DIY face moisturiser
If you’re still looking for the perfect moisturiser, why not make your own?
Keeping your complexion hydrated is one of the most important steps in a beauty routine, but face creams can be costly. It’s frustrating to spend a fortune on luxury moisturisers that don’t make much of a difference, so consider creating a bespoke cream at home to deliver exactly what your skin needs. This week, Natalie Balmond, founder of organic skincare range Purepotions, talks us through how to make a simple moisturiser.
“This moisturising cream has only a few ingredients, no dyes, no chemical preservatives, no scents,” Natalie told Cover Media. “No matter whether your skin type is dry, oily or sensitive, you shouldn't skip the moisturising step in your skin care routine. If your skin needs moisture and doesn’t get it, redness or flaking can occur and in time it can allow wrinkles and other ageing signs quicker than it might have done.
“Also, if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, moisturising regularly might help ease some of the irritation.”
Natalie’s face cream is light rather than greasy, smells great and will leave your complexion feeling soothed and hydrated. It can even be used as a make-up remover and will keep in the fridge for a month.
If you fancy trying out this multi-tasking moisturiser, here are the ingredients you need:
1 cup aloe vera gel (It has to be a gel, not juice.)
3/4 ounce beeswax, (You can buy a block and grate it or buy it in pellets.)
1/4 cup almond oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
10 drops of your favourite essential oil
1. Start by melting the beeswax and coconut oil in the almond oil in a bain-marie or saucepan lowered into warm water on a moderate heat.
2. Pour the melted oils into your blender, leave for at least an hour to cool.
3. Mix the essential oil into your cup of aloe vera gel.
4. Start the blender. Slowly pour the aloe vera gel into the blender. It will turn from a thick oil to a light and fluffy white lotion texture.
For anyone unsure about choosing essential oils, think about your skin type before you choose one. Frankincense has antibacterial properties so could help spot prone or chapped complexions, while lavender helps to regenerate skin cells so is great for mature skin, sun spots and scarring. Lemon essential oil is a natural astringent and can reduce pores as well as combat zits. If you struggle with a sensitive complexion try Neroli essential oil.
Christine Bailey recommends combining organic coconut oil with avocado oil and shea butter for dry skin. The skin specialist also advises adding a teaspoon of vitamin E to your concoction to prevent wrinkles.