Facial Moisturizer

Is it just me or can facial moisturizers be ridiculously expensive?!  I understand that different people have different skin care needs.  I happen to have a pretty normal and complexion, so I have a really hard time spending a lot of money on facial moisturizers.  I believe facial moisturizers are an important part of short- and long- term skin care, but I have often wondered if they’re worth the price I pay for them.  If your skin is more problematic, you may believe differently.  I tried out a few homemade facial moisturizer recipes and settled on this one.  I can’t believe how easy it is to make and how effective it is in use.
I will add one disclaimer, it does not have the texture of a typical store-bought facial moisturizer, but rather feels more like a salve going on.  My face sometimes feels a little oily for a minute, but it quickly soaks in and that feeling goes away (and doesn’t lead to breakouts as I thought it might).  I’ve been using it now for at least 2 years and am very happy with it; I can’t remember a time in the past 2 years that my face has felt dry, oily, or acne-prone.  It makes my face feel “just right.”  And, when you get to the budget section below, you’ll see why my husband loves it so much, too!  🙂
Ingredients 

4 ounces Coconut Oil

0.75 ounce Beeswax Pellets

4 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (optional)

2 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

Preparation and Use

1.  Measure each of the ingredients into a sauce pan.  I usually place my saucepan directly on a kitchen scale to make the weighing/measuring easier.

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2.  Heat the mixture over LOW heat until the beeswax melts.

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3.  Turn off the heat and add essential oils if desired.

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4.  Carefully, pour the warm/hot liquid into a container.  I like to use Ball 4 ounce Jelly Jars or a previous facial moisturizer container because I believe they’re a perfect size for scooping out the lotion without being too cumbersome.

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5.  Allow the lotion to cool completely before placing the lid on the container.

6.  Clean your dishes with hot, soapy water.

Science

If you’ve read my previous lotion/moisturizer posts, you may remember that coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.  Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin owing to its small molecular structure.  Coconut oil aids in the removal of dead skin, revealing the smooth, youthful surface beneath and providing instant relief for chapped skin.  Coconut oil also provides long-term healing properties to connective tissue cellular structure by providing it with nutrients and antioxidants, leaving your skin smooth and radiant.  Coconut oil is composed of triglycerides that, when applied to the skin, convert to antimicrobial-free fatty acids which bolster infection-fighting abilities.

Beeswax has emollient, soothing, and softening properties, which help the skin retain moisture, making it beneficial cosmetically.  It’s also great in skincare products because it acts as a thickening agent (because it turns into a semi-solid substance when it comes into contact with air), emulsifier, and humectant.  After processing, beeswax remains a biologically active product retaining anti-bacterial properties. It also contains vitamin A, which is essential for human cell development.  So, it’s great as an antiseptic and for healing wounds.

Essential oils have a wide variety of skin supporting properties.  If you choose to use essential oils, you can select them based on scent preferences AND/OR based on their skin supporting properties.  There’s a great reference chart here on selecting oils to relieve dry, sensitive, oily, or acne prone skin as well as to support better elasticity and wrinkles.

Budget

As I mentioned earlier, facial moisturizers be ridiculously expensive!  The cheapest somewhat “natural” facial moisturizers that I have shopped for cost at a minimum $10-15 for 2-4 ounces (conservatively, $2.50-7.50 per ounce).  The moisturizer presented here costs $2.29 for 4.75 ounces ($0.48 per ounce).  So, the homemade facial moisturizer presented here is FAR less expensive than pretty much anything you’ll find in stores.  What’s more, it has all natural ingredients, is easy to make, AND the scent and properties can be tailored to your skin care needs!  With all those benefits, it’s definitely worth trying – so go make some!  It will only take about 15 minutes!  🙂

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