Summer is a glorious time of year, but those long, warm, sunny days do mean that your skin care regime can be much more time-consuming than in winter.
Whether it’s to make sure your pins are looking great in your favourite pair of denim shorts or to soothe your sun-burnt shoulders at the end of a day out in the sunshine, a nourishing homemade moisturiser can be a lifesaver at this time of year.
Keep it Natural
If you head to the shops in search of a moisturiser to keep your skin healthy during the summer months, you’ll be faced with a huge amount of choice. Those eye-catching labels, however, might be hiding a multitude of sins.
Commercial, mass-produced moisturisers are more than likely to be packed full of ingredients with unpronounceable names that, while they might make your skin look great in the short term, might end up doing more harm than good.
Especially when your skin is dry, it’ll soak up everything you slather onto it. That means you need to be doubly sure that you know exactly what’s in the creams and moisturisers you’re using.
Our motto has always been that if you want something done properly, you should do it yourself! Keep tabs on what you’re putting on your skin by making your moisturisers with your own fair hands. It’s much easier than you might think!
Keep it cheap
If you’ve been trying to avoid nasty chemical ingredients then you may well have been turning to the many natural products available on the market these days. While some of these products are wonderful, the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ on the label can automatically mean the price isn’t exactly budget friendly.
Making your own skin creams is far cheaper. Although some of the ingredients you’ll need for DIY recipes might seem expensive to begin with, if you buy them in large quantities then they’ll last you for batch after batch of your favourite homemade moisturiser, and you’ll be able to use them for other recipes, too.
Have some fun!
As well as saving money, taking control and reducing plastic waste, making your own moisturiser is great fun! While away a few relaxing moments of an evening or on a quiet Sunday afternoon mixing up a batch whilst listening to your favourite tunes.
How to make homemade moisturiser:
Below you’ll find two of our favourite homemade moisturiser recipes for you to try out this summer, plus – we’ve thrown in the ultimate life-hack with our bonus super simple moisturiser recipe!
Homemade Body Butter Recipe
This is a heavy-duty body butter that will breathe life back into even the driest skin and make you smell heavenly.
- Place the shea butter in a mixing bowl.
- Add the coconut oil (melted) and stir together along with the remaining ingredients.
- Freeze for 10 minutes, then use a fork to whip for a buttery consistency.
- Store in an air-tight container.
Homemade Lavender Moisturiser
This moisturiser is a little lighter than the one above, and you’ll love the light lavender scent.
- Take the jar you’ll be stirring the moisturiser in and place it in hot water.
- Add all the ingredients and mix until the oil has melted and the ingredients have combined.
- Allow to cool.
Mix it up!
These recipes are both extremely easy to adapt. Whether you’re looking for more of a moisturising oil or a body butter, you can add in different essential oils depending on your skin type, the part of your body you want to use it for, and your favourite scents.
Don’t be shy! Experiment, and you’ll soon find a moisturiser recipe that you’ll rely on for years to come.
BONUS RECIPE – The easiest homemade essential oil moisturiser ever!
If time is short, you’re allergic to mess or you just want to start off slowly, then this is the most simple homemade moisturiser recipe there is.
Using our amazing Beauty Certified Moisturising Lotion as a base, all you need to do is find the perfect combination of essential oils for you. Containing 91% organic ingredients and 99% natural, this certified and unscented moisturiser is the perfect ‘ready to go’ base that makes creating your own hand and body lotions a doddle.
Super Simple Homemade Moisturiser Recipe
This super simple moisturiser really is a doddle and once you’ve found your perfect essential oil combination, you’ll be blown away by how good it is!
To set you on your way, we love the intoxicating Vitamin A, beta-carotene and anti-oxidant rich combination of 3 parts sandalwood essential oil to 2 parts patchouli essential oil and 1 part carrot seed essential oil.
- Using our 99% natural base lotion, simply add essential oils of your choice and blend.
- Add oils slowly and blend, remember – you can always add more.
- Aim for a ratio of about 15 drops per 100ml.
- Once you’ve got your desired fragrance – bottle in a glass ointment jar and add your own label.