This easy two-ingredient lotion is moisturizing enough for the whole body, light enough for the face, with serious replenishing and anti-itch capabilities! And you can make it yourself in about one minute!
By Joanna Rodriguez, Contributing Writer
This is one of those things that is so simple I almost feel silly sharing it with you.
But it’s also too good to keep to myself.
Has this never-ending winter left your skin dry and itchy? Have you been reaching for your body and face lotions constantly, hoping to replenish the moisture in your depleted skin?
Well, I would have, except I don’t buy lotion anymore. It’s all full of junk that I don’t want on my skin, and the more “natural” brands are either not really very natural or out of my price range or don’t work very well. So what’s a girl to do?
I’ve used straight coconut oil on my skin before, but then I found out that it can actually be drying to the skin, and that’s not what I wanted! So I turned to two of my favorite body care ingredients: almond oil and aloe vera gel.
Almond Oil, according to Mountain Rose Herbs, “is great for all skin types as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin.” In my experience it is absorbed quickly and easily into the skin, moisturizing effectively without being heavy or greasy.
Anyone who has ever put aloe vera gel on sunburn knows how soothing it can be to the skin. It is also good for minimizing wrinkles, is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, is absorbed easily into the skin, and can lessen the appearance of stretch marks! Make sure you buy a product that is just pure aloe vera gel with minimal added ingredients, like this one.
Mixing together these two ingredients results in a lotion that is moisturizing enough for the whole body, light enough for the face, with serious replenishing and anti-itch capabilities! And you can make it yourself in about one minute! Here’s how:
Super Simple DIY Face & Body Lotion
- Almond Oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- A small bottle with a flip top (can be found in your grocery store’s travel toiletry section or purchased online)
- Combine equal parts almond oil and aloe vera gel in the small flip-top bottle.
- Shake gently to combine.
- Store out of direct sunlight.
Can you believe how easy that was? I’m in love.
Since we didn’t create an emulsion, you can see how the oil and aloe sort of stay separate and look like bubbles. Don’t worry, as long as you shake it before each use, they blend together perfectly on your skin. Free free to alter the proportions: more aloe will result in a thinner, lighter lotion.