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If you've got a little do-it-yourself spirit, making your own aloe and seaweed lotion can save you some big money over buying products from the makeup counter or even the drugstore. Making your own lotion also allows you to make sure the ingredients are natural and don't contain any stuff you don't want to put on your skin. Don't worry – you won't get your hands too dirty with this project. Even if you do, you'll have an excellent moisturizer to put on them when you're done washing up.
Putting It Together
To make aloe and seaweed lotion, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Meanwhile, combine 2 teaspoons of shea butter, 1 teaspoon of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of lecithin, 1 teaspoon of almond or coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of avocado oil in a heatproof measuring cup. Remove the water from the heat and place the measuring cup in the saucepan. Stir the contents of the measuring cup until the beeswax is dissolved. Add 1/4 teaspoon of seaweed extract and stir to combine the ingredients. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of pure aloe vera gel. Transfer the mixture to a clean, sterilized glass jar and allow it to cool.
Using the Lotion
To use the lotion on your hands, put a dime-size amount in your palm and gently rub your hands together. The mixture won't feel oily on your skin after about 10 minutes. If you prefer to use the lotion in larger quantities, do so at night so your skin has time to absorb the moisture. Use cotton gloves or socks to keep the oils from staining your sheets and wear cotton clothing.
Aloe and seaweed lotion is extremely hydrating for the skin – aloe vera and shea butter are natural humectants, which means they help draw moisture to your skin. The addition of seaweed extract, though not as widely studied in medical circles, will help make your skin feel smoother and softer. Lotions that contain aloe vera are also ideal for sensitive skin because of its soothing properties.
Like all other skin-care products, there is some chance of irritation when using the lotion. If you have acne-prone skin, use almond oil instead of coconut oil – it's less likely to cause clogged pores and irritation. Before you apply a large amount of your homemade lotion to your skin, test it on a small, inconspicuous area. Discontinue use if the lotion causes extreme redness, itching or irritation.