Vitamin E is a common ingredient in skin care products because of its antioxidant effects, healing powers and protective benefits against the effects of the sun. In fact, a 2010 study on Pub Med reports, "Daily use of a facial lotion containing niacinamide, panthenol, and tocopheryl acetate improved skin tone and texture." It's easy to find lotions with vitamin E on your drugstore shelves, but making your own vitamin E-enriched lotion lets you control all of the ingredients in your skin care product and can save you money in the long run. If you're making homemade vitamin E oil lotion for the first time, you'll be surprised by what a quick and easy process it is.
Melt 1/4 cup of cocoa butter, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon avocado oil together in a medium-size pot. Mix over low heat, stirring constantly.
Add 1 tablespoon beeswax to the oil mixture, stirring constantly until the beeswax is thoroughly melted and incorporated into the oil mixture.
Pour the mixture into a glass container, being careful not to spill the warm lotion mix on your skin. Let the lotion cool completely.
Add 10 to 20 drops of vitamin E to the cooled lotion mixture. Squeeze the drops on top of the lotion, then use a spoon or chopstick to stir the lotion until the vitamin E is completely incorporated.
Add a five to 10 drops of essential oil to the top of the lotion if you want to add scent to your lotion.
Massage the lotion onto your skin.
- "Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy to Use Recipes for Body,Bath and Hair" (revised edition); Janice Cox
- "Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home: 101 Recipes to Make Eco-Friendly Products"; Casey Kellar
- Pub Med: The effects of a daily facial lotion containing vitamins B3 and E and provitamin B5 on the facial skin of Indian women: a randomized, double-blind trial.