Everyone with sensitive skin knows how tricky it can be to manage. Indeed, this skin type tends to sting or prickle at even the slightest irritation (such as temperature changes or an unsuitable product). Luckily, you can make a cream that soothes and cares for sensitive skin.
Touch of Oats is gentle on fragile, irritation-prone skin. This non-greasy homemade cream can be used on the face or the body and leaves your skin soft and moisturized.
Truly comforting, Touch of Oats will quickly become your sensitive skin’s new best friend in all seasons. This recipe for a natural cream is indispensible to anyone with a delicate epidermis!
How to make a homemade cream for sensitive skin?
- 6 g (5.5%) ECOmulse emulsifier
- 5 g (4.5%) shea butter
- 8 g (7.3%) caprylis oil
- 8 g (7.3%) sweet almond oil
- 6 g (5.5%) zinc oxide
- 2 small stainless steel bowls
- Components to make a double boiler
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- A few spoons and ramekins
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 small Ziploc-style bag
- 1 thermometer
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 toothpaste tube (100 ml)
Good to know!
- Colloidal oatmeal is soothing: it softens and offers relief to dry, itchy skin.
- Zinc oxide provides skin protection.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the ingredients for the oil phase into the first small stainless steel bowl. Gently warm on a double boiler until the temperature of the mixture reaches 70-80°C. Use a silicone spatula to crush any lumps of zinc oxide, then use the mini-mixer to dissolve.
- In the second small stainless steel bowl, weigh the water and gently warm on the double boiler until it reaches a temperature of 70-80°C. As the water begins to heat, add the oatmeal and let soak for a few minutes before adding the glycerin. Incorporate with the mini-spatula, then mix with the mini-mixer to break up any remaining clumps of oatmeal. Your aqueous phase is now ready.
- When the aqueous phase is homogeneous and the temperature of both phases is 70-80°C, combine the phases and mix for a few minutes with the mini-mixer (using the frothing attachment/small wheel). Next, place the bowl in a cold-water bath to speed up the emulsifying process and continue to mix, frequently scraping the walls of the bowl with the silicone spatula.
- In the meantime, premix the ingredients for the cooling phase (elderberry extract and vitamin E) in a ramekin.
- When the emulsion is smooth and has cooled to a temperature of 45°C or less, add the cooling phase ingredients. Mix the cream well.
- Pour the cream into a Ziploc-style bag.
- Remove the cap from the toothpaste tube.
- Cut off a corner of the bag (the hole should be smaller than the opening of the tube!).
- Apply pressure to the tube to push out the air, then squeeze the bag while releasing pressure on the tube. Repeat this step until the tube is full. Replace cap.
Use and conservation
This DIY cream for sensitive skin is formulated for both face and body use.
Made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least 3 months.