We all know that facial creams can be fairly expensive. And if you’re living on a budget, no matter how effective the cream might be, you’re still not ready to pay $20 or more for a jar of cream.
There is, however, a much more affordable and natural substitute to expensive face cosmetics. An effective cream can be made at home, with simple ingredients, costing you less than a dollar for a small jar.
The recipe we’ll discuss today includes coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, jojoba oil and lavender oil. Each of the ingredients offers unique benefits for the skin and combined together they make quite a potent face cream suitable for everyday use. Read on for the benefits these ingredients bring to the recipe.
Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial natural skin-care ingredients. It has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. It is an excellent moisturizer and can help treat signs of aging. It is also effective against acne outbreaks.
The oil has a small molecular structure, meaning it can easily penetrate the skin. This is what makes it a great moisturizer. Keep in mind that it is solid at room temperature and has a characteristic scent.
Aloe Vera has been used as a medicinal plant and for skin treatment for ages. It is an incredible moisturizer, especially for people with oily skin, as it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind.
Aloe vera is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used to treat wounds, burns and acne scars. It is particularly useful for treating sunburns or skin inflammation. Aloe vera gel also contains antioxidants which add anti-aging properties in the form of improving skin elasticity, improving firmness and reducing fine lines.
Another ancient skin care ingredient, jojoba oil is a great natural oil for skin care and is closest to the sebum our skin produces. It has antibacterial properties and is effective when fighting acne breakouts. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for treating redness and swelling. Finally, due to its similarity to our natural skin oil, it is a great moisturizer.
Vitamin E is essential for maintaining great skin. We get most of the benefits when we get it from our food. However, applying it externally, it can also offer some excellent benefits. Vitamin E is an ingredient in many anti-aging products, due to its reducing influence on both fine lines and wrinkles.
Its true power lies in its antioxidant properties. Vitamin E oil can help fight free radicals, hence effectively preventing premature aging. It also offers great sun protection, potentially preventing age spots and sunburns. It can also be used to treat scars.
Lavender oil is best known for its calming, floral scent. In addition to making your cream smell pleasant, it adds some benefits too. It can help reduce redness and aid in the skin healing process. It also has minor anti-bacterial properties.
A note on lavender oil: it should be avoided by pregnant women or women currently breastfeeding.
How to make
The recipe for this cream is fairly simple. It boils down to combining and stirring the ingredients together.
–1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel ( fresh gel may be used, but it won’t keep as long, only about a week in the fridge)
– 1 tsp jojoba oil
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
The coconut oil can be substituted with either shea butter, beeswax or glycerin. This will result in a creamier mixture. If using shea butter or beeswax, melt 1 tbsp in a saucepan then mix the ingredients with a handheld mixer or immersion blender until you get a creamy consistency. If using glycerin, add 2 tbsp instead of 1.
– 5 capsules or 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
– 1 to 2 drops lavender oil
Combine Aloe Vera gel, jojoba oil, and coconut oil and stir gently. Add the vitamin E oil, then the lavender oil. Let the mixture rest for around 10 minutes. Transfer it to a sterilized glass jar and store in the fridge. It will keep for about six months this way. Enjoy!
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