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. 

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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. 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.


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