It's finally springtime! So lately, it's been super windy here in Central California and my skin has been acting up again. No surprise there! I still suffer from a perpetually oily t-zone but I've also been getting dry spots near my chin and at the corners of my nose. That's when I came up with the idea to make my own organic, natural lavender night cream that is suitable for acne-prone skin. I'm really happy with how it turned out! It is a very simple recipe and you can find all the ingredients at Whole Foods, Target, or any other local organic grocery store. I used lavender essential oil as my fragrance for its calming properties (perfect for soothing sensitive, irritated skin) and also because I love the smell of lavender. However, you can use other essential oils like neroli, orange, lemon, anything really! Sky is the limit. I would recommend using raw shea butter as the base of the night cream because it is very non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores. I also added pure aloe vera gel and grapeseed oil because they both have great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera is the cleanest aloe vera gel I was able to find. Most aloe vera gels contain toxic preservatives, so learn from my mistakes and read the ingredient list! You can also use rosewater or jojoba oil in place of these ingredients if you seek more moisture. Please note that the ingredients I used are absolutely substitutable.
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 2-3 tbsp. aloe vera gel
- 2 tsp. grapeseed oil
- 7-10 drops lavender essential oil
It is helpful to soften the shea butter in the microwave for about 15 seconds to make mixing the ingredients together a lot easier. Then, all you have to do is add in the aloe vera gel, grapeseed oil, and lavender essential oil. I whisked the ingredients by hand, but if you want to make sure all the ingredients are well combined you can use an electric mixer. Once you are satisfied, pour the mixture into a flat mason jar and let it cool. It should become solid once it has fully cooled and then it is ready to be used. To prolong the longevity of the night cream, I would recommend using a popsicle stick or cosmetic spatula to scoop out the cream from the jar.
The texture is very soft and somewhat grainy when I first warm it up in the palm of my hand, but then it melts into a smooth oil that I can massage into my skin. It takes a few minutes for it to fully absorb, so I use it primarily at night time. I tried this cream during a pretty bad hormonal breakout and I found that it did not make my acne worse. I'm definitely very happy with how this turned out. I feel that it has been helping my dry spots and the lavender makes me feel like I'm in a spa! I also use it as a body lotion because it makes my skin feel so soft.
I hope this DIY works well for you too!
Until next time, Megan.