How to moisturise your skin naturally

We are often warned about toxic ingredients used in personal care products, but it gets tiring to keep look out for them, especially if you are part of the population that does not speak the language of chemistry. To top that, buying organic products all year round can be expensive. Yet, your skin needs the attentive care it deserves.

Homemade products have many advantages. Firstly, it is not as scary or elaborate as it sounds. Big manufacturers add several synthetic and chemical ingredients that are not even imperative in a moisturizer, just to make it smell good, create an attractive appearance etc. But these additions are not only unnecessary, in many instances they do more harm than good.

Take for instance the fragrance used in many of your moisturisers. Moisturising your skin hardly entails making it smell good, yet almost every moisturizer in the store has a good dosage of fragrance, which is proven to cause anything from allergies to cancer. The fact remains that any good moisturizer only needs one thing: a moisture trapping agent, also known as an oil. Other additives are just needless enhancers, so don’t be swayed by the existence of multiple chemicals.

Secondly, homemade products, as with most homemade things, can save you some money, while letting you achieve the same soft and glowing skin. After making an investment on the necessary ingredients, you can go for months without spending another buck on moisturiser.

Thirdly, homemade products can be custom made to your needs. The smell, thickness, and texture can all be adjusted with simple adjustments in proportions of the ingredients used.

Here is a simple method to make moisturisers, suggested by readymade.com:

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup filtered water, cold brewed tea, orange blossom water, or rose water
  • ¾ cup oil such as olive, almond, unrefined coconut, or avocado
  • 3 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil of your choice, for fragrance

Take a glass or metal cup and pour in the oil and beeswax. Place the cup in a water bath (in a pan or small pot which already has water that reaches about until half of the cup), and gently boil the water. The beeswax in the cup will melt, and this will be obvious when you cannot see chunks anymore, and it blends in with the texture of the oil. Remove the cup with oil and beeswax and let it cool for 2 minutes.

Afterwards, pour water in the blender and start blending at a medium speed, while pouring oil through the top slowly. The mixture will start to emulsify. If you want to use the essential oil, add it in now.

After it turns into an emulsified cream, use a clean rubber spatula and transfer the contents in the blender to glass jars and let them cool to room temperature, whole covering the jars with cheesecloth. DO not close the lid of the jar while it is still warm/cooling down, because this causes water to form and can cause bacterial formation. Close the lid of the jar after its been cooled to room temperature, and store in the fridge.

Vitamin E is good for the skin and helps in retaining the freshness of the cream for a longer time. If you want to use Vitamin E, do so while blending. When the mixture starts to emulsify, pierce a  vitamin E capsule and squeeze the contents into the blender.

Aloe vera is often present in skin care products as it’s a wonderful healer, it improves conditions such as dry skin, eczema, sunburn etc. If you own an aloe vera plant, just pluck a leaf and empty its gel-like contents into the cream while blending. Aloe vera is also commercially available, so you can purchase it and add it to your moisturizer.

According to wildcrafted.com, you can also use fresh fruit and vegetable extracts and blend them in with the cream. Just make sure you don’t add too much fruit so that the consistency is maintained.

They also have a table of suggested ingredients for different types of skin:

Skin Type

Normal

Oily

Dry

Sensitive

Mature

Other ingredients

Melissa, Orange blossom, Lavender and most other essential oils

Avocado oil, Lemon, Grapefruit and most other citrus oils.

Frankincense, Neroli, Chamomile, Aloe vera gel

Chamomile, Calendula, Lavender oil, clary sage, etc.

Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Neroli, etc.

Fruit/Vegetable Extracts

Avocado, Papaya

Avocado

Papaya

Cucumber

Papaya

The lifetime of this is expected to be 3 months, but considering Singapore’s perennially warm climate, it is better to just keep it in the refrigerator. The easy preparation method and the total absence of toxins make up for its shorter lifetime, and moreover, you can always try out different essential oils and oils every three months to keep it varied and interesting.

Editor’s note: Ingredients such as cold pressed avocado, almond or olive oil can be bought from Vom Fass, aloe vera gel is available at eat ORGANIC, beeswax can be purchased online at Milagro Trading, while rosewater can be found online at NaturaWorks.

Contributed by Vaishnavi Sairaj

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