You guys I am so beyond exciting to share my most recent beauty DIY with you- face lotion for sensitive skin. I have so much fun experimenting with stuff in my ‘beauty kitchen’ (which is just my regular kitchen, if you were wondering) and I really want to share what I made, why I’m so in love and why you should give it a try too.
My skin care regime is all natural. I don’t use anything on my face that is premade in a factory (for skin care – I wear regular makeup). I make my face wash, my toner, my lotion, and my night cream. And you guys, the difference it has made on my skin is out of this world! Is my skin perfect now? Unfortunately, no. But I have noticed a big difference as to how clear it is, the amount of breakouts I get, and even the fine lines around my eyes have started to go away! I really can’t even say enough about this stuff.
Now, I know it sounds too good to be true, trust me, I thought so too! How could something so simple and so inexpensive (comparatively) be so effective? Well, I think we’ve started to over-do things. Think about it, the beauty industry is a HUGE one, not to mention the anti-aging industry!! They don’t want us to know we can make better products at home that are better for us and better for our skin!
Okay, I’m getting off my soap box. I know making beauty treatments isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But honestly I would just give it a try – it’s that worth it. A little of the product goes a long way so you know it will last a while.
Homemade Face Lotion for Sensitive Skin
What you’ll need:
- 3 Tbsp Shea butter –
- 3 Tbsp Apricot Seed Oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E
- 1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
- Essential Oils – I used 5 drops Helichrysum, 5 drops Myrrh, and 3 drops Clary Sage
The reason I am making a big deal out of this baby being without coconut oil is because coconut oil – as fabulous as it may be – actually has a comedogenic rating of 4 out of 5! If you’re wondering what the heck that means, I feel ya, I didn’t know either. But after researching oils that are good for the face I found this page. All the comedogenic ratings for natural ingredients we put in products. Zero being will not clog pores and 5 being definitely more likely too. Like I said, coconut oil landed at a 4.
Now I didn’t notice that coconut oil was clogging my pores, I used to wash my face & had been using it for a face lotion for a while as well. I didn’t break out horribly more. However, since I’ve started using this cream (and another one I’ll post next week), I can’t tell you how much of a difference I’ve seen. My skin is smoother and clearer across the board. It’s a noticeable difference for me. Here is why I used each ingredient, what their rating is and why they make a good face lotion for sensitive skin.
Shea butter, rating 0 – With the comedogenic rating of 0 it means that it is very unlikely that this will clog your pores. This is great for people with oily skin or who are prone to breakouts. It also has amazing moisturizing & healing properties, is know for helping heal eczema and other skin disorders, and actually has UV so it’s protecting as well! It is high in vitamin A, E, and D so it fights wrinkles by maintaining your skin’s elasticity. Sounds like a super ingredient to me! Can you see why I wanted to include it?
**Note: when buying Shea Butter it is important to get cold-pressed, unrefined Shea butter. Refined Shea butter uses chemicals to extract it and loses most of it’s benefits in the process.**
Apricot Seed Oil, rating 2 – This oil is light and gently moisturizing which is a great combo for the Shea butter. It is a non-irritant and is soothing so it’s great for people with sensitive skin. Because it is light, it doesn’t feel too oily on your skin. It helps to improve skin tone, nourish the skin and lower the appearance of aging signs, like wrinkles, lines and blemishes. (source) Yes.Please.
**Note: even though it’s a wonderful oil, it does have a comedogenic rating of 2. So if you are really prone to acne and breakouts and think your skin won’t tolerate it, try swapping Hemp Seed Oil which has a 0 rating. (amazing stuff!)**
Vitamin E Oil– I think we all know this is a great vitamin for our skin. But why exactly? LiveStrong says “Vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic. Vitamin E oil also treats wrinkles by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration.” (source) It’s also known to be a natural sun block of sorts, protecting the skin from UV rays.
**Note: I didn’t find a comedogenic rating for Vitamin E, but it can clog pores when used alone, so if you have acne prone skin, either leave it out entirely or half the amount. **
Aloe Vera Gel, rating 0 – Aside from feeling great on a sunburn, aloe vera gel can be great for treating acne, reduce inflamation in the skin, and help your skin heal quickly and naturally. It’s also great for reducing wrinkles with it’s plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E. (source)
Essential oils – I used Myrrh, Clary Sage, and Helichrysum (all affiliate links – you can use the code NOUVELLE for 10% off!) These essential oils are know for being great for aging. The reason I chose them is because I had already used 4 other essential oils in known for fighting aging in another lotion I made and I wanted to mix it up so I can be getting a ton of awesome benefits of ALLTHEOILS! Other anti-aging oils are Patchouli, Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Geranium, and Sandalwood.
Are you convinced yet? That you need to try this cream? Well, if all those amazing benefits for your skin don’t convince you, I don’t know what will!!
Here is how you make this face lotion for sensitive skin, you’re gonna die, it’s so easy.
Put the Shea butter into a bowl for mixing. Using a hand mixer or your Kitchen Aid blender with whisk attachment, start whisking away. You will see it whips up rather nicely! Drizzle in the apricot kernel oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Gel, and then the essential oils. THAT’S IT!
You can see that with all the amazing properties in all the ingredients how this homemade face lotion for sensitive skin is a must have. My skin feels great after using it and I have noticed the difference!
What do you think, is this one you’d give a try?