SKIN CARE

DIY Homemade Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Skin Moisturizer

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

Steps

  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.

Recipe #2: Homemade Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Moisturizer

Things you will need:

  • Fresh aloe vera gel
  • Extra-virgin coconut oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Measuring spoons
  • A blender
  • A glass container to store it in

Steps

  1. Put about 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel into a blender.
  2. Melt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a microwave or double-boiler, then add it to the blender.
  3. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
  4. Blend the mixture for a couple of minutes.
  5. Optionally, stir in a few drops of peppermint essential oil or any other essential oil of your choice.

Like the whipped coconut oil moisturizer, you can store this recipe in the refrigerator for several weeks and use it in the same way.

This homemade skin moisturizer also works well as a lip moisturizer. You can even use it as a homemade shaving lotion to help soften the hair and prevent razor burn. Just apply a thin layer of it on your skin and let it sit for 1 or 2 minutes before shaving.

Tips

  • Make sure you rinse the aloe vera leaf thoroughly before extracting the gel. You can find the steps to extract the gel in this post.
  • You can also add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in your whipped coconut oil lotion. While whisking the coconut oil in this recipe, make sure it is not too runny.

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