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DIY Daily Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin


Face moisturizer for dry skin - Dr. Axe

Moisturizing your face is a very important part of having — and maintaining — youthful-looking skin. But choosing the right moisturizer can be confusing. If you need a homemade face moisturizer for dry skin, look no further!

Most off-the-shelf products contain chemicals that can actually damage your skin and affect the endocrine system. (1) Providing proper nourishment (inside and out) will leave the skin softer, more elastic and well-hydrated. With a few key, natural nutrients, you can enhance your skin and achieve a more youthful appearance — it just takes consistency. Here’s my moisturizer recipe for dry, aging skin that I’m sure you will love. (2)

Homemade Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Start with a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water or use a double-boiler. Place the shea butter in the bowl until melted. Loaded with vitamin A, shea butter is very nourishing to the skin. It provides much-needed moisturizing while reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production.

Once the shea butter softens, remove it from heat.

Next add the avocado oil and blend with a fork or small spatula. Avocado is not only a super-food for the body, but it is a super-food for dry, aging skin because it nourishes deeply. It is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E, providing a deep moisturizer for the skin (3)

Sea buckthorn oil may not sound familiar. But this ancient Greek oil offers up some benefits such as helping prevent acne, dry skin, reducing scarring and it can even help treat eczema.

Rosehip seed oil is the perfect ingredient for a homemade face moisturizer for dry skin since it is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help hydrate dry skin. A bonus is that it can help reduce dark spots while reducing scars and minimizing wrinkles. 

Finally, if the Egyptians used it for radiant skin, so can you. I’m talking about geranium oil. Geranium oil benefits the skin by treating acne and reducing inflammation. It also tightens the skin, which can reduce fine lines. Because of this, it makes a great ingredient in a homemade moisturizer for aging skin.

Now that you have made your DIY face moisturizer for dry skin, you can transfer it to a small jar. Store it in a cool, dark place and it should last a few months. Keeping it in the fridge is also a great option.

Apply your face moisturizer twice a day after washing your face: once in the morning and again at night before you go to bed. Make sure the skin is a bit damp to help lock in moisture. Work it into the skin gently with upward strokes. 

DIY Daily Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Total Time: 20–30 minutes
Serves: Makes 6 ounces


  • 1 ounce shea butter
  • 3 ounces avocado oil
  • ½ ounce sea buckthorn oil
  • 1 ounce rosehip seed oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops geranium oil


  1. Start with a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water, or use a double-boiler.
  2. Place the shea butter in the bowl until melted. Once it softens, remove from heat.
  3. Next add the avocado oil and blend into the shea butter with a fork or small spatula.
  4. Blend in the remaining oils.
  5. Transfer the finished product to a small container or jar and store in the fridge or a cool, dark place

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  1. Yoshiko Flora on

    I find it interesting that you recommended creating a face moisturizer out of sea buckthorn oil as you explained how it can help prevent a person from getting acne, dry skin, and scarring. If I want to make one at home, I would first buy a plant from a local supplier tomorrow and grow it until it is mature and make the oil myself. Doing this will help me spend my time gardening while keeping my skin youthful at the same time.

  2. Danielle on

    There was another recipe that had shea butter, beeswax, geranium oil, olive oil, O have the link still but all the amounts are missing so I can’t make it anymore. This really helped my friend who has a skin condition and I would love the recipe again.

  3. Hazel on

    I have your recipe for Anti Aging Serum. Is the moisturizer a separate step or is the serum enough for morning and evening treatment by itself?

  4. J Spaulding on

    Has anyone made this?
    The sea buckthorn oil is making it turn orange. It was the third ingredient according to directions. I don’t know if I should continue or not. Does it make your skin orange???

    • DS on

      Yes. It is making my face orange also. I love how it smells and feels, but I don’t like the orange cast. Definitely not using it in the morning. I thought maybe I did something wrong when mixing the ingredients??? It did call for 1/2 oz of sea buckthorn oil though.

  5. Renee on

    Dr. Axe, do you suggest buckthorn seed extract or buckthorn berry extract? Seem to be quite different extracts and would like to understand why you choose one over the other for this recipe.

  6. Sue Rank on

    Ifollowed your recipe for skin cream but cant find the recipe. It had olive oil, cocoanut oil, vit e oil, bees wax and geranimum drops or rose. could you recognise this recipe. Its probably been 6 months ago. we love the skin cream. Need the recipe, please. I remember the bees wax,vit e oil , and olive oil. cant remember the amts. not sure about the cocoanut oil. Sue Rank

  7. Tess on

    Have tried most of your DIY’s, they are great! Thank you! Want to try this one, not just sure if lemongrass, lavender and geranium oil mentioned just the ordinary oil or the Essential oils? Thanks again.

  8. Tracy on

    I had been making the anti-aging cream recipe you had on this site and now it is gone. it was the one with shea butter, vitamin e, frankinscense, lavender, aloe vera and I can’t remember if there was something else or the quantities of each. I love this stuff and now i can’t find it. Can anyone help with this recipe.

    • TM on

      1/2 Tsp Jojoba oil
      1/2 Tsp evening primrose
      1/2 Tsp pomegranate oil
      15 drops vit E
      10 drops lavender oil
      10 drops frankencense
      10 drops carrot seed oil

    • Christian on

      Is this the recipe you’re seeking? It’s an anti aging eye cream I believe.

      10 drops frankincense EO
      1oz pure aloe Vera gel
      1oz unrefined Shea butter
      1oz unrefined coconut oil
      1/2 tspn vitamin E

      Directions: mix all ingredients together. If necessary, slightly heat the Shea and coconut oil before adding the rest and mixing it together. Place in a jar for storing.


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