DIY Moisturizer For Dry Skin – Antioxidant Summer Face Cream

DIY Moisturizer For Dry Skin – Antioxidant Summer Face Cream

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It’s summer, and it’s time to make myself a new DIY face moisturizer. I do this every year around this time, as whatever I’ve made in early spring is all gone by mid-june. 

So this time, I decided to embrace antioxidants by making use of green tea and lavender (with a few other goodies) to make a face cream that really cares for my skin.

Two pots of lavender and green tea diy face moisturizer

If you are looking for a face cream that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and radiant then boy you are here at the right time! 

While I wouldn’t say this is specifically an anti-aging face cream, many of these ingredients are excellent for that. Antioxidants can sink into the skin and rejuvenate, stopping the clock on those budding wrinkles we all have. 

If you’re on a tight budget, this is also a great anti-aging option for you. There’s no rose essential oil in sight, which always seems to appear in an anti-aging list. 

The sandalwood has a bit of a hefty price, but you can happily substitute it for many different oils that can be much cheaper (frankincense, for instance). 

Watch How To Make This DIY Face Moisturizer

The Ingredients We are Using

So let’s take a look at our ingredients at a glance.

Green Tea Infusion

Good quality Green tea is full of antioxidants so it has many health and skin benefits. It helps to rejuvenate, repair, and protect dying skin cells and also brightens complexion by combatting the signs of aging. 

It is high in vitamin B-2 which also helps your skin to look younger by maintaining collagen levels making your skin firmer. 

Green tea is very moisturising due to its high levels of vitamin E which is well known for its skin loving properties. 

For this homemade face moisturizer recipe, we used a green tea infusion which was super cheap and simple to make. See our herbal infusion page to learn how to make your own infusions.

BTMS-50 Emulsifying Wax

BTMS-50 is a gentle emulsifying agent which works wonderfully in skincare products. I chose to use this emulsifying wax as it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and helps to create a more luxurious homemade face moisturizer. This was my choice but feel free to use Emulsifying Wax NF, or Polawax.

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil encourages the generation of new skin cells and refreshes old skin cells. This oil also soothes, treats and nourishes dry skin and has great healing benefits. So when I decided I wanted to make a homemade face moisturizer for dry skin, that would both moisturize and rejuvenate my skin, this carrier oil was an obvious choice. 

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil not only heals your skin, but it is also very rehydrating. I chose to use this oil as it is known for fighting wrinkles and I wanted a face cream that would rejuvenate my skin. 

Shea Butter

We all know how great shea butter is at moisturizing and it tends to be my go-to for most skincare formulations, as it is suitable for all skin types. I particularly chose to use it in this recipe as it helps to relieve dry skin with its nourishing properties. It is Intensely hydrating as well as being a rich source of vitamins A and E. 

AHA Fruit Complex

AHA Fruit Complex promotes younger firmer skin by rejuvenating skin cells leaving your skin looking younger and more refreshed. A little of this amazing stuff will brighten up your complexion and hydrate your skin wonderfully.

Essential Oils

Lavender contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it great for the treatment of damaged and compromised skin. It’s also a great source of antioxidants for your skin, too. 

Essential oils are unique in that they’re able to sink into the very lowest levels of our skin, where new skin cells are being formed. This dose of antioxidants can really help the new cells to appear fresher when they make their way to the top layer of skin. 

The calming properties of lavender oil are good for relieving anxiety and stress, and it has a lovely sweet floral smell too.

Sandalwood oil is a fantastic choice when it comes to making face DIY face moisturizer for dry skin and it also has good anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. It will bring a lovely scent to your cream and will help to lift your spirits. 

Two pots of lavender and green tea face cream

A DIY Face Moisturizer Recipe For Dry Skin

Using green tea & lavender to make a DIY face moisturizer that really cares for my dry skin.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Face Care
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 200 ml
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Make a Green Tea Infusion using the green tea bag and 130g of distilled water. This can be as simple as steeping the tea bag in the bioling waterfor 15 minutes, here's more info on making infusions. Pour the infusion it into a beaker an add your Glycerine.
    Glycerine being poured into green tea infusion
  • Place the Evening Primrose oil, Rosehip oil, BTMS 50, Cetyl Alcohol and Shea butter into a separate beaker. 
    Oil phase ingredients being weighed into a pyrex beaker
  • Make a bain marie by adding a few inches of water into a pan, and bring it to a gentle simmer. When the water is just simmering, pop both the water and oil beakers into the water.
    Leave the beakers in the water until the oils have melted and the water has heated through. This will usually take approximately 20mins. 
    Oil and water phase beakers being heated in a water bath
  • Once the oils have completely melted, remove both beakers from the water. Pour the green tea and glycerine mixture into the beaker containing the oils.
    Then stir the cream in intervals, stirring for 2 mins then leaving to stand for 1 min. Carry on with the intervals until the cream has thickened and cooled below 104f (40c). 
    If it looks like the cream is starting to separate at any point, vigorous stirring should bring it back together.  
    The water part ingredients being poured into the oil part ingredients
  • When the cream is below 104f (40c) it's time to stir in the Depanthenol, AHA, vitamin E and preservative, then add the essential oils and stir thoroughly in order to fully disburse them within the cream.
    Essential oils added to the DIY face moisturizer
  • Your cream is now ready to pour into a container. It is slightly easier to get it into the container whilst it's still warmish. Then, leave the lid off until the cream has cooled completely.
    The face moisturizer is poured into a black, PET plastic container
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I’m probably going to keep this recipe close to hand. It’s smells so good I might just make another batch when autumn comes around. 

Although don’t hold me to it. I’m obsessed with formulating new beauty products so I’ll probably have a new love by then!

But until then, my face smells gorgeous and feels fantastic, so I’m a very happy girl. 

If you’re interested in making more skincare products, I have a boatload of recipes. All of them are tried and tested personally by me. I never recommend a recipe that I haven’t formulated, tried, and used myself. 

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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! "Every day I share my experience while crafting something new, it’s fantastic".

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