Published by N-essentials Team on 11th Jun 2021

If the goal is to have smooth, glowing and healthy-looking skin, we are with you. But the challenge is this: how do you know if the moisturiser you have is effective for your skin? We are presuming you landed here because the one that you had just didn’t work. Don’t worry, we will break down everything you need to know to create that all-natural DIY moisturiser perfect for your skin type.

Many would assume that moisturising is only an aesthetically inclined habit; however, doing it daily is actually vital for healthy-looking skin. Moreover, we know how the cosmetic world has become a confusing place. It may be a good idea to backtrack and review the basics once again — starting with hydration and moisturisation.


Much to our confusion, the beauty industry overuses both terms synonymously in marketing that we no longer know the difference. So, how exactly do they differ? Let us dig deeper to promote clarity.

To start with, both share a common goal. They help our skin get enough water. The difference, however, lies in how they function. Hydrating your skin pertains to increasing the water content absorbed by your skin cells. Moisturising, on the other hand, seals in the water. Although the outer-most layer of our skin can absorb water well, it cannot bind water effectively thereby needing moisturisers to do the work.

Both processes work hand in hand. We need water to keep our skin hydrated, and we need an oily substance to protect water from evaporating. Otherwise, your skin will look dry and worn out. By illustration, try imagining the difference between a grape and raisin. Getting any ideas yet?

It is imperative to recognise the two roles differently. The symptoms will tell you exactly how your skin will need more or less of hydration and moisture. If you have normal skin, having both will also do the maintenance. With that, you are now a step closer to creating the appropriate DIY Moisturiser unique to you.


The reality is that there are tons of products touted on the market. It can be easy to get lost. For instance, you will learn that most commercial lotions contain all types of moisturising agents — occlusive, emollient and humectant ingredients — meaning they can hydrate and moisturise at the same time. But we know that not all manufactured products live up to their claims. We are even doubtful of how little is left for the natural ingredients. For the reason that you now understand the difference between hydration and moisturisation, and which one you will likely need more of, you can discern if these products will likely be effective for your skin.

Truthfully, the appearance of your skin will improve significantly if the main problem is directly addressed — either skin type, condition, or possibly both. You can implement that by focusing on the ingredients that contain inherent properties helpful specifically to your skin. This is where a DIY Moisturiser comes in handy. If you want to maximise your way to hydrated skin, it’s best to make your own. You would be amazed how they are fairly easy to make in your own home.

Check out our DIY Moisturiser recipes and pick one suitable for your skin.


Scientifically, any good moisturiser can be classified into three different groups, each with a different function. To optimise the DIY craft that you have in mind, it is important to understand each. On that note, we don’t want you getting overwhelmed with these jargons, so we prepared a quick guide below to what you should be looking for in creating your DIY Moisturiser:

  • HUMECTANT is a sponge-like moisturising agent. It attracts water by drawing it up from the dermis and air during humid conditions. The most commonly used humectants you will find on the labels are glycerine,  aloe vera gel and hyaluronic acid . Humectants are particularly an effective moisturiser for those with dry skin. That said, they are generally good for any skin type since the skin, in general, requires some degree of hydration (even oily skin).
  • EMOLLIENT is the ingredient that acts as a skin softener. It can fill in rough spots and soften the skin thereby leaving everything lovely and smooth. Additionally, it doesn’t affect the water content and can act as a lubricating agent in your finished product. Some popularly known emollients are coconut oil, grapeseed oil and shea butter. In moisturisers, emollients are very efficient when paired with another moisturising agent, either a humectant or an occlusive. It is suitable for most skin types except for those with oily skin. The reason is that emollients are particularly heavy and rich oil-based products and may potentially lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
  • OCCLUSIVE is the moisturising agent that acts as a physical barrier and seals in moisture in our skin. They stop and hold in water from evaporating. The most common occlusive ingredients are squalene, petrolatum, Jojoba oil and Castor oil. Unlike humectant and emollient, an occlusive has a lower water content; hence, it is less likely to harbour bacteria and has a longer shelf life.

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Furthermore, the DIY moisturiser that is best for you is greatly dependent on this factor — your skin type. In fact, the skin type you have will mostly dictate the skincare routine you should be following. And this may be the reason why your store-bought moisturiser isn’t working for you.

