Easy Argan and Rosehip Oil Moisturizer

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!

When it comes to the skin, oil breeds more oil, right?! At least that’s what I was taught for years. And because of this teaching, which I initially learned about in some teenage beauty magazine, I spent my teenage and early adulthood years purchasing facial products to rid my skin of the dreaded o word: oil. To be honest, the expensive products I used almost seemed to create more oil on my face, which resulted in acne flare-ups, frustration, and scars. It was a vicious cycle.

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!

A few years after changing our eating habits, I began to question the products my family used (read my full story). The first product that came into question was my makeup. Why I went with makeup I don’t know, but for some reason makeup was my first priority when it came to sourcing better products. I made the switch to homemade foundation powder, and I couldn’t believe just how easy it was to make something for my body at home, in my own kitchen.

Soon, I moved on to laundry products (I know, it was a crazy random progression with no rhyme or reason) and started making laundry soap, or sourcing more natural laundry soap from the store (during the busy seasons of life). The discovery that homemade (or more natural store-bought products) actually worked was astonishing to this former Tide-Lovin, Clinique-wearing gal. I think that’s the danger of our present processed-everything society: we’ve ventured away from even knowing how to care for ourselves. Just knowing we can make something (like bread, foundation powder, or soap) is incredibly empowering, and allows us to be more informed consumers when we purchase store-bought products.

Back to skincare and the dreaded o word: oil

As I began to research and make products for my home and body, I discovered something fascinating about skincare and oils. Many of our ancestors used oil to moisturize their skin. As it turns out, oil isn’t such a bad word. In fact, the right oil (or oils) can be pretty amazing when it comes to nourishing the skin! Even major news sources and celebrities have started sharing the long-standing practice of using oil as a moisturizer. According to an article via The Huffington Post, Hillary Preston shares, “When oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve the lipid barrier function.”

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!

A few months ago, I decided to make the switch from using my homemade lotion (I still use it on my body–I was just exploring other moisturizing options for my face) to a simple three ingredient moisturizing oil combo. I’ll admit, the idea of applying 100% oil to my face was slightly terrifying. Plus, I live in an extremely hot and humid state: Florida! I had visions of frying eggs on my face…seriously! But, I took the chance and started using an oil moisturizer. After just a couple of days, I was hooked! The oils easily absorbed into my skin, and my skin felt moisturized and looked great. I mentioned in my fall skincare routine post that I was using an oil moisturizer, and many of you asked about my recipe, so let’s take a look at what I’m using…

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!Argan Oil: Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree in Morocco. Argan oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamin E and A, and antioxidants. These “secret weapons” make the oil a moisturizing skincare option. Here’s an excellent article from the Alternative Medicine Review about argan oil. Alternatives to argan oil, include: jojoba, grapeseed, apricot, and sweet almond oil.

Rosehip Oil: Rosehip oil is extracted from the South African rosebush seeds. I added this oil to the argan to help reduce my scars and blotchy skin (from sun damage and my second pregnancy). Rosehip oil is rich in fatty acids, linoleic acid, and Vitamin C and A. Rosehip oil is also very light, so it won’t leave behind a thick, greasy layer when applied to the skin. This article from the Huffington Post provides insight into the benefits of this ancient oil. For some people roseship oil can cause breakouts (especially if you’re already dealing with acne), so it’s important to know your skin before using this oil choice. I’ve also used tamanu oil as a replacement for the rosehip oil with good success. You can learn more about other oil options, here.

Essential Oils: In addition to the two moisturizing oils, I add a few drops of essential oil. At the moment, I’m using frankincense essential oil in my oil moisturizer. According to Plant Therapy, “Frankincense (Carteri) has the ability to rejuvenate the look of mature skin and can be used in serums or creams for the face.” I’ve listed a few other essential oils in the recipe (below) that I’ve played around with over the past few months.

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!

