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 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
- A glass jar with a lid
- 50 ml of glycerol
- about 1 tablespoon of chopped papaya
- preservative (Geogard 221)
Do like this:
- Put the pieces of chopped papaya in a glass jar and pour glycerol over it
- Let the glycerite prepare in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Do not let the glycerite stand for too long, as the papaya will form gel quickly
- Strain the papaya out of the glycerite and add 1% preservative (Geogard 221)
- Pack the glycerite in a small glass jar and label it
- Store the jar in the refrigerator.
- The shelf life of the product is 4-6 months. Personally, I always store glycerite as cool and dark as possible, always in the refrigerator.
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
- 15 g of aloe Vera juice
- 54 gr of boiled or distilled water
- 15 gr of rice bran oil5 grams of shea butter
- 3 gr of papaya glycerite or plain glycerol
- 5 gr Olivem 1000 emulsifier
- 2 gr Preservative, Geogard 221 or similar
- 1 gr of essential oils
Do like this:
You need a double boiler to make the emulsion. The easiest way to prepare it is to use a flat pot into which water is poured. The water phase and the oil phase you put in the water bath, both in their heat-resistant containers, must be placed on the bottom of the flat boiler. You need two heat-resistant containers for the water phase and the oil phase. For mixing, you need mixing sticks (glass) or a spoon.
You also need a thermometer and an accurate scale, which you can use to measure very, very small quantities.
Prepare the emulsion cream like this
- Measure aloe vera juice and water into a container
- Measure rice bran oil, shea butter and emulsifier into another container.
- Heat up the mix until the emulsifier and shea butter melt. Both phases should be heated up more than 70 degrees Celsius in order to get the emulsification done.
- Now combine the phases by draining the oil into the water phase and mix gently
- Take the container out of the water bath and continue mixing gently until the cream cools down.
- Cool the mixture down to 40 degrees Now add the papaya glycerite and mix it into the cream
- Now you can add a preservative and essential oils to the emulsion cream
- Pack the product in a clean glass jar, label and store in a cool place, away from light
- The cream will last for about 4 months if you always use a dispenser (spatula or spoon)
How to use aloe vera papaya cream?
Aloe Vera and papaya nourishing cream is suitable for the whole face as a night cream and for day use. However, avoid the eye area. Apply a small amount of cream to the tip of your finger to use on the entire face, neck and chest area. Massage the cream into the skin in smooth, circular motions. You get the best result if you use the cream on moisturized skin.
This cream is a wonderfully rich and moisturizing cream. It is very suitable for dry and mature skin. For all of you who want aloe vera in your cream, this recipe is really worth trying.
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