Beauty buff shares how to make your own moisturizing cleanser with aqueous cream and olive oil

The two-ingredient moisturizing cleanser Aussie women are whipping up at home – and one item is likely in your kitchen pantry right now

  • Beauty buffs are making their own moisturizing cleanser with two ingredients
  • In a Facebook post a woman said she mixes $6.99 aqueous cream with olive oil
  • The mixture works as a face cleanser and leaves the skin feeling moisturized

Australian beauty buffs are whipping up their own moisturizing cleanser at home with just two ingredients that won’t break the bank.

In a post to a popular Facebook group a skincare aficionado shared her handy hack for making her own cleanser using a $6.99 aqueous cream mixed with a few drops of olive oil.

‘At the risk of putting beauty brands out of business I have just discovered a way to have 500g of cream cleanser for easily under $10,’ the post read.

An Australian skincare aficionado shared her handy hack of making her own moisturizing cleanser using a $6.99 aqueous cream mixed with a few drops of olive oil in a post to Facebook

An Australian skincare aficionado shared her handy hack of making her own moisturizing cleanser using a $6.99 aqueous cream mixed with a few drops of olive oil in a post to Facebook

The beauty lover said she got the idea after a friend said using the cream that her pharmacist adds olive oil to has been ‘life changing’.

‘I had lunch with my girlfriend yesterday and her skin was glowing. I actually asked if she’d had some work done. The answer was no. But she said I have two words for you…. aqueous cream,’ she wrote.

The woman goes on to say her friend’s dermatologist put her onto aqueous cream, also known as sorbolene, to use as a cleanser and moisturizer and that the product has worked wonders for her rosacea.

The beauty lover said she got the idea after a friend said using the cream that her pharmacist adds olive oil to has been 'life changing'

The beauty lover said she got the idea after a friend said using the cream that her pharmacist adds olive oil to has been ‘life changing’

In a bowl, the woman mixed 120 grams of aqueous cream, which is commonly used as a soap substitute for people with sensitive skin, together with 12 milliliters of olive oil

In a bowl, the woman mixed 120 grams of aqueous cream, which is commonly used as a soap substitute for people with sensitive skin, together with 12 milliliters of olive oil

‘Her pharmacy adds 10 per cent olive oil to the cream and she says it’s been a life changing experience,’ she said.

In a bowl, the woman mixed 120 grams of aqueous cream, which is commonly used as a soap substitute for people with sensitive skin, together with 12 milliliters of olive oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil.

‘Washed my face last night and this morning with it. I used it in conjunction with a Face Halo and warm water. Take all my makeup off. Left my face feeling soft and not tight. No greasy residue but moisturised,’ she later reported.

What is aqueous cream?

Aqueous cream is a non-greasy emollient or moisturiser, used to relieve dry skin conditions such as eczema.

When used as a soap substitute or wash product, it works by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin, which traps water beneath it and prevents water evaporating from the skin surface. In this way, it helps to retain moisture on the skin and reduce dryness.

Aqueous cream is recommended as a soap substitute, to be used instead of soap. Soaps (including shower gels and bubble baths) can irritate and dry out the skin. This can make eczema worse. Although aqueous cream does not lather or foam like regular soap, it cleanses the skin well. It can be used before or during bathing, showering or washing.

If your aqueous cream contains sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), it must be washed off, and not left on the skin for prolonged periods.

If your aqueous cream does not contain SLS, it does not need to be washed off and can be left on the skin.

Source: Health Navigator

The post attracted dozens of impressed responses from fellow group members with many saying the hack has improved their complexion and eased skin damage.

‘My dermatologist recommended aqueous cream as well. I used it for years as both cleanser and moisturiser. It was great, but I needed something richer for my dry skin – the 10 per cent olive oil is a great tip,’ one woman wrote.

‘Years ago I gave myself a chemical burn from chest to bikini area – saw many doctors for relief until one suggested a mix of bio oil and aqueous cream to rehydrate the skin as it heals. It is a miracle cream worth its weight in gold,’ said another.

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