Aloe gel packs quite a punch. Name a skin condition–sunburns, eczema, insect bites, acne–and its probably on the long list of skin problems that aloe can help heal. Because aloe gel works wonders when it comes to alleviating itchiness, reducing swelling and redness, and promoting new cell growth, aloe gel has become an active ingredient in many medicinal lotions and creams. But let me give you a sneak peak at what else is in store-bought aloe products:
- alcohol and other chemical additives
- artificial fragrance
With synthetic ingredients galore, the aloe creams and lotions you find on store shelves can irritate the skin. Now what’s the use of that? Aloe is included in your cream to take care of your epidermis, for goodness sake! Loading aloe creams with additives that can give you more skin trouble is just, well, counterproductive! They don’t belong in the bottle! But don’t get too riled up. Want an easy tip for getting those artificial additives out of your skin-healing aloe cream? Try making your own all-natural aloe lotion right in your own kitchen. Skip the supermarket. You’ll control what goes into the bottle. You’ll control what it smells like. You’ll be able to make the aloe cream your skin deserves. Cheers!
Homemade All-Natural Aloe Lotion: It Can Be Done!
It’s the secret supermarkets don’t want you knowing about: you can make aloe lotion better (and cheaper) yourself! But how do you get your lotion the right consistency without all those chemical components? I introduce to you nature:
A combination of aloe gel, grated beeswax, shea butter (coca butter will also do!), coconut oil, almond or avocado oil, and essential oil(s) is the key to stirring up an all-natural batch of aloe lotion.
It’s All About the Essential Oils
Worrying that an all-natural aloe cream translates into a stinky one? That’s where essential oils come in. Essential oils are essentially (no pun intended) concentrated liquid versions of plants or herbs that harness a lot of fragrance. Adding even a small drop to your lotion will therefore mesmerize your nostrils! And the list of essential oils is a long one. From lavender to cinnamon, there is an essential oil for everyone’s preference. Trying cool combinations of essential oils in your lotion is another way to spice up your aloe lotion and make it unique. May I suggest giving a lemon and peppermint essential oil mixture a whirl? Rose, cedar, and basil essential oil sound intriguing too, don’t they?
Check out how adding essential oil to your aloe cream can also transform it into a mosquito repellant. Skin-healing cream by day, mosquito-fighter by night. Pretty cool, huh?
Step it Up: Go Organic!
All-natural is great, but organic is even better! Chanel your inner environmentalist, and get organic alternatives to the regular honey, oils, etc. you need to make your aloe lotion. A health food store should be able to make your dream of going organic come true!
Think you have no choice but to buy that aloe lotion in the store? Nonsense! An all-natural aloe lotion is in your future after reading the advice above!