhat inexperienced with the field: Coconut oil and aloe vera are widely known as some of the greatest medicinal treatments for both topical and internal use and have been utilized for hundreds of years in alternative and traditional healing techniques.
However, with the increasing shift towards healthier, natural and holistic healing methods in modern times -- a reaction to the countless chemical treatments that we’re persuaded to use on a daily basis, both have seen a resurgence in treating skin and general health issues in both their natural forms or as ingredients in natural products.
Both aloe vera and coconut oil are strong natural disinfectants and both have the ability to hydrate and nourish your skin by enabling your skin to retain moisture for longer periods of time. Coconut oil is also a good source of vitamin E, which is important for encouraging cell and tissue growth and maintaining strong, healthy skin.
Both of these products are readily available all year round and are cost-effective, so you don’t have to worry about emptying out your pockets to get reliable, healthy moisturizers anymore. This is a really simple recipe and shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to an hour to make.
You simply need some coconut oil and some pure aloe vera oil -- but aloe vera leaves will do just fine as well. If you’re using aloe vera leaves, cut them into smaller pieces and crush them with a mortar and pestle until they make a fine paste similar to a gel. Then simply heat a pan to a medium heat and add the coconut oil and aloe vera gel (or crushed pieces) to the mixture and stir until they melt together.
At this point you can also add essential oils of your choice to the mixture to help improve the moisturizers healing properties. I would personally recommend Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, or Rosemary Essential Oil but the choice is really yours, so feel free to experiment with different scents and effects.
Remove the pan from the heat and decant the oil into a separate plastic or glass container and refrigerate for an hour two. Once the mixture hardens, remove it from the fridge and store it in a cool, dry cupboard out of direct sunlight. It’s ready to be applied directly to your skin and can even be used to help treat sunburns. Just be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight, or it will go off over time.
Why Does Skin Become Oily?
If you’re like me, then you have naturally oily skin. There are a number of reasons for why you may be experiencing oily skin -- and it can be a real problem when it leads to other issues such as spots and acne. Firstly, it’s important to note that our skin produces oil on a regular basis which is created by the sebaceous glands under our skins surface and is supposed to keep our skin hydrated and moisturized as well as nourishing our skin tissue.
However, due to a variety of reasons, our skin may produce excess sebum which leads to an oily complexion and ultimately more blemishes. Some of these reasons include stress, hormonal shifts, certain cosmetics products, high humidity levels as well having a poor diet and not washing your skin on a daily basis.
Treating an oily complexion isn’t as easy as treating a drier complexion. Dry skin can generally be treated largely topically. In order to truly treat an oily complexion, one has to assess one’s diet and general lifestyle in order to determine which factors may be causing unnecessary stress or which food items may be causing excess oil etc.
However, there are a variety of natural herbal remedies that you can use to help reduce the levels of oil on the surface of your skin without completely stripping the oil and proteins from the surface of your skin and leading to an oil imbalance -- a common symptom of many conventional oily skin facial washes or products.
DIY Moisturizer For Oily Skin Recipe & Guide
Sourcing chemical free skin care products is a really challenging process -- not to mention finding one that works for your skin in particular and fits into your budget at the same time, as herbal products tend be on the costly side. As previously mentioned, many are turning to the DIY method for oily skin types too, as they’re a healthier and more cost-effective option in the long run. They also don’t come with the side-effects that are found in chemical-based formulas and treatments.
Again, it’s important to realize that there are a wider variety of features at play that can affect your skin when you have a naturally oily complexion. This basically means that although a healthy and natural facial cleanser can help to reduce and regulate the amount of sebum oil that your skin produces, treating an oily complexion requires a bit more effort than naturally drier skin types. This means assessing your diet and general lifestyle.
Of course, this isn’t always possible, so as an alternative try working out or exercising more regularly to help stimulate the release of dopamine in brain and get your blood pumping, as well as helping to flush out the toxins that can lead to a build of oil on the surface of your skin or face.
When using a facial cleanser or moisturizer, it’s important to ensure that the formula is specifically designed for sensitive skin types and won’t strip your skin of all it’s sebum oil, or leave a greasy layer on the surface of your skin which will further the oil buildup you’re trying to control.
I recommend simple milk, olive oil, and lemon moisturizer as it can help to keep your skin soft, smooth and nourished, whilst removing the excess oil and dead skin cells that lead to the formation of blemishes, pimples, and inflamed acne. Simply mix a quarter of a cup of low-fat milk with 3 teaspoons of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of lemon juice. You can also add 4-5 drops of essential oil of your choice but I’d recommend either orange essential oil, lemongrass, or frankincense oil.
Once you have the mixture stirred well, decant it into a glass or plastic jar and store in either a cool, dry cupboard out of direct sunlight or in the fridge. When applying the moisturizer, make sure you do so after your normal facial routine. At the very least, rinse your face with warm water and dry with a clean towel before applying the moisturizer.
Ultimately, more and more people are starting to realize the joys and tremendous benefits of going the DIY route. At first, it was largely seen as a hobby -- something people did in their spare time, or as a possible commercial avenue. However, in more recent times, it has become a way for people to reclaim their health and save money instead of having to rely on unhealthy, chemical-based products that generally have more of a negative effect in the long run than they do good. I recommend giving one of these simple, holistic recipes a try. They’re affordable, effective and healthy -- so you have nothing to lose and a lifetime of affordable health to gain. Somewhat of an easy choice if you ask me.