Dry skin is prevalent and painful throughout the winter. The best way to treat and prevent dry skin is with lotion. While you can buy various petroleum and water-based lotions at the store, making your own allows you more control of your skincare products. Control over these products is important for maintaining healthy skin and managing any allergies or health conditions you may have. Keep reading to learn how to make lotion at home.
Gather Your Ingredients
Water-based lotions don’t use oils or any petroleum jellies. You’ll use other hydrating products instead. Gather aloe and either safe scented water or distilled water along with the skin-safe wax of your choice. These three ingredients are all you need to make your own lotion, although some people like adding extra elements such as essential oils and skin-safe colorants such as pigment powder. While these options are safe for most people, you should not use anything flammable if you’re making this lotion for someone who uses an oxygen concentrator.
Make Your Lotion
Measure out equal parts aloe and water. For example, one cup of aloe and one cup of water. Use one tablespoon of wax for every half cup of liquid ingredients. Measure any extra ingredients, such as essential oils or pigment powder, based on sensory queues, such as the desired strength of the scent or desired color.
Melt your wax in a microwave or stove-safe container. Stir well to make sure it melts fully, then remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Use an immersion or standing blender to slowly incorporate your liquid ingredients into the wax. Blend until you achieve a creamy texture. If including additional ingredients, add them at the end of the blending process. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for roughly one month.
This homemade water-based lotion is an excellent choice for people with allergies or medical conditions like oxygen dependency. You can use this lotion on your upper body and face to make wearing a nasal cannula more comfortable if you use oxygen therapy since it doesn’t have any petroleum or oil products. Even people without allergies or medical conditions can enjoy keeping their skin healthy all year long with the right products.
Making your own water-based lotions is a great way to take charge of your skin health this year. If you enjoy making lotion, you can learn how to make other skincare and beauty products so you always know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.