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Diy face moisturizer for sensitive skin: best recipe to keep sensitive skin happy

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

Homemade face lotion for sensitive skin

Do skincare products leave your skin red, inflamed and itchy?

I might have a solution for you. You should know by now that I love DIY beauty, so I’m going to share with you my favorite DIY moisturizer recipe for sensitive skin that you will love.

It’s getting more and more complicated to find natural products with quality ingredients and none of those irritating chemicals that harm your skin. When every product irritates your skin, it can be easy to skip skincare altogether.

So here’s the deal.

I’ll show you a gentle recipe specifically for sensitive skin to make your own diy face moisturizer for sensitive skin using an essential oil, so you can make your own cream with none of the nasties that irritate your skin and full of good ingredients you love. It’s a clean, natural formula diy face moisturizer that helps to nourish your skin whilst providing the moisture it needs.

Here’s a tip- if you find you have sensitive skin, avoid fragrance in skin care, as it can dry out and irritate the skin. Don’t add essential oils to this recipe if you know fragrance aggravates your skin.

Read on to get tips on DIY face moisturizers for sensitive skin.

Why make your own DIY moisturizer

Here are some benefits of making your own face cream for sensitive cream

No irritating chemicals– When you have sensitive skin, you need to know what’s in the bottle. When you make your own you get to choose the best natural ingredients that you know your skin will love without any of the harmful phthalates or parabens, silicones and free from other known irritants.

Customize it to your skin- If you have any skin issues you want to treat or certain qualities you want you can choose to include it in your own DIY face cream. If you have dry skin you can make it richer, if you want quick-absorbing or love an ingredient you can make it tailor-made for you and with all the right ingredients for your skin.

Environmentally friendly– So many companies test on animals, make products that pollute the environment, and use machinery and factories that ruin the earth. You can be happy you are not contributing to the problem by using ingredients and a process that is environmentally friendly, so you can do your bit for the planet too

Save money– Skin care can get expensive especially if it has special properties to make it suitable for sensitive skin. Why spend so much money on creams when you can make one your skin will love straight from your kitchen!

Ready to given this diy face lotion a go? If you’ve struggled with sensitive skin, irritating formula, and expensive creams, then you’re going to want to read on to find out how to make this diy face cream!

DIY Facial Moisturizer for Dry Sensitive Skin

For all my sensitive skin queens out there, we know how hard it is to find a face lotion that is nourishing without any ingredients that our skin doesn’t like. Rest assured, this face lotion is not only safe for sensitive skin, but it is super nourishing as it is an oil-based lotion, full of healthy plant butters such as shea butter to seal in moisture.

If you have oily skin, then it’s best if you go for a water-based lotion as this will be lighter for you. For all my dry skin and sensitive skin girls, you’re going to love this recipe!

This recipe has no beeswax or dairy, andis great also for acne prone skin as it is non-comedogenic. You’ll find it very soothing but light enough to wear under your makeup, so you can reach for this everyday!

What you will need

To make this diy facial cream for sensitive skin, ingredients are the most important factor. Here’s what you can include for your homemade face moisturizer:

Shea butter- This plant is packed with vitamins and fatty acids to nourish the skin. It is non-comedogenic so you’ll be able to use it every day with no problems.

Vitamin e oil- You can buy these as capsules or as an oil for skin, hair, and nails. I love to include this as is good for cell rejuvenation but also acts as a preservative.

Aloe vera juice- This is awesome for the skin, helping to soothe irritations, and inflamed skin, and also is great for acne and scarring. It has antioxidants and works great as an anti-aging ingredient.

Rose essential oil- Apart from the light fragrance, it’s very healing and soothing but also helps fight acne or problem skin, it’s one of my favorites.

Lavender essential oil- Another great one, it’s very light but will actively work against scarring and reducing red or inflamed skin. It adds a lovely smell too.

Frankincense essential oil- This is an all-in-one essential oil, it works to fight wrinkles due to its anti-aging properties, and also fades scars or dark spots.




-60ml of shea butter (or another plant butter you love)

-3 tbsp aloe vera juice (preferably from a leaf, or buy aloe vera gel)

-1 tbsp vitamin e oil (you can be gel capsules too)

-2 tbsp Jojoba oil (or your favorite, lightweight oil such as argan oil, almond oil, or avocado oil)

-15 drops total of your three favorite essential oils (many like to use rose, frankincense, or lavender or chamomile) Make sure it is only 5 drops per essential oil.

Be careful when it comes to adding essential oils, they are very strong and can’t be used directly onto your face. Diluted in a skin cream like this is perfect, and you can choose one that treats your skin for example against wrinkles, soothing, allergies etc. If your skin is very sensitive, consider skipping the essential oils altogether or reduce how much you put in. I love adding them as they also produce fragrance to your cream.

