Learn how to make the best DIY face moisturizer for sensitive skin (or dry skin) with only natural, healing, organic ingredients. It will give your skin a soft, moisturized feeling without clogging your pores. This homemade face moisturizer can be used as a nightly repair cream or a daily moisturizer for the driest skins.
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The Best DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
No matter how nourishing a face moisturizer is, it’s useless if it contains toxic ingredients that will irritate or harm your skin. And the best way to keep your dry / sensitive skin healthy and beautiful, plus your bank account pretty happy too, is to make a DIY Face moisturizer.
My face has a much more sensitive skin than the rest of my body, so I decided to make a different homemade DIY face moisturizer for sensitive skin.
For the rest of my body, this Skin Healing And Regenerating Whipped Body Butter Recipe does a really wonderful job!
DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
I have super sensitive skin, especially during winter my skin gets even drier and flaky. Besides that, if I eat some of the foods I’m sensitive to, I get dry red patches all over my face that looks like eczema.
So for me those over-the-counter moisturizers are a big no-no, I react pretty badly to all of them! This made me resort to natural, gentle, non-toxic DIY skincare products in the last few years.
When I need a lot of moisture for my skin, the first thing I do, is increase the water intake. Then I take care of the skin by using this DIY face moisturizer which is basically a butter based face moisturizer.
Since the plant butters contain no water in them, they moisturize to a much deeper level and the skin will feels much more softer than water based lotions and creams.
Why Make This DIY Face Moisturizer
- It’s super skin-soothing and non-irritating [space_20]
- It’s not too heavy to wear under makeup, and has a good weight for night [space_20]
- It is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin, dry skin or combination skin [space_20]
- Acne-friendly (doesn’t clog pores, there’s no coconut oil) [space_20]
- This DIY face moisturizer is infused with healing plant based ingredients [space_20]
- Organic, vegan (no beeswax or dairy) [space_20]
- Affordable, a little goes a long way
Ingredients For The Best DIY Face Moisturizer
- Mango butter
- Grape seed oil
- Calendula flowers
- Yarrow flowers
- Plantain leaves
- German chamomile essential oil
- Rose essential oil
How To Make The Best DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
When you create your own homemade face moisturizer, you can play with many types of ingredients.
But before diving into the actual recipe for this DIY face moisturizer here are a few words about choosing the ingredients:
Choose The Base For Your DIY Face Moisturizer
I’m sensitive to cocoa and shea is too greasy for me, so using their butters is out of options. Mango butter has similar properties as shea butter and cocoa butter – its rich fatty acid profile differs slightly, it has more vitamins and antioxidants.
The emollient acids help to smooth the skin by filling in the spaces between skin cells. They basically re-hydrate the top layer of skin cells and seal in the moisture.
That’s why I chose 100% pure, raw mango butter as a base for this homemade DIY face moisturizer. Mango butter provides a more lasting type of moisturization, it’s gentle, and perfectly suitable for sensitive skin.
It has a soft, creamy texture that absorbs easily into the skin plus its non-comedogenic – which means great for acne prone skin too!
Most people use coconut oil in their DIY face moisturizer but I don’t think my skin likes it, it’s actually drying for me and I brake out.
So I made my homemade face moisturizer without coconut oil.
Choose The Carrier Oil For Your DIY Face Moisturizer
There are many options to choose from. Personally I prefer to stay away from any oil that has been extracted using solvents like hexane.
I prefer cold pressed minimally processed oils.
Good options are olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil but I like to use a light, heat resistant oil like organic cold pressed grape seed oil.
Grapeseed oil is a good source of vitamin E, even more so than olive oil. It penetrates your skin quickly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily.
Choose The Herbs For Your Homemade Face Moisturizer
By adding in specific herbs can greatly boost the healing effectiveness of this homemade DIY face moisturizer. Here are the best healing herbs that can help a dry sensitive skin:
Calendula – has been used for centuries on the skin, most of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can be attributed to its high level of Carotenoids.
Which makes a fantastic treatment for dry sensitive skin and skin prone to rashes and conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Yarrow – is one the world’s oldest medicinal plants. It is antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, an excellent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, analgesic, wound healer.
It is usually used for a large variety of ailments both internally and externally. This is the kind of medicinal plant you want to have always with you, especially if you are a woman.
Plantain – is known to help dry, damaged skin. It is a go-to herb for just about any kind of rash, irritation, bite, sting, or wound.
It soothes, cools, disinfects, staunches bleeding, speeds tissue healing, and extracts toxins and foreign matter.
Plantain is the best herb for inflammatory skin conditions and it’s safe even for babies.
I like to use a blend of herbs, 1 to 2 Tbsp. each, for this recipe, but you could do more or less if you like.
Tips for Making A DIY Face Moisturizer If You Have A Very Dry Sensitive Skin
- For people with skin issues, particularly those with sensitivity, is best to make oil infusions than use very potent essential oils. This also applies for pregnant / breastfeeding women and very small babies. [space_20]
- For making this DIY face moisturizer – thinner and silkier – increase the amount of herb infused oil from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (see the picture above with blue containers). To keep it thick and buttery keep the ratios as they are or slightly decrease the amount of infused oil. [space_20]
- If you feel you can tolerate certain essential oils, make sure they are authentic, unadulterated, ideally organic, because you might think you are allergic to an essential oil, when in fact you are allergic to the ingredients it has been extracted or diluted with. [space_20]
- And use in minimal amounts of essential oils – dilution is the ultimate key to tolerance.
Natural Homemade DIY Face Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
Make the herbal infusion with the grape seed oil or olive oil:
- Place your herbs into a glass jar and pour the grapeseed oil over the herbs. Make sure the herbs are completely covered by oil and set it in a sunny location for 3-4 weeks. Shake or stir daily. After 3-4 weeks, strain the herbs using a cheesecloth. Another (faster) way to use gentle heat is with a double boiler. Or you can place the jar with herbs in a pot with water and heat gently. It’s okay to allow the jar to be immersed in water as long as you keep the water at a low temperature – between 95° and 110°F. Just make sure there is water between the jar bottom and the pot. Let the oil infusion simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour each day for 3 days, stirring it occasionally. Strain.
- Measure your infused oil and make sure you have 110-120 grams for the recipe, it's ok if you have a little more than that. Actually if you increase it to 200 grams you will get a much softer and liquid-ish cream.
Prepare the butter base:
- In a separate glass container melt the mango butter (aprox. 200 grams) over a pot filled with hot water. You should get 1 cup of liquid butter. Set aside for 20 minutes in a cold place.
- When it starts to solidify and it looks like half way hardened take out your electric hand mixer and blend until it gets fluffy like whipped cream.
Mix Everything Together To Form Your DIY Moisturizer:
- Over the whipped mango butter pour in the infused oil and the essential oils (optional) and blend for a minute more to mix them in.
- Store it in a sterilized glass jar and keep it in a cool, dark place. It should keep for about 4 months. The essential oil will help keep it even longer as they act as antibacterial and anti-fungal agents.
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It’s best to rub in a light layer of the face moisturizer just after a hot shower while the pores of your skin are still open and after you washed your face in the morning. It may feel a little greasy just after application, but within minutes it will soak into your skin. The result is soft and glowing skin.
Now that you know how to make your own DIY face moisturizer, I’d love to hear what you think of it.