Creamy Papaya and Aloe Vera Lotion
Creamy Papaya and Aloe Vera Lotion
This time I wanted to make a very moisturizing cream. Now, when winter is coming and the air gets cooler, the surface of the skin dries and needs more moisturizing. In case you have associated aloe vera only as a cure for sunburned skin, you will be surprised. Aloe Vera is one of the best natural moisturizers. Adding papaya to the aloe vera based cream will give a fantastic result. Both aloe vera and papaya suit specially to aging skin due to their healing and rejuvenating properties. Next, I will tell you how to make a pleasant and effective cream using these two great ingredients.
How can I make an effective aloe Vera lotion and papaya cream at home?
You only need a few ingredients for this cream. If you do not know how to make emulsion creams you can study it here. I have written a simple how-to-do guide for everyone. It is definitely worthwhile to learn the technique of making an emulsion cream. You can easily include most of the natural ingredients needed for skin care in the water-based lotion.
Aloe Vera is a familiar ingredient to many
Now we use aloe vera for a slightly different purpose than usual. Aloe Vera contains hundreds of active ingredients. That is why it is a very common ingredient in almost all cosmetics. In this cream, we take advantage of aloe Vera’s ability to really moisturize the skin. Many, very highly effective moisturizing serums are based also on Aloe Vera. This tells a lot about the effectiveness of Aloe Vera.
Papaya is full of antioxidants
Papaya contains many of the same active ingredients as carrots. In addition to carotenoids, Papaya contains incredible number of vitamins and minerals.
- Papaya provides the skin with potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.
- Papaya is rich in vitamins such as A, B & A, C, E and K.
- Papaya brightens the skin, smoothest the skin’s pigment and helps maintain moisture in the skin.
- Papaya also helps to reduce small wrinkles on the skin as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.
Papaya is commonly used in peeling products because it contains an enzyme called papain. Papain exfoliates the skin enzymatically without rubbing. Most papaya is found in raw papaya and also in papaya skin.
Now we are not using raw papaya or papaya skin but the flesh of ripe papaya. I have prepared a fast glycerite based on ripe papaya flesh. In glycerite, the skin care agents of papaya are transferred from papaya to glycerol during extraction. This way we can also include papaya in our lotion. Glycerol itself is already a very moisturizing ingredient. However, it is not a good idea to add it a lot to the cream because it easily makes the skin surface sticky. Glycerol is a sugar alcohol and has some disadvantages of sugar.
Here’s how to make papaya glycerite
- Glass can with lid
- 50 ml (1,6907 us fl oz) glycerol
- about 1 tablespoon chopped papaya
Do like this:
- Put the papaya pieces in a glass jar and pour in the glycerol
- Allow glycerite to brew in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours
- Sift the papaya out of the glycerite and put it in a small bottle
- Store the bottle in a refrigerator, glycerite made from fresh fruit will be preserved in the refrigerator for about a month.
- Of course, you can add a preservative if you wish. Then the product will remain usable about 4 months at room temperature.
Rice bran oil has special anti-aging effects
I use a lot of rice bran oil. It is a very mild, beautifully yellow and odourless oil. It is also a well-tolerated oil. Only very few people are allergic to it.
Rice bran oil is suitable for aging skin. It is especially rich in vitamins E and B, coenzyme Q10 and ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that reduces skin wrinkles and protects the skin.
Shea butter protects the skin
I’d love to add some shea butter to creams in falls. It protects the skin from drying out. Although the skin is still moist and bright after the summer, it dries quickly in dry, heated indoor air. You can read more about Shea butter here.
For moisturizing Aloe Vera and Papaya cream you need
• 30 ml (1,01 us fl oz) of Aloe Vera juice
• 70 ml (2,367 us fl oz) of boiled (filtered) water
• 20 ml (0,67628 us fl oz) rice bran oil
• 5 grams (0,18 oz) a small bite of shea butter
• ½ teaspoon of papaya glycerol or glycerol alone
• 2 teaspoons Olivem 1000 emulsifiers
• preservative, optional
• Essential oils, optional
Do like this:
You will need a double pot or a steel bowl and a standard pot to make the emulsion. For whipping, you need a whisk or milk frothier and a thermometer (preferably digital) to measure the temperature. You also need one sterile glass jar.
- Measure in a bowl / double pan the aloe vera juice, water, rice bran oil, shea butter, papaya glycerite and emulsifier.
- Heat the mixture until the emulsifier and shea butter melt
- Mix gently to make the mixture even
- Let the mixture stand at 80 degrees Celsius (176 Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes to improve shelf life
- Cool the mixture to 40 degrees Celsius (104 F)
- Now you can add a preservative and essential oils if you wish
- Pack the product in a sterilized glass jar, close the lid and store in a refrigerator if you have not used any preservative.
- The cream will be preserved in the refrigerator without preservative for about a month, provided you use a dispenser (spatula or spoon) when using it. This is to avoid contamination of any bacteria.
This cream is a wonderfully rich and moisturizing cream. For all of you who are looking for an extra moisturizing aloe vera lotion this recipe is definitely worth trying.
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