5 Homemade Moisturizers For All Skin Types

In a skincare regime, moisturizers are often used after cleansing and toning. Moisturizers hydrate the skin, providing essential nutrients for healthy cell regeneration. They also protect against environmental damage by holding in water to prevent evaporation of moisture from your skin’s surface while simultaneously allowing it to breathe naturally. 

Moisturizing ingredients include plant oils such as olive, jojoba, castor seed oil, butter such as cocoa butter or shea butter, or beeswax, herbal infusions such as green tea, and calendula.

Moisturizers for Different Skin Types

This section will discuss the different types of moisturizers available and explain how to choose one that best suits your skin type.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, then look for an oil-based moisturizer. Oils are more effective than creams at hydrating the skin because they penetrate deeper and provide moisture to your dermis (the middle layer of your skin).

Oil-based moisturizers should not be used on oily or acne-prone skin as they may clog pores and exacerbate skin problems.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, look for a water-based moisturizer as it will not suffocate your skin. Water-based moisturizers effectively hydrate the skin because water is the best natural humectant (attracts and retains moisture). Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, as they are particularly good at hydrating the skin.

Acne-Prone Skin

If you have acne-prone skin, look for water or oil-based moisturizer that contains ingredients like tea tree leaf extract, known to soothe inflamed and irritated skin while controlling sebum production (the oil your skin naturally produces).

Combination Skin Types

If you have combination skin, look for a moisturizer with ingredients that soothe dryness and hydrate oily areas of the face. Look out for formulations tailored to specific concerns such as dark spots or dull complexion, in addition to normalizing sebum production.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, look for a cream or lotion as they generally do not contain fragrances or dyes. You can also opt for an unscented moisturizer to prevent an adverse reaction.

How to Use a Moisturizer

  1. Once you have chosen the best moisturizing ingredients for your skin type, it is time to look at toning and moisturizing the face. The steps are as follows:
  2. Cleanse your face with lukewarm water using your fingertips or a washcloth.
  3. Apply a toner to remove any leftover dirt on your skin and close the pores with an astringent agent such as witch hazel extract or apple cider vinegar.
  4. Moisturize after you have cleansed, exfoliated (optional), and then tone by applying serum and face oil, if desired, using upward strokes.
  5. Finish with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent signs of aging.

DIY Organic Recipes for Moisturizers

It is very easy to make moisturizers at home. You can use ingredients like aloe vera, honey, green tea extract, and natural oils such as jojoba oil or avocado oil for their anti-inflammatory properties.

1. Shea Butter Moisturizer for Dry Skin

This moisturizing recipe contains shea butter rich in vitamin A and E. Shea butter also helps protect the skin from UV damage while strengthening skin cells to prevent future damage.


  • 1⁄2 tsp of Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 1⁄4 cup raw, organic shea butter
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (tea tree, lavender, rosemary)
  • 1⁄4 cup organic aloe vera gel (optional)


  1. Melt shea butter in a double boiler (glass bowl placed over boiling water).
  2. If desired, add Vitamin E oil, essential oils, and aloe vera gel. Stir well with a spatula until thoroughly combined.
  3. Transfer to a clean glass jar with a metal lid or an old lotion bottle.

Expert Tip: If you do not have a double boiler, simply place the shea butter in a saucepan and melt on low heat. Stir frequently to prevent burning or sticking.

2. Coconut Moisturizer for Oily Skin

This moisturizing recipe contains coconut oil rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness in the skin.


  • 1⁄4 cup raw, organic coconut oil
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (eucalyptus, tea tree)
  • 1⁄4 cup beeswax pellets


  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler (glass bowl placed over boiling water)
  2. Remove from heat and add coconut oil and the essential oils. Let the mixture cool to room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a clean glass jar with a metal lid or an old lotion bottle.

Expert Tip: Add olive oil and/or glycerin to the recipe for eczema treatment.

3. Aloe Vera Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

This moisturizing lotion contains aloe vera, which is a known soother of inflamed and irritated skin. Aloe vera also helps control sebum production without disrupting the natural balance on your face.


  • 1⁄4 cup raw, organic aloe vera gel
  • 1⁄2 tsp Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender, chamomile, tea tree)


  1. Add ingredients to a clean glass jar with a metal lid or an old lotion bottle. Shake well to combine.
  2. Shake well before each use.

Expert Tip: Add chamomile and green tea extract to the mixture for a richer moisturizing effect.

4. Honey and Glycerin Moisturizer

This moisturizing recipe contains honey and glycerin. Honey helps retain moisture in the skin while providing nourishing antioxidants to reduce redness on your face. Glycerin adds additional hydration to this mixture without leaving any oily residue on the skin, making it perfect for people with oily or acne-prone skin types.


  • 1⁄4 cup raw, organic honey
  • 1⁄2 tsp glycerin (available at pharmacies and beauty supply stores) diluted lemon juice (1 teaspoon) green tea (2 teaspoons)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a metal lid.
  2. Shake well to combine before each use.

Expert Tips: For extra nourishment, add avocado oil and/or coconut milk to the mixture. If you have oily skin, replace honey with organic aloe vera gel.

5. Hibiscus Moisturizer for Dry Skin

This moisturizing recipe contains hibiscus tea which is an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production to improve the appearance of your skin while also reducing signs of aging.


  1. cup extra virgin coconut oil
  2. tablespoons Hibiscus tea in powdered form


  1. Transfer the coconut oil to a double boiler (a glass bowl placed over boiling water). Melt it on low heat.
  2. Add hibiscus tea powder and stir well with a spatula until thoroughly combined. Let it cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth.
  4. Whip the mixture with a hand mixer for about one minute.
  5. Transfer to an old lotion bottle or clean glass jar with a metal lid.

Expert Tip: Add green tea extract and/or chamomile extract to the recipe for extra anti-aging benefits. Use Shea butter instead of coconut oil if you have oily skin.

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