As a standalone, vitamin E oil is a godsend when it comes to nourishing your skin, hair and cuticles. But did you know you can actually blend it with a few household items to make your own salves and balms? Its naturally thicker consistency makes it the ideal base for beauty products, and it comes chock-full of antioxidant benefits that help protect and condition skin to lock in moisture and bring back your original glow. Here are a three of our favorite DIY ways to use Natural Vitamin E Skin Beauty Oil at home. Plus, vitamin E oil is a natural preservative, so as you make these recipes, rest easy knowing they won’t go bad overnight (or by next week!).
1. The Dream Eye Cream: Coconut and Vitamin E Oils
Coconut oil and vitamin E are both powerhouse ingredients when it comes to hydrating, protecting and restoring your skin — especially the sensitive, thinner skin around your eyes. Make your own eye cream by using one tablespoon of coconut oil and 5-10 drops of vitamin E oil. Simply melt your coconut oil (which will be solid at room temperature) on low heat for one minute in a saucepan. Remove from the heat as it starts to melt, drop in your vitamin E, and use a kebab stick or toothpick to blend the two together. Transfer to a small mason jar and refrigerate until solid. (Note, you won’t have to keep it cold to conserve the consistency.) To apply, dab a small amount with your ring finger across the skin below your eye, around the sides and upper eyelids. This ultra-easy blend of coconut and vitamin E oils, free from chemicals, toxins and synthetics, is gentle enough to use both morning and night.
BONUS TIP: Add evening primrose essential oil for natural fragrance. It’s ultra gentle and is a good carrier for other oils so it won’t react poorly in the blend or irritate your skin.
2. The All-Natural 4-Ingredient Lip Balm
Keep your lips luscious and hydrated this winter season with a DIY vitamin E oil lip balm. Grab some beeswax pellets (believe it or not Etsy sells these, as well as some health food stores), coconut oil, vitamin E oil and your favorite essential oil. In a double boiler, melt two tablespoons of beeswax pellets and four tablespoons of coconut oil together. Remove from heat, add 10-12 drops of vitamin E oil and stir together. Then add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir. Pour into your container (we like using a small jar or tin, but Bulk Apothecary actually sells ready-made empties, too). Let sit for a few hours and it’ll be ready to slick on your lips.
BONUS TIP: Avoid mixing with citrus oils as they are phototoxic and can make you sensitive to the sun. Instead, try a more mild essential oil like lavender to relax, or peppermint to energize — you won’t have to worry about wearing it outside.
3. Honey & Vitamin E Oil Hydrating Face Mask
With winter’s cold, dry temps fast approaching, it’s now more important than ever to keep your face hydrated. Chapped or flaky skin, and sometimes residual breakouts, can be a pain, so quench your skin’s thirst with this honey and vitamin E oil homemade mask. Mix one teaspoon of honey with 10-15 drops of vitamin E oil and spread the smooth paste evenly on your face. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and rinse off using a warm washcloth to wipe away residue. Honey has anti-inflammatory qualities that help swelling or redness that can come from acne, and vitamin E oil will soothe and soften dry or peeling skin.
BONUS TIP: Don’t be afraid to use your fingers. Massage the mask into your face in circular like motions to ensure you get into every pore. It’s gentle enough to use even a few times per week if your skin is feeling super dry or irritated.