Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Simple DIY Wrinkle Cream You Can Make At Home

     I've been pampering my skin since my early twenties when I first heard about the damaging effects of the sun. Back then, I was spending a small fortune on skincare products without realizing that I could make my own wrinkle creams at home.

     Today on the blog, my guest Jennifer Scott is here to share her DIY secrets to better skincare!  




All Natural Do It Yourself Wrinkle Cream
As we grow older our skin tells the story of our lives. As laugh lines and crow’s feet begin to appear, it’s only natural to look for remedies that will reduce aging effects. There are a variety of anti-aging serums and wrinkle creams on the market today, but why spend exorbitant amounts of money on commercial products when you can make your own wrinkle cream for a fraction of the price? 

The Benefits of Making Your Own Wrinkle Cream 
There are numerous reasons beyond the cost of commercial products to make your own wrinkle cream. Many of the serums and creams on the market today claim to be able to reduce wrinkles with long-term use. The reality is that at least some of these products contain harsh ingredients that can actually damage your skin if they’re used over a long period of time. 

When making your own wrinkle cream, you know exactly what you are using on your skin. Many of the ingredients used in the recipes below are natural antioxidants that aid in the prevention of damage caused by harmful UV rays. The butters and carrier oils soften the skin after the first use, and you have the added benefit of using all natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin. As an extra bonus, these all-natural creams have a pleasant aroma, and you get to experience the pleasure of creating them yourself. With a little time and experimentation, you can eventually hand tailor a wrinkle cream that suits you specifically. Trying out the following recipes is a great way to get started. 

The Ingredients 
Most of the ingredients that you’ll need to make your wrinkle cream can be found easily online or at your local herb/health food shop. You may even already have some of them at home. Just be sure that you purchase your ingredients from a reputable location to avoid buying products that are outdated or not of a high quality. Initially, some of the essential oils may seem a bit pricey, but in the recipes, they are only used in small amounts and will last a long time so long as you store them properly. 

Butters: Cocoa butter, Shea butter, and Mango butter all make great thickeners for wrinkle creams and they have the added benefit of being excellent for your skin. Cocoa butter has a very pleasant smell and is soothing to rough skin, while Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, making it an ideal moisturizer and restorative. Mango butter is a pleasant, less greasy butter suitable for those with oily skin. 

Carrier Oils: Carrier oils are typically used when you are creating a blend of essential oils. They’re also used in creams to give a smooth even blend that is less likely to clump. Like the butters, carrier oils also have properties that are beneficial to your skin. Sweet Almond oil softens the skin and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, and Jojoba oil is a great choice for overly dry skin that has been damaged due to acne or eczema. 


Essential Oils: Essential oils are pure aromatics that are distilled or pressed from the flowers, bark, roots, seeds or leaves of herbs and other plants. Pure essential oils are very concentrated and deliver a higher concentration of the beneficial properties of the plant than a simple infusion. The following are just a few essential oils that are beneficial for skincare: 

  • Frankincense oil – Repairs damaged skin and balances skin tone.
  • Calendula oil – Repairs dry damaged skin and eases any discomfort associated with chapping.
  • Lemon oil – A great antioxidant that clears and freshens the skin.
  • Pomegranate Seed oil – Acts as a natural sunscreen and reduces the effects of aging due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lavender oil – Eases chapped skin and smoothes fine wrinkles.
  • Geranium oil – Balances combo skin that is both oily and dry. It also repairs damaged skin.
  • Carrot Seed oil – Rejuvenates the skin and smoothes wrinkles.
Recipes 
Both of the recipes listed below are easy to make. You will need the following items in addition to your ingredients to make these creams: 

  • A clean glass jar with a screw top lid – Essential oils will cling to plastic, so avoid plastic jars.
  • Glass eye droppers – one for each essential oil you plan to use. 
  • A small saucepan – this will act as a double boiler while making your cream.
  • A small whisk – A whisk will blend your ingredients more evenly, and it can also be used to fluff your cream.
  • Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups – Stainless steel or glass are best.
  • Beeswax – Beeswax can be purchased in pellets or blocks. It is used as a thickener.
  • A spoon – Glass is better, but you can also use stainless steel. 
  • A glass bowl – You’ll need to make sure that your bowl will fit in your saucepan for heating. Some people prefer to create their creams directly in the jar that it will be stored in, but this can make it difficult to blend the cream thoroughly.




Start by bringing about 3-4 inches of water to a simmer in your saucepan. While the water is heating, measure your butters and carrier oils into a glass bowl or jar. When the water is simmering, place the bowl or jar into the pan and heat until your base ingredients are completely melted, stirring occasionally. If you would like a thicker cream, add beeswax and allow it to thoroughly melt. 

Once your butters and carrier oils are melted, remove the bowl or jar from the pan and allow the mixture to cool until it starts to thicken. Continue to stir occasionally while it cools and when it has the consistency of a lotion add your essential oils. Using your whisk, continually whip the cream until cool to thoroughly blend the oils and to help prevent separation. If you want a really fluffy cream, you can continue to whisk your mixture by hand or you can use an electric mixer on low speed. 

When your cream has reached the desired consistency, store it in a clean glass jar. Your cream should last approximately three months. 

Anti-aging Wrinkle Cream 
¾ cup Shea Butter 
2.5 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil 
1 teaspoon Beeswax 
8 drops Frankincense Oil 
8 drops Carrot Seed Oil 
10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil 
4 drops Lemon Oil 
Apply to clean, dry skin in the morning and before bed. 

Rejuvenating Cream for Wrinkled and Damaged Skin 
½ cup Cocoa Butter 
½ cup Shea Butter 
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil 
1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil 
10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil 
12 Drops Calendula Oil 
6 drops Geranium Oil 
10 drops Lavender Oil 
Apply to clean, dry skin in the morning and before bed. 
Beauty may only be skin deep, but first impressions can still last a lifetime. Making your own wrinkle cream is a wonderful, inexpensive way to nourish your skin so that you can face the world with a beautiful, healthy glow.

BIO: 

Jennifer is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She's always down for a DIY project! 



12 comments:

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I've spent a lot of money on facial care, too. As I've gotten older, my face is much more sensitive, so I decided to move away from the chemicals in manufactured products and make my own body wash, facial wash, and serum. For my face, I stay away from creams. After a year of experimenting with different carrier and essential oils, I've narrowed it down to simple ingredients.

    I'll be 50 in August and recently had a facial done by my niece. She was surprised by how little dirt she sucked out. LOL! Cheers to growing old gracefully.

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    1. That's fantastic---I'm glad you found a healthy solution to good skin!

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  2. It's always nice to have options for skincare, as we react differently to the various ingredients. The positive benefit of being more affordable is nice too!

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  3. Thanks for this. My friend makes this for me. And my skin is loving it.

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  4. These sound wonderful.I love the idea of all natural skin creams. I'm currently using Revlon revita-lift but it has a chemically smell. Thanks for sharing Jennifer here, Marcia. What a great idea to make our own! I'm wondering if I could use rose oil as a substitute for the geranium oil?

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    1. Hopefully she can answer this for you. I would suggest checking out the website to see if you can get an answer.

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  5. I have been thinking about this and maybe now this will give me the nudge I need. Thanks

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