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How to make diy moisturizer for oily skin 101

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

How to make diy moisturizer for oily skin 101

Does every moisturizer leave your skin shiny and clog your pores?

What if I told you you could make your own? I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite DIY moisturizer recipe for oily skin that you will love. Only the best ingredients, and none of those irritating chemicals that harm your skin.

We know we shouldn’t skip out on moisturizer, and oily skin, like any other skin type, needs to stay hydrated. That’s easier said than done when every moisturizer leaves your skin greasy and even cause pimples.

You’re going to want to listen to this.

I’ve discovered a winning recipe to make your own diy face cream for oily skin, so you can make your own cream with none of the nasties that can irritate your skin and full of the good stuff you love. It’s oil-free formulas that helps to mattify your skin whilst providing the moisture it needs.

Here’s a tip- if you find your oily skin also has acne, it may be that your pores are getting clogged by the oil and causing breakouts. Look for oil-free formulas that also contain acne treatments such as salicylic acid, niacinamide, or benzoyl peroxide to prevent and treat breakouts.

Let’s get straight to business!


Why make your own diy moisturizer for oily skin

I love making my own DIY moisturizer. If you’ve never made your own homemade moisturizer before, then here are a few reasons why you should!

No Chemical Irritants- The number of harmful irritants found in skincare brands is overwhelming. Unless you know how to read formulas, it can be very difficult to know which moisturizers are good for your skin. When you make your own homemade face lotion, you know exactly what’s in it, and you are guaranteed no harmful chemicals.

Save money- Skincare can be incredibly expensive, but making your own? Not so. Most of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen, and the others are purchased for barely anything. If you’re tired of spending money on overpriced moisturizers, try making your own!

Customized to you– Whatever your skin type, whether sensitive, dry or oily and acne prone skin, you can include in your moisturizers your favorite ingredients to treat your skin type. You can include exactly what you need to treat any skin condition and make your DIY cream tailored to you. Its the effect treatment to get your skin to glow!

Now you know about the benefits of making your own diy face moisturizer for oily skin, it’s time to try it out!

What you’ll need

Making your own homemade diy moisturizer for oily skin is easier than you think.

Here’s what you’ll need:


You might be thinking, including oils into your moisturizer for oily skin or acne prone skin is only going to add to the grease and shine, right? Not quite. It depends on the oils. Some oils are heavy and clog pores, but there are others that are non comedogenic, and are key to sealing in moisture and hydrating your skin.

The good thing is, there are loads of oils you can choose to have in your own diy moisturizer. You can choose to have 1 or 2 oils, or a blend of various oils. The main thing to remember is to use a heavier, base carrier oil, such as shea butter or coconut oil.

When it comes to oily skin, make sure you only put in oils that are non-comedogenic as this will not clog your pores or causes breakouts. I’ve selected my favorite oils down below for oily skin types that are non comedogenic:

Argan oil- this one is a favorite both in the facial skincare and haircare community, as it is super non comedogenic and even fights off bacteria that may cause breakouts. It’s perfect to balance out sebum production too, and sensitive skin types or problems such as itchy, dry, flaky skin or eczema, and psoriasis.

Sunflower oil- Another one that is not at all comedogenic, and super easy to find in your kitchen cupboard for your recipe, just bear in mind to go for one that is not high in oleic content or it will clog pores. It contains linoleic acid which is great for acne and hydrates really well too.

Hemp oil-This one is a gamechanger for oily skin, it is 100% non-comedogenic and works wonderfully with oily skin or acne-prone skin as it can balance the oil production and clearing small pimples as well as reducing inflammation, redness and fine lines on your face.

Rosehip oil-If you have acne, rosehip is a lifesaver as it is anti inflammatory and reduces redness.It also contains anti oxidants and helps to fade scars too. It adds hydration and contributes to healthy skin barrier.

Shea butter- Despite popular opinion, shea butter is non comedogenic and won’t break out your skin. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties and anti aging too, and even has UV protection! Make sure you use only a small quantity of shea butter as it can be heavy for oily skin.



This is also key to providing moisture for your skin. For oily skin, a water based face moisturizer is a must. For your homemade skincare make sure you are using distilled water to ensure it is pure and doesn’t have any minerals such as the ones found in drinking water. I also like to use rosewater in my recipe as it provides a fragrant smell, but this is optional. Rosewater is naturally anti-aging fro your face and great for skin conditions such as eczema and is antioxidant and anti inflammatory.

An Emulsifier and a Preservative

Why do you need an emulsifier and a preservative?

An emulsifier will help the whole lotion blend together well and is essential for applying it easily to your skin. For oily skin, it’s important to find one that is non-comedogenic such as Montanov 68 or Olivem 100 which is made from tapioca and coconut oil. You can hunt around and see what they sell in your local area.

Using a preservative will prolong shelf life. When you make your own homemade diy natural moisturizer recipe, the shelf life is only about a week. After that invisible bacteria begins to form and you risk putting that onto your skin. That’s why it’s so important to use a preservative as this is going to extend the shelf life to a year, with no bacteria growing at all.

