Whether your skin is dry naturally, from winter's harsh cold weather or due to stress, it's hard to know which facial moisturizer is the best solution for the problem. Read this article to learn more about whether store-bought products or natural remedies are better for your skin and how to make your own facial moisturizers right in your own home.
Benefits of Natural Facial Moisturizers
Today, store-bought facial moisturizers are one of the most popular beauty products on the market. You'll find such an array of products that range anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars in cost. Each has its own unique ingredient combination, and many of these store-bought products are known to contain synthetic or unnatural substances. The long-term effects of some of these ingredients are not entirely known at this point, which makes many people wary of using them.
Natural, homemade facial moisturizers, on the other hand, are completely safe for use on the skin. Because they do not contain any chemicals or other synthetic ingredients, they won't be harmful to your health. Plus, homemade moisturizers are typically very easy to create and cost only a fraction of store-bought moisturizers.
There are a few things to be careful of when using homemade moisturizers:
- Be careful to use a small amount of the moisturizer at first to make sure that you have no allergic reactions to it. Try dabbing some on the inside of your wrist to test the homemade concoction.
- Many store-bought moisturizers provide UV protection, while most homemade products do not, so protect your skin from the sun in other ways if necessary.
Recipes for Natural Homemade Facial Moisturizers
Try one of these homemade facial moisturizers to save money and relieve dry skin naturally.
1. Wheat Germ Moisturizer
- 1 cup dried chamomile
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tbsp. honey
- 8 tbsp. wheat germ
- Combine the dried chamomile and milk. Allow them to soak together for two hours.
- Strain the chamomile out.
- Add the honey and wheat germ. Mix the ingredients into a creamy lotion.
- Apply the paste to your face. Wait 5 minutes, then rinse.
- Leftover paste can be refrigerated for up to a week.
- Chamomile softens dry skin and the aromas create a soothing experience.
- Using the cream once it is cold will also help reduce the appearance of pores and soothe puffy areas (such as bags under the eyes).
- The vitamin E found in wheat germ can be beneficial for skin that has been damaged like scarring or stretch marks.
2. Yogurt and Honey Moisturizer
- 2 egg whites
- 1 lemon
- 3 tsp. honey
- 6 tbsp. plain yogurt
- Put the egg whites in a bowl and beat them until whipped.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl, then add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Apply the mixture to your face. After 15 minutes, rinse.
- Store any extra mixture in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Egg whites absorb excess oil from the skin without drying it out.
- Yogurt soothes and softens the skin while reducing the appearance of pores.
- Honey helps remove dead skin cells and is also antibacterial.
3. Oatmeal Moisturizer
- ½ cup oats
- 4 tbsp. whole milk
- Grind the oats to a fine powder using a food processor or coffee grinder.
- Add the ground oats and whole milk into a bowl. Mix well.
- Apply the mask to your face. Wait 15 minutes, then rinse.
- Oatmeal is great as a natural scrub and cleanser for your face.
- It can also be used as a facial mask to sooth irritated skin.
- It helps repair dry skin and may also help to control acne.
- Oatmeal baths are also effective for treating eczema and chickenpox.
You may want to consult your physician or dermatologist before using any of these natural moisturizers on your face to treat dry skin. Make sure to test the homemade moisturizer on a small area of skin, like the inside of your wrist, to see if you suffer an allergic reaction. If, after testing, you suffer from an allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately.