Make Your Own Homemade Moisturizer with All Natural Ingredients
A Look into the Past
From Native American’s use of yucca extract for hair growth to Egyptian cosmetology over 6000 years ago, and the milk baths of the Baroque era used for smooth and clear skin, natural ingredients have been used for millennia in skincare, topical creams, and moisturizers. Homemade products can be just as effective as store-bought or dermatology tested skincare products because why do you want to buy a jar of acne cream from $100-$200 (nothing wrong with that) when you can whip-up an equally effective moisturizer using natural ingredients such as green tea niacinamide, which is proven effective to combat premature aging, hyperpigmentation, including inflammatory conditions like rosacea, eczema, acne, and skin cancers.
All Natural Ingredients to Include Into Your Daily Skincare Products
The polyphenol antioxidant found in turmeric root called curcumin not only has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties but has potent anti-inflammatory actions which have been used to alleviate dermatological conditions such as psoriasis and severe acne. How? When incorporated in topical products curcumin, which is gentle and does not stain the skin helps decrease inflammation, accelerate wound healing, prevents oily skin, fight free radicals, reduce joint pain and provide a light exfoliating effect to leave your skin feeling smooth with a beautiful glowing after effect. What’s not to love about homemade beauty products that act as natural remedies?
The last thing you need is to deal with is the horrible, harmful effects that synthetic preservatives in generic, daily personal care products such as parabens and phthalates can do to your health. So, if you are going to make your very own natural homemade moisturizer, you need to ensure that the ingredients you use are gentle on both your skin and the environment. In addition to curcumin, there are antioxidants that you absolutely must find a way to incorporate into your beauty regimen:
1. Resveratrol, found in berries, peanuts, red grapes, and even red wine, possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Green tea for its multiple antioxidant effects, including anti-inflammation and anti-carcinogenic properties, to combat signs of premature aging and reduce redness and inflammation.
3. Vitamin E (tocopherol) for its antioxidant properties that protect the skin from UV-induced photo-damage and decrease the risk of skin cancers.
4. Vitamin C to help stabilize and regenerate skin cells.
5. Vitamin A has multiple functions from exfoliating the skin to improving age spots as well as fine lines and wrinkles, repairing the cellular structure of the skin, decreasing sebum production, boosting the formation of collagen, prevent pigmentation issues, etc.
6. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen and a heavy moisturizer.
7. Jojoba Oil is a light anti-aging moisturizer.
The Homemade Moisturizer Recipe
Make sure that your homemade moisturizer has only a few ingredients, no dyes, or chemical preservatives, no fragrances, and is non-greasy. Try this recipe and feel free to substitute the ingredients if you are allergic to any of them
· 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel
· 3/4 ounce Beeswax
· 1/4 cup Almond Oil
· 1/4 cup Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
· 1 dollop of Vitamin E
· Ten drops of your favorite essential oil or more depending on your sensitivity to essential oils
Instructions: Melt the wax, coconut oil, almond oil, and Vitamin E in a double boiler. When these have melted together and forms a liquid, pour it into a mixing bowl. Whisk or blend the liquid mixture until it has cooled down enough for you to touch the outside of the mixing bowl. This will indicate it is time to add the essential oils. Add as many essential oils as you wish to achieve your desired scent. And voila, your very own homemade moisturizer!
Be sure to store your homemade moisturizer in an airtight container to prevent it from going rancid or getting water in it. If you get one drop of water into your moisturizer, this will cause it to pill or go rancid much sooner than it needs to. Your homemade moisturizer should last several months, but most use it all up long before then.