I love learning new things from my readers and fellow bloggers. I received a very helpful comment from a reader after I did my post on how to make a Homemade Hot Oil Hand Treatment. The comment was from Kathryn who is author of the blog This ‘n That From on the Mountain. She wrote to share her recipe for a good skin moisturizer that she loves. Here’s an excerpt from her comment:
“We live in the mountains in CA. It is very, very dry here. I’ve found the most wonderful moisturizer after much looking and agonizing. The original recipe is simple: 1 part vegetable glycerin (I usually do 1/2 cup) to 4 parts distilled water (2 cups). Mix. Put in a spray bottle. If you find it a bit sticky, add a bit more water”.
Kathryn went on to say that she has also used aloe vera juice for most of the liquid part, and that you can add an essential oil for some fragrance too. She also wrote that:
“My dry skin issues are all resolved since I began making this about 2-1/2 years ago. I keep some in the tub and spray it all over after my shower.”
Well, I was super intrigued by this. My skin tends to be dry and winters here in Michigan are long and pretty drying on the skin. Sometimes in the coldest parts of the winter when my skin feels all chapped and dry, I just slather straight vaseline on my hands before bed. It’s cheap and pretty effective, but a little on the greasy side. Kathryn’s recipe sounded like a great alternative to that approach and I decided to give it a try.
The Key Ingredient: Glycerin
The most challenging part of this recipe for some folks might be finding the glycerin. I already had some glycerin in the house, but I remember on that shopping trip I had to hunt around for a while to locate it. I was able to find it in the pharmacy area of my local store (Meijer) nearby things like witch hazel and bandaids. A 6 oz bottle cost $3.27.
Glycerin is a clear syrupy liquid that’s made by combining liquid and fats derived from vegetable oil. What’s cool about glycerin is that it has water binding capabilities which allow it to draw and absorb moisture from the air which in turn can help skin retain moisture. The label on my little bottle of glycerin calls it a “skin protectant” and a “pure natural skin softener”.
Here’s what I did (Just remember it’s one part glycerin to four parts water). I also didn’t have any distilled water on hand so I simply used my filtered water from my Brita water pitcher. Plain old tap water would probably work OK too.
HOMEMADE GLYCERIN SKIN MOISTURIZER
1/4 cup glycerin
1 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 teaspoon essential oil (optional)
Small spray/mist bottle
Combine the ingredients in the spray/mist bottle and shake gently to mix. Spray on and rub to smooth it over skin.
The essential oil is optional for a bit of fragrance. Often times I don’t bother with the essential oil but once in a while a scent like lavender adds a very nice touch
Update: Since first writing this post I have found that I much prefer the mist bottles to the spray bottles for this glycerin moisturizer.
So far I’m really liking this mixture! After spraying it on my hands and massaging it in, my hands felt really soft. I didn’t find that it was too sticky or greasy either. I was glad I added the fragrance – it added a very nice touch.
So a big thank you to Kathryn for sharing! I think this recipe is a keeper!