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.
This recipe yields approximately 2 cups of aloe face cream, which is customizable and suitable for all skin types.
Use essential oil that benefits your skin type. In her book “Aromatherapy: The Complete Healing Art,” Kathi Keville recommends cypress or eucalyptus for oily skin, rosemary or sandalwood for dry skin, and lavender or rose for normal skin.
Use grapeseed or apricot kernel oil instead of almond oil, and coconut oil instead of cocoa butter, if necessary.
This cream is very concentrated and requires only a small amount at each application. To use, dab a tiny bit on the end of your finger and gently massage into your face once or twice daily, preferably just after washing with a gentle cleanser.
Use tap water only if absolutely necessary. It can introduce bacteria and cause mold growth on your face cream over time, although the cream should stay fresh for several weeks before this happens.
Do not use aloe vera products on staph or strep infections, as they will promote the infection.