No need for you to buy expensive moisturizers when you have the possibility to prepare your own products using only two ingredients: aloe vera gel and coconut oil. Both of them have an incredible effect on your skin, giving it a natural glow that comes with a marvelous softness. Also, they are the perfect remedies for treating skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema.
Coconut oil is well known for its moisturizing properties. Penetrating into the skin, it softens it and gives it a supple look. Apart from the antioxidants which are famous for fighting free radicals as well as slowing down the aging process, coconut oil has also antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which keep away any type of microbial infections.
Aloe vera gel has an incredibly soothing effect for the skin. It also hydrates it and makes it look firmer. With a large amount of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E, aloe vera gel helps your skin cells regenerate faster. This is useful in case of skin spots or sunburns.
So, how can you prepare this natural remedy? Here are the two recipes for a perfect skin.
1. Whipped Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut Oil
- Aloe vera gel (make sure it’s fresh)
- Essential oils (optional)
- Coconut oil (extra-virgin)
The first step is to extract the gel from the aloe vera leaf. Then, you can blend it. Put half a cup of coconut oil into a bowl and then pour the fresh aloe vera juice on top of it. Whisk the whole mixture for about 5-10 minutes and make sure it reaches a more solid texture. You can also mix a couple of drops of essential oils (peppermint or lavender would be great options, and then start whisking again. Put the whole mixture into a glass container, and then put it in your fridge. This homemade lotion can last for weeks to come. You can use it to moisturize your entire body, but it’s recommended to use it after you take a bath or a shower, because your skin will absorb it faster. It also makes a great makeup remover.
2. Aloe vera and coconut oil moisturizer
- Aloe vera gel (fresh)
- Vitamin E oil
- Coconut oil (extra-virgin)
- Essential oils (peppermint, for example)
Blend almost 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Then you have to melt some coconut oil (2 teaspoons) – you can use a double boiler or a microwave for that – and put them into the blender. You must also put some vitamin E oil (half a teaspoon) and start blending the entire mixture. Pour a few drops of essential oil. Just like the previous recipe, this mixture has to be kept in the fridge too, and it will certainly last for weeks.
The mix can be used as a lip balm or even as a shaving lotion. It can prevent any possible razor burns and softens the hair. All you have to do is apply it on your skin in a very thin layer and allow it to work its magic for a couple of minutes. Afterwards, you can shave that area.
- Before getting the gel out, make sure the aloe vera leaf is cleaned thoroughly.
- The first recipe can be improved with some olive oil (1 tablespoon). If you do this, pay attention to the coconut oil while mixing, so it doesn’t get too thin.