Why buy expensive, chemical-laden moisturizers when you can make your own homemade skin moisturizer using coconut oil and aloe vera gel? Both ingredients are excellent for your skin. They are also helpful for problems like eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut oil is super-moisturizing. It penetrates deep into the skin to keep it soft and supple. Packed with antioxidants, it also helps fight free radicals and slows skin aging. Plus, it has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help fight microbial infections.
Aloe vera gel is also soothing for your skin. It keeps your skin firm and hydrated. Being rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly the antioxidant vitamin E, it rejuvenates your skin and induces cell regeneration. It is also good for healing sunburned skin and fading skin spots.
We have 2 homemade skin moisturizer recipes for you:
Recipe #1: Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Lotion
Just whip solid coconut oil with aloe vera gel to use it as a moisturizing lotion. Compared to plain coconut oil, this lotion will feel lighter on your skin.
Things you will need:
- Fresh aloe vera gel
- Extra-virgin coconut oil
- Essential oils of your choice (optional)
- A mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- A blender
- An electric or hand whisker
- A glass container to store it in
1. Scoop out the gel from a small aloe vera leaf and blend it.
2. Put ½ cup of extra-virgin coconut oil in a bowl.
3. Add the blended aloe vera gel.
4. Whisk the mixture using an electric or hand whisker for 5 to 10 minutes until you get a fluffy, frosting-like consistency.
5. Optionally, add a few drops of essential oils like lavender and peppermint oils and whisk again.
Transfer your whipped coconut oil lotion into the glass container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for several weeks.
Use it all over your body as you would use any other moisturizing lotion. To increase its effectiveness, apply it after bathing when your skin is somewhat moist to help lock in the moisture. It also works well as a good makeup remover.