If you’re looking for a fresh and bright complexion, aromatherapy based non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions can be of great help. They have many benefits for all skin types and they smell great too.
On top of it all, natural blends also have mood-enhancing benefits. Overall, it’s a great pleasure to use them in your daily beauty routine.
In this post, you’ll read about:
- FAQ about non comedogenic moisturizers. Why they are different from lotions and their benefits.
- Moisturizing natural recipes for different skin types and problems. These moisturizers are based on nourishing Aromatherapy oils. They make your blends natural and safe for the skin and body.
- FAQ about non comedogenic lotions. What they are, their benefits and purpose.
- Blend recipes with the best natural beauty oils. They make great skin care lotions for almost all skin needs.
- How to integrate your non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions into your daily beauty routine.
- Why go for natural beauty moisturizers or lotions, and what can they do for the skin’s PH. Plus a few tips to tell whether your oils are non comedogenic or not.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizers – FAQ and Recipes
Moisturizers are also known as emollients and they’re all meant to improve the aspect of the skin. Below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions asked about this type of beauty product.
1) What is a non comedogenic moisturizer?
Non comedogenic refers to the ability of a product or ingredient to maintain the pores unclogged. Clogged pores can cause inflamed comedones (acne).
A natural non comedogenic moisturizer is non-greasy after use. Once it is absorbed into the skin, it will leave it soft and elastic.
There is a scale from 0 to 5 that measures the level of comedogenicity. 0 represents a dry or non comedogenic oil and 5 represents a very comedogenic oil.
With 0 there’s no risk of getting clogged pores. With a 5 rate oil, you’ll definitely get clogged pores and acne. These are very thick and pro-inflammation.
Best non comedogenic oils are 0, 1 and 2. I’ve used those rated with 2 (Macadamia, Avocado, Olive) without a problem. And I have a problematic complexion too.
2) What is the role of a moisturizer?
A moisturizer can be used on the body and/or the face. You can use a different one for each, as the skin on the face for instance, is much more sensitive. A moisturizer is a complex blend of many beauty ingredients.
Its role is to improve the aspect of the skin and maintain it hydrated for a long time. A moisturizer will make the skin soft and elastic.
If used after shower or your daily cleansing, it’ll seal in the moisture inside the cells. This seal brings a high level of hydration into the skin cells and prevents its evaporation as well. Natural moisturizers can also boost collagen and elastin production.
Repeated applications of moisturizers can prevent premature aging.
3) What is a natural non comedogenic moisturizer?
A natural moisturizer is a moisturizer made with natural oils and plant extracts. Aromatherapy uses vegetable (carrier) oils and essential oils.
Vegetable oils are extracted by cold pressure from nuts, seeds and kernels. They are oily because they contain many essential fatty acids.
Some of these acids are found in the human sebum too. Because of that, carrier oils as moisturizers can regulate the sebum production. Once applied to the skin, they trick the body into thinking there’s no need to produce more sebum. Thus, its production is normalized.
Carrier oils are as diverse as fruits and seeds are. Some are more non comedogenic than others. They are also called “dry oils” because they absorb really well and don’t leave a greasy sensation on the skin.
Find out which non comedogenic oils are the best for an efficient beauty routine.
4) When should a non comedogenic moisturizer be used?
Good non comedogenic face moisturizers need to be applied on a damp skin. The best moment is after makeup removal or washing your face. That’s when the pores open up and that’s also when the oils will seal in all the remaining moisture.
A non comedogenic moisturizer can also be applied after a non comedogenic lotion. The latter is also applied after washing the face. You know it as being the second step in a beauty routine, also called toner.
5) Who should be using natural non comedogenic moisturizers?
Non comedogenic products are designed for problematic skin types. All skin types need moisturizing, regardless of the age. However, they become very important once puberty starts.
These non comedogenic oil moisturizers are best for oily or combination complexions. These skin types are affected by acne the most.
But other skin types can benefit from non comedogenic moisturizers too. They’re great for mature skin that suffers from breakouts and sensitive skin.
Natural non comedogenic moisturizers are not nourishing enough for dry skin types, though. Normal skin types are the lucky ones. They do well with most moisturizers.
