The extreme weather conditions we frequently face can play havoc on our skin. Dry, irritated skin can occur for many other reasons also – from diet, dehydration and environmental factors such as toxic fumes in high traffic areas, to makeup, skincare or allergies. To help ease common skin woes, we share one of our favourite DIY moisturiser recipes. Ideal for your daily skincare routine, we break down why each ingredient can help heal and regenerate damaged skin.

Almond oil: ½ a cup
When we think of almonds, we often think of almond milk, butter, or eating the nuts themselves. It is, however, possible to get a number of benefits from applying almond oil topically, to the skin. Almond oil is anti-inflammatory and due to its emollient properties has the potential to improve your complexion.

Coconut oil: ½ a cup
Coconut has so many fabulous properties. From anti-bacterial and anti-fungal to moisturising fatty acids and lauric acids. Its high vitamin E content and healthy fats will keep your skin smooth and supple.

Beeswax pellets: 25g
Beeswax is naturally moisturising, sweet and is full of fatty acids and oils. Beeswax is also a great ingredient to include to help keep the texture and hold of the moisturiser.

Essential oils: ¼ tsp
This is optional but we suggest using essential oils that are beneficial for the skin such as:
• Frankincense, an anti-aging powerhouse
• Lemongrass, a natural astringent, with added antibacterial and antifungal properties
• Lavender, a calming, gentle, and nourishing oil that can reduce the appearance of blemishes and give skin a youthful glow. This oil can also help if you’re prone to skin irritation or sunburn.

• Bowl
• Saucepan
• Electric whisk (or a firm hand and a fork)
• A glass jar to store your moisturiser

• Add almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax pellets to a glass bowl
• Fill a saucepan with water and place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan and heat until the mixture has melted. Stir gently to combine
• Then take off the heat, allow to cool. Stirring intermittently
• While cooling, you can add essential oils (optional)
• Once cooled whisk with electric whisk until it forms a firm paste
• Place into glass jar

Enjoy!

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