DIY Winter Moisturizer - Naturally in ItalyAs I mention in the Seasonal Approach to moisturizing, our skin has different moisturizing requirements at different times of year.  During Winter, the dry and cold air robs our skin of moisture, allowing for dry, irritated skin to develop. But this is where my simple and oh so effective moisturizer comes to the rescue. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of it- both my personal experience and its beneficial properties described below will be enough to convince you too.  Remember to check out my Summer moisturizer recipe for those warmer, sweaty months as well.

 

Winter Moisturizer:

Ingredient:

 Directions:

After washing your face, massage about 4-6 drops of jojoba oil onto your face to lock in moisture. The more you massage, the more the oil* gets absorbed quickly into your skin.  That’s it!

I know, I know, kind of anticlimactic, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best solutions. And here is why…

 Jojoba oil is your one-stop-shop moisturizer during those colder months

Jojoba plant and nut- DIY winter moisturizer*Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax, and is very similar to our natural sebum (check out why sebum is awesome here). I have tried other oils as moisturizers, but this is the only one that absorbs well and visibly improves the quality of my skin without leaving a greasy look. Everyone’s skin is different, so I encourage you to do your research and use whichever oil is best for you. Hopefully you can use this as a starting point since this moisturizer may only have one main ingredient, but the benefits are many:

  • It seals in the moisture our skin needs to remain hydrated, and it signals to the skin that no extra sebum needs to be produced
  • Jojoba oil is a mild antibacterial that helps fight breakouts, and the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences here in Italy has scientifically demonstrated that it has wound healing properties that improve the quality of our skin
  • Contains Vitamin E oil, a powerful antioxidant that improves skin’s elasticity and damage due to sun and pollutants
  • Contains B complex vitamins, also antioxidants that contain skin healing qualities
  • It is an anti-inflammatory, (due mostly to some of the reasons stated above) which improves the overall appearance and texture of our skin

If you want to get creative with this moisturizer or would like to add some extra beneficial properties to it, here are some essential oils you may be interested in adding into your jojoba oil moisturizer:

Rosehip oil

Besides smelling wonderful, it absorbs deep into the skin to support collagen production and help regenerate cells. It also contains Vitamin C and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which help heal and brighten skin.
This is actually the only essential oil I use on a regular basis and I am completely in love with it.

Tea tree oil

Commonly known for its antibacterial and acne-fighting properties. I find its scent to be a little overpowering sometimes, so I tend to not use it that much.

Rosemary essential oil

This is what I use instead of tea tree oil when I am looking for an antibacterial quality, and my husband swears by it as a spot treatment for angry pimples.  It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cell regeneration properties.

Lavender essential oil

Its fragrance is soothing, no doubt, but it also has soothing effects on our skin. Did you know that you can use straight up lavender essential oil on superficial skin burns, too?  I’ve used it and it works!

There are many, many essential oils out there. These are the ones that I have used and have found to be beneficial. I encourage you to find the right ones for you and please share your experience.

As for my summertime moisturizer, check out the next post: summertime moisturizer

REFERENCES:

  • http://www.sidemast.org/download/sidemast_20140401124048.pdf#page=137
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21211559

A word about the products suggested on this post:

I have either thoroughly researched and/or used the products myself, and some may come from affiliated programs such as Amazon affiliates.  This does not affect your purchase in any way, it just allows me to receive a small commission in return.