Finding the perfect moisturizer can be daunting, especially with so many brands claiming to be the best at keeping our skin flawless. But you can actually save money and create a better natural moisturizer brimming with skin vitamins that will pamper your skin and make you look and feel even better. So why not try incorporating some of these natural ingredients into your routine?
Raw Honey Moisturizer
Raw honey is a natural humectant and hair volumizer as well as perfect oil-free moisturizer and cell regenerator. To reap the moisturizing benefits of raw honey do try adding it to your hair shampoo, conditioner, body scrubs, facial masks and baths. You can add raw honey to most things except for oil-based formulations as honey will not blend with oil without an emulsifier. Plus you probably don’t want to be sticky. If your skin is oil resistant then you will find honey is invaluable to your skincare regimen. Add a few Tablespoons to your hair care products and bodywashes for soft, dewy skin.
Coconut oil Body Moisturizer
Coconut oil is readily available at grocery stores and it is a cost-effective body moisturizer that has many positive effects on the skin. The best skin benefit you can get from coconut oil is how easily your skin will absorb this fragrant oil. It is light and non-greasy and a little goes a long way. Just take a Tablespoon and massage into your skin after a shower and allow to absorb for 15 minutes before getting dressed. Because coconut is comedogenic you may not want to use in on your face, however as this can cause breakouts for those with sensitive skin. It is important to use only extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil.
Rosehip Oil Facial Moisturizer
You can use rosehip oil by itself as a high quality facial serum or as a base for a facial serum you make yourself with other beneficial oils. What you will undoubtedly love about rosehip oil is that like coconut oil it is non-greasy and you only need a very small amount for soft, glowing skin! Rosehip oil makes a great night or day serum and it doesn’t make your face look oily or feel weighed down. Simply pat 9-12 drops into your face and neck after your daily cleansing and toning ritual. You can buy rosehip oil at your local health food store or online if you cannot find it there.
Avocado fruit is known for being the main ingredient in facial and hair masks because of its high vitamin E and salicylic acid content. Though you can substitute avocado oil, it is best used in its fresh, whole food form. An avocado face mask will plump your skin, deeply nourishing your cells with the essential vitamins avocado contains. The natural acids slough away dead skin cells as well, removing the dead skin cell barrier which helps your skin to absorb the moisture. After an avocado face mask you may not even need to apply a moisturizer.
Cocoa Butter Moisturizer
Many lotions market themselves as cocoa butter lotion but in reality only contain small amounts of cocoa butter and lots of harsh mineral oil. Pure, unbleached, non-deodorized cocoa butter is best for the skin and there are many places you can buy it in bulk. What makes cocoa butter different from other moisturizers is that it penetrates past the first layer of skin. You may also enjoy creating your own whipped body butter and lotion bars. It’s a lot of fun! Here is a cocoa butter lotion recipe you have got to try:
Natural Rose Geranium Cocoa Butter Lotion Recipe
You Will Need:
1 cup unrefined cocoa butter
½ cup extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
½ cup extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil
20 drops rose geranium essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule
In a pan put your cocoa butter and coconut oil on low heat. Once melted add your olive oil. Place in the refrigerator until it begins to harden. Remove and blend in your blender until it has a fluffy texture like cream. Put into a jar with a lid or a pump bottle. Use as needed!