Best Aloe Vera Lotions For The Skin
We have covered a few different topics on making your own Aloe Vera beauty products or alternative medicines; but one of our favourite past times has to be creating our own Aloe Vera lotions, soap or even hand sanitizer. It’s fun and they can offer a bunch of benefits.
Since Aloe is such a versatile natural ingredient, you can have a great deal of fun combining different scents, oils and other nourishing ingredients without ‘getting it wrong’. There is no wrong answer really, it all depends on what you prefer and what you want to achieve from your beauty regimen.
Example of Aloe Vera Lotion Being Made
Here are a few of your questions answered about making your own Aloe Vera Lotions.
Why Make Your Own Aloe Vera Lotion?
A lotion is basically a thick but smooth liquid that can safely be applied to your skin or hair for healing or cosmetic benefits. A traditional recipe for Aloe lotions would include an emulsifier, water, natural oils and preservatives. These can all be natural ingredients of course!
The Benefits of making your own Aloe Vera lotions are plentyful. You get to decide exactly what the ingredients are going to be. They can be all organic and free from pesticides and harmful chemicals and preservative fillers that can be found in some store bought products. They can have your favorite scents and made exactly how you prefer.
Is Aloe Vera Lotion A Medicine?
It is not something that you would use to treat open wounds, but would be applied to unbroken skin. For normal, greasy or dry skin Aloe lotions can work wonders.
Buying aloe lotions does offer a lot of advantages but they can be quite expensive. Sometimes they do not use true Aloe Barbadensis, which is the only one we would recommend as it contains all the wanted nutrients- polysaccharides etc.
When you make your own from scratch you will know exactly what goes into the concoction, how fresh it is AND you can keep it fresh from the get go. See them as an alternative medicine and not as a remedy for treating any skin conditions you may have- aloe lotions are more of a supplement.
What Are The Main Ingredients For Making Your Own Aloe Vera Lotions?
- Natural Essential Oils / Butters
- Distilled water or Aloe Juice / Gel
- Emulsifier / Wax
Is It Safe To Add Preservatives To My Aloe Lotion?
Absolutely! People often confuse the word preservative with an understanding that it must be something artificial. Preservatives can be as natural as the water you drink or the air you breathe.
It is possible to make Aloe lotions without any preserving agents but the lotion blend will not last long. After a few weeks, you may start to see mould and bacteria appearing- so that choice you made to be healthy and avoid preservatives can actually do the opposite and pose health risks.
For those that still don’t wish to use preservatives- we recommend that you don’t add any distilled water to your lotion blends.
Won’t Oils And Butters Make My Lotion Greasy To My Skin?
This is quite common but usually will oily lotions seep in to your skin rather quickly and efficiently.
What To Use For Oily Skin?
If you suffer from oily skin and don’t want to add oils and make it worse- there a few things you can add to your Aloe lotion. Everything homemade is an acquired taste so have no worry if you want to change things to suit your tastes.
If you use tapioca powder then you can reduce the greasiness of your aloe blend, allowing for a much smoother texture. Just try adding a sprinkle and don’t add too much at once. Adding more aloe gel can resolve the sticky feeling too as it will decrease the concentration of oils or butters used.
What Is An Emulsifier?
This is the part that binds all your other ingredients together and stops things separating. Notice how oil and water don’t usually mix together? Well that is what your emulsifier will take care of.
If you don’t use an emulsifier your lotion will not work, so we have added one to each of our recipe recommendations. Xantham gum and beeswax are two popular choices for helping bind your lotions but you need to use just the right amount so it allows the blend to seep into your skin.
Aloe Vera Lotion Recipes
Now you are fully aware on how to make your own Aloe Vera lotions, here is a list of a few of our favourite Aloe Vera lotion recipes. We really hope you try each at least once so you can fully experience the therapeutic benefits of each one.
1, Aloe Gel And Almond Oil Lotion
You will need:
- ½ cup of almond oil
- 1 oz of shredded beeswax
- 1 cup of fresh Aloe gel
- 10 drops of essential oil- we recommend lavender for this one
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil (optional)
- Melt your almond oil and beeswax in a warm pan, then add your fresh aloe gel, essential oils and Vitamin E into a separate bowl.
- Allow your almond oil and beeswax to cool after gently melting. Blend the oils in a blender at a low speed and pour the aloe mixture in slowly, checking the consistency as you add it. Does it look too runny? Is it smooth enough? Pay attention to this part to be successful.
- This can also be done with a mixing bowl and conventional electric hand whisk. To store it, place the lotion in clean jars and allow to cool then keep them refrigerated, they should last for up to 6 weeks, giving you plenty of time to see if it really works for you.
2, Aloe Gel And Peppermint Leaf Lotion
You will need:
- Half a cup of dried, fresh peppermint leaves
- 4 drops of essential oil diluted in a carrier oil- we like to use lime for this one
- ½ cup of beeswax
- ¼ cup of Aloe gel
This one ends up lusciously creamy and the peppermint can be revitalising, but the best way to test is to try it for yourself. It is more suited to sensitive skin if you are concerned with using other blends.
- Melt 3 tbs of beeswax and lime oil gently in a bowl- a microwave or double boiler (bowl over a pan of water etc) will work.
- Make sure the solution is clear when melted and that no beeswax remains separate. Allow it to cool and set.
- Combine your peppermint leaves and Aloe gel and mix them in a cup.
- First add your beeswax and oil into a blender, then slowly add the aloe and peppermint leaves into the blender and mix the ingredients slowly.
- Don’t add all the aloe gel at once- do it bit by bit to ensure you have the right consistency, remembering that you can add but you can’t take away.
- When you have the right level of thickness that you desire, store in jars and keep refrigerated so it lasts longer.
- Apply to your skin daily and see if it works for you.
3, Aloe Vera And Coconut Oil Lotion
This one is nice and simple!!
You will need:
- ¼ cup of fresh Aloe gel
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 4 drops of Vitamin E oil
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- Whisk up the aloe gel with your coconut oil in a bowl until you reach desired thickness.
- Add in your vitamin E and lavender essential oil.
- Whisk again and store in jars or containers that can sealed tightly.
- Apply daily and enjoy.
Using Aloe Lotions For Hands, Body And Face
The remarkable thing about Aloe lotions is that they are safe to use on all skin types and on every part of the body. Always test with a small amount first to be safe.
If you want to make creamier lotions then adding shea butter is a great option, but use an excellent quality source or your lotion may not set properly!
Almond or grape seed oil are ideal for people who want to totally avoid an oily, sticky or greasy feeling of the lotion on their skin. All of the homemade lotions we use will help to protect your skin in the summer and winter months.
The fact that we use recipes that are simple and pure means you have no need to add chemicals to your skin. Working out which one is the best for you is a great part of the fun, knowing you can practise them safely.
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