Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it requires a lot of care. Young skin may be firm and smooth but it is often prone to acne, and later on, as people age, their skin becomes less elastic and wrinkles appear.
The cosmetic industry is making billions of dollars each year selling products that promise to protect and nourish the skin and to cure its ailments. Some of those products are very effective, but they are usually expensive. Fortunately, the nature has a lot to offer and combining its best ingredients one can make a good, all-natural and inexpensive lotion that is completely safe and effective.
Homemade skin lotions
Natural lotions made at home have many advantages of store-bought cosmetic products. For example, they only contain the necessary ingredients, and not the ones that may actually harm the skin, like preservatives, artificial colors and perfumes. This is particularly important for people who have sensitive skin, prone to allergies. Many skin blemishes and ailments occur as a result of exposure to allergens contained in lotions and moisturizers. Homemade lotions do not carry that risk.
It is difficult to find one products that suits the needs of the skin the best. By hand-picking the ingredients for a home-made lotion, one can combine them and achieve the best treatment for his or her skin. In addition, those ingredients are usually much cheaper than most high-quality cosmetic products.
There is a basic recipe for homemade skin lotion, and the base is then combined with different ingredients that work best for a particular skin type. Some ingredients aim to clean clogged pores, some sooth the irritation, moisturize and nourish, and others remove excess oil.
Basic recipe for homemade skin lotion for face
As mentioned above, the basic recipe can be combined with other ingredients, but the base always stays the same. If making large quantities, the lotion should be stored in a clean, sealed container and refrigerated.
The first thing to do is to take some oil and heat it. The oil can be olive oil, macadamia, almond oil or other. Three quarters of a cup of the oil of choice are heated up in the microwave oven with two teaspoons of stearic acid and one teaspoon of emulsifying wax, until they fuse. The next step is to heat up half a cup of water combined with half a teaspoon of borax, until boiling hot.
When the water is hot, the oil mixture should be slowly whipped in with a blender and mixed until it is cool. At this point, other ingredients can be added. Those usually include vitamin E, fragrance, aroma oils, herb extracts, honey and propolis, basically anything. The possibilities are endless and it is recommended to experiment with the lotion in order to obtain the best combination.