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#BeautyDIY: The Best Homemade Moisturisers For All Skin Types



According to a 2020 study by one of the leading beauty destinations, Cult Beauty, the google searches for DIY face masks went up by 233% last year. As the interest in making skincare at-home reaches an all-time high, we thought of doing you one better. Here’s a complete guide to making your own homemade moisturisers. The perks? You know exactly what you’re putting in the formula. If you’re someone who looks at skincare as a meditative practice, you’re going to love these formulas. The cons? Since you’re going to be making them at home, you’re going to have to make small batches of these skin-friendly formulas.

As always with any product you use, homemade or bought, we suggest doing a patch test on your arm before slathering it on your face. Whether you have dry skin or you’re looking to just experiment with whipping up at-home skincare, keep reading to deep dive into homemade moisturisers with us.

Homemade Moisturisers for all skin types


Homemade Moisturisers For Oily Skin

If your skin tends to get shiny or greasy during the day or the oilier areas of your face tend to have blackheads, breakouts, or other types of congestion then your skin type is oily. There are a variety of factors that can cause oiliness like the beauty products you use, what you eat, hormones, stress and of course, your genetics. If your sebaceous glands are in a frenzy, they’ll produce excess sebum and lead to pimples and clogging of pores.

Aloe vera and almond oil moisturiser

Aloe vera is one of the most popular skincare ingredients of all time and for good reason: it does a fabulous job of treating surface acne, thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers. It is also very lightweight and sinks into the skin. Almond oil, on the other hand, is full of fatty acids that retain moisture and lock it in. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • ½ cup of aloe vera gel
  • ¼ cup of almond oil
  • Mix the two ingredients together. If needed, give it a quick blend using a hand mixer and store this DIY moisturiser in an airtight container. 

Aloe vera, glycerine and rose moisturiser

Aloe vera reigns supreme when it comes to skincare and this formula is a winner because it smells like a dream! Rose has antibacterial powers that zap acne and reduce redness whereas glycerine is a humectant, which means it draws water from the environment into the deeper layers of skin. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • ½ cup of glycerine
  • ½ cup of rose water 
  • ½ cup of aloe vera gel
  • Mix all three ingredients well and apply on damp skin.

Homemade Moisturisers For Sensitive Skin


People with sensitive skin tend to have a lot of facial redness, bumps, flushing of the skin, dryness and cracked skin. This sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors like harsh soaps, fragranced skincare, perfumes and even weather change. 

Shata dhauta ghrita


This ayurvedic DIY homemade moisturiser is downright magical when it comes to dry and sensitive skin. The name Shata Dhauta Ghrita literally means a hundred times washed ghee–which explains exactly how this mixture is prepared. Ghee is chockfull of vitamins that get absorbed deep into the skin and regenerate and rejuvenate it. Plus, the pH level of this moisturiser is neutral and that’s why it works well on all skin types to alleviate inflammation and dryness. If the typical smell of ghee is your pet peeve, don’t fret. This moisturiser is literally washed with water a hundred times, so it doesn’t have any fragrance. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 1 cup cow’s ghee
  • Filtered water
  • A copper plate and a bowl
  • Place the ghee and a few teaspoons of water in the copper plate and mix it with the flat bottom of the copper bowl. Get in 100 rounds before draining the excess water. Repeat this at least 25 times till you’ve got a creamy, whipped texture. You can use it right away, and refrigerate the excess in an airtight ceramic or glass container for up to four weeks.

Aloe and Liquorice Moisturiser

Aloe vera gel



Liquorice tea is packed with antioxidants that neutralize free radical damage whereas aloe vera is known to be a master skin soother. Sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties that enable it to calm skin.

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 1 cup brewed liquorice tea
  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 cups of sunflower oil
  • In a bowl, combine all three ingredients. Use a hand blender to give them a quick mix if needed and use the moisturising cream daily on your face and neck.

Homemade Moisturisers For Normal Skin

If your skin type is neither too oily nor too dry and if you don’t have too many visible pores or blemishes, chances are you have normal skin. 