Emollients for problematic skin types also have in their composition essential oils. These plant essences can act as anti-inflammatory agents and antibacterials. They can also help repair the skin from acne lesions and scars.
6) How many types of non comedogenic moisturizers are there?
Non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions have a low viscosity because they contain water. Water-based non comedogenic moisturizers are basically water with oils.
Even though they don’t mix, if you shake the blend really well, the molecules will separate into even tinier ones. That’ll help you spread them well on the face. The water provides moisture and the oil(s) will seal it in.
Some ingredients called surfactants can be used to bind water to oil. That’ll transform the mixture into an emulsion or a gel-based moisturizer. If you don’t want to use surfactants, you can mix your oils into natural gels. A good non comedogenic gel moisturizer is Aloe Vera.
7) What is a non comedogenic moisturizer with SPF?
SPF is short for sun protection. A non comedogenic moisturizer with SPF protects from clogged pores and acne. But it also protects against the harmful effects of UV rays.
Some moisturizing carrier oils contain a natural SPF of up to 8. Coconut and Olive oil are among them. Coconut oil can be used for body tanning. It is not recommended for facial SPF however, as it is comedogenic.
You can use either oil as non comedogenic moisturizer sunscreen. They can be applied as they are and re-applied every 2 hours or more often if you go into the water.
It is also easy to make your own homemade bronzing emollient. Cocoa powder can be used to obtain a non comedogenic tinted moisturizer, with natural SPF.
When it comes to making your own non comedogenic moisturizer with SPF that’s oil-free, it’s a bit more complicated. You’ll have to use surfactants to make a gel/emulsion and also add some mineral filters to raise the SPF factor. Once you get the hang of it, making such products can be a piece of cake.
8) Here are some of the best non comedogenic moisturizer examples for face:
The best natural non comedogenic moisturizers for face are vegetable or carrier oils. They’re great at maintaining the skin supple, firm and nourished. They also keep the skin hydrated and elastic.
Another good non comedogenic moisturizer is Jojoba oil. It can help acne prone skin, dry skin and sensitive skin. But it can also nourish and hydrate the hair as well.
Other great non comedogenic oil moisturizers are:
- Hemp seed.
- Rice bran.
- Poppy Seed.
- Black seed.
A non comedogenic blend doesn’t necessarily mean “the absence of comedogenic ingredients”. Some oils counter the otherwise comedogenic effects of an acid with another acid. Like oleic and linoleic acids. This balance is what matters in a non comedogenic moisturizer or lotion.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizer Recipes
I am always excited about making my own moisturizer blends. I get to try new ingredients and pamper myself with all sorts of nice scents. I’m going to give you a few moisturizer recipes for various skin types.
Some are very easy to make, while others require a bit more precision. You can choose the one you like and feel more confident about making.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Oily Skin
- Mineral water: 0.81 fl. Oz (24 ml)
- Coenzyme Q10: 13 drops
- Vanilla infused oil (macerate): 1 teaspoon (5 ml)
- Emulsifying wax: 1.1 grams
- Grapefruit extract (natural preservative): 7 drops
Vanilla needs to be infused in a non comedogenic oil moisturizer. You could use any from the above mentioned list. Check out this article to see how to infuse it.
Mix in a separate bowl, first the wax and the macerated oil. Pour the water in a separate bowl. Heat each bowl gently on a double boiler until they reach 158F (70C).
Once that temperature is reached, add the water slowly over the melted oil and wax. Stir vigorously after each drop. Continue until the mixture becomes white and well-mixed. Use a hand mixer, if necessary.
Place the emulsion on a bowl with cold water and continue mixing for 3 more minutes. Finally, add in the Q10 and the preservative, blending really well after each.
Transfer this non comedogenic moisturizer to a desired glass or ceramic recipient. Kept in a cool and dark environment, this should last for 3 months.
Apply once or twice a day for skin tonus, hydration and nourishment. This could be among your best non comedogenic, non acnegenic moisturizer blends. It nourishes, doesn’t favor acne and protects against premature aging too.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin
- Argan oil: 1 teaspoon
- Black seed oil: 1 teaspoon
- Aloe Vera Gel: 1 teaspoon
- Tea Tree essential oil: 3 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
Mix all these ingredients together and shake the blend well before application. Take a small amount between your palms, rub them well to warm the blend and apply on a clean, damp complexion. Massage it well into the skin, avoiding the eye area.