Easy Argan and Rosehip Oil Moisturizer
Serves: about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 TB argan oil (where to buy or where to buy--I've used both brands depending on current prices.)--see other options in the "notes" below.
  • 2 tsp rosehip oil (where to buy or where to buy--I've used both brands depending on current prices.)----see other options in the "notes" below.
  • 10 drops skin-friendly essential oil, such as: frankincense, lavender, bergamot, or carrot seed.
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a small storage jar (a bottle with a dropper works well for application). Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients. These are the oils and ratios that I prefer for my skin. Before using any oil(s), I recommend checking out the article in the notes for more information about the various oils that can be used for your skin type.
To Use: First, wash your face, then use a toner (if you use a toner). Once your skin is clean and damp, apply a very small amount of moisturizer to your fingers. Massage the oil on your face. I use this moisturizer at night before bed and in the morning after a shower. From my experience, makeup can be applied shortly after using an oil moisturizer, if desired. I store my oil moisturizer at room temperature. Read more about my skincare routine (including this moisturizer).
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love. As with any product, what works for me may be different than what works for you. This oil moisturizer isn't a "one size fits all" product, so it's important to research the oil(s) that are right for your skin before using an oil moisturizer. This post from Crunchy Betty explains how to make a three-ingredient moisturizer for different skin types.
This recipe makes a very small amount of moisturizer since a little bit goes a long way. If your skin tolerates coconut oil, you may want to check out this easy moisturizer recipe. Also, here’s another version of a moisturizing oil combo I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Vitamin C Note: I currently use my Vitamin C Serum (shared last week) at night in between the toner and this moisturizer.

An easy two ingredient moisturizer made with nourishing oils. Plus, options for finding a moisturizer that works for your skin!

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  • It takes a lot to switch to using 100% oil on your face, right? When i went from lotion to considering an oil I was freaking out – “Won’t it make me break out?”, “Won’t my skin feel oily all day?”, but after switching you just never look back.
    For example, I take my makeup (if I’m wearing any that day) off with jojoba oil on an organic cotton bad at night, leaving on the residue of jojoba that remains and then top up with pure rosehip oil or a kiwi seed oil from Antipodes. In the morning I splash with water and apply more jojoba for a deep moistuising effect all day. It’s done wonders for my skin and really locks in moisture!
    I think that’s why this homemade argan and rosehip oil moisturiser really appeals to me. I’ve been enjoying more of a homemade life the past few years – home remedies, beauty and cleaning products – and can’t wait to make up this facial moisturising oil next 🙂

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Ally, Yea, it takes a lot of courage to switch to oil. It’s been such a dreaded skincare product (almost like butter in a healthy diet). I love your skincare routine–it sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy the moisturizer!

  • Bethany says:

    I have been using a half and half Argan and Rosehip oils solution to moisturize, I loved using plain Argan oil, but that much Rosehill oil has seemed to cause breakouts for me. I’m excited to try out your ratio and see if that works better for me.
    I have heard Geranium Essential Oil is great for skin too, have you ever tried it? I was planning to buy some soon. Thanks.

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Bethany, I think the reduction of the rosehip oil should help. Another option is tamanu oil instead of the rosehip oil (I’ve played around with that oil, too). For some people, rosehip isn’t a good choice, so finding an oil that works for your skin is important. Geranium is excellent, from what I’ve read, for the skin! I haven’t tried it yet, but I know a few bloggers who use it for skincare.

  • Ariana says:

    I’ve been looking for a new moisturizer and this sounds pretty awesome! Have you tried using it elsewhere other than on your face, like on feet or arms?

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Ariana, I’ve tried using oil on the rest of my body, but personally I haven’t enjoyed the experience. For now, I’m sticking with the oil on my face alone. I know some people love grapeseed oil as a body moisturizer, so that may be a good option if you’re looking for a full body oil moisturizer.

  • Heather says:

    Hi Kristin! Thanks so much for all your helpful tips and recipes. Your blog is one of the best ones I’ve found! I have a few questions about this recipe. I made it earlier this week but found that my skin actually feels a little drier than usual. Is this normal? Also, when I used the rosehip oil, my skin looks a little orange. I used jojoba oil instead of argan– any insight? Thanks!

    • Kristin Marr says:

      Hey Heather, Maybe that’s why my face seems to have such a nice tan these days ;)…just kidding. Hmmm, I’m not sure about the orange tint.

      From my experience, I haven’t noticed the rosehip oil changing the color of my skin. The dryness is probably due to the fact that you may need a different oil combo for your skin, or maybe just different ratios. Jojoba oil is usually decent for dry skin, so maybe reduce the rosehip oil amount (or increase the joboba amount in your current bottle to dilute the rosehip more). I had to experiment with a few different oils and ratios before I found what felt good and worked best on my skin.

      PS: I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog :). Thank you so much for the sweet compliment.

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