Aloe vera and almond oil moisturiser

This mix of aloe and almond oil is lightweight and non-comedogenic. It is incredibly soothing and nourishing for the skin. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel 
  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba or almond oil
  • 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • In a big bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until fluffy. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Moisturiser For Normal Skin

Rose is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and works well on all skin types whereas almond oil is lightweight and doesn’t clog pores. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/8 of a cup shaved beeswax or beeswax pastilles
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup rosewater
  • 5-10 drops rose essential oil or rose geranium essential oil
  • In a double boiler, combine the sweet almond oil and beeswax and allow everything to completely melt. Blend the oil and beeswax mixture, aloe vera gel, rosewater and essential oil and use as a moisturiser. 

Homemade Moisturisers For Dry Skin

homemade moisturisers


If your skin feels tight or stretched out after you wash your face or is cracked, you have dry skin. Some other signs of dry skin are very pronounced fine lines, redness and flaking. The factors that exacerbate dryness are changes in weather, hot showers and harsh skincare products. Here are some soothing homemade moisturiser recipes that will nourish your skin.

Rose and almond moisturiser

Avocado oil gets absorbed into the skin easily and acts as a natural sunscreen. Shea butter is rich in linoleic acids that hold in moisture, reducing dryness. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 6 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 5 drops of rosehip seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons of avocado oil
  • Using a double boiler, melt the shea butter. Then, add in the oils and mix everything well. Store in an airtight jar and use daily. If you live in a place where the temperatures are low, the shea butter may freeze. In that case, you can always warm it up by placing the jar in a bowl of warm water. 

Hempseed and frankincense oil

Hempseed oil is a serious gamechanger. It reduces inflammation, hydrates skin and regulates oil production. It nourishes skin without clogging pores and can even calm down irritation caused by using acids and retinoids. Frankincense, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory properties that zap irritation and redness.

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 9 tablespoons of hemp seed oil
  • 6 drops of frankincense oil
  • Take a bottle and pour in all the oils. Mix well and apply daily. 

Homemade Moisturiser For Combination Skin

If your T-zone gets oily and the rest of your face is super dry, you have combination skin. This stands true for other parts of your face as well, for example, if your skin has two or more different textures all over like dry patches in certain areas and excessive oiliness in others, you have combination skin. A big factor that causes combination skin is your genes but the skincare products you use could be exacerbating it as well!

Cocoa butter and vitamin E moisturiser

Cocoa butter is seriously rich in fatty acids which is why it does a great job of hydrating and nourishing skin without making it greasier or drier. Vitamin E, on the other hand, plays a very important part when it comes to healthy skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers. This DIY moisturiser packs a punch of skin-loving goodness.

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa butter
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E 
  • In a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil. Let the mixture then cool for a while. Add the Vitamin E oil and put it in the fridge for an hour. Then, whisk the mixture till it becomes fluffy and refrigerate again.

Green tea and honey moisturiser

Green tea works very well to moisturise combination skin which is why you will find it in many of the bestselling skincare formulations. Honey and glycerine do a fabulous job of keeping skin hydrated whereas lemon juice controls sebum production.

Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  • 2 teaspoons of warm green tea
  • 2 teaspoons of glycerine
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • Mix all the ingredients till they’re well combined and store this in a fridge. 


How should I test a homemade moisturiser to make sure it doesn’t irritate my skin?

Before slathering on a product on your skin, do a patch test on your forearm or behind your ear. Wait for 24 hours and if there is no adverse reaction, you can use the moisturiser.

How should I store a homemade moisturiser?

Always store these formulas in airtight bottles and in the refrigerator. Since these are preservative-free products, use them up quickly.

Are homemade moisturisers as effective as branded moisturisers?

When it comes to skincare, there is no one-size-fits-all. While branded moisturisers may be super effective, sometimes time-tested, age old remedies do the trick as well (or even better) than store bought ones.

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