10 DIY Night Creams For Beautiful Skin

Let these simple recipes work their magic while you sleep to give you radiant skin!

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It isn’t easy to locate a single night cream that provides your skin with complete nourishment. While some creams focus on skin whitening, others focus on reducing age signs, and some others brighten dark circles. That is why many women choose to make DIY night creams for beautiful skin. Surprisingly, the ingredients used to make night creams are not uncommon or unusual. Aloe vera, vitamin E, glycerine, squalene, and a few other typical ingredients are needed for the process.

You can use very simple and completely natural ingredients to make night creams at home. We’ve compiled a list of several DIY creams that you can easily make at home in this post. These may be preserved for a long time and are cost-effective and chemical-free. So, jump right in to find your favorite!

10 DIY Night Creams For Beautiful Skin

Incorporating a DIY night cream into your self-care and beauty routine can act as a rejuvenating remedy for tired and dull skin.

1. Moisturizing Olive Oil Night Cream

DIY olive oil night cream
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Olive oil is the main ingredient of this homemade cream. It helps to lock in the moisture of the skin (1). Another active ingredient is coconut oil, which hydrates and moisturizes the skin (2).

Note: This cream should be used with caution in individuals with acne-prone skin as coconut oil and olive oil are comedogenici  XAn ingredient that blocks the pores, resulting in acne, blackheads and blemishes even though it may have high nourishing properties. .

You Will Need
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax in a saucepan on low heat until the mixture melts.
  2. Allow the cream to cool down and store it in a container in the fridge. You can use this for 1 month.

Elise, a blogger, described her experience of using her DIY night cream made of coconut oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, aloe vera gel, rose water, and vitamin E to moisturize her skin. She said, “I’ve really been enjoying this for my face AND my Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. I DO however recommend using this as a night cream, as your body heat will melt it to an oil, and you’ll be a bit shiny for a hot minute (i).”

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You can use other carrier oils, such as rosehip seed oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, opt for argan oil, as it absorbs into the skin quickly.

2. Glycerine Cream

Glycerine (or glycerol) hydrates the skin and improves skin barrier function (3). Coconut oil can improve skin health with its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (4). Rosewater and almond oil refresh and smoothen and rejuvenate the skin, respectively (5), (6). 

Note: Almond oil and coconut oil can have a comedogenic effect, and so this recipe should be used with caution on acne-prone skin.

You Will Need
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a double boiler and add almond and coconut oil to it. Heat the mixture so that all the ingredients are blended.
  2. Remove the boiler from heat and add rose water and glycerine to the mixture.
  3. Allow the cream to cool down.
  4. Store it in a container and use it daily before going to bed.

3. Cocoa Butter Wrinkle Cream

DIY cocoa butter night cream
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Cocoa butter is rich in phytochemicalsi  XCompounds found in plants with antioxidant properties that help reduce oxidative damage and decrease the risk of diseases. that moisturize and protect your skin, strengthen the skin barrier, and prevent premature aging (7).

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add all the ingredients in a boiler and heat.
  2. Heat until the ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
  4. Store the cream in a container. Apply this to your face and neck.

 Note: Avoid this remedy if you have oily skin.

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You can also use butter made from shea nuts, mango, or avocado. After using wrinkle cream, wash your face and spritz some rosewater or cucumber water. It refreshes and hydrates the skin without leaving it greasy.

4. Green Tea Detoxifying Cream

Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent photoagingi  XThe condition in which prolonged sun exposure to UVA and UVB rays cause skin damage leading to premature aging and skin cancers. (8). Aloe vera can hydrate the skin and has anti-aging effects (9).

Note: Aloe vera may cause allergic reactions in individuals with sensitive skin or allergy-prone skin and hence, should be used with caution.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon green tea extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix beeswax and almond oil in a double boiler and boil the mixture.
  2. Heat until it melts completely.
  3. Remove the mixture from the flame and add aloe vera and mix.
  4. Add green tea extract, essential oil, and rose water.
  5. Apply it on your skin and store it in a container.

5. Anti-Acne Aloe Vera Night Cream

Aloe vera cream
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Aloe vera can help treat acne and blemishes. It also has anti-aging and moisturizing effects. The amino acids in aloe vera soften hardened skin cells and improve skin texture (9). Lavender oil improves collagen synthesis, while primrose oil improves skin hydration, elasticity, firmness, and smoothness (10), (11).

