When I was younger, I always had slightly oily skin. Ugh, even saying the word oily makes me cringe! I really disliked how shiny my face got after only a few hours of washing my face. Anyone else hate taking photos and seeing that blinding shine? Oil blotting sheets were definitely my best friend in high school and college.
It wasn’t until I started making some of my own facial products that I am beginning to see some good results! I don’t wake up with a greasy face anymore. I don’t feel greasy throughout the day. I haven’t bought any oil blotting sheets in the past year!
My skincare routine is pretty simple. I use the face wash from Live Simply, I use my facial toner, and this moisturizer recipe, which I’m so excited to share with you! Once or twice a week, I do a deep cleaning with a bentonite clay mask.
Before I share the recipe, it is important to understand why our body behaves the way it does.
Why does our skin become oily? Our skin (or more specifically the sebaceous glands) producing oil is completely normal and natural. The glands produce sebum, which is an oily/waxy matter. When our skin feels abnormally oily, it’s because the sebaceous glands are producing too much oil. We use facial products and think they’re successful because our face feels squeaky clean. However, what we’ve really done is we’ve removed all of the natural sebum. As a result, the sebaceous glands think they have to produce more in order to compensate. That’s why we change facial products every now and then. That’s why we may actually experience extreme dryness. Which makes us use too much moisturizer which may still leave us feeling even more greasy. Such a vicious cycle! Make it stop!
So, before making this moisturizer, it is important that you have a good, gentle face wash that still cleans your face of the dirt and grime from the day, but isn’t so harsh that it strips you of your natural oils. I like to use this face wash from Live Simply. It took my skin a week or two to get used to it because it wasn’t stripping my face of all of its oils like it did before. The glands were still overproducing. But after about two weeks, the glands understood the new normal, and the sebum production was under control.
Pair this face wash with my facial toner, and this moisturizer, and you’ve got a great, simple skincare routine! This moisturizer is lightweight, is absorbed easily, and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy!
This recipe has three basic parts: 1) Melting of oils; 2) Cooling/hardening; 3) Emulsifying. Each step requires different ingredients and tools, so it’s important to make sure that you have everything that you need. I would recommend an immersion blender over a blender because it’s so much easier to clean. I would also recommend using a mason jar instead of a double boiler because you’ll be storing it in the mason jar.
DIY Non-Greasy Face Moisturizer
Yay for a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer!
- 3/4 oz (weight) beeswax (buy here)
- 1/4 cup Coconut oil (buy here)
- 1/4 cup Jojoba oil (or other nourishing oil) (buy here)
- 1 cup Aloe vera gel (buy here)
- 10-15 drops Grapefruit essential oil (or other essential oil) (buy here)
- Immersion blender (buy here)
- 1 pint mason jar and saucepan (buy here)
- 5 gram cosmetic container (buy here)
- Place mason jar in saucepan with about 1-2 inches of water. Heat the water, but not to its boiling point.
- Add beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil to the mason jar. Stir occasionally as it melts. *The beeswax will take the longest to melt.
- As soon as the beeswax melts, remove from heat. It is important that you do not overheat the oils.
- Place mason jar in refrigerator to cool quickly. You want the oils to cool down and slightly solidify before adding the rest of the ingredients so that the moisturizer does not separate later.
- Check back in an hour and remove from the refrigerator. It’s okay if it’s completely solid. It’ll just take a little longer to emulsify.
- Mix aloe vera gel and essential oil.
- Pour about half of the aloe vera gel mixture into the mason jar, and fire up your immersion blender. If the oil has completely solidified, you’ll have to pulse several times up and down to get the aloe vera gel mixture to mix in.
- When the first half of the aloe vera gel has been incorporated, pour the rest of it, and keep blending. It will take a while, especially if you started out with a solid.
- If your blended mixture looks chunky, keep blending. Keep going until you start to see a soft, creamy consistency.
- Take a little bit of the moisturizer out of the mason jar, and put it in a small 1 oz container to use for every day. The rest you will keep in the mason jar in the refrigerator because there are no preservatives.
- When using the moisturizer, use a small spoon to avoid contamination. Avoid getting water into the container.
As always, please follow safety guidelines when making DIY recipes. Also see my disclosure and disclaimer page. What works for me may not necessarily work for you. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
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