This is another good non comedogenic, non acnegenic moisturizer that can help acne prone skin heal faster.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Dry Skin with Problems
- Avocado oil: 1 tablespoon
- Jojoba oil: 1 tablespoon
- Vitamin A: 4 drops (2 capsules)
- Aloe Vera Gel: 1 teaspoon
Mix and shake all these ingredients well before each use. Apply on a damp skin in a generous layer and massage it well into the skin. Dry skin needs oil moisturizers that are a bit thicker and more viscous than a dry one.
The oils in this recipe, though thicker, they are non comedogenic also. So they will help with inflammation and clogged pores. This blend will soothe eczema and psoriasis too.
Non Comedogenic Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
- Aloe Gel: 1 tablespoon
- Chamomile hydrosol: 1 tablespoon
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 8 drops
- Macadamia oil: 2 tablespoons
Add all the ingredients in a spray bottle of about 2 Oz (60 ml). Shake it well before each use and apply a moderate amount on a clean face.
Massage a good amount into the skin, morning and night. Avoid using harsh cleansers or soaps, makeup, etc. This non comedogenic moisturizer is very gentle with the sensitive skin.
Non Comedogenic Facial Moisturizer with SPF
- Olive oil: 1 tablespoon
- Jojoba oil: 1 tablespoon
- Vitamin A: 2
Blend these non comedogenic tanning oils together and shake every time, before use to activate their molecules. Apply all over the exposed face/skin 15 minutes before going out of the house.
Researchers tested a few vegetable oils for their sun protection factor. The best are Olive, Coconut and Castor oils. However, only Olive is a good non comedogenic facial moisturizer with a good SPF.
Non Comedogenic Lotions – FAQ and Recipes
A non comedogenic lotion is the secret to a glowing and soft skin. This step is often missed in a daily beauty routine, but it is nonetheless necessary. It brings something new and it helps the skin in ways a moisturizer doesn’t. Let’s see what are the most popular questions and answers about such lotions.
1) What is a non comedogenic lotion?
A non comedogenic lotion is a water based beauty product. Because of its high content of water, a lotion has a low viscosity. Water-based products or toners don’t usually clog the pores. This makes them great non comedogenic products.
This also means that after applying them to the skin, you don’t have to rinse them off. Your pores will stay clean and clear and your skin moist. Some refer to lotions as lighter creams, that nourish the skin.
2) What is the role and purpose of a non comedogenic lotion?
The purpose of a non comedogenic lotion or toner is to get rid of makeup and its traces. It can purify the skin on a deep level and take out any remaining sebum or dirt.
A lotion can also balance the PH level of the skin. It becomes off-balance after you wash it with soap or tap water.
Non comedogenic lotions are not especially moisturizing, but they are nourishing. They can also help with many other skin problems and prepare it for the absorption of a moisturizer.
Here are the benefits of a lotion:
- It is well tolerated and depending on the ingredients used, it is also adapted to all skin types.
- A non comedogenic lotion has a very nice fragrance, which makes it more enjoyable to use.
- It’s full of active ingredients, which give the lotion many properties and benefits.
- It preserves the balance and PH of the skin.
- Refreshes and illuminates the complexion.
- A non comedogenic lotion is a great replacement for tap water because they don’t need rinsing. It fights the harsh sediments or limestone that normal water contains. These things are usually harsh with the skin, stripping it of its natural oils (sebum). This causes the increase of sebum production, the clogging of pores and more acne.
- Lotions can also eliminate excess sebum and fixate makeup.
- They minimize the aspect of enlarged pores.
3) What are the best natural ingredients to use for non comedogenic lotions?
Commercial lotions or toners can contain all sorts of harmful chemicals and alcohol. Alcohol dries the skin excessively, which leads to desquamation, rosacea and other irritations.
Natural lotions contain Aromatherapy ingredients. The best ones in this case are essential oils. They’re not greasy because they’re not technically oils. Their aromatic molecules have a molecular weight that’s heavier than water. That makes them float above it.
Because they represent the essence of the plants they’re extracted from and because they float, they’ve been called essential oils.
