Beauty

Six Recipes to Moisturize Your Dry Skin

Dec 17, 2014 //

Winter is the worst time for people with dry skin. It’s so hard to keep your skin moisturized. With the artificial indoor heat and biting outdoor winter winds, dry skin doesn’t have a chance. Or does it? Here are six all-natural dry skin moisturizer recipes you can make in your own kitchen! Read on if you’d like to know how to moisturize dry skin with these wonderful organic recipes!

Banana Mask

Gather the Following:

  • 1 medium-sized banana, ripe
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey

Mash up the banana and fold in the yogurt and honey. Mix well into an even paste and smooth it onto your face and neck. Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. The potassium in the banana will give your skin a vitamin boost, while the gentle acidity of the yogurt will loosen any dry skin flakes, leaving your face baby-smooth and moisturized.

Result: An easy way to put more moisture in your skin.

All-Natural, Simple Body Cream for Dry Skin

Gather the Following:

  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Shea butter
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops pure vanilla extract

You can double or triple the ingredients for a larger batch. Blend well and spoon the mixture into an opaque glass jar to protect the oils. Add 5 drops of pure vanilla extract.

Result: Luxurious body cream that smells and feels delicious! It perfectly moisturizes your skin!

Lavender and Rosemary Moisturizer

Gather the Following:

  • 2 saucepans with water heating in them; stainless steel bowls on top of the water
  • 1 tsp of natural beeswax
  • 2 tsp of cocoa butter
  • 4 tbsp of Jojoba Oil

On stove, warm first group of ingredients in the stainless steel bowl just to melting point. The purpose of the bowl on top of the water is to very gently warm and melt the delicate ingredients.

  • Add 3 tbsp emulsifying wax into the second pan
  • Add 2 tbsp lavender emulsion

Warm the second set of ingredients to melt and turn off the heat. Remove the first bowl with the oils and coco butter from the pan on the stove and pour contents into a jar for mixing. Remove the bowl with the emulsifying wax from the warming pan and make sure the two batches are the same temperature.

Result: Pure, perfect moisturizer that is good for combination skin or skin prone to breakouts.

Organic Vanilla Body Cream

Gather the Following:

  • 2 tbsp Shea butter
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla absolute

Put all ingredients straight into the blender and puree until smooth and emulsified.

Store the final mixture in an opaque glass jar to protect the ingredients from oxidation. In warmer temperatures, the mixture will liquefy, which is still a wonderful treatment for cuticles, elbows and heels. If you prefer a thicker cream though, stick it in the refrigerator and it solidifies just enough into a thick, beautiful, moisturizing cream.

Result: Cream is perfect for use on body, hands, feet or face; a wonderful treatment for itchy dry skin.

Whipped Body Butter

Gather the Following:

  • ¼ cup each: Jojoba oil, coconut oil, mango butter and Shea butter
  • 3 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil

Add solid oils together and melt in the microwave on a very low setting for 4-6 minutes. Add Jojoba oil to the melted mixture and stir to combine.

Add grapefruit and lavender essential oils to mixture and stir to completely blend. Cool the oils in the refrigerator to solidify then place in blender. Blend until a smooth butter is created, then transfer to a container and allow the mixture to set for about 24 hours.

Result: A wonderful moisturizer for the body, hands, feet.

All-Natural Coconut Rose Body Butter

Gather the Following:

  • 60 grams coconut oil
  • 60 grams Jojoba oil
  • 15 grams cornstarch
  • Alkanet root-infused oil
  • Lavender and palmarosa essential oils

Melt coconut oil using a double boiler and remove from heat once thoroughly melted. Add Jojoba Oil and cornstarch to melted coconut oil. Add several drops of alkanet root-infused oil.

Add 30 drops each of lavender essential oil and palmarosa essential oils, then refrigerate to solidify and transfer everything into the mixer. Mix until whipped.

Transfer whipped body butter into a clean, sterile container. A glass canning jar is good because the top seals.

A little goes a long way and has a nice delicate rose and lavender fragrance.

Result: This coconut rose body butter is a great way to keep your skin moisturized.

So there you have it, 6 lovely DIY recipes for all natural, organic creams, body butters and lotions to keep your dry skin beautifully moisturized throughout the winter months. Try each one and see which ones you love to slather on, and save your skin in winter—enjoy!

 

SOURCES CITED:

Uliano, Sophie. (2013). “5 Organic Creams, Butters and Moisturizers” in Gorgeously Green. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z41RKptuH_o. 5 Videos. Internet. Retrieved 26 November 2014.

 

Wilson, Robyn. (2014). “Shea and Mango Whipped Body Butter” on YouTube. Video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbRk84uxBbc. Internet. Retrieved 36 November 2014.

 

Stacy Zimmerman

Stacy Zimmerman is a freelance writer and full-time student at the University of North Texas Honors College pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Stacy is the proud parent of two exceptional daughters. In her free time, Stacy practices yoga and meditation, creates mixed-media art and is working to produce her first novel.

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