Aloe Vera Body Gel

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Why use the Aloe Vera Body Gel?

 

  • Pros

- Fast and easy to make

- Very few ingredients

- Hydrates skin

- Helps scarring

- Anti-inflammatory

- Antioxidant

- Antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties

- Helps sunburns, burns, rashes and wounds.

- Long shelf-life if Vitamin E is added (up to 8 months with the advanced recipe)

 

  • Cons

- Climate can affect growing conditions of the plant

- Gel production dependent on the size and growth of the plant


How to do it


Ingredients

 

- Aloe Vera leaf

- Vitamin E oil or capsules

- Gelatin or agar-agar (advanced recipe)

- Container (i.e. soap dispenser)

- Blender

- Knife and cutting board

 

First steps

  1. Cut leaf from the base with a clean knife
  2. Cut thinly the spikes on both sides of the leaf
  3. Cut through the gel from the base to the tip of the leaf with a knife
  4. Scrape the remaining gel off into a container trying to avoid getting any of the darker green stripes from the leafs (It contains latex - see warning note at the bottom)
  5. Use a blender for the gel. It will foam. Let it sit until the foam is mostly gone, or stick it in the oven for 30min-1h at 50ºC or 120ºF

- Simple Recipe

  1. Add 4000-5000 IU of Vitamin E per 500mL (2 cups) of the DIY Aloe Gel (See calculations below)
  2. Place it in gel dispenser
  3. Keep it in the fridge between uses

- Advanced Recipe This recipe helps preserve the DIY Aloe Gel even longer

Using gelatin (non-vegan) or agar-agar (vegan)

  1. Boil 300mL or 1 cup and 1/4 of water
  2. Add 10 grams of gelatin or agar-agar
  3. Mix until it dissolves
  4. Let it cool down to 50ºC or 120ºF aprox.
  5. Mix it with 200-250mL of Aloe Vera in the container you want to keep it in (a soap dispenser for example)
  6. Add 2500 IU of Vitamin E (See calculations below)
  7. Quickly cool it down in the fridge or freezer

 

When to apply it

 

It is a very good moisturizer. Vitamin E also helps renewing the Vitamin C in the skin, which will in turn renew the Collagen Production Cycle. It's great to use the DIY Aloe Gel right after the Vitamin C Serum has dried.

 

Apply it specially after heavy sun exposure as a hydrating after-sun. It will repair, hydrate and act as an anti-inflammatory. 

The same goes for heat burns.

 

You can also freeze the Aloe Gel in an ice tray so you always have some available, the cold will also help with the inflammation.

 

Aloe Vera gel helps in scarring, rashes or skin infections (Disclaimer: Although the benefits of Aloe Vera have been scientifically proven over and over, this is not supposed to be a treatment or a replacement for any medicine. Always consult with your doctor before treating any skin condition by yourself)


Vitamin E calculations

We need around 5000 International Units (IU) per 500mL or 2 cups of Aloe Vera Gel.

 

International Units are a unit of measurement used for some vitamins. How do we convert International Units to mL or teaspoons?

Here are different examples to help you make the calculations at home.

Vitamin E Bottle

The Vitamin E bottles we find in the stores will give us the following information:

- How much oil is there (mL or oz)

- How many International Units do they contain (IU)

 

We know that we need 5000 IU for every 500mL or 2 cups of Aloe Vera Gel that we make. But how do we take 5000 IU from the Vitamin E oil bottle? How many mL or teaspoons is 5000 IU, so we can add it to the gel?

 

We'll have to divide the number of IU in the bottle by the number of mL in the bottle, so we can find how many International Units does each mL contain. And then we know how many mL do we have to take in order to make 5000 IU. Don't panic, here is an example which will  make things more clear.

 

My label reads: There's 70000 IU in this bottle. This bottle contains 75mL of Vitamin E. 

 

Therefore, I'll divide 70000 IU by 75 mL.

70000 IU / 75 mL = 933 IU/mL

 

This means that every mL I take from the bottle, there will be 933 IU of Vitamin E.

 

Now I need to know how many mL do I need to take for a total of 5000 IU.

So I'll just divide 5000 IU by 933 IU/mL.

5000 IU/ 933  = 5.4 mL

 

This means that if I take approximately 5 mL from the Vitamin E Oil bottle (or 1 teaspoon), I'll be adding to the 500mL of Aloe Vera Gel a total of 5000 IU.

 

 

If instead I don't have 500 mL of Aloe Vera Gel, but I have 200mL of Aloe Gel, I just have to make a simple extra calculation.

 

200 * 5.4  = 1080

1080 / 500 = 2.16 mL of Aloe

 

 

So this is the "skeleton" of the calculations, so you can tap in your numbers very easily:

 

(IU in bottle) / ( mL in bottle) =  ( IU per mL in bottle)

5000 IU / ( IU per mL in bottle) = ( mL to add to 500 mL of Aloe)

 

If you have a different quantity from 500mL of aloe:

(Your quantity of Aloe Gel) * ( mL to add to 500mL of Aloe) / 500mL = ( mL to add to your quantity of Aloe Gel)

Vitamin E Capsules

The Vitamin E capsule jars we find in the stores will give us the following information:

 

- How many International Units per capsule is there

 

We know that we need 5000 IU for every 500mL or 2cups of Aloe Vera Gel that we make. But how many capsules do we need to make 5000 IU?

 

This is a much simpler calculation. We just have to divide 5000 IU by the International Units per capsule, and we'll get the number of capsules that we have to pop inside the Aloe Gel.

 

For example:

 

If the label reads: "There's 500 IU per capsule", we just have to divide:

 

5000 IU / 500 IU per capsule = 10 capsules of  Vitamin E

 

If instead you don't have 500mL of Aloe Gel and you want to know how many capsules do you need, it just takes a simple extra calculation:

 

200 mL of Aloe gel * 10 capsules = 2000

2000 / 500 = 4 capsules

 

So this is the "skeleton" of the calculations, so you can tap in your numbers very easily:

 

5000 IU / (IU per capsule) = (number of capsules you need for 500mL of Aloe Vera gel)

 

If you have a different quantity of Aloe Gel:

 

(Your quantity of Aloe Gel) * (number of capsules you need for 500mL of Aloe Vera gel) / 500mL = (Number of capsules you need for your quantity)

 


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