Homemade lotions and creams are inexpensive beauty products that may not be very popular and preferred in the modern hectic lifestyle, but its potentially a very good substitute to the chemicals packed in the store bought lotions, they are harmless and works equally great as any other homemade lotion will do.
Aloe vera gel is quite versatile when it comes to it therapeutic and medicinal uses, it has been used in many Ayurvedic treatments and is very easily available. You can grow it in your garden and use it for first aid as its gel comes out handy in conditions like cuts, wounds, bruises, burns etc.
Its Sanskrit names is Ghritkumari and it is used medicinally in many different ways since ancient times. Aloe vera is a type of cactus which is grown widely in india and Africa.
Apart from its medicinal uses Aloe Vera is a very popular ingredients used in making various skin care products. it is known to treat sunburn, Acne, fights aging and it is a wonderful moisturizer.
I can go on describing the uses and benefits of this “Plant of Immortality” as named by the ancient Egyptians, but for now I will focus on today’s DIY skin care product which is Aloe Vera Gel Hand Lotion.
Aloe Vera Gel Hand Lotion Recipe
What You Will Need
Beeswax : 1.5 tbs
Sweet Almond Oil: ½ cup
Aloe Vera Gel : 1 cup
Essential Oil of choice : 10 drops (I use Lavender Oil)
For adding Enrichment to the lotion: use I capsule of vitamin E oil
Steps for making Aloe Vera gel Hand Cream At Home
- Set up a double boiler
- Add sweet Almond oil and beeswax and melt while stirring the mixture in continuous fashion
- Add Aloe Vera gel and fold it into the mixture
- Continue heating till you get all the ingredients well dissolved
- Remove from heat and add essential oil and vitamin E oil.
- Mix everything well and allow the mixture to cool in room temperature
- Once cooled and set blend it in a blender (preferably a hand held blender)
- Blend till the your lotion attains the look of whipped cream
- Take a sterilized jar and pour in your aloe Vera gel hand lotion and store in the refigerator.
This Lotion has a shelf life of 5-6 weeks, to keep it fresh make small batches and use.
Variations you can make in this Aloevera hand cream recipe:
Replace Lavender oil with any other essential oil of your preference,
Replace sweet almond oil with olive oil
Instead of using only almond oil you can take equal portions of almond oil and coconut oil.
Oh So Lemony: Bleaching The Skin at Home with Lemon
Lemon with its bleaching properties can add good results to the skin lightening regime.
I will be sharing info on bleaching the skin and how to make use of lemon for bleaching the skin.
Bleaching the skin is a common cosmetic procedure which lightens the skin tone. Bleach is conventionally performed by a cosmetic therapist or a beautician in countries like India. But with the booming urge of going natural forces me try out homemade beauty recipes. In same sequence and keeping up the same spirit I share a very basic yet effective homemade lemon bleach for skin.
Lemon for Fair skin Bleaching
Lemon is full with vitamin C and antioxidants which makes it a good melanin checker.
Citric acid in lemon helps to get rid of the dead skin as it helps in breaking the bond between the dead cells and new cells.
Although this article is all about skin lightning with homemade lemon bleach, I would also take the liberty to make a mention about the famous lemon sugar exfoliator. Exfoliating the skin with homemade lemon exfoliator will leave the skin free of dead cells, smooth and fresh.
Coming back to the topic now making your own homemade lemon bleach for skin is no rocket science.
Using Lemon bleach for skin Lightening
Cut a lemon into two halves run it under tap water for 2-3 mins. Now squeeze out the lemon juice on a damp cotton ball. Apply it all over the face by gently dabbing the cotton ball on the face.
Leave it for 10-15 mins and wash your face nicely. Do not use an chemical based soap or face wash after rinsing off the lemon juice. Use gram flour to wash the face instead.
Do this only twice a week not more than that. This lemon bleach shall lighten the skin leaving it fresh and clean.
Precautions while using lemon on skin
- Do not use lemon juice directly on the skin. Dilute it, or mix it with gram flour.
- Never go out in the sun without removing the lemon juice from the skin completely.
- Avoid using lemon bleach for skin lightening if you are suffering from skin diseases or you have severe pigmentation problem.
- Do not apply lemon juice on cuts and wounds.
- Always do a patch test before using an lemon based bleaching recipes.
- Last but not the least, consult your skin/beauty therapist before using lemon bleach on your skin.
Homemade exfoliating body Scrub can be a delight for your pocket and your skin as well. Body scrub is something we spend a lot for and if we can get something which is economical at the same time effective also, there can be nothing more that you can wish for. Let me share you a fact about body scrubs, did you know that salt and sugar forms the best base for an exfoliating body scrub. These are the ingredients which are easily and sufficiently found in any kitchen. And these ingredients makes the most effective body scrubs. Then why to go for chemical based expensive body scrubs available in the market.
