How to Make Moisturizer At Home
If you regularly use moisturizer, you may find yourself using it extensively and spending a lot of money. Or you may want to create your own moisturizer to find the perfect balance with your skin and the right scents. When you make it yourself, you also know exactly what is going in it, which is important for something you put on your skins on a regular basis. Whatever your reason, it is easy to make moisturizers at home – this article will give you a few sample recipes. The ingredients lists can usually be found in a pharmacy and/or a health food store.
Mix together 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of wheat germ, 1 ounce glycerin, ½ an ounce of rose water, and 1 ounce witch hazel. Apply morning and night after cleansing for a soothing, natural moisturizer.
Just Aloe Vera Moisturizer
Add one part Aloe Vera to one part mineral water. Heat these in a double boiler until they form into a cream. This becomes a wonderful cream especially good for dry, sore or sunburnt skin.
Cocoa Butter Moisturizer Lotion
Melt 1 tablespoon of Cocoa butter with 2 tablespoons of Jojoba in a double boiler over medium heat. Once it is melted, stir in 1 tablespoon of aloe Vera and stir until it is well mixed. This one is good for dehydrated skin.
Beat one egg yolk into a cup of milk. Keep beating it until it forms a paste, then put it in the refrigerator overnight.
These are just a few examples of recipes. You can use these, or you can experiment with different ingredients to make the moisturizer which is perfect for you. To make your own recipes, it is a good to have an understanding of the different types of ingredients that go into moisturizers. Humectants are ingredients like urea, glycerin, lactic acid, and others which absorb water from the air, and which help keep moisture in the skin. They also work to soften the skin.
The Finished Result
Emollients, such as butyl stearate, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, or others fill the spaces between skin cells, helping to smooth and lubricate the skin. These can be oil based or water based, with oil based creams lasting longer but being harder to apply. Fragrances are the parts of the moisturizer that give it its smell; these can also be the cause of skin irritation, so if you have problems with that this might be the thing not to add when making your moisturizer. If you use essential oils in your moisturizer, you should also be carefully not to use too much. Commercial moisturizers will also usually contain preservatives, which can be bad for the skin and which are not necessary if you are making your own to use right away.
August 7th, 2008
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