DIY Recipes – Basic Creams and Moisturizers to Keep Skin Young and Glowing
Generally, the moisturizers consist of water – 60%, oils – 30%, emulsifiers and additives – 10%.
The emulsifiers are the ingredients needed to blend oil and water. Without an emulsifier it is not possible to homogenize water and oil. The most commonly used emulsifiers are beeswax, borax, and lecithin.
Additives - preservatives and fragrances. Usually vitamin C and vitamin E are used as preservatives. Essential oils add the fragrance and amplify the specific purpose of the cream.
How to make a homemade basic moisturizer
Heat the oils in a water bath up to 170°F, add the emulsifier and slowly pour the heated /170°F/ water while stirring. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens. Allow to cool slightly and add the preservatives and the essential oils, stirring slowly and constantly.
Pour into a sterilized glass jar, cover with a sterile cloth and allow to cool to room temperature.
The choice of the additional ingredients depends on age, skin type as well as on the type of cream – day care or night care.
Basic Day Cream for Everyday Hydration
Calendula or jasmine floral water – 136ml
Aloe vera gel – 10ml
Vegetable glycerin – 10ml
avocado oil – 20ml
castor oil – 8ml
wheat germ oil – 4ml
cocoa butter – 8ml
If the cream results too thick, increase the amount of water by 1%.
Vitamin E 2ml
Brewer's yeast – 4g
Essential oils – 2ml
Day Care – Face Cream for Mature Skin
3 1/2 tbsp Rose hip oil or evening primrose
1 tbsp Beeswax
7 tbsp distilled or mineral water
1/2 tsp Vegetable glycerine
25 drops of essential oils - to nourish mature skin, use essential oils of Immortelle, Geranium or Lavender.
Night Care – Anti-Aging Face Cream
Calendula tea or floral water – 90ml
Juice / aloe – 20ml
Vegetable Glycerin – 4ml
avocado oil – 26ml
castor oil – 10ml
wheat germ oil -12ml
shea butter – 16ml
beeswax – 15.6 g
borax – 0.4 g
soy lecithin – 2 g
Vitamin E – 2 ml
Brewer's yeast – 2g
Essential oils – 4ml
Skin Care Moisturizer for Mature Skin /age 35 and over/
1 oz Beeswax
1 oz Cocoa butter
2.6 oz Distilled or mineral water
1 1/2 tsp borax
8 drops of sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of neroli essential oil
Melt the beeswax in a water bath, then add the cocoa butter and whip until the ingredients mix homogeneously. Add the borax and start pouring hot water /about 170°F/ while whipping vigorously.
Allow the cream to cool to room temperature. Stir it and add the essential oils.
Store in a previously sterilized glass jar in a cool place. How to sterilize the jar? Just leave it boil for 10 minutes.
You can mix-and-match different carrier and essential oils, vitamins, tinctures and extracts and see how they work for your skin type.
Calendula is an excellent herb for skin healing. Nourishes, regenerates, prevents dehydration, brightens the complexion and helps in the removal of pigment spots.
Castor oil seals in the moisture deep in the skin tissue, making the skin brighter, glowing, nourished, softer and clears pigment spots.
Aloe vera gel penetrates deeply into the skin, restores lost moisture, regenerates damaged tissues.
Essential oils are rich in moisturizing ingredients that make skin radiant, toned and visibly rejuvenated.
Vitamin E is called the vitamin of youth. It neutralizes free radicals and slows down skin aging.
Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen and smoothes wrinkles; brightens the complexion.
Vegetable glycerin moisturizes and improves skins elasticity.
Brewer's yeast is high in B vitamins that saturates the skin with oxygen and makes it smooth and supple.