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera extract
  • 1 teaspoon lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon primrose oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract fresh aloe vera gel from the plant and mix it with lavender oil.
  2. Add a teaspoon of primrose oil and blend.
  3. Apply it to your skin.
  4. Store the cream in a container and apply it daily.

6. Refreshing Milk Cream

Milk cream cleanses, moisturizes, and nourishes your skin. It contains lactic acid that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and makes your skin firm and smooth (12). Rosewater tones your skin while olive oil and glycerine moisturize it.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon milk cream
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon glycerine
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients and blend using a blender or whip with a spoon until you get a smooth, lump-free paste.
  2. Store the cream in a container and apply it to a freshly cleansed face and neck.

7. Revitalizing Apple Night Cream

Apple and olive oil for DIY night cream
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Apples contain antioxidants like quercetin, catechin, etc. (13). These antioxidants can protect the skin from oxidative damage, thus helping prevent photoaging and skin disorders.

You Will Need
  • 2 apples
  • 4-5 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the apples into small pieces and blend them with olive oil in a blender.
  2. Blend the mixture until the paste becomes smooth.
  3. Pour the mixer in a boiler and heat on low flame.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat and add half a cup of rose water to it.
  5. Store it in a container once it cools down.
  6. You can use this cream for up to 6 days if refrigerated.

8. Skin Lightening Night Cream

Turmeric is rich in bioactive compounds that can inhibit tyrosinase activityi  XStepwise action where an enzyme accelerates the process to create melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes. (14). Studies have shown that facial masks containing yogurt can moisturize the skin and maintain its elasticity (15). Almonds contain fatty acids and antioxidants that can nourish your skin and offer anti-aging benefits (16). Sandalwood powder has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, and emollient properties that help lighten scars and blemishes and smoothen the skin (17). Saffron helps lighten the skin tone (18).

You Will Need
  • 7-8 almonds
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • 4-5 drops lemon juice
  • 3-4 saffron strands
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak almonds overnight. The next morning, peel them and grind them to make a smooth paste.
  2. Add yogurt, turmeric, lime juice, sandalwood powder, and saffron to this.
  3. Blend until it gets smooth.
  4. Store this cream in a container (it lasts for a week if refrigerated).

9. Avocado Anti-Aging Night Cream

Avocado night cream
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Avocado is rich in phytochemicals that can provide nourishment to dry and damaged skin (19). It also possesses wound-healing properties that can help relieve breakouts and blemishes.

You Will Need
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 egg/ 1/2 cup yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash avocado in a bowl to make a smooth paste.
  2. Add eggs (or yogurt) and the mashed avocado to a blender.
  3. Blend this into a smooth paste.
  4. Store it in a container and apply this night cream twice a week.

10. Almond Oil Night Cream For Dry Skin

Almond oil is rich in vitamin E. It can smoothen and rejuvenate skin and improve skin tone (6). Honey and cocoa butter impart smoothness and shine to the skin.

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Melt almond oil and cocoa butter in a boiler.
  2. Take the mixture off the flame and add rose water and honey to it.
  3. Blend this mixture and allow it to cool.
  4. You can store it in a refrigerator.

Incorporating night creams into your skin care routine can help improve your overall skin texture and health. But can you use them during the day? Find out in the next section.

Can You Use Night Creams During The Day?

No. Avoid using night creams during the day as they contain ingredients like retinoids that may leave your skin vulnerable and sensitive to the sun and increase the risk of sun damage. Plus, their thick consistency may leave your skin feeling heavy and greasy throughout the day.

You may instead use day creams that are formulated with SPF that shields the skin from the harmful UV rays. They also are lighter in texture and contain ingredients that offer hydration throughout the day. Choose products designed for daytime use to ensure your skin receives the appropriate protection and care.

Here are a few tips that will help you maintain beautiful skin and prevent premature aging.

