Recently, I’ve turned into a big fan of melting down butters and oils and making my own lotions, moisturizers, etc. Today I’d like to share a recipe with hand-picked and extensively researched ingredients that are all known to help with acne and have anti-aging properties like reducing and preventing wrinkles, and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
In addition, I get Prickly Heat (Heat Rash) from living in the desert, and these ingredients really calm it down and make my rash disappear, especially the zinc oxide 🙂
So let’s get to it! I used a kitchen scale to measure out the larger quantities, and the rest of the oils I measured by drops used.
- 1.5oz Mango Butter (anti-inflammatory, UV protection, anti-aging, contains antioxidants, etc.)
- 0.3oz Kokum Butter (healing, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, etc.)
- 1.0oz Almond Oil (hypoallergenic, anti-aging, rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin E, rich in Vitamin A – reduces acne, rich in zinc – treats rashes, etc.)
- 0.5oz Safflower Oil (high in linoleic acid – great for improving the texture and strength of your skin, reduces wrinkles and brightens complexion, combines with the sebum in pores to reduce rashes and acne, etc)
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, healing, etc.)
- 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, etc.)
– Optional, some may not like the scent
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, aids in oil secretions – preventing acne, healing, cooling to the skin, etc.)
- 10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil (prevents UV damage & wrinkles, reduces skin inflammation, aids in skin repair, protects from sun damage, etc.)
- 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (great for acne, rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, regenerative & reparative on skin, etc.)
- 10 drops Pumpkin Seed Oil (also great for acne, anti-aging, healing, rich in antioxidants, especially in Vitamin E, rich in zinc, etc.)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Zinc Oxide powder (for UV protection) – Optional
You can exclude some of the oils, I used a lot of different ones, but try to at least include one or two of the Essential Oils and at least one of the last 3 oils listed, they have some really great properties.
I combined the first 3 ingredients and melted them down in a Pyrex measuring cup that was sitting in a saucepan with some water in it. (Make sure no water gets inside the pyrex cup, or whatever container you choose to use) Then I removed the cup from the saucepan and added all the other oils, and mixed it up very well. I added the zinc oxide powder last, and again, mixed well. You can use a whisk for this, and add a little of the powder at a time. I then poured it all into the final containers (I had enough for two and a half of these) and set them in the fridge for a bit, because I’m impatient 😉
The final result came out beautifully, and is very soft on the skin. You only need to use a little bit at a time on the face and neck, and it goes on so smoothly, looks and smells great too!
For another recipe, see my previous DIY moisturizer post.
NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite. You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.