2 herbal moisturizers to keep your skin silky smooth

July 27, 2015

1. Glorious green aloe moisturizing lotion

  • 250 ml (1 c) aloe vera gel
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) vitamin E oil (if necessary, break several capsules)
  • 5 to 10 drops essential oil of your choosing
  • 25 ml (3/4 oz) cosmetic-grade beeswax, grated or shaved
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) vegetable oil

    1. In a medium bowl, stir together the aloe vera gel, vitamin E and essential oil. Set aside.
    2. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt together the beeswax and vegetable oil. Stir until smooth and well blended. Remove from heat.
    3. Slowly and continuously pour the melted mixture into the bowl with the aloe vera mixture, using a handheld electric mixer at slow speed to combine. Run a clean rubber spatula around the rim of the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients. Continue mixing until all the ingredients are blended.
    4. Pour the final mixture into a sterilized 400 millilitre (13 ounce) jar or two sterilized 175 millilitre (six ounce) jars with tight-fitting lids. You can use sterilized canning jars, if you have them. Keep the lotion in the refrigerator for up to six weeks.

2 herbal moisturizers to keep your skin silky smooth

2. Creamy citrus moisturizer

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 250 ml (1 c) olive oil

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolk, lemon juice and olive oil together until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Thin with more lemon juice as desired.
    2. Massage into your skin as an intense moisturizing treatment before a shower or bath. Apply a light coating on your hands, arms, legs and face. Gently massage into nails and cuticles. Apply about 15 millilitres (one tablespoon) to each foot. Gently massage your toes, one by one, and then the arch of your foot, moving to the heel. Relax and allow the moisturizer to soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe away the excess and then step into the shower or tub to complete the treatment.
    3. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for a day or two.

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