DIY – Aloe Vera & Essential Oils Facial Gel

Great for acne prone skin and all skin types.

I love making my own skincare products. And so today I’m making an Aloe Vera gel/moisturizer. I used essential oils in this gel because just like Aloe Vera, they are also very nourishing. Aloe Vera is moisturizing, reduces acne and infections, lightens blemishes, and fights aging. I purchased the essential oils here and the rosehip oil was gifted to me by my best friend. The rosehip oil can be found here.

Ingredients

  • Aloe Vera leaf
  • Rosehip oil (carrier oil)
  • Lavender (essential oil)
  • Tea tree (essential oil)
  • Eucalyptus (essential oil)
  • Knife (any kitchen knife)
  • A bowl
  • Blender or hand mixer

Why I chose the above combination
I have mild acne and oily skin, which is why I put together the above combination. I chose the carrier oil based on the comedogenicity. Rosehip oil has a comedogenic rating of 1, which means it will not clog my pores. I avoid using any carrier oils with a comedogenic rating of 3 and above. Lavender, Tea tree, and Eucalyptus are all great for acne and I have acne prone skin. Aloe Vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It acts as a moisturizer without leaving a greasy feeling. It’s perfect for oily skin and can be used on all skin types. Aloe Vera can treat acne as it contains hormones which have healing and anti-inflammation properties.

Difference between carrier and essential oils
Carrier oils: These oils are used to dilute essentials oils. They’re used break down essential oils so they can easily be absorbed by your skin.  If some oils are not diluted, they can irritate your skin, especially in sensitive areas such as your face. Examples of carrier oils are coconut, argan, jojoba, olive, and castor.
Essential oils: These are highly concentrated oils. They’re extracted from plants through distillation or cold pressing. Essential oils have antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties. They can be used for healing with minimal or no side effects. They’re very strong oils, which is why some essential oils should be diluted before use.

How to Dilute:
It’s important to dilute to avoid irritation and so your body can better absorb the oils. It’s generally safer to dilute essentials oils.  I don’t recall a time that I have used essential oils on their own.

1% = 5-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil

2% = 10-12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil

3% = 15-18 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil

note: anything above 3% is considered very strong. For this gel, I chose 1% dilution since I’ll be using this on my face. How much dilution you use also depends on where you’re using the oil and how long you’re using the oil.

Making the gel

  1. Wash your hands, this is a must. Wash the Aloe Vera leaf. I also recommend washing the knife, the blender or mixer and anything else you’re using from your kitchen EVEN if it’s already clean.
  2. Cut the thorns on the side then cut the leaf.
  3. Slice the leaf in two halves, rinse it, then scoop out the gel with a spoon.
  4. Two ways for this Step. a) throw the thick gel in a blender or b) use a hand mixer. I used a hand mixer which was a terrible idea but I’m letting you know anyways.
  5. Either add the oils in the blender to mix with the gel or if you’re using a hand mixer, just add the oils and keep mixing. I highly recommend blending for consistency and it takes less time. And done!

I keep my gel in the fridge to preserve. The gel looks pink because of rose petals that were in the rosehip oil.