May 19, 2016

Aloe-Enriched Summer Moisturizer

I love summer. I’m pretty sure this isn’t exactly an earth shattering revelation. I mean everyone loves summer. Even Olaf. I love the weather, the warm breezes, cold drinks, the lazy afternoons spent outside. My only beef with summer is that I have to change up my skin care routine. Every summer I feel like I’m caught unprepared, and all of a sudden it’s hot out and I’m still slathering on my winter face cream wondering why my face looks like a glaringly reflective oil slick and my mascara spends more time migrating down my cheeks than it does on my eyelashes. #thestruggeisreal. 

In a perfect world there would be chickens in every backyard, french press coffee on every table, and one face cream that could be worn year round. But alas I must face the reality that my skin has two personalities: summer fun and winter hell. In the winter my skin is so painfully dry, chalky, and tight that I resort to body butter on my face. Yes, you heard me right: On. My. Face.  But once the weather warms up, that body butter is way too thick and makes my face itch. What’s a girl to do, amiright?

close up of aloe-enriched summer moisturizer

I’ve been trying to come up with a happy medium between greasy pool and scorched earth for some time. And I’m happy to say that I think I’ve finally FINALLY found a recipe that meets my skin requirements. This aloe-enriched summer moisturizer is light and airy, while still delivering all those moisturizing benefits of your heavier winter face cream. It is lightly fragranced with the lovely, sweet scent of beeswax and a touch of lavender. If you have sensitive skin, this one’s for you! The addition of aloe gel provides healing properties for itchy, red, and allergic skin. The avocado oil, which is kind of amazing, keeps your skin moisturized, helps with collagen production, smooths out your skin and is non-comedogenic (as in, it won’t clog your pores). Not bad, right?

One thing to keep in mind when making this aloe-enriched summer moisturizer: as with most DIY creams and body butters, there aren’t any preservatives added. In the summer, especially, with warmer temperatures and higher humidity, natural products tend to turn a bit faster. This recipe yields about a cup of moisturizer, which should be able to be used in about a month. Try to keep the container out of direct sunlight in a dark, dry place to extend its life a bit.

DIY aloe-enriched summer moisturizer. www.mudonherboots.com

Aloe-Enriched Summer Moisturizer

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon beeswax (preferably unrefined), grated
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined shea butter
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled water, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Aloe Gel (try to get one that is 99% pure)
  • 4-5 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

  • In a double boiler (aka a glass measuring cup in a small pot of water), melt beeswax, shea butter, and avocado oil, over medium heat.
  • Once the beeswax and oils are completely melted, remove from heat.
  • Add the distilled water to the oils, making sure it is room temperature or even a little warmer.
  • Using an immersion blender, give the mixture a few pulses. This part will happen fast, as the oils cool rapidly in the room temperature water.
  • Continue blending on high until the mixture is homogenized.
  • Add the aloe gel and continue to blend for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the essential oil and blend for another 30 seconds.
  • Store your moisturizer in a clean jar, out of direct sunlight.
http://mudonherboots.com/aloe-enriched-summer-moisturizer/

light and airy and totally creamy, aloe-enriched summer moisturizer. www.mudonherboots.com

Happy Moisturizing!

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