DIY Coconut Aloe Moisturizer For Skin

DIY Coconut Aloe Moisturizer For Skin

If you want to rid your skin of impurities that settle on it during the day, you have to cleanse. Failure to cleanse will cause these impurities to clog your pores and increase the risk of skin infections or blemishes. Your pores allow your skin to breathe, so you have to keep them clean in order to keep the skin from suffocating. 

Toning is another integral aspect of your skin care routine. Despite what you may think about toners, they help to balance the skin’s pH and clean whatever cleansers leave behind. Healthy skin should have a slightly acidic pH in order to prevent microbial overgrowth, which ultimately prevents skin infections. 

Why Do You Need A Moisturizer?

You thought we were never going to get to moisturizers in an article about a DIY moisturizer, right? We finally did it! Moisturizing is necessary if you want to preserve and strengthen the skin’s structural integrity. Topical lubrication (moisturizing) helps keep your skin soft, supple, and elastic. Dry skin is usually less flexible and can rupture easily if overstretched. The breakdown of fibers causes the skin to lose elasticity, which contributes to saggy skin. Loose skin also tends to crease and fold, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles.

Additionally, collagen synthesis within the body declines with age. Collagen is the main structural protein that is needed to build new skin cells. An inadequate supply of collagen makes it more difficult for the skin to repair itself. To sum that up for you, don’t take skin dryness lightly because it can increase the risk of long-term skin damage. By regularly treating your skin with a topical moisturizer, you can help strengthen the barrier function to make it look and feel better. If your skin is more hydrated, it is less prone to acne!

Dry Skin And Acne

When you think of acne, you probably think of oily skin, but acne affects dry skin as well. The sebaceous glands in the skin produce lipids (fats) that keep it hydrated. If you have dry skin, these glands produce too much oil to make up for the lack of moisture in the skin. The excess oil (sebum) builds up in the skin’s pores and can congest the skin. Clogged pores are breeding grounds for acne-causing bacteria, which feed on the excess sebum and skin debris. With all that food available, the bacteria proliferate rapidly and cause breakouts

Moisturizers come in many forms, such as creams, lotions, and ointments. They also have varying consistencies, usually oil-based and thick or water-based and lightweight). Ideally, choose a moisturizer that suits your skin’s needs. If you have a skin condition or know your skin type, choose a moisturizer that will benefit your skin. The following DIY moisturizer contains two standout ingredients that benefit a variety of skin types and conditions: 

  • Aloe vera: The gel from the aloe plant acts as a humectant, drawing moisture from the environment and locking it into your skin. This provides long-lasting hydration! It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to ease redness, swelling, pain, and itching, all of which are associated with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne. 
  • Coconut oil: Commonly used in hair care, coconut oil works to keep the skin supple, soft, and young by providing nourishment and hydration. The skin can easily absorb coconut oil, which allows it to moisturize at a deeper level. Additionally, coconut oil offers antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may help prevent skin infections. 

DIY Moisturizer

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup each: coconut oil, beeswax pastilles, and fresh aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water over medium low heat. 
  • Add the coconut oil and beeswax pastilles to a heat-safe glass jar and place it in the saucepan on the stove. Leave the jar in the saucepan, stirring occasionally until the ingredients are completely melted. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for an hour or more. 
  • Once the mixture has cooled, spoon it into a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk with a hand mixer or immersion blender to combine. Pour in the aloe vera gel while whisking with your mixer of choice. 
  • Add the vitamin E oil and peppermint essential oil and continue to whisk. Use a spoon to transfer this mixture into a glass jar. Store a small amount in a small container to extend the shelf life. 
  • To use, smear a thin layer of this moisturizer on your skin after washing with a mild cleanser. Massage the moisturizer into the skin in gentle, circular motions until properly absorbed. Apply twice daily.

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