With this, consider the following:

  • NORMAL SKIN — This skin type is the most favourable of all. That said, normal skin still needs maintenance. To maintain the balance of moisture, go for a water-based DIY moisturiser that will produce a light and non-greasy feel. These moisturisers often contain lightweight oils or silicone-derived ingredients.
  • DRY SKIN — For people with dry skin that tends to be flaky, itchy and rough, an effective homemade product particular to this skin type is an oil-based moisturiser. To restore moisture, choose a heavier, oil-based moisturiser that contains ingredients that will help retain water. Among all other skin types, dry skin needs the most attention for moisturising. For extremely dry skin, it is advisable to apply an overnight moisturising formula. More importantly, remember to first hydrate the dry skin before applying the moisturiser.
  • OILY SKIN — This skin type is greasy and prone to acne and breakouts. Although most people with oily skin think they could bypass daily moisturisers, this can backfire. If you already have oily skin and is also dehydrated, this may lead to more oil issues. Choose easily absorbed, lightweight body oils or water-based moisturisers that are good both in cleansing and moisturising. Contrary to dry skin, moisturising should be done daily for oily skin but not frequently.
  • COMBINATION SKIN — This skin type has only certain areas that are oily — mostly our face’s T-zone. Combination skin is somehow tricky to deal with but the key here is in the application. In terms of what moisturiser to use, try also using lightweight oil and a balanced formula on your skin. Some recommended lightweight oils for this skin type are hazelnut oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil.
  • SENSITIVE SKIN — This skin type is susceptible to irritations. Most people having this skin type are picky with what to apply to their skin as they should. Look for a moisturising ingredient that is good for soothing such as chamomile and aloe vera gel. You may also want to create a DIY moisturiser that is free from fragrances and acids. For such skin types, it is often a good idea to rather keep a basic yet effective skincare routine. In addition to this, the application should be done gently. Putting pressure might trigger irritations.
  • MATURE SKIN — As people age, the skin also weakens in function. It tends to become thinner, drier, less elastic and unable to protect itself from harmful external factors. To assist this skin type, choose to create an oil-based DIY moisturiser that will keep it soft and well hydrated. By moisturising, fine lines and wrinkles are less visible.


Additionally, in the essence of promoting clarity, dehydrated skin is not a skin type. In marketing context, it is often used together with dry skin; however, they mean different things. Dehydration is a skin condition and pertains to water deficiency. You can have any skin type, say normal for instance, and yet still have dehydrated skin. And unlike skin types, a skin condition such as dehydrated skin can be remedied with lifestyle changes.

On that note, take your time in identifying and observing your skin type. The perfect time to gauge your skin type is upon waking up in the morning. Are you noticing an oil slick? Is it rather tight and dry? Take a good look to determine what skin type you have.

Moreover, get to know your personal preferences with the type of moisturiser application —may it be in cream, balm, oil, or gel, etc. — so you can maximise crafting your DIY moisturiser. Invest time and effort in understanding how your skin behaves so that you can achieve a fully personalised, effective skincare routine. Once you craft the perfect one and start to see the plethora of benefits on your skin, you will be glad (and relieved!) that you did.


The beauty market has become more complicated. But our skincare doesn’t have to be. Gone are the days of believing that a skincare routine is complicated and yet unknowingly loaded with dubious chemicals. Rather, keep yourself grounded with a simple yet efficient DIY moisturiser that comprises mostly of about 3 to 6 all-natural ingredients only. The secret of effectively warding off that pesky dryness in your skin is plainly to seek out simple formulas. These homemade finished products are your keepers.

Additionally, starting to get doubtful of claims and speculative with unknown ingredients in the market are good signs. You are well on your way to practical, sustainable, and all-natural skincare. We merely don’t want you feeling frustrated (and broke).

Check this blog article to learn more about the relevance of crafting your homemade skincare products now. We promise you; this three-minute read will be worth your time.


Many are still asking; do we need SPF every morning? A definite yes — without fail! Many would still ignore this skincare advice. We don’t mean to frighten you, but too much sun exposure is very harmful to your skin.

The SPF is one of the reasons why crafters choose to separately make a DIY Moisturiser particularly for day and night application. Because of that, the natural ingredients are amplified with their benefits being used at an appropriate time. For instance, a night-time DIY moisturiser is formulated to contain a larger concentration of the ingredients because it is usually during sleep that our skin gets to rest and revives itself. Thus, making two – each for day and night – is all about optimising the natural ingredients!

Learn more on how to make a homemade moisturiser day and night .


We started by just wanting to avoid harmful chemicals getting into our skin. And now, we have come far from optimising our natural ingredients. These are only a few of the advantages you can fully embrace and put to use once you start formulating a DIY moisturiser distinctive to your skin.

Although we would like to remind you: stay consistent! The part where you dedicate your time and effort to comprehend your skin is only half of the equation. The other part is, well, the habitual application. After all, isn’t that how we can reap results in a skincare routine — consistency? Hence, go through these steps every day.

Bottom line: trust in the process of your DIY skincare (and in your skin) to produce and maintain desired results. Imagine the security and satisfaction you get knowing that you are putting in healthy substances onto your skin thereby producing a soft, smooth, and youthful glow.


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