The aloe plant, a common home remedy for minor skin ailments such as burns and scrapes, has been used topically for thousands of years. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, aloe is made of 99 percent water, which makes it an extremely effective natural moisturizer, particularly for dry or sensitive skin. When added to a natural face cream, aloe penetrates the top layer of skin and moisturizes the dermal layer for lasting and noticeable results.
Combine the distilled or spring water, aloe vera gel and essential oil in a glass measuring cup. Set aside.
Combine the almond oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and beeswax in another glass measuring cup. Place the cup in the center of a small saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water.
Place the saucepan over medium-low heat until the water comes to a gentle boil. Continue heating until the ingredients in the measuring cup just melt, then remove from the heat.
Pour the oil and wax mixture into a blender, and allow them to cool to room temperature. If you're short on time, place the blender container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 minutes to hasten the process. Don't allow the mixture to become too hard, however. It should be thick, creamy and semi-solid.
Turn the blender on the highest speed once the mixture has cooled. Pour the water and aloe vera mixture into the center vortex in a thin, slow, steady drizzle.
Turn off the blender when most of the water has been added and the motor begins to sputter. The cream should look thick and white. Add the remaining water, and beat by hand until well-combined.
Pour the aloe face cream into glass or plastic jars, secure the lids in place and store in a cool, dry place when not in use. For best results, use within six weeks. Store any excess in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Aloe
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