Do you want to start crafting your own DIY acne fighting moisturizer?
If so, the benefits are plentiful:
- You can pick and choose ingredients and tailor it specifically to your own skin type
- You only use the highest quality ingredients; no nasty harmful or pore clogging ingredients that you almost always find in formulated products (even so called “natural” ones)
- It’s fun and easy, and while it’s more of an investment up front for ingredients, it will save you money if you stick with it
Before sharing with you my own moisturizer recipe, I realized that I needed to explain the basic game of making your own lotions or moisturizers.
So let’s dive in!
The Oil Phase and the Water Phase
The bread and butter of making your own moisturizer is that you want one part of it to be oil based, and one part of it to be water based.
If you start reading about DIY cosmetics, you may hear this referred to as “the oil phase” and the “water phase”.
Two reasons for this:
One is that like I mentioned in the ‘How to Moisturize Properly‘ article, you want to hydrate your skin with water, and have the oil lock it into your skin. Otherwise water will just evaporate and take more with it, making your skin more dehydrated.
The second reason is if you are going to be adding additional ingredients to your moisturizer.
Some ingredients will only dissolve in water (called ‘water soluble’).
Others will only dissolve in oil (called ‘oil soluble’).
So it’s best to have both, so that you can add whatever your heart desires!
For your “water phase”, you can just use distilled water, but I personally like to use a very high quality aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel is almost entirely water.
One reason I like using aloe better is just because it has added benefit over water in that it’s a little thicker, and that it has very soothing properties for the skin. It helps with acne scars and redness, and calming breakouts.
The other reason is because if you buy aloe vera gel, it already has a very light preservative system in it.
Not like I’m super into the idea of preservatives, but I have learned that it is kind of a necessary evil… read on… [Read more…]