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There are plenty of reasons to try making your own natural moisturizing spray. For starters, you can skip the heavy feeling of jar creams and the mile-long ingredient list that many store products have. Going DIY with one of these sprays is easier on your wallet and you can use it almost anywhere. Whether your skin is feeling dry at the office or during a workout, there's no need for messy application. Just spritz and glow!
Before you Blend
To give your spray a longer shelf life and keep it bacteria-free, use distilled or mineral water which contain no natural impurities from the ground. You can find these in the bottled water section at any grocery store. You'll also need a dark glass spray bottle to protect the essential oils from UV rays which will ruin their effectiveness. There's no specific expiration date for any of these ingredients, but you'll smell a difference when it's time to toss.
Lavender and Almond Oil
For dry skin, mix one cup of distilled water with a teaspoon of almond oil and 10 drops of lavender oil. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, lavender gets rid of flaky skin so well that they've used it on eczema patients. It also has a relaxing effect -- who doesn't want smooth skin and stress control? The almond oil works to soften and bring back skin's natural moisture. You'll go nuts for this skin saver when you see the results.
Rose Water and Chamomile
Mix 1/2 cup each of distilled water and rose water with 15 drops of chamomile for the ultimate sensitive skin soother. Michele VanLandingham of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care said in "Marie Claire" magazine that rose water works incredibly for calming inflammation as it moisturizes. Chamomile refreshes and tones your skin, making this the perfect post-cleansing spritz. As a bonus treatment for under-eye bags, keep your spray in the fridge: The cool chamomile will perk up your skin and make you look rested.
Tea Tree and Sandalwood
Acne sufferers should opt for a balanced spray that's half moisturizing, half bacteria-beating. Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 5 drops each of tea tree oil and sandalwood. Recommended by the beauty editors at "Cosmopolitan," tea tree has been proven to reduce breakouts just as well as acne creams like benzoyl peroxide, but without the drying effect. Sandalwood is a calming moisturizer with a sweet, woody scent that also disinfects your skin. Think of it as tough love for your face.