Some people like to use a natural preservative such as Leucidal or Sharomix 705. Check the dosage with the amount of lotion you are making to ensure you are including it at the correct ratio.

Essential oils

I love essential oils as they can bring a host of benefits to all skin types as well as a hint of fragrance to your natural diy moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, be careful about using essential oils as they are very potent especially before diluting, and may be too strong for some people.

Here are a few tips for an essential oil you can use on your oily skin:

Lavender– An all-round favorite for dry skin, oily and acne prone skin and even mature skin, don’t hesitate to add a few drops to your face cream for a lovely soft smell too!

Rose- This one is perfect for mature aging skin, Rose helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. I also love this one for sensitive skin as it has a subtle smell and is not too strong on skin. There is more than one vitamin in this one too!

Tea tree-Ideal if you have acne, tea tree is a natural anti-inflammatory essential oil, so if you have oily skin give it a go. Tea tree is quite strong so only a few drops are needed, but it is great as an acne treatment for keeping breakouts at bay.

Frankincense- This one is great for treating skin imperfections and mature skin as it works on fine lines and wrinkles. You won’t regret adding this one in!

Sandalwood- This one is another all round favorite, its great for all skin types including oily skin, so give it a go!

Lemon- My absolute favorite for oily or greasy skin, lemon not only smells refreshing but it works to reduce shine and extra oil on your face. You’ll get a glowing skin feel with this!

These are only a few suggestions, there are so many to choose from. A word of caution- essential oils should never be put directly onto your face, as they are very concentrated and potent. They always need to be diluted into a cream or oil, so adding a couple to 15 drops max of essential oils to your natural diy cream is all you need. Be extra careful if you have sensitive skin.

You can choose to have one essential oil only, or split the 15 drops among two or three (for example three essential oils each 5 drops only) for your lotion recipe,

How to make DIY facial moisturizer for oily skin

Ingredients for the recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of oil (this can be two to three different oils one tablespoon each)
  • 15 drops total fo your favorite essential oils
  • Emulsifier
  • Preservative
  • Distilled water
  • a saucepan
  • a glass bowel
  • a sealed container


Here’s what to do – the recipe

  1. Put every oil and the emulsifier together in a glass bowel, make sure they are about one tablespoon each, you only need two to three oils or just one.
  2. Next, put some water in a saucepan and turn on the heat. You need to place the glass bowl onto the saucepan so the water adds heat to the oils.
  3. Measure out the second bowel with distilled water or rose water, and add this bowl to the saucepan to heat so it boils. (do not pour it in, simply place the bowel onto the water in the pan so it heats)
  4. Post melting and boiling, pour the distilled water bowl into the oil bowl. Keep stirring for 15 mins until everything is blended together as it cools.
  5. You can now add the essential oils as it is cooling.
  6. Put this mixture into the fridge, and let it cool. As it cools you can see it will start to set.
  7. Once the cream starts to set, you can add the preservative. This may need to be dissolved in a bit of water first.
  8. Once your cream has set, it is ready to be placed into a sealed jar so you can enjoy!


Now you’ve finished your first diy face moisturizer, try it out and you can take note of what you like or don’t like. Next time try to experiment with different ingredients until you find your favorite recipe!

How to use face cream

The best way to make the most of your diy face moisturizer, is to include it as part of your skin care routine. That means starting with a cleanser, toner and then put on a serum if you have one before applying your moisturizer every morning and at night. A toner is good to help balance oil production and save you from breakouts. Remember to remove makeup before all of this, and occasionally you can do a face mask too. Even with acne prone skin, you can achieve healthy, soft skin that adds to your beauty!

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum or treatments
  • Moisturizer


How long does face lotion last

A single bottle could last you up to a year with preservative, but really I tend to go through the bottle in 3 months more or less. Either way the ingredients in this diy moisturizer recipe mix are super cheap and can save you money in your skincare routine. Why not make more so you can use it on your body too?

What is the best homemade moisturizer for oily skin?

The best thing you can do for you face is to use a water based moisturizer as this won’t clog your pores on your face and will help to balance oil production. In your recipe, save money by making your own lotion and blend in ingredients such as rose and lavender, rosehip and vitamins. Make this part of your routine, morning and night. Post showering, apply moisturizer after using a cleanser to save you from breaking out. Doing this regularly as part of a routine can save your skin and balance oil on your face.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to oily skin 101, having a skincare routine that suits oily skin is a must. So why not create your own? Making your own diy moisturizer means not only that you know exactly whats in it, but you can include whatever you want and need for your skin type.

Whether that’s making the most of natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil adding vitamin e or your favorite essential oils, you’ll be able to make your dream moisturizer.

To be healthy, all skin needs hydration, especially post-showering or in winter. A single bottle of moisturizer can cost so much, and when it’s something you use every day, it can run out pretty quickly.

Making your own moisturizer means it’s free from harmful ingredients, includes hydration from natural ingredients, and contributes to your everyday beauty. Acne prone skin and oily skin can get that glowing skin feel everyone wants.

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