This 2-ingredient DIY Moisturizer is super easy to make and will leave your skin looking and feeling hydrated & youthful! All you need is coconut oil, aloe vera gel and an optional essential oil for natural fragrance. Whip up this skin lovin’ and anti-aging moisturizer in less than 5-minutes!
When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.
That’s why it’s crucial to pay close attention to the ingredients in your skin care products. If the products you use contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances, those ingredients make their way into your body, your blood and lymphatic system!
Ingredients that you should do your very best to avoid are …
- synthetic colors
- sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
- propylene glycol
- sunscreen chemicals, etc.
The majority of conventional body care products contain a cocktail of these carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants.
That’s why I decided to create my own moisturizer from simple and natural ingredients. Not only is it super easy and affordable, but it’s a great feeling to moisturize your skin with a squeaky clean product that YOU created!
So, if you’re transitioning away from conventional skin care products and/or looking for an awesome and inexpensive DIY moisturizer, I highly recommend this one!
Benefits of using coconut oil for the skin include:
- moisturizes dry skin, including skin conditions such as eczema
- reduces inflammation, which may result from UVB rays
- promotes wound healing
- antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties
Benefits of using aloe vera for the skin include:
- supports the production and release of collagen
- antioxidant effect that can help repair sun damage and slow down the aging process of the skin
- more supple skin, rather than stiff and leathery, due to its 98% water content, which helps moisturize and hydrate the skin
- protects the skin from the damaging effects of radiation therapy
- reduces wound healing time and limits scarring
- effective in treating fungal and bacterial infections
- cooling effect on rashes or sunburns
How to use DIY Moisturizer
1. As a daily body moisturizer.
Hydrated skin is happy, healthy skin, and as we know, sufficient moisture also helps prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. Apply this hydrating moisturizer to your entire body after showering for skin that feels nourished and glows!
2. As a sunburn soother.
Aloe and coconut oil contain anti-inflammatory properties that aid in the skin-healing process. In addition, they’re full of antioxidants, which have a protective effect on skin that’s been exposed to and damaged by UV rays. This moisturizer is also incredibly hydrating, which could help combat the skin peeling that usually takes effect post-sunburn. Apply before and after sun exposure.
3. As a restorative hair & scalp mask.
Applying this DIY Moisturizer as a scalp mask can help soothe irritation, exfoliate, replenish hydration, and even strengthen and smooth hair follicles. It’s great for people who are dealing with a skin condition like psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff. Apply it directly on your roots and scalp, before you shower. Give it a gentle rub to help it penetrate, and rinse thoroughly with shampoo after 15-20 minutes.
What you need for DIY Moisturizer:
- Raw or virgin coconut oil
- Aloe vera gel
- Essential oils (optional)
What’s the best aloe & coconut oil for DIY Moisturizer?
Find an aloe vera gel that is …
- clear and not coloured
- unscented – no added fragrance including mint or menthol
- clean – look for a short list of clean ingredients
Here are some brands of aloe gel I recommend …
When sourcing out a coconut oil for your DIY Moisturizer, I recommend raw or virgin + organic.
Which essential oils are best for the skin?
For a body moisturizer, here are my favourite essential oils …
- Ylang Ylang
More natural products for skin health & anti-aging:
And a few healthy anti-aging recipes …
- Collagen Power Smoothie
- Triple Berry Salad
- Lemon Hibiscus Tea
- Easy Green Smoothie with Protein
- Creamy Matcha Green Tea
2-Ingredient Natural DIY Moisturizer
- 1/2 cup raw or virgin coconut oil, soft, but not melted
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- A few drops essential oil of choice, optional
- Using a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, add all ingredients and stir using a spoon until you reach a whipped like consistency.
- Transfer to a shallow, wide mouth jar with a lid. Store in your bathroom and give your skin some daily lovin'.
- Coconut oil is naturally solid at room temperature. If your coconut oil is too hard for stirring, warm it in the microwave to soften it, BUT don't melt the coconut oil completely. Try 10 sec intervals in the microwave until you get the right consistency.
- For a moisturizer that is less oily, reduce the amount of coconut oil used and increase the amount of aloe vera gel OR try a 1:1 ratio.
- If you prefer a fragrance free moisturizer, do not add any essential oils.
- For a moisturizer with natural fragrance, here are a few skin safe essential oils; lavender, frankincense, cedarwood, geranium & ylang ylang.
- Here are some recommendations for an aloe vera gel ... Real Aloe Vera Gelly, Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly & Land Art Aloe Vera Topical Gel
- This moisturizer will liquefy if kept in a warm environment. If so, be sure to stir before use since ingredients may separate. To solidify moisturizer, place in a cooler environment. Place in the refrigerator to quickly solidify moisturizer.