Next to sunscreen, a step in our skin care routine that we must never skip is moisturizer. While sunscreen shields us from premature aging, moisturizer keeps our skin healthy and plump. Wrinkles, one of the most notable signs of aging, quickly form and are more pronounced on the skin that lacks moisture. So, while promoting moisturizer use, let me share with you my DIY moisturizer with essential oils.
Moisturizers are relatively simple products. My recipe for a quick and straightforward moisturizer started out with 4 ingredients: butter, a carrier oil, and 2 floral essential oils. It was awesome! Silky texture, feminine aroma, and deeply hydrating. Everything you would want a moisturizer to have.
However, I soon realized that what I missed there was a color. So I decided to use ingredients from my pantry to give this moisturizer some color. This is how the recipe turned from a moisturizer with essential oils into a moisturizer with essential oils and hibiscus. Now, it won't just make us pretty — it's pretty to look at, too.
Ready to DIY? Read on for the recipe and more!
Why Make This Moisturizer With Essential Oils?
Shelves in various markets are lined with moisturizers. In our routine, applying serums brings essential active ingredients to work on our skin from the inside. Then, applying moisturizer locks-in those active ingredients to do their best work. Plus, moisturizers save us from early development of wrinkles caused by aging and dry, unmoisturized skin.
With how important this product is in anyone's routine, no wonder there's a demand for brands to sell these products. So, if there is so much to choose from, why make your own?
If you don't want to spend a fortune on moisturizers that are packed with harmful chemicals, preservatives, and other toxic ingredients, you can make your own. I used to think high-quality moisturizers HAD to cost money. You pay for the quality, I thought. What you actually pay for is the brand and their ad campaigns.
I used to shell out $50 for a famous brand of cream or balm that is so small, so it would only last me a month or so. Hence all the homemade natural recipes I write about. For my DIY skin care, I mainly use carrier oils and essential oils.
DIY Skin Care
Store-bought moisturizers, toners, and washes are packed with unnecessary ingredients plus a hefty price tag. The beauty of DIY skin care is you are in control. You have the power to wield ingredients that will best benefit your skin. If you use this power wisely, no unnecessary or harmful components will make it into your DIY products.
Getting started with making your own skin care products and handling essential oils could seem overwhelming and pricey. However, once you get to know the oils and supply yourself with a few basic ones, you will see that using them is easy and fun.
Moreover, making your own moisturizer with essential oils can actually save you money in the long run. Only a few drops of essential oils are needed to make a moisturizer that will last you 2 to 3 months. Meaning you will only need to buy essential oils once to twice a year.
Benefits Of The DIY Moisturizer With Essential Oils And Hibiscus
Before we head on to the recipe, let me introduce you to the ingredients. Since we want to be in control of what we put on our face, its best to know the ingredients before using them. From here, you will see what each element of our moisturizer has to offer for our skin.
- Moisturizes dry skin
- Softens skin, making it look plump and healthy
- Helps soothe acne and diminish blemishes
- Reduces skin inflammation (e.g., swelling, redness, etc.)
- Anti-aging and anti-free radical agent (a.k.a. youthful skin promoter and protectant)
- Provides relief to itchy and peeling skin
- Lightens dark under-eye circles
- Relieves eczema, rashes, and damage caused by sun exposure
- Nourishes the skin (a.k.a. friendly to sensitive skin)
- Helps skin stay moisturized longer (coz it's an emollient!)
Rose Essential Oil
- Natural source of antioxidants which promote youthful skin
- Adds a layer of protection from the sun (but not enough to replace sunscreen though!)
- Reduces irritation and burning
- Fights acne with its antimicrobial properties
- Leaves the skin moisturized and supple (perfect for dry skin!)
- Antiseptic and astringent properties work together to aid in treating acne-prone skin
- Helps soothe redness and inflammation
Geranium Essential Oil
- Helps tighten the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Contains fatty acids crucial for healthy skin
- A magnificent and floral scent that can calm both your skin and mood
- Natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which helps exfoliate, control oily skin and unclog pores
- Encourages fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin
- Contributes to moisturizing the skin
- Helps pores to appear smaller
- Helps calm sensitive skin
How To Make The DIY Moisturizer With Essential Oils And Hibiscus
I hope the benefits we discussed above made you excited to make this moisturizer for yourself! I personally love a DIY session since I find it relaxing and rewarding. Especially with a very beneficial and pretty end-product like this, your me-time will definitely have more spice.
Now, on to the recipe!
DIY Moisturizer With Essential Oils
And Hibiscus Recipe
- coffee grinder
- small saucepan
- mesh cloth
- small heat-proof glass bowl
- small glass jar
- 1 cup shea butter
- 2 Tbsp. almond oil
- 2 Tbsp hibiscus tea
- 10 drops rose essential oil
- 10 drops geranium essential oil
How To Prepare and Use It?
- Measure out the hibiscus tea and use a coffee grinder to crush it into a fine powder.
- Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat to low and warm the shea butter oil in a small heat-proof glass bowl in the pan.
- Stir in the hibiscus powder with a spoon, then cover and simmer on the lowest heat setting for 1 hour.
- Use cheesecloth to strain the tea out of the oil over a medium bowl.
- Add the almond oil and 20 drops of essential oils. Mix well.
- Let the oil cool until it's almost solidified.
- Whip the mixture - 5-6 minutes on high if you use a stand mixer, or until smooth if whip it by hand. It should look like foam and form peaks.
- Store the moisturizer in a glass jar at room temperature. If stored in the fridge, the cream will harden and will be more like a butter.
- Use on a clean face, after applying toner and serum. You can use this moisturizer with essential oils and hibiscus both mornings and evenings.
Making your own moisturizer with essential oils is easy and fun. Couple this with the calming properties of hibiscus and the beautiful pink color, and you have all the reasons to try it out. You'llYou'll get a fully-functioning moisturizer in all aspects and a pink cream that's so pretty to look at.
Moreover, DIY creations make fantastic gifts. So, if a particular celebration is drawing near, giving something made through your efforts wouldn't be too shabby.
Still on the fence regarding DIY skin care? Nothing else can free you from your doubts but to equip yourself with information. Research some more on the ingredients mentioned if you still have some doubts. When you feel safe and confident enough to try DIY out, I'm just a comment or an email away!
I hope you enjoyed the post. Let me know when you make this DIY moisturizer with essential oils and hibiscus. You can leave a comment below, or you can share it on Instagram and tag @pretty.blooming.
One last thing. If you are new to essential oils and don't know where to start, be sure to check my extensive post Getting Started With Essential Oils - A Beginners Guide.
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