A homemade skin-nourishing moisturizer with just 3 ingredients… argan oil and essential oils. This DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer is lightweight and non-greasy, yet it moisturizes deeply for glowing and clear skin.
For most of my life I’ve been using the wrong skin care. I stripped my skin with harsh cleaners to deal with problem spots and oil-free moisturizers – thinking oils were bad for my skin.
As I did more research, I found that oil is NOT the bad guy. In fact, our skin needs oil and absorbs it better and faster than a cream or lotion. So after much inner turmoil (20+ years of being brainwashed into thinking oil is bad for my skin will do that), I tried to use oil as my moisturizer.
And you know what? It’s AH-MAZING! I can’t believe I didn’t use oil on my face sooner. My skin now feels smooth, nourished and balanced and my cheeks are no longer bone dry. My nose and forehead are no longer oil slicks.
So what’s the secret? Finding the right carrier oil that works for you. A carrier oil is like a base oil. You can add essential oils according to your skin type with a carrier oil for a customized blend. Carrier oils are made from vegetables, nuts and even flowers – such as sweet almond, avocado, macadamia nut, apricot kernel, jojoba, sesame, hemp seed and rose hip. Each carrier oil has its own health benefits.
Why Use Facial Oil?
The skin needs oil to maintain a healthy balance, otherwise, it gets too dry which can cause breakouts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Using a facial oil helps keep moisture in the skin while protecting it from the environmental damage.
About the Ingredients
- Argan oil is a rare hand-pressed oil from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, carotenes and fatty acids. It absorbs quickly without an oily feel – yet it’s very hydrating and helps to balance skin. Argan oil is great for ALL skin types and the carrier oil in this recipe.
- Frankincense essential oil has used for thousands of years and excellent for healthy-looking skin.
- Lavender essential oil is also great for the skin, particularly if you spend time out in the sun.
How to Make This DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer – Step by Step
It’s pretty easy to make this DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer. Get the full recipe and printable directions at the end of this post.
1. Add essential oils to glass dropper bottle.
2. Fill glass dropper bottle with argan oil.
3. Screw dropper top on. Shake well. Store in a cool, dry spot.
Can You Use Other Carrier Oils?
I get this question a lot and the answer is YES! In place of the argan oil (which is the carrier oil in this recipe), you can use rosehip seed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, apricot seed oil, or jojoba oil.
I’ve even used a combination of these depending on my skin and the season – for instance, when it’s summer I like to mix jojoba and argan or almond oil together. Jojoba is very good for oily or combination skin.
You can also use other essential oils. Lavender and Frankincense are the two best for all skin types. But you can add other essential oils including, Tea Tree (clarifying), Helichrysum (nourishing), or Carrot Seed (sun protection). Just be sure the total you add to the 2 oz bottle is no more than 25-30 drops of essential oil total.
How to Use this DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer
Use this facial oil moisturizer morning and night after you cleanse the skin. I use this DIY Face Wash, followed by this DIY Facial Toner, and then this DIY Facial Oil Moisturizer. Use 4-6 drops for each use, or more as needed.
Just one 2 oz bottle should last about 2-3 months, perhaps even longer depending on how much you use.
Top Tips for This DIY Facial Oil
- You can use other oils, depending on your skin and even the season. For instance, when it’s summer I like to mix jojoba and argan or almond oil together and Jojoba is very good for oily or combination skin.
- Store the facial oil in a glass container, either brown or blue work best.
- Shake well before using.
- It’s always best to avoid rubbing the oil onto your face, as it pulls the skin and can prevent the product from sinking in and being fully absorbed. Warming oil between your hands before gently pressing it onto your face is optimal absorption.
- Depending on your skin type, you can use anywhere between three and six drops of oil, once or twice per day. Naturally, the drier your skin is, the more oil you can use and the more frequently you can use it.
How to Get Started with Essential Oils
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DIY Facial Oil Moisurizier
- 2 oz glass dropper bottle
- 2 oz argan oil
- 15 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- Add essential oils to glass dropper bottle.
- Fill glass dropper bottle with argan oil.
- Screw dropper top on. Shake well. Store in a cool, dry spot.
- Use morning and night after each facial wash, or as needed. I find about 4-6 drops is enough to moisturize my skin.
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Can you tell me what is considered the sunscreen in this recipe?
Tracey Black says
This particular recipe does not have sunscreen – though if you added carrot seed essential oil it could have some SPF benefit. I do have a homemade sunscreen recipe here: https://dontmesswithmama.com/homemade-diy-sunscreen/
I love to use homemade products in my skincare routine and this moisturizer seems easy to create. I can’t wait to use it.