Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin
A light homemade face moisturizer recipe to balance oily, acne-prone skin
Make this light, natural face moisturizer to refresh and balance oily, acne-prone skin. It's the best moisturizer for oily skin I've made yet!
Its cool, minty scent lifts your energy and your mood - for a happy start to your day, use it on your face and body after your morning shower.
Note: It's important not to neglect moisturizing your skin, even when you have acne.
Cleansing your face strips away your skin's natural oils, and if you don't replace them your skin will do it for you, producing even more oil than before.
This homemade face moisturizer recipe includes peppermint and tea tree to balance oil production and eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Aloe vera and witch hazel calm irritation and promote healthy skin.
Moisturizer for Oily Skin
1/3 cup (75ml) Grapeseed OR Jojoba oil
2 tablespoons (10g) Emulsifying wax
1/2 teaspoon Stearic Acid (stabilizer)
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E
1/2 cup (125ml) Witch Hazel or distilled water
2 tablespoons (25ml) Aloe Vera gel
10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Petitgrain OR Lemongrass essential oil
1 drop Jasmine OR Ylang Ylang
- Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and stearic acid in a glass heat-safe measuring cup (such as Pyrex.)
- Place the measuring cup in a pot of water and warm slowly over a low heat,
stirring occasionally, until the wax is melted. Remove from heat. Add the Vitamin E.
- Pour the witch hazel and aloe vera into a large glass heat-safe measuring cup. Stir to combine.
- In a separate pot on the stove (using the water-bath method as above) or in the microwave, gently warm the witch hazel mixture until it's lukewarm. Do NOT skip this step - your moisturizer will separate later if the witch hazel mixture is too cold.
- Slowly pour the oil mixture into the witch hazel mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk.
- Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract.
- Pour the homemade face moisturizer into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the cap on.
- Shake the bottle occasionally as the lotion cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.
This recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) of moisturizer for oily skin.
Use it after washing and toning your face every morning. It's also suitable as an all-over acne-fighting body lotion.
To complete your skin care routine, also make this
skin balancing cleanser and
Click here for a full acne skin care routine, plus more acne recipes.
Troubleshooting Your Moisturizer for Oily Skin
If your moisturizer turns out too thin
- and you will only know this for sure once it has cooled completely -
make up another little mini-batch with 2 teaspoons oil, another 1/2 to 1
tablespoon emulsifying wax, and another 1/2 teaspoon of stearic acid.
Melt as directed in the instructions above. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of
warm water and then pour the new batch into the old, thin batch. Stir
them together and let them set.
If your lotion turns out too thick,
make another complete batch using the recipe above, but this time
reduce the emulsifying wax to 1/2 tablespoon and leave out the stearic
acid. Mix the new, thin batch in with the old, thick batch to get a more
You can't just add more water because your cream would separate - the
emulsifying wax has to work its magic to hold everything together.
Customizing Your Moisturizer for Oily Skin
For a thinner consistency, add a little less emulsifying wax (up to a half a teaspoon.)
You can also reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils.
Do not increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total recipe.
Some of my readers have written to say that aloe vera makes their sensitive skin sting.
If that also applies to you, replace the aloe with 2 tablespoons of water.
Where to Buy Moisturizer Ingredients
I buy my essential oils from a company called doTERRA
because I've found that their quality is a lot higher than any other
brand I've used. They work better, they smell cleaner and they last
longer (because you reduce the number of drops called for by half).
You can buy them online or contact me to learn how to get a wholesale account.
My favorite supplier for other aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their quality is good. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this moisturizer for oily skin...
Where to Buy Organic Moisturizer for Oily Skin
If you're looking for skin care products that are a little more
sophisticated than homemade, I definitely recommend Just Natural Organic
All their products are organic - they're better than most commercial
products because they only use the best ingredients - no harsh fillers
or chemicals to hurt your skin. Check these out!
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