Want a moisturizer that isn’t packed with harmful chemicals or tested on animals? You can search for natural beauty products or make it your own damn self! Here is a really great DIY moisturizer recipe.
1/4 cup of two of the following:
- shea butter = lots of vitamin A and vitamin E; great moisturizer; promotes healing (helpful if you have blemished skin); good for dry skin
- cocoa butter = full of antioxidants (fight off free radicals); reduces stretch marks; contains many fatty acids which moisturize your skin
- beeswax = can act as a protective shield on your skin; anti-inflammatory
6 Tbsp. Oils (use at least 1):
- coconut oil = many fatty acids; anti-viral and anti-fungal; moisturizer; can protect skin from sunburn
- almond oil = vitamin E and B; sun protector; decreases skin-aging
- olive oil = anti-inflammatory; prevents skin from drying out; anti-microbial (great against skin infections)
- avocado oil – lots of vitamin E, A and D; contains omega-3-fatty acids; full of sterolin (softens skin); great for dry and older skin
- jojoba oil – great smell; moisturizer; anti-bacterial; lots of ceramides (balances hydration)
1/3 cup Gel :
- aloe vera gel = very soothing clear gel; perfect for acne-prone skin; great for the treatment of sunburns; moisturizer; anti-aging properties
1 tsp. of one of these extracts:
- vanilla extract = anti-bacterial; nice smell; skin-cleanser; includes many different B-vitamins
- green tea extract = lots of vitamin E; anti-aging properties
Sterilize your jars by putting them into boiling water. Use a double boiler to melt the butters and oils together. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a glass or metal bowl in a pot of hot water.
Once all the ingredients are melted, remove from heat and allow to cool a little. Then put them in a blender with the aloe vera. Blend for two minutes then add the vanilla and/or green tea extract. Blend for another two minutes.
You can store the cream in the jars for 4-5 weeks in a cool dark place.