Are you tired of spending big bucks on skin lotion? Fun Fact: The average price of top US hand/body brands is up to $13. Such prices can add up and especially if you’re on a shoestring budget. The good news is you can learn how to make your own lotion. This can save you money and provide other benefits like making organic and limited-ingredient lotions. It’s important to add moisture and nutrients to your face and skin for good health. There are various ways we lose these substances including air pollution, skin conditions/diseases, and normal aging. All of these factors can cause the skin to become red, dry, and rough. Besides drinking water and a healthy diet, you can also add lotion directly to the skin.
The history of lotions dates back to ancient times when the Roman doctor Galen made a cold cream with water, rose oil, and beeswax. Interestingly, those ingredients are still used today in many DIY lotions. People are returning to natural/organic ingredients since they provide several benefits like being more skin-friendly than strong ingredients added to many store-bought lotions, creams, and serums. When you want better skin health you’ll definitely want to avoid side-effects that make your situation worse.
Why Make DIY Organic Lotion?
The global skincare market is big business and was worth nearly $124 last year. You can find tons of different products in the supermarket and beauty supply stores. It might seem like this situation would also benefit the consumer.
There’s a caveat. Many companies use cheap synthetic ingredients to cut costs. This results in many unhealthy ingredients that require a chemistry degree to figure out. The problem is you could be adding chemicals to your skin that could cause unwanted side-effects like dry and irritated skin.
The situation can be even worse if you have health conditions like skin diseases or sensitive skin. In those situations, the commercial lotions could trigger side-effects. This is another reason to consider making DIY lotion.
Today you can find many products on the market that claim to be all-natural, organic, certified organic, etc. It can be tough to sort through all the terms to figure out what they mean. It’s important to know what they’re about and how they’re related to homemade lotions.
One thing to keep in mind is organizations like the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates OTC products like skincare products differently than prescription medicines. If a product doesn’t provide major benefits that can treat illnesses/diseases then it’s not a medicine.
The term “all-natural” is one of the most confusing terms. While companies are allowed to refer to their products as such there are no definitions of what makes a skincare product as such. In general, this should mean that the product doesn’t include any synthetic ingredients. However, since the term isn’t regulated there’s no guarantee.
Meanwhile, “organic” usually refers to no synthetic ingredients being added directly to the product or used to produce the ingredients. For example, organic olive oil means no artificial chemicals were added to fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used to grow the olive tree.
How to Make Your Own Lotion
Here are some key ingredients to include in your DIY lotion:
Yes, the old ways are often the best ways. Beeswax can provide several benefits like cleansing, softening, and healing the skin. It can also help battle skin conditions like dry skin, acne, and stretch marks. This is an excellent ingredient to add moisture and nutrients to the skin.
This vitamin/antioxidant is critical for healthy skin. For example, it can help to protect the skin from sun/UV exposure. It can also benefit body cells, blood vessels, and immune system, which are all related to skin health
You have several options for your homemade lotion. These oils provide you with different benefits for skin based on whichever one(s) you choose. Some options include:
- Tea Tree
You can also pick essential oils with the scents you prefer.
You have lots of options including almond and jojoba oil. You can use just about any liquid oil you want. Make sure to research the particular properties you want the lotion to have. This can help you select the right oils to produce those results.
These are both ingredients from healthy nuts that provide benefits like healthy fats and vitamins/minerals. Shea butter is from the shea tree and cocoa butter is from the cacao tree. Both products are well-known to boost skin health.
This is a key ingredient because it’s high in healthy fatty acids. That includes MCT, which is often paired with omega-3 fatty acids for the best results. Coconut oil has been around for eons but has been trending recently as an ingredient for low-carb cooking/baking.
The high amount of healthy fat makes the oil a skin-friendly ingredient to add to your lotion. It provides many benefits like moisturizing, strengthening, and tightening the skin. You could add other options like olive oil.
Top Tips for Healthier Skin
1. Maintain a healthy diet
Make sure to consume a healthy and well-balanced diet. That includes lean meat/fish, whole grains, veggies, beans, fruits, and dairy. This can help provide the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes your skin needs to stay healthy.
On the other hand, there are certain foods you should avoid. They include high amounts of salt, sugar, fat, and artificial additives. These can all cause various health issues including skin problems. Minimize sat, ditch sugar, and go with unsaturated fat over saturated fat.
2. Remove makeup at bedtime
The skin has to breathe just like the body does. That’s a lot tougher if you have makeup caked on your skin morning, afternoon, and evening. If you keep makeup on while sleeping it can cause various skin issues. They include results like clogged pores, which can cause issues like acne and blemishes.
If you want a more natural option than store-bought makeup remover then go with olive oil on a cotton ball/pad. Just add oil to your face to remove dirt/makeup. You should also do exfoliation at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, which can also provide healthier skin.
3. Hit the gym
A solid weight-resistance workout can provide lots of skin-friendly benefits. They include body detox, weight loss, and better blood circulation. The afterglow following a good workout shows the benefit for the body’s largest organ.
What if you don’t have time for a workout? Just go with options like a brisk walk or stair-climbing. It’s not the best option but it’s better than sitting all day.
4. Pick the right sunscreen
Go with SPF 30+ full-spectrum products that protect from UVA/UVB rays. Over time lots of sun exposure can cause various skin issues like fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. When possible pick organic sunscreens after learning how to make your own lotion.