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Is Using Homemade Face Moisturizers A Good Idea?

If money is tight, homemade face moisturizer might sound appealing. However, there are risks.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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Have you ever tried to make your own face moisturizer? Believe it or not, many people often decide to do so in order to either save money or just to enjoy a bit of experimentation.

But is using homemade products a good idea, or should you stick to professional and branded options?

What is a face moisturizer?

Simply put, a face moisturizer is a cream, gel, or serum that gifts your skin that much-needed hydration that it may lack during the day. You’ll be surprised how easy it is for your skin to get too dry without you even noticing. Daily challenges such as pollution, dust, sunlight, and other factors can add up and create subtle irritation on the skin. Thankfully, most moisturizers are easy to apply and can rejuvenate the face pretty quickly.

The risks of homemade moisturizers

It would be irresponsible for us to recommend the use of homemade products without being honest about the numerous risks associated with taking matters into your own hands.

Firstly, opting to make your own products at the expense of buying ready-made alternatives can backfire. Branded products from established companies have been thoroughly tested, professionally produced by specialists, and have years of backing, research, and customer feedback to go off. None of this applies to homemade products.

There is a real risk of making a mistake when creating your own product, either with ingredients or consistency. This can have the unintentional side effect of irritating your skin or even damaging it. After all, professional products are meticulously created with certain skin types and conditions in mind, so their mathematics are usually pretty accurate. If you’re eye-balling it in your bathroom sink, chances are you’ll be putting your skin at risk.

The benefits of homemade moisturizer

But it’s not all doom and gloom, and we don’t want to discourage anyone from giving this a try. Obviously, the biggest advantage to DIY skincare is the cost. In these hard economic times, prices of established branded products are going up regularly. Yes, these businesses need to protect their bottom line, but for the average consumer, these price hikes can be really frustrating and hurtful. You can therefore save a ton of money by carefully crafting your own homemade alternatives.

Secondly, it’s fun! This shouldn’t need an in-depth explanation, but it’s just enjoyable to take matters into your own hands every now and again. We’re strong, independent people, after all!

In conclusion

While we’d always recommend buying established branded skincare products for the purposes of safety and efficiency, we can’t deny that creating homemade products like face moisturizers is an attractive option.

Have some fun playing around and experimenting, but remember to carefully look at the ingredients you are using and take every step to protect your skin.

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