In the past, during the winter I shared a homemade night cream recipe on this blog. Some readers also tried making and using this night cream as well. For a little backstory, I started using the cream again the second winter and it worked for while – and then it didn’t – and I found myself switching to jojoba oil face moisturizer.
I don’t think anything is wrong with the night cream as I made it the same as last year. However, I think as I’m getting older I’m starting to experience changes with my own skin. These changes could be related to now being in my 30s, or they could be related to postpartum changes.
In this post I will explain why I made the switch to jojoba oil face moisturizer and how the moisturizer has worked for me. For a little more background I am of European descent, have a fair skin tone and I live in the Midwest.
Jojoba Oil Face Moisturizer
My Face Cream Wasn’t Working
Living in the Midwest also means harsh winters, cold winds and low humidity. All of these factors take a toll on the skin, and in particular, the face skin, which is delicate. I had very dry skin on my face in the winter, and no matter how much I moisturized I continued to suffer.
The night cream was just not working for me anymore so I switched to jojoba oil face moisturizer. On top of that I started to break out. Something had to change. In a fit of desperation, I told one of my friends about my face skin problems.
She mentioned using coconut oil as a face moisturizer. Coconut oil was already a component in my homemade night cream. This got me wondering about using other natural oils for a homemade face moisturizer.
Oils for Different Skin Types
It wasn’t until I read an article from Salis Skincare, about using jojoba oil facial moisturizer, that everything began to click for me. I’m of European descent. Perhaps coconut oil is not native for my face. I decided to try jojoba oil on my face as a moisturizer, as encouraged in the article.
How I Use Jojoba Oil Face Moisturizer
For about a month now I’ve been using a few drops of jojoba oil mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil (an oil with antibacterial properties) on my face in the morning and in the evening. Here are the steps I take.
- Start with clean hands.
- Then just pour the oils directly onto the palm of one hand.
- Rub your hands together to mix the oil and then gently apply the oil to your face.
- Be sure to wash your hands again after applying the oil.
- Tea tree oil can be irritating to the eyes and mucus membranes, so please use with caution.
Homemade Face Moisturizer
My breakouts have lessened since using the oil on my face. I also think this oil combination soaks into my skin much better. Jojoba oil is very light. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or make me feel like oil is caked on my face. After applying the oil my skin feels refreshed.
It’s important to make sure your hands are clean before applying the oil in order to reduce any chances of further breakouts on your face. In addition, I’m also careful not to touch the bottle dropper (for either the jojoba oil or the tea tree oil) to my hands, to avoid any contamination of the product.
Skin Changes with Age
I’m not throwing out my homemade night cream. It did work well for me for one winter. But then something changed it it wasn’t working as well. I would encourage you to try different oils and creams to find out what works best for you.
Our skin changes as we age, so it is important to be aware of these changes and take action when something we were doing isn’t working. I also believe diet, environmental factors and stress levels greatly contribute to the state of my skin and the severity of breakouts.
It’s important to consider other factors such as these before making a final determination as to whether the jojoba oil is working for you or not as a skin moisturizer. I would suggest you try the jojoba oil for several weeks before making a decision.
Year-Round Skin Care
Another item to note is that your skin care regime may change with the seasons. As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, I was having dry skin issues in the winter. During the summer I typically use much less (or no) skin moisturizer. Take note of these changes and adjust your skincare routine as needed.
Perhaps using jojoba oil as a face moisturizer will work for you too as a homemade face moisturizer. Using jojoba oil face moisturizer is easy to make and only takes a small investment to try.
I already had tea tree oil at home (as I use it for other lotions and for cleaning around the home) and a bottle of high-quality jojoba oil costs about $7.99.
I have heard jojoba oil also works well for removing makeup, although I haven’t personally tried it yet. If the jojoba oil face moisturizer does not work – the jojoba oil you purchase could easily be used as a body oil, body scrub or face scrub.
*This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness.