Moisturizing lotion is the need of every household during the chilly winter season. But, those available commercially may not suit everyone’s pocket and are loaded with chemicals that may not suit skin or cause skin allergies. Though many homemade solutions are also known that can be used as moisturizers, but those tend to be excessively greasy to apply and retain them over the skin.
All natural product lovers will like to have a homemade non-greasy lotion, which is made from ingredients that are easily available and also keeps the skin healthy. For them, there are options available to make your own homemade moisturizing lotions that are devoid of the oily and greasy feeling.
Various Methods For Preparing Non-Greasy Moisturizing Lotion
1. Aloe Vera And Almond Oil Lotion
Use a double boiler to melt half a cup of almond oil or grape seed oil and ¾ ounce of beeswax (shredded into small pieces). Now mix 1 cup of aloe vera gel, 10 drops of any essential oils (like geranium and lime) and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the melted oils into a blender, allowing them to cool down and to avoid oil separation. After oils get cooled, blend them on low speed, while pouring aloe vera mixture slowly into it in a continuous fashion.
Run the rubber spatula to mix all ingredients properly and blend till mixture attains a feel and look of a lotion. Alternatively, this mixing and blending step can be performed in a mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer. Pour the prepared non greasy lotion in sterilized jars and store them in refrigerator, which can then stay fine for period of 6 weeks.
2. Lotion Of Dried Peppermint Leaves
An incredible creamy moisturizing lotion can be made using dried peppermint leaves, steeped in distilled water or rosewater and using beeswax as an emulsifier. This creamy lotion is good for all skin types and even safe for babies as it is very light with the consistency of body butter having a lovely, floral and subtle scent. Prior to preparation, it is always favourable to sterile equipment with alcohol or bleach water. Melt 3 tablespoons of beeswax and ¾ cup oil of your choice in a double boiler or microwave.
The solution should be clear without any beeswax chips floating, to ensure it is properly done. Allow the mixture to cool down. Meanwhile, put one cup of water (steeped with peppermint leaves) in the blender along with essential oil (optional) and let it blend on medium speed. Then pour the melted beeswax and oil mixture into the blender and continue blending it, till no water is seen on the top. As soon as the lotion is prepared it thickens and gives a creamy buttery feel on touch. The recipe is extremely simple to perform and makes 2 cups of non-greasy moisturizing lotion that lasts for 3 months.
For increasing shelf life, one can add additionally Vitamin E oil and even refrigerate it. The prepared lotion is purely preservative free and needs to be refrigerated, to avoid bacterial contamination and then it can stay fine for a few months. Long-term preservation is not possible but it can be easily made frequently without many hassles.
3. Oatmeal Lotion
Use ground oatmeal and grind it properly in a food processor. Just by mixing it with minimal amount of water will give it a slippery touch that can then be used directly as an effective lotion. It not alone moisturizes the face, but also serves as a good exfoliating agent (removes the dead skin cells) when scrubbed gently over the skin surface. This non greasy lotion is equally useful as primer, for putting make up every morning and also for removing stubborn eye makeup at end of the day.
Just put a little amount of the lotion on to the cotton ball and clean off the face. The same oatmeal lotion can serve more beneficial if coconut and grapefruit essential oil are also added to it. Coconut oil aids in fighting off bacterial infection of the skin and grapefruit essential oil improves the skin clarity. Additionally, it adds on to the fragrance and still remains non-greasy and light weight lotion, safe and healthy for daily usage without making hands buttery or greasy.
4. Nourishing Hand And Body Cream
Nourishing lotion for hand and body can be prepared by heating together 1/8 cup each of coca butter and shea butter and ¼ cup of coconut oil over the low flame, till it gets melted and forms a homogenous solution. After removing from heat, add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice, 1 tablespoon of jojoba or sweet almond oil and 5 to 10 drops of any essential oil and stir firmly to mix them well in the oil-butter mixture. Your nourishing lotion is ready to be used and can be stored in canned jars.
This nourishing lotion can also serve as good gift for your near and dear ones, who have been fed up of greasy lotions. The recipe is very versatile and can be modified as per choice. If one is unable to use cocoa butter, just increase the amount of coconut oil and shea butter, and prepared lotion still works great for the skin. Just make sure to use good quality shea butter, otherwise, the preparation may remain liquidy and not solidify, in case raw shea butter is being used for preparation.
5. Benefits Of Homemade Moisturizing Lotion
These available homemade non-greasy lotions are best for the moisturizing skin on a daily basis as almond or grape seed oil are readily absorbed by the skin, without letting it feel oily. They help in keeping the skin soft and supple. Homemade lotions made using aloe vera gel are not alone perfect for winter months but can continue moisturizing the skin through summer season as well without being greasy.
Moreover, these nourishing lotions are free from any chemicals and purely healthy for the skin. One would love applying it over skin again and again, without having any fear of damaging the skin. Above all, it comes at a fractional cost compared to commercially available chemically treated moisturizing lotions.