Moisturising is a very important part of your skincare routine.
Let’s take a look at a quick and easy moisturiser recipe anyone can try…
Olive Oil – 120 ml
Beeswax – 60 gm.
Coconut Oil – 60 ml
Shea Butter – 4 Tsp.
Vitamin E Oil – 1 Tbsp.
Essential Oil – A few drops
In a frying pan, or a flat-based large vessel, fill 1 – 2” of water.
Add all the ingredients given above in a glass jar and place it in the vessel.
Heat it over medium flame and wait till the ingredients are melted.
Once the ingredients melt fully, remove from flame.
Shake to combine ingredients and set aside to cool down.
I usually add the essential oil just right after removing from the flame, though you can add it earlier, since we are not heating the ingredients directly.
Let it cool down, before you seal it with a lid.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
Depending on your skin type and preference, you can change a few ingredients. For example: You can replace Olive Oil with Sweet Almond Oil, if you are acne-prone.
I used Shea Butter, though you can also use Cocoa Butter. Again, cocoa butter is best avoided if you are acne-prone.
You can choose essential oils for their fragrance and skin related benefits. I prefer Lavender and Ylang Ylang essential oils as they’re both calming, soothing and I love their smell ☺.
You can vary the ingredients or alter the quantity to make it more suitable for you. This lasts for a good six months, though I prepare in small batches for 2 – 3 weeks – I like it fresh ☺. After all, that’s why we love DIY recipes. Isn’t it?
Why These Ingredients?
Olive oil has three antioxidants namely polyphenols, vitamin E and phytosterols. Thus, it helps with skin repair and healing, prevents premature ageing and also offers protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. It doesn’t clog pores, promotes gentle exfoliation, heals sunburn and reduces scars, keeps your skin toned and what not! It is a great moisturiser and ideal for those with dry skin. Olive oil was originally referred to as “liquid gold”.
Beeswax is used in numerous cosmetics and proven to help improve skin texture. It is also used to treat several skin conditions like dry skin, eczema, acne, etc. It protects skin from environment-inflicted damage, is a powerful antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is used in combination with other oils and butters to prevent and reduce stretch marks.
Coconut oil’s reputation precedes its name. Though you might know the benefits already, we’ll do a quick recap. It an affordable oil and suits most skin types. It is nutrient-rich and has a very long shelf life. It gets absorbed by your skin quick quickly and doesn’t stain your clothing. It doesn’t clog pores and helps treat many skin conditions due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic and antiviral properties. Is there anything this oil won’t do?
It is loaded with unsaturated fats, with most being non-saponifiable and is considered as skin’s super food. It is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamins D & E, provitamin A, phytosterols and allantoin. It is a natural sunscreen and protects your skin from UV rays inflicted damage. It has unparalleled healing and anti-inflammatory properties, hence ideal for preventing and treating scars, blemishes, skin pigmentation, etc. It is used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, soothes skin allergies and rejuvenates rough and damaged skin. It is also a good anti-ageing agent and helps delay or reverse ageing skin signs. It penetrates your skin easily and doesn’t clog pores. It moisturises and hydrates your skin, and leaves it soft and supple. It can also restore skin elasticity.
Vitamin E Oil
We know this is one oil that’s very good for your skin and being rich in antioxidants, it is used to preserve and improve skincare products.
How to Use it?
The moisturiser has a texture of a balm, more than lotion. Though once you apply on your skin, it is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. This is good for most skin types, and I use this more during winter for dealing with dry skin issues. However, other times, I use it as a moisturiser.
Don’t have time for DIY recipes? You can try Aya Naturals Jasmine Body Lotion or Aya Naturals Facial Day Moisturizer. Their skin care range is completely natural and only organic ingredients are used.