Are you still using store-bought body creams? Did you know that there are natural alternatives that are very easy to make and much more nourishing for your skin? This homemade recipe will give you an all-natural hand and body moisturizer.
This homemade body cream is moisturizing, light, fluffy, and extremely hydrating. Best of all, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. It’s ideal for protecting and repairing your skin during the winter and is light enough to apply during the summer. And yet, it only takes 10 to 15 minutes to whip up. You’ll see how easy it is.
Why Make Homemade Moisturizing Body Cream?
We often forget that our skin is the largest organ of our body and absorbs everything we put on it. If you use body lotions and creams with chemicals (fragrances, preservatives, colorants, etc.), keep in mind that your skin also absorbs these chemicals.
However, a homemade moisturizer for the body and hands, made with natural products such as pure oils and butters, along with essential oils, is ideal.
This homemade cream recipe has ingredients that are easy to find, very moisturizing, and high in nutrients:
- Vegetable oils and butter are rich in vitamins and have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties. Very rich in essential fatty acids, they provide the skin with elasticity, have anti-wrinkle properties, and prevent premature aging, among other benefits.
- Aloe vera gel is soothing, refreshing, and anti-inflammatory.
- Vitamin E is the most powerful antioxidant and a natural preservative.
- Essential oils give it a very pleasant fragrance. In addition, it can help make your cream treat different skin problems, such as:
- Try rose or geranium oil if you have dry or aging skin.
- Need energy and freshness? Try lavender oil, lemon oil, or grapefruit oil.
- If you have problems such as psoriasis or eczema, frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, chamomile, rose or jasmine essential oil can help you.
- Want to avoid stretch marks? Lavender, neroli, rose, or geranium oil as excellent choices.
Homemade Moisturizing Body Cream
You will need
- 1 cup of aloe vera gel (buy here)
- ½ cup of beeswax pearls (purchase here)
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (buy here), sweet almond oil (buy here), jojoba oil (buy here), or any other liquid vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon of pure vitamin E oil (buy here) (optional)
- 1 tablespoon shea butter (buy here) or cocoa butter (buy here)
- 15 drops of essential oil of your choice, suitable for your skin
- In a bowl, mix the aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, and essential oil. Reserve for later. Keep at room temperature.
- Combine the beeswax, olive oil (or liquid oil of your choice), and shea or cocoa butter in a glass bowl in a double boiler. Stir occasionally until the beeswax is completely melted.
- Carefully remove the glass container from the pot of water. Pour the mixture of wax, oil, and butter into the glass of a hand blender, mini-blender, or regular blender.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. This will help ensure that the cream emulsifies properly.
- When it starts to harden around the edges, start beating the mixture at a low speed. Be sure to scrape the sides before you start. Very slowly and continuously add the mixture of aloe vera, vitamin E, and essential oils.
- Stop the mixer as many times as necessary to clean the sides with a spatula. Blend again until all ingredients are fully incorporated, and it has the desired consistency. This process will only take about 10-15 minutes.
- Don't leave your blender unattended, and be sure to continually push any separated liquid around to make sure it gets to the blades.
- Transfer the moisturizer to clean glass jars and store it in the refrigerator.
- Only use 100% pure and organic vegetable oils and butters.
- Essential oils should be of high quality. You can experiment with different blends of essential oils, but be careful with phototoxic essential oils if you are going to get sun on any area of your body where you have applied this body moisturizer.
- If you are allergic to any of the oils or butters listed above, simply substitute others for them. Just be sure to substitute a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid.
- Vitamin E oil acts as a natural preservative, which will give your cream a shelf life of 2-3 months.
- You can leave a small container in the bathroom and refill it with the moisturizer you keep in the refrigerator.
- Patience is key when mixing and waiting for this cream to emulsify. However, it is well worth it!
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