We know that caring for your skin and your beauty is important (obviously) and that this cannot be achieved solely through a good diet or supplements. Since skin tends to be at the bottom of our bodies’ lists of priorities, even the most balanced and nutritious diet in the world can still leave skin improperly nourished. This is why a natural face moisturizer is so important. The beauty and cosmetic industry can be efficient enough, surely, and every now and then maybe even necessary, since you can’t solve all of your skin’s troubles only with natural substances. But most of the time, if you can stick to a natural face moisturizer, it would be for the best, in countless ways (for your budget, for your health, for your skin’s appearance, for the environment etc.)
In today’s Home Remedy Shop post, we will show you the most common substances that can act as a perfectly proper natural face moisturizer. There are high chances that you already have at least a few of these in your pantry, fridge or bathroom, so it will be no trouble for you to start using them. Furthermore, we promise we’re not recommending any elaborate masks that take 3 tools and half an hour to make; just quick natural moisturizers for the face that you can use as easily as a store bought cosmetic product.
Without further ado, here is our ultimate list of natural face moisturizer options you (probably) didn’t know you have.
You probably already know how wonderful this health food is for your entire system, and that it contains the good type of fats nutritionists are raving about. But what you may have not guessed (or thought about) is how good this slightly fatty quality of the avocado can be for your skin. To get started, whenever you have a really ripe avocado on your hands, just mash it roughly with a fork in a small bowl. You don’t need to use the entire avocado, about half of it will do. If you have dry, normal or even combination skin, stick to just the avocado mash. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, mix in a tablespoon of lemon juice as well. Apply this mixture onto clean skin and wash it off after 10 minutes or so, while going about your usual home business. After you wash it off, your skin will be moisturized enough not to require another product.
2. Milk & Honey
Honey is another wonder ingredient as a natural face moisturizer, and milk follows closely behind it. Make sure you use whole fat milk for this remedy, the low-fat type is too weak to be able to moisturize properly. Mix 4-5 tablespoons of liquid honey with just a tablespoon or so of milk to loosen it up. Then, apply the mixture evenly to your face and you’ve got yourself one of the best natural face moisturizers in the world (for all skin types). Wash off after 10 minutes and you’re good to go.
Keep in mind that honey also has anti-bacterial properties that can work wonders on acne, as well. Don’t forget that you can also use whole-fat milk in itself, as a toner/moisturizer, as often throughout the day as you’d like. It also needs to be cleansed off (just with a few splashes of water and gentle towel pat), but it will moisturize your skin delicately and profoundly. Also works wonderfully on irritated skin (from sunburns or razor burns).
3. Milk & Oats
Another wonderful milk combo is obtained by replacing the honey with oats (the instant type of oatmeal usually suited for breakfast). Mix 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal with just enough milk to puff them up but to also allow the mixture to be fluid enough for spreading it on your skin. Apply to the face and allow the natural face moisturizer to work its magic for 10 minutes, then rise off. Pat skin dry and you’re good to go, no other face lotion needed. Suitable for all skin types, but especially good for the dry complexions.
4. Rosewater and green tea
If you happen to have rosewater around (you can find it not just in health stores, but also in Asian food markets, since it’s a lovely ingredient for many Middle Eastern and Indian sweets), then you just got yourself one of the best natural face moisturizers you could hope for. Use cotton disks (the type you use for toners or for make-up remover) to soak them in a solution made from a cup of home brewed green tea with 2 tablespoons of rosewater. Gently rub your face with these disks as you would with a toner. No need to rinse the mixture off. This is a natural face moisturizer and toner best suitable to normal and combination skin. Keep the rest of the solution in a bottle in the fridge and use it within a week.
5. Cucumber water & coconut oil
You can also make some cucumber water to use as a natural face moisturizer. Just slice a large cucumber in about 2 cups of water and let it infuse in the fridge for about a day. It keeps for about a week. You can spritz some of the cucumber water onto your (clean) face as a toning mist, and, without wiping the drops away, rub about a teaspoon of coconut oil into the skin as well. It’s one of the most powerful hydrating combos out there, good for daily use and all skin types (including sensitive skin).
Buttermilk is a really good natural face moisturizer (you can also use it for your body, as well). Since the fat content in buttermilk is pretty low, you can opt for this especially if you have oily and combination skin. The natural proteins in buttermilk will work as a lifting and elasticity boosting mask, too. Just apply a generous layer to the clean face and wipe it away with lukewarm water and a gentle towel pat after 10 minutes.
7. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt, as the fatter version of buttermilk, is more suited to normal skin, dry skin and sensitive and itchy skin. The application procedure is just the same as with buttermilk, so see above.
8. Olive oil
A common kitchen ingredient, olive oil has wonderful beauty care uses that you are probably already aware of (considering how often beauty products boast of containing it). It’s up to you to go directly to the sources and simply use the olive oil directly as a natural face moisturizer. It’s as simple as that. You don’t really need all those chemical additives in artificial creams, on the contrary. Moisturizing your face with olive oil is suitable to all skin types, especially the normal balance or combination complexions. It may take a while for it to sink into the skin, but just rub it onto the clean face for 5 minutes or so and your skin will be happier than ever. Wipe away the remaining excess (if any) with some paper towels and you’re good to go.
9. Cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a wonderful example of a natural face moisturizer with SPF (solar protection factor) naturally built in. It’s suitable for all skin types and all you have to do it rub a little into your skin right after washing it. It will be absorbed as easily as magic, and will leave you smelling delicious. You will also notice how perfect your skin and coconut butter seem to be for each other, the way it melts right through. Did you know that the melting temperature for cocoa butter is identical to the skin’s temperature? (Actually, that’s why chocolate tends to melt on our fingers.) It’s all a match made in heaven, metaphorically speaking.
10. Rice oil
Rice oil (which you may have around the house as an ingredient for Asian cooking, and if you don’t, it’s easy to find it in most supermarkets) is a wonderful natural skin moisturizer. It’s a delicate and faster absorbing oil than olive oil is, and it tends to be suitable especially for dry and sensitive skin, although combination and normal skin types benefit from it as well. Rub a few drops onto the clean face (for a couple of minutes) and gently pat away any excess with paper towels.
11. Baking yeast
One of nature’s best moisturizers and boosts, the humble baking yeast works as a miracle lift mask for all skin types. Whenever you’d like to give your skin a boost, just mix the baking yeast with a little water or milk until you bring it to a spreadable consistency (you can even add a few drops of honey if your skin is feeling a little dry) and apply it to your face. Allow the mixture to work its magic for 10-15 minutes (or even 20 if you have the time) and wash it off with water. Don’t pay attention to the slightly weird smell, or add some rosewater to the mixture (for extra moisturizing goodness). It will be the best moisturizing treatment you could ever hope for.
12. Baking soda & Oil
If you have oily or acne prone skin, you could benefit from a 2-in-1 moisturizer and purifier, like the combination of baking soda with oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water to loosen it up in a paste, then also add a few drops of oil (olive, coconut, even sunflower or canola). Apply the mix to your face and allow it to work for 5 minutes, then rise off with water.
13. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of the best natural face moisturizer ingredients to be found so casually in stores. You can get it from health food sections, and it will usually come in small re-sealable jars. It can be liquid when it’s warmer in the room, and solidify when it gets chilli. To use it as a skin moisturizer (suitable for all skin types), just rub a few drops into the freshly washed skin and you’re good to go.
Extra ingredients to consider buying for a natural face treatment:
These ingredients may not be so commonly found around the house as the ones above, but you can consider investing in them for cosmetic purposes. They’re very affordable anyway (much more so than industrially-produced cosmetics), and will provide a significant boost in your range of treatment options.
14. Clay powder
You can find this in some pharmacies, beauty shops or online. It’s very cheap and a base ingredient in any purifying face masks. It’s mostly suitable to oily skin types, but if you add enough oils to it, you can also use it for normal and even dry skin, as a wonderful exfoliating and deep detoxifying treatment. Just mix the clay with enough liquid (water for oily skin and milk for normal skin) in order to create a paste, and then add a few drops from your favorite oil as well. Apply to skin as a mask and rinse off after 10 minutes.
15. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and if you suffer from acne or oily skin it will be a great help to your beauty routine. Don’t use too much, since this is an essential oil and highly concentrated. Just mix it with other base oil (like olive) and use it in the ways described above.
16. Mango butter
A wonderful skin moisturizer (to be used just as a regular face cream, and for all skin types), mango butter is available in ethnic food shops for Indian and South Asian cuisines. You can use it in all sorts of natural skin moisturizer recipes (in combination with the other ingredients presented so far), or by itself.
17. Almond oil
You can also find small bottles of almond oil in beauty shops. It’s a great natural skin moisturizer, also good for all skin types. Organic is best, but if you can’t find a certified organic one, at least make sure that it’s cold-pressed and with no added substances (including perfume). It should be almost odorless, and very delicate and fast-absorbing.