Make your very own easy moisturizing lotion with simple ingredients. It’s frugal, green and you can make the perfect blend tailor made for your skin. It’s Amazing if you have eczema or psoriasis, and yes, it can even help you get rid of those terrible spots!
So it was time for me and my skin to have ‘the talk’. We eventually came to a compromise. Now I use a lovely blend of oils to treat my skin every night. As much as I love the luxurious ritual of massaging my face in the evening, it does take a while for my skin to ‘absorb’. That’s why I decided it was time for a DIY moisturizer!
What you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp. Shea butter
- 1 tbsp. oil – I used 1 tsp. castor oil, 1 tsp. grape seed oil and 1 tsp. rose hip oil
- 3 tbsp. aloe Vera gel
- 10 drops of essential oil (optional) – I used rose geranium, tea tree and chamomile oil
- 1 tsp. vitamin E oil (optional)
1. Melt your Shea butter
Melt 1 tablespoon of Shea butter in a double boiler, in a metal spoon over a candle, or why not, in a heat proof container in the microwave.
Shea butter is non-comedogenic, an expensive word to say that it doesn’t clog pores. That makes it amazing for acne prone and oily skin. At the same time it gives your skin the amazing moisture it needs.
2. Add your oil(s)
Add about 1 tablespoon of good quality oil. Use 1 tablespoon of your favorite, or mix it up. The best thing about this DIY is that you can choose the best oils for your skin to make the perfect moisturizer tailored for your skin. Always use cold pressed if you can.
For oily skin: grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, castor oil (use in combination with other oils), sunflower oil or tamanu oil
For combination skin: rosehip oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil or apricot kernel oil
For dry skin: avocado oil, olive oil, argan oil, almond oil or hazelnut oil
3. Aloe Vera gel time!
Let the Shea butter and Oil mixture sit a bit. Wait until the butter starts to solidify. Now slowly add the aloe vera gel, while you mix it. Let the concoction cool down completely until it start to look like a lotion.
It’s possible that the gel and butter mixture doesn’t give a perfectly smooth consistency, but you don’t notice any of that when you put it in a pump up dispenser bottle. The ‘pump’ mixes it all together one last time. I recommend using a small (clean, obvi) soap dispenser or something of that sorts.
4. Add your essential oils
This is the time you add your vitamin E oil, for extra preservation and its skin loving properties. And last but not least, the essential oils you add make this lotion complete. Add about 10 drops of your favorite(s).
Scoop it all into your pump up bottle and you are ready for a new and improved night time routine!