Using homemade, natural skincare can help to improve your overall complexion and give your skin a healthy glow. In this article, I am going to share different skin creams that you can create, based on your skin type.
Determining your skin type
Different skin types need different care. The general skin types are:
- Normal skin: little or no sensitivity, a bright complexion and very small pores. It isn’t too oily or dry.
- Combination skin: can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others. The oily areas are usually the forehead, nose and chin. It can cause blackheads and dilated pores.
- Oily skin: enlarged pores and prone to blackheads and pimples. People with oily skin may have either a shiny or dull complexion.
- Dry skin: can have red patches, more visible wrinkles and lines, nearly invisible pores, and a dull complexion. Dry weather, hot showers and hormonal changes can make dry skin worse.
I can tell you what your skin type is, and discuss with you any other skin conditions you may have. Having this knowledge can help you avoid medications, supplements, foods and skincare products that could make your skin worse.
Making a cream for combination skin
- Heat 2 tbsp of almond oil, 2 tbsp of jojoba oil, and 1 tbsp of beeswax together until all of the oils are melted and combined. This will take a few minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and let it cool for an hour or two to room temperature.
- While this cools, mix 40g of aloe vera gel and 5-7 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
- Once the mixture cools, gradually combine the aloe vera and essential oil combination in while mixing. Keep adding slowly until you get a thick consistency – you may not need to add all of the aloe vera.
- Stop once you get the thickness you like, and transfer the cream into a jar.
Making a cream for oily skin
- Heat 5 tbsp of jojoba oil, 2 tbsp hemp seed oil, and 5 tsp beeswax until melted and combined.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature, when it should start solidifying.
- Use a hand mixer to whip the oils, adding 1 tsp of aloe vera gel and a few drops of lemon essential oil or tea tree oil.
- Keep whipping until it gets thick enough. Then transfer into a small jar.
The hemp seed oil and jojoba oil have low comedogenic ratings, meaning they are great for oily skin and won’t clog your pores. The lemon or tea tree oil will help to remove excess oils from your skin.
Making a cream for dry skin
- Put 30g almond oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp beeswax, ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil, and 1 tbsp shea butter into a glass jar.
- In a saucepan, bring 50ml of water to a simmer. Place the jar in the simmering water until the ingredients have melted completely. Then combine the ingredients well.
- Move the cream into a smaller jar where you’ll be keeping the cream.
- Leave the cream at room temperature until it cools and hardens, then place the lid on.
The ingredients in this cream are good for eczema, psoriasis and scarring on the skin. They also have anti-aging qualities.
Good luck with making your skin creams! I’d love to hear how you can on, so please let me know.
Till next time,