Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and as such, it gets exposed often to various environment factors such as wind, sun, rain, and even pollution. Without proper care, our skin can become dull and dry since it is no longer getting moisture. People tend to rely on using various lotions to moisturize their skin, but are you really sure that you are nourishing your skin this way?

If you’ve been reading the labels, chances are that there are several ingredients used that are chemical related. This may contribute to your skin’s dryness too when used regularly. How about making your own natural moisturizers instead? Here are a few options to try.

Homemade aloe vera moisturizer

Aloe vera is a versatile plant that can be used for various skin issues. Making it into a moisturizer is an excellent idea! For this recipe, you will need half a cup of purified water, 3 drops each of rosemary essential oil, rose essential, and chamomile essential oil, 1/8 cup of witch hazel, and 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. All that you have to do is to mix all the ingredients in a jar or bottle until there are blended well. You can spray it on your skin or apply with cotton ball.

Avocado mask

Like it was mentioned before, making your own moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is much better than having to rely on commercial products. For this homemade mask, you will need to puree half of an avocado and add a teaspoon of olive oil in it. If you have very dry skin, adding a tablespoon of honey is highly recommended. Once the ingredients have been mixed thoroughly, spread the mixture on your skin evenly and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off afterwards and apply your moisturizer as needed.

Smooth homemade lotion

In this recipe, you will need ¾ cup of sweet almond oil, 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, 3 tablespoons of refined mango butter, a tablespoon of beeswax pellets, 43 drops of lavender essential or even orange essential oil, and a cup of distilled water. See to it that all materials and equipment that you will use are clean to prevent mold or bacteria. Combine mango butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil, and cocoa butter in a heat proof glass bowl and place it on top of a saucepan that is halfway filled with water over a medium heat. Stir from time to time until all ingredients are melted. Allow to cool for a while before transferring to your blender. Place it in the fridge for 35 minutes to help cool the mixture but don’t let it become solid. Add the essential oil and vitamin E into the mixture then blend for a few seconds. Pour the distilled water slowly while the blender is on medium or low. Increase the blending speed slowly and blend for another 30 seconds. Transfer the lotion into a jar or bottle and store properly.

Olive oil and sugar scrub

Another DIY natural moisturizer that you can do on your own is to mix olive oil with sugar. Mix half a cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. There is always room for add-ons such as lavender which not only makes your lotion smell good, but it can also make you feel more relaxed. Rub the mixture on your skin gently then wash it off afterwards. This scrub is meant to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time which is a plus.

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