More items you need:

  • A sealable glass jar
  • Two glass jars
  • A saucepan


DIY moisturizer for sensitive skin

You’ll be surprised at how easy this is to make. If you have your ingredients ready, grab a cup of green tea and follow these steps!

1.Combine the oils

Take a glass jar and put in the oils, so the shea butter and jojoba oil (or almond oil or avocado oil whatever you’ve decided to use).

2.Make a double boiler

To make a double boiler simply take the saucepan, pour water in it, and place the jar so it is sitting in the water. Once you turn on the heat, the water will warm the contents of the jar, in this case the jar of oils. A double boiler is going to help blend them together without losing any properties, especially since we are using shea butter which is solid at room temperature. It should be about medium heat.

3.Allow to cool

Once the old have melted, take them out of the saucepan and let them cool for around 20mins. Once they’re a bit cooler, pour the oils into a bigger jar as we will be adding the rest of the ingredients.

4.Add Aloe Vera gel and vitamin E oil

Add aloe vera and vitamin e oil and mix well.

5.Whisk together

This is where you need to blend everything together, using a whisk or a blender. When you whip it all together, this will ensure that the ingredients are fused with each other and won’t separate later. You need to blend for around 10 min.

5.Add essential oils

At this point you can add the drops of your essential oil. You should start to see the mixture become like a whipped cream consistency, so add the essential oils after that takes place. If your skin is very sensitive add less drops of essential oils.

6.Leave to cool

Your blend should look a lot like a cream moisturizer by now after whisking it. After adding the essential oils, stir them in gently and then you can pour the mix into a sealed glass jar. I like to leave the sealed jar into the fridge for a couple of hours so the mixture can cool faster and start to harden. This will add more consistency to the lotion making it like a body butter.

Once it has solidified, your cream is ready to use for face or body!

Note- This beauty face cream should last around 6 months, but I would recommend using a preservative to ensure no bacteria begins to form and that your cream is safe to use long term. You can also add beeswax as an emulsifier if you like.


Make it your own

Once you’re comfortable doing this recipe, you can mix and match, swap out ingredients to suit your preferences and skin type. Or even make multiple recipes for different skin problems. Here are a few suggestions of other ingredients you could use.

Oil based or water based?

Plant butters are a great base for dry skin or sensitive skin. I love shea butter but the truth is it can be greasy for some people. Other options include using cocoa butter, or even mango butter. Some people also use ghee butter or coconut oil but this one can cause breakouts on your face if you are oily. If you have oily skin or these are still too greasy, go for a water based lotion that only contains lightweight oils without the oil base.

Each will bring different properties and vitamins or antioxidants to the mix. so if you have a specific skin care concern, do some research to find out which butter would work best.

Carrier oil

There are a variety of oils on the market, but unfortunately, not all of them are useful. To get the most out of them, go for cold-pressed oils rather than oils that have been extracted using solvents or chemicals. This will help to keep all the properties intact so your skin can benefit from them.

The good news is you don’t need to go far to find a good carrier oil. In this recipe, I used jojoba oil, but you can also use extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil. I love argan oil too and it has amazing benefits for your skin. Search out any of these oils but ensure that they are pure and have been extracted the minimum needed so you can enjoy them fully.

Add herbs

This might sound odd, but adding some well-chosen herbs can be a good way of changing up this recipe and adding more good stuff for your skin. Many have healing properties. Here are some you could add:

Calendula- this is full of carotenoids and very gentle for the skin. It has healing anti-inflammatory properties and is also antibacterial, making it ideal for irritated skin or acne-prone skin. If you suffer from skin rashes or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Plantain- This is a really good herb for any type of body rash or skin wounds, including stings. If you have dry or damaged skin it’s a good option. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial, helping to soothe and disinfect too. I like it because it also helps to extract toxins from the skin.

Green tea- Not only a great drink, but it has loads of antioxidants that could help to fight acne and reduce inflammation. It controls oil production and also prevents bacteria. It’s also a good one for mature skin.

Yarrow- if you suffer from allergies, you’ll love this herb. it has antimicrobial and antihistamine properties and is gentle and also helps to heal wounds. Its great for dry skin too.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and discover new ingredients for your skincare lotion. Nature is full of natural healing remedies such as lavender, and as they are natural, they won’t irritate sensitive skin. They’re also great for healing the skin and body internally by drinking them as tea.

Final Thoughts

Making your own skincare recipe is so easy, you’re not going to want to spend any more money on overpriced store beauty creams full of chemicals.

Once you’ve tried this simple diy facial moisturizer for sensitive skin, you can customize it to treat your skin type and any skin issues you may have. If you have dry skin, this cream is packed full of moisturising properties all in one little glass jar that you’ll love.

Making your own natural homemade face moisturizer takes some time and effort, but when you see that glowing skin you’ll prefer it over store bought any day!

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