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 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.
Doing it yourself 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
On top of all that, 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
Here are two of our favourite, simplest moisturiser recipes for you to try out this summer:
Vanilla body butter
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).
- Freeze for 10 minutes, then use a fork to whip for a buttery consistency.
- Store in an air-tight container.
This moisturiser is a little lighter than the one above, and you’ll love the light lavender scent.
- Take the jar you’ll be string 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.