10 DIY Night Creams For Beautiful Skin

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

Medically Reviewed by Dr Jovana Majstorovic, MD
By Shaheen Naser

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

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 comedogenic.

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.

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 phytochemicals 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.

4. Green Tea Detoxifying Cream

Green tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent photoaging (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 activity (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.

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.

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 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 ingredients that you can choose from to make your night cream. 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.

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Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology,... more

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Jovana Majstorović is a board-certified dermatologist and founder and owner of Derma Style in Belgrade, Serbia. She is also a... more

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