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Homemade Moisturizers with Essential Oils

handlotionThe winter season is here! Aside from a warm coat, a hot mug of cocoa and your trusty home heating system, you’ll also need some extra nourishment for your skin. Have you noticed during winter that your skin often becomes dry and flaky – maybe due to dry cold air, dry air from heaters, thick jumpers rubbing on your skin or not drinking enough water?

Thankfully, you don’t need to resort to using creams and lotions made with chemicals that can potentially harm your health. Go the DIY way and have a go at these tried and tested moisture renewing remedies that are infused with the power of Young Living therapeutic-grade, essential oils.

 

Body Lotion

Moisturise your body the healthy and aromatic way with these simple steps.

You’ll need: ½ cup of olive/avocado oil, ¼ cup of coconut oil, ¼ cup of beeswax or shea butter, 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (can be taken from a Vitamin E gel capsule), and 5 drops of an essential oil or combination of your choice:

–          Lavender works well if you’re looking for a night time lotion to use before bed

–          Rosemary can also be used as it has an uplifting scent

–          Frankincense has restorative and regenerative properties for all skin types

How to make body lotion:

1. Place all the ingredients into a glass jar, except the essential oils.

2. Place the glass jar into a shallow pan with about an inch of water.

3. Heat up the pan to melt the solid ingredients and mix it well with a spatula.

4. When everything is nicely combined, give it a few minutes to cool, and then add the 5 drops of essential oils.

Use it as a full-body moisturiser in the daytime and in the evening to nourish dry, flaky skin.

 

Facial Serum/Oil

Your face will often show the most telling signs of dehydration and lost elasticity. Of course, we all have different skin types, whether it’s acne prone, oily, dry or combination. This essential oil-infused moisturizer can be customised to suit your face’s needs.

You’ll need: 4 tablespoons of a carrier oil (Argan oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil work best), 2 tablespoons of carrot seed oil (you can use less if you have very sensitive skin), 4 drops of essential oil or a combination of your choice.

–          Lavender, again, works well if you intend to use this serum at night, whereas peppermint is a better choice if you intend to use this serum before you start your day. Both lavender and peppermint oil are recommended for acne-prone skin.

–          Geranium is the oil of choice for those who have very dry and sensitive skin.

–          Frankincense is the master essential oil for all skin types

–          Lemongrass and rosemary are recommended if you have oily skin. Please note: even oily skin types need moisturisers!

–          Rose is a luxurious option if you have very dry or aging skin

How to make facial serum:

1. Fill in a small bottle with all the oils listed above and give it a shake. It’s best to use a dark bottle in order to shield the oils from sunlight.

Use your serum before you apply your makeup or before head off to bed at night. You can place some oil onto a cotton ball and swipe it onto your face to avoid putting on too much.

 

Essential Oil-infused Sunscreen Bars

Obviously it’s important to use sunscreen during summer, but it’s also important to protect any body parts exposed to the sun and UV radiation during winter too! Use this simple sunscreen recipe on your hands, arms, legs, face and neck whenever you’re working outside or enjoying the great outdoors to avoid premature aging and skin diseases caused by too much sun exposure. (Please be sensible and conduct a trial to ensure it is effective on your skin.)

You’ll need: ½ cup shea butter, 5 tablespoons of beeswax, ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup of carrot seed oil or wheat germ oil, the oil of one small Vitamin E capsule, 2 tablespoons of non-nano zinc oxide (non-nano means the zinc oxide particles are larger, and are only safely placed on top of the skin), and 6 drops of lavender essential oil. Also consider adding 2 drops of geranium and 3 drops of myrrh essential oil. (Please note: DO NOT use citrus essential oils on skin exposed to the sun as they can cause photosensitivity and skin discolourations.)

How to make sunscreen:

1. Combine the shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in a jar.

2. Place the glass jar into a shallow pan with about an inch of water.

3. Heat up the pan to melt the solid ingredients and mix well with a spatula.

4. Remove the jar from the heat, allow to cool for a few minutes and then mix in the zinc oxide, carrot seed/wheat germ oil, Vitamin E and essential oil.

5. Place the mixture into a silicone mould and leave in the fridge to cool.

6. After about 30 minutes, pop the bars out of the mould and store them in an airtight container.

To use the bars, break off a small piece, warm it up in your hands and apply them onto your skin.

 

Minty Homemade Lip Balm

Chapped lips are the bane of the colder seasons! Luckily, you can create your own lip balm without worrying about harmful chemicals. This recipe can create up to 9 lip balm tubes, or you can choose to store them in a small tin.

You’ll need: 1 teaspoon beeswax (you can add a tiny bit more if you want your lip balm to be firmer), 1 tablespoon of shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

How to make lip balm:

1. Combine the shea/cocoa/mango butter, coconut oil and beeswax in small jar.

2. Place the glass jar into a shallow pan with about an inch of water.

3. Heat up the pan to melt the solid ingredients and combine well with a spatula.

4. Turn off the heat, allow to cool for a few minutes, add the peppermint essential oil and mix well.

5. Transfer the mixture into a lip balm tin or a lip balm tube. For easier transferring, it’s best to keep the ingredients liquid and use a dropper to put the balm in their respective tubes.

6. Allow the lip balm to cool for about 30 minutes.

 

These homemade skincare lotions are great for winter and throughout the year. And in addition to them being chemical-free with the added benefits of Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils, they’ll probably save you money too!

Let’s get healthy, and stay healthy, naturally!

 

You may also be interested in these articles:

Organic Homemade Lotion Recipe

Simple 3-ingredient Facial Oil

 

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