True oils are greasy because they contain fatty acids. Essential oils are absorbed into the skin and blood very fast. They leave the skin smooth without the oily film.
Since non comedogenic lotions are water-based, other great natural ingredients are hydrosols. They’re also called floral waters and they’re the byproducts of the steam distillation process. This process is used to extract essential oils.
Basically, on one side of the distiller we get the aromatic oil. On the other side, we get the its correspondent aromatic water. This water contains only traces of essential oils. But they contain vitamins and minerals that didn’t make it into the oils.
Some vitamins are water-soluble, or they are too large to be extracted with steam. Thus, hydrosols will make sure nothing is wasted from the plant. Applying a hydrosol first and then an oil blend will do your skin a lot of good.
Natural gels are also great as toners. Aloe Vera gel and Cucumber gel are just two of your many options. They go well mixed with other oils or hydrosols.
4) Who should be using non comedogenic lotions?
These lotions should be used by everyone. They aren’t toxic or too powerful; that’s why they’re also a great option to soothe a baby’s tantrums or help him sleep.
Everyone, from teenagers to adults with breakouts or people with dry, sensitive skin types can enjoy hydrosols. But they’re especially helpful if you have oily or combination skin. Natural lotions are not aggressive.
5) When is the best time to use non comedogenic lotions?
The best time to apply lotions in all beauty regimens is after washing the face and removing makeup. Otherwise said, the moment is right before applying your non comedogenic moisturizer.
You should use it mornings and nights, after cleansing the face and removing all makeup. A non comedogenic lotion completes the process of makeup removal, but it doesn’t replace it.
You can spray it directly on skin or you can use a cotton round. Always pat the skin instead of rubbing it with the cotton round.
You can go ahead and apply your cream, serum or moisturizer next. The skin needs to be a little damp for them to absorb really well and deep.
A lotion or toner doesn’t dry out the skin and it can be used abundantly, wherever, whenever. You can do it after workouts, after getting off a bus, or at work. It is especially refreshing during hot summer days. They can revive your complexion, uplift your mood and take care of your skin.
6) How many types of non comedogenic lotions are there?
Non comedogenic lotions can be astringent, tonic or purifying. Depending on your skin type and needs, they can be all or just one. Your skin’s needs may also change depending on the season, overall health and lifestyle.
It’s important to know your skin type and its needs to give it what it needs. The wrong products may do more harm than good.
Essential Oils Lotion Recipes
Here we are again at the most fun part of each article. It’s time to make your own non comedogenic lotion and you have a few recipes to choose from.
Generally speaking, each hydrosol is well-tolerated by all skin types. Essential oils however, they need to be tested for allergic reactions first. Simply mix a drop of EO with a drop of carrier and rub it into the inside of your forearm.
Wait for a few hours to see if the skin reacts or not. Just to be on the safe side, you should do the same, without dilution of course, with the floral waters and gels too.
Non Comedogenic Lotion for Acne Prone Skin
- Aloe Vera gel: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Clary Sage hydrosol: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Sage essential oil: 15 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
Place the gel and hydrosol in a large spray bottle (2 Oz). Add the essential oils over and shake this mixture really well before each use. Spray all over the face, neck and cleavage.
Massage your skin with your fingers until the skin remains damp. A part of this mixture will also evaporate. You can then continue with your usual moisturizer or serum.
You can also use this non comedogenic anti-acne lotion instead of water to wash your face. It will dissolve the overnight sebum and prepare you face for further pampering.
The oil of Sage contains natural salicylic acid, which is often used in anti-acne treatments. Lavender is nourishing and it helps the skin heal after lesions and scars.
Astringent Non Comedogenic Lotion
- Neroli (Orange Blossom) hydrosol: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Lemon essential oil: 10 drops
Shake this blend really well before each use. That way you’ll activate the oil molecules a lot faster. Spray it on or use a cotton round and pat your complexion until no makeup residue, dirt or sebum is left. This non comedogenic lotion can be used for both oily and combination skin types.
Purifying Lotion for All Skin Types Recipe
- Peppermint hydrosol: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Grapefruit hydrosol: ½ Oz (15 ml)
- Tea Tree essential oil: 6 drops
Mix all ingredients together and give it a good shake before applying it to the face. Make a fresh batch every couple of weeks or sooner if needed. Keep this blend and all other water-based lotions in the fridge after opening. Apply mornings and nights.
