Homemade Face Butter Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, after doing some research into why synthetic moisturizer seemed to be the only thing that kept my skin from being dry, red, flaky, and itchy, I decided to stop using it altogether.  I switched to almond oil, went without makeup for a few weeks, and tried to heal my distressed skin.  

The first few days were pretty rough.  My skin was red and splotchy, with little dry, flaky patches popping up on my chin, between my cheeks and my nose, and on my forehead.  I was tempted more than once to switch back to the old stuff, but I kept remembering how I’d read that if you give your skin time to heal, its moisture barrier will regenerate and take away the need for synthetic moisturizers.  So I stuck to the plan.  

Since then, my skin has improved dramatically.  I won’t say it’s 100% healed - sometimes I still get those flaky patches - but for the most part it’s much calmer, more even in tone, and looks and feels firmer, springier, smoother, and more lustrous.  I have only used makeup a couple of times in the last three weeks, first because I didn’t want it to interfere with the healing of my skin, but in the last couple of weeks because I haven’t really felt I’ve needed it.  

I’ve been trying to keep inflammation at bay by: 

  • Taking cooler showers
  • Only washing my face in tepid water 
  • Only using water and almond oil to cleanse
  • Avoiding exfoliation
  • Patting my skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing
  • Washing off any sweat and salt immediately after a workout to avoid irritation

Now that Mat and I have decided to try giving up meat, eggs, and dairy, I’m curious to see how a vegan diet affects my skin, since meat and dairy especially can be very inflammatory, and eczema is essentially just an inflammation reaction in the skin.  I’ve already found that not eating meat and dairy leaves a lot more room on my plate for colorful fruits and vegetables, and that extra dose of healthy nutrients must be beneficial to my skin (among other things).  

I’ve mainly been using almond oil to moisturize my face, with the occasional drop of jojoba oil, and some shea butter directly on the flaky bits when I need it.  I’ve also been reading about the beneficial effects of cocoa butter in preventing moisture loss, so today I mixed up a homemade moisturizer using almond oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter.  I’m going to try it for a bit and see how it goes.  Here’s a brief breakdown of each of these ingredients and their respective benefits:

COCOA BUTTER

  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Contains anti-oxidants 
  • Has some natural UV protection 
  • High in fatty acids, which penetrate skin for deep hydration

SHEA BUTTER  

  • Contains stearic acid, which helps maintain skin’s elasticity 
  • Has a natural SPF, estimated around 6 
  • Fatty acid content enables deep absorption and aided collagen production 
  • Prevents moisture loss 
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties

ALMOND OIL

  • Rich in Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant 
  • Hypo-allergenic 
  • Mild enough for sensitive skin
  • Helps protect skin from oxidative stress and UV damage

JOJOBA OIL

  • Has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties 
  • Helps to form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin 
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Contains Vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant 
DIY Moisturizer

MOISTURIZER RECIPE

  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter

Place all ingredients in a glass or metal bowl, set over a saucepan of water on low heat.  Heat until all ingredients are melted.  Once melted, place the bowl in the refrigerator until completely cooled and solid.  Then, with an electric mixer, beat the ingredients for 5-10 minutes until they have the consistency of whipped cream.  Transfer to a glass jar or container. 

The moisturizer is thick, but becomes oily as soon as you apply it to your skin.  Use a small amount and gently massage into your skin until absorbed, adding more only if needed.