How To Make Homemade Organic body scrub
The formula for making your own body scrub is very simple, it takes only three ingredients to whip up your all natural, chemical free body scrub. First being the exfoliant that will have slightly coarse or grainy texture, second comes the medium that will give fluidity to the scrub and aide in the application. The best medium is a carrier oil like sweet Almond oil and finally you can add fragrance, the best choice for this is Essential Oil.
To make organic body scrub at home you need to pick organic ingredients for your diy body exfoliator. Now let me tell you there is a difference between natural and organic ingredients. The difference is in the process of cultivation for Eg. A Tomato is a natural product but it can be called organic only if it is grown following the process of organic farming.
Homemade Body Scrub Recipe Composition Basics
1. Choose your exfoliant
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Sea Salt
- Kosher salt
Ratio – 2 parts
2. Beauty Oil ( can be called carrier oil)
- Apricot Oil
- Olive Oil
- Avocado oil
Ratio – 1 part
3. Add essential oil for fragrance to the body scrub
Essential oils are highly potent oils derived from natural sources likes flowers, leaves seeds etc. They are therapeutic and can help in fighting various skin problems like dryness, oiliness, acne etc. They are the best ingredients to add scent to your scrub. Always avoid using fragrance oils as they are synthetic and they do not go well will the idea of making “chemical free” and “all natural” body scrub.
- Rosehip oil
- Lavender oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Grape fruit oil
- Vanilla Essential oil or any other essential oil of choice.
Ratio : Few drops
1. Green Tea Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Scrub Recipe
How to make
Things You will need
- Sea Salt 1cup
- Green Tea Bags 2
- Grape seed, Hazelnut oil or almond oil 1/2 cup
- Essential oil of choice -5 drops
Open the green tea bags and powder them. Add the powdered green tea to the almond oil. Leave to infuse for 5 days.
After 5 days, mix sea salt (the salt has to be fine) and green tea infused Almond oil. Add 5 drops essential oil of choice.
How to apply
Dampen your body and massage with this mixture. This mixture works fantastically on the elbows and heels. This makes an amazing exfoliating body scrub.
2. Sugar Body Scrub Recipe
Things You will need
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Wheat Germ oil or olive – just as much is sufficient to dampen the
Few drops of any of your favorite essential oil.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and you are ready to go.
How to apply.
Apply the mixture on the body and scrub gently (dont be harsh while scrubbing) and rinse.This scrub is used as a facial scrub also. This is another simple natural exfoliating body scrub and this scrub also remove the dry paint from skin.
3. Gram Flour Body Scrub Recipe For Dry Skin
How to make
Gram flour – 2 parts
Yogurt – 1part
Turmeric Powder Just about a pinch
Lemon oil – few drops
Take 2tsp of gram flour and add 1ts yogurt, turmeric powder (just about a pinch) and few drops of lemon oil mix all to make a thick paste.
How to apply
You can apply this paste all over the body and scrub it off when dry. This leaves your skin soft smooth and silky. This gram flour body scrub is great to deal excessive dryness of skin.
4. Homemade Organic Brown Sugar Body Exfoliator Recipe
|Brown Sugar for Homemade Body Scrub|
How to Make brown sugar body scrub
Things you need
Organic Brown Sugar – 1 cup
Organic White Sugar – 1 cup
Vitamin E capsule – 1 Capsule
Organic Olive oil – as much as required to form a paste few drops of vanilla essential oil (optional)
Take a mixing bowl add organic brown sugar, organic olive oil, 1 capsule of vitamin E (cut open and mix to the mixture) and organic white sugar mix them all.
How to apply
Moisten your skin and then massage gently with this natural organic body scrub.T his is a very simple and easy homemade organic body exfoliator.
Also see: Homemade hand cream
5. Homemade Exfoliating Oatmeal Body Scrub Recipe
The grainy texture of oatmeal makes is a superb skin exfoliator especially for oily skin. Besides being naturally absorbent, oat is packed with the properties which are a true blessing for the skin. Oatmeal body scrub not only exfoliates the the skin but it also absorbs all the impurities from the skin, will open the pores and go deep, it also hydrates the skin leaving it smooth and soft.
Take 2 tbsp of rolled oats. Grind it into a powder.
1 tbsp of baking soda
Lemon Essential Oil 1 drop
Honey 2 tsp
Dried Lavender petals for fragrance you can use any other fragrance also.
Mix all these ingredients to form a thick paste. Store it in an air tight jar.
Rub your oatmeal body scrub softly on the body and then gently rinse with water. Pat dry with towel and experience a smooth and moisturized skin.
I hope you try out these homemade body scrub recipes. Do leave your comments and suggestions.