If you have dry skin, you know how difficult it can be sometimes to keep your skin moisturized. It seems like your skin is so thirsty, every product you use only provides temporary moisture if any at all. Considering the cost of store bought moisturizers, little or no results is just a waste of money. You also have to consider the added chemicals they contain that do nothing for your skin and can be harmful to sensitive skin.
Essential oils are useful in many different ways beyond skin repair, and in case you're not quite familiar with the subject, here's a great guide for a beginner How do I choose and use Essential oils?
Remember to always apply this cream on clean skin. If you forget to clean your skin before you apply your moisturizer it will only help to seal all that dirt inside of your pores and result in a totally opposite effect that you're trying to achieve. Once you have cleaned your skin, wait 10-15 minutes before applying the moisturizer. If you do not allow your skin to dry off naturally it slows down absorption of the moisturizer. So if you are in morning skin care routine, wait 15 minutes after you take your shower to apply the moisturizer.
Once made, you can store your moisturizer in a glass or plastic container (I get mine from www.glassbottleoutlet.com) and it will last quite a long time as you only need a small amount of it daily. You can store it in the refrigerator for extra longevity and the added benefit of a cooling effect when applied. Please note that this moisturizer is thick and may even feel a bit greasy when first applied, but as soon as you start rubbing it in, your skin will begin to soak it up. Remember that a little goes a long way and be careful not to use too much. If you feel your skin is not moisturized enough, add a little more.
First things first - find a suitable container (Boston round bottle for example) and a dropper. As I mentioned above, I've found all need at GlassBottleOutlet. The Boston Round with a dropper is perfect for this tiny beauty project.
Then, you have to choose your basic essential oil. There is quite a spectrum to choose from, it all depends on your preference and taste. The previously mentioned article above should help you pick the oil that's right for you. I recommend using almond oil and coconut oil for the best results, but as the recipe states, you can use other oils. It all depends on your personal style and taste. Also, keep in mind that oils have to be distilled, and you should go easy on the amount you use in the beginning.
Homemade Moisturizer For Dry Skin.
1/2 Cup Almond Oil (Jojoba or any basic oil of your preference)
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
5-15 drops (total) of essential oils of your choosing (optional)
Blend oils (except essential oils) in a suitable heatproof jar and place it in a small pot of water and heat it up slowly. It is important to melt the coconut oil sufficiently with the other oils as coconut oil tends to solidify at room temperature. Once the oils are well mixed together allow them to continue to gently heat for another five minutes and then stir in your essential oils. Remove from heat and allow to cool. You should have a thick oil. It's that simple.
In the end, I was surprised with how simple the process was and how effective the oil is! It's all natural, my skin is moisturized, and I'm saving a ton of money by investing in oils and jars instead of purchasing expensive moisturizers in the store that don't work as well and contain chemicals I don't want or need.
Hope this inspires you to make your own moisturizer and finally put an end to your dry skin!