Tips To Maintain Beautiful Skin

  1. Do not go to sleep with makeup on as it can clog the pores in your skin, leading to breakouts.
  2. Drink lots of water throughout the day as staying hydrated keeps the skin replenished and supple.
  3. Use a clean pillowcase to avoid impurities from clogging your skin pores.
  4. Do not pick at your skin if you have acne as this will increase the chances of it spreading.
  5. Exercising regularly keeps your skin refreshed and replenished, thus imparting a youthful look.
  6. Avoid eating junk food and follow a balanced diet to help nourish your skin and keep it healthy.

Infographic: Top 5 DIY Night Creams For Beautiful Skin

Finding a chemical-free night cream that provides your skin with all-round nourishment can be quite a task. The good news is that you can make one readily with some simple kitchen ingredients. Check out the infographic below for our top five DIY night creams for beautiful and radiant skin.

top 5 diy night creams for beautiful skin (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

You need to pick a night cream for your skin with careful consideration, as night creams play a vital role in restoring the health of the skin. However, commercially available products are often heavily priced and usually loaded with chemicals that may do more harm than good in the long run. DIY night creams for beautiful and glowing skin circumvent both these issues easily as they can be made using readily available, staple ingredients that are all-natural. Another advantage of DIY night creams is that you can customize them to suit your skin care needs perfectly. Aloe vera, milk, rosewater, green tea, cocoa butter, almond oil, avocado, and olive oil are some of the most popular organic ingredients that you can choose from to make your night cream. With a few simple tricks and nourishing ingredients, you can create an effective night cream that is customized to your unique skin needs. Just remember to conduct a patch test by applying the cream you make on your hand, and wait for at least 24 hours before applying it to your face to prevent the risk of adverse reactions to any ingredients. Also be mindful about storage as these creams do not contain preservatives, and hence have short shelf-lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make my face glow naturally?

You can use natural ingredients like aloe vera, olive oil, coconut oil, green tea, and cocoa butter as moisturizers to make your face glow naturally.

Is night cream really necessary?

Yes. The skin repairs itself at night during sleep and a good night cream can facilitate skin healing, reduce signs of aging, and provide deep conditioning.

What is the difference between a night cream and night moisturizer?

Night creams, with their heavier texture, are great for combination and dry skin types. They are meant for nighttime usage and help repair and regenerate the skin while you sleep. In contrast, night moisturizers can be used at any time and are thickly textured to provide deep hydration and keep dryness away.

Should you use night cream every night?

Yes, using a night cream every night is ideal for your skincare routine. Night creams help to nourish and hydrate your skin while you sleep, leaving your skin refreshed and regenerated in the morning.

Which is the best night cream or night serum?

Night creams are heavier, work best for combination and dry skin, and are best at night to help repair and regenerate your skin while you sleep. However, night serums are lighter and quickly absorb into the skin, with active ingredients targeting specific skin concerns like dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. Therefore, choosing between a night cream and serum depends on your skin type and individual needs.

Can I use serum and night cream together?

Yes, using both serum and night cream can give you extra hydration and benefits. But it is essential to pick the right products for your skin and use them regularly as part of your skincare routine.

How do I make a DIY night cream for oily skin?

A simple DIY night cream for oily skin can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Then, add the contents of one vitamin E capsule by poking a hole in it with a needle, squeezing out the oil, and mixing everything together. Finally, transfer the cream to a clean container and apply it to your face and neck at bedtime.

How do I make a DIY night cream for combination skin?

To nourish and rejuvenate your combination skin, add aloe vera gel to soothe and hydrate the skin. Then add jojoba oil as it is a lightweight oil and easily absorbed into the skin, and it helps balance oil production. Lastly, add vitamin E as it is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damage and premature aging.

How do I store my DIY night cream for maximum effectiveness?

Store homemade night creams in a clean, sealed container and keep it in a cool, dry spot, away from sunlight. This helps avoid heat, light, and air damage that can interfere with the ingredients and make the cream less effective.

Key Takeaways

  • Homemade natural night creams are less costly and free of chemicals.
  • Preserve these DIY creams in a cool and dry place, as they are not long-lasting..
  • You can use aloe vera, honey, coconut oil, and avocado as the main ingredients of the cream, as they have excellent skin-rejuvenating properties.
  • Apply night cream at bedtime after cleansing and toning.
10 Best Homemade Night Creams For Beautiful Skin

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