Toning Non Comedogenic Lotion Recipe
- Mineral water: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Rose hydrosol: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Vitamin C: 10 drops (or a teaspoon of powder)
Give this mixture a vigorous shake before each use and apply on a clean face every night and morning. This lotion is meant to be toning and stimulating regardless of your skin type. You can then continue applying a non comedogenic moisturizer.
How to Choose Your Ingredients for the Best Moisturizers and Lotions
This article is about natural Aromatherapy ingredients. They should always be 100% pure and undiluted or adulterated. A good clue that an oil, hydrosol or gel has is its price. You’ll have to compare prices and decide upon a seller you trust.
Essential oils, carrier oils and hydrosols are sensitive to light and heat. They should be kept in cool, dark places in good quality recipients.
If you’re not sure about these conditions, you can ask the seller before committing to buying. Online shopping can also be safe as long as you know the seller and its products.
Aromatherapy professionals care about their reputation. Thus, their products will be of the highest quality. You can check this article here on how to choose a good quality oil.
In short, check their labels and make sure you see the following details:
- Botanical names.
- Country of origin.
- Extraction method.
- Expiration date.
How to Tell If Your Carriers Are Comedogenic or Not
Most people can’t tell whether an oil is comedogenic or not. Most people are also new at mixing and blending therapeutic oils. Here are a few criteria to guide yourself after:
- When you’re interested in a specific carrier oil, you should look at its chemical composition first. The first listed is also the main component. Knowing it, will give you an idea on how comedogenic the oil is. We must not forget however, that some acids complete each other ‘s benefits. But they can also cancel their comedogenic effects (oleic with linoleic acid, for example).
- Other constituents can also raise the comedogenicity level of an oil. An example is a high concentration of vitamin E (Wheat Germ oil).
- If an oil is past its expiration date, it becomes rancid. At that point, it doesn’t matter whether it used to be non comedogenic or not. All rancid oils will clog pores and cause acne.
With the risk of repeating myself, I must remind you how important it is to know your skin type. How important it is to use the proper ingredients and therefore, lotions and moisturizers. They will help your skin look radiant, firm and flawless.
Don’t forget to clean and moisturize your complexion, neck and cleavage each night. This simple gesture will become a healthy habit that can delay the extrinsic aging process with many years. Or so some medical data suggests.
Why Go for Non Comedogenic Moisturizers and Lotions? Tips to Tell Whether They Are or Not
A healthy skin has a slightly acidic PH that destroys most bacteria. Maintaining this balance and acidity is mandatory for a proper skin functioning. Using natural non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions will help preserving the skin’s PH.
When you wash your face, even without soap, the skin suffers. It is depleted of its natural oils and other sediments can penetrate deep into the pores. The water is harsh and limestone is never good for the skin.
Using floral waters and gels can remove the need to use water during the first stage of your beauty routine. They will also tone the skin and prepare it for a better absorption when you apply the moisturizer.
Commercial moisturizers or toners contain alcohol. They also contain all sorts of chemical substances and solvents that disrupt the hormonal balance. They also irritate and dry out the skin excessively, leading to more skin problems.
Natural non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions are safe for your skin and body. They don’t affect anything in a negative way and they don’t build up inside the body.
The body eliminates them after they’ve done their job, just like any other medicine.
Your skin evolves in its own rhythm, that’s why its needs change so often. Because of it you must also make some slight changes in your beauty routine to adapt.
Natural ingredients are the best when it comes to meeting these different needs of your skin. You can use a thicker oil in the winter when the weather is harsher and humidity lacks. Or you can use a dryer and easily absorbable oil in the summer.
There are many possibilities, and they’re all pleasant and fragrant. You need a diverse diet to get all the essential nourishment for your body. So does your skin! Using diverse oils, aromatic waters and essences can provide a wide range of benefits to your skin.
As long as they’re natural, non comedogenic moisturizers and lotions can help you get the skin you want. Do you have a lotion or moisturizer that you couldn’t live without? Or would you like to try a natural one for the first time? Looking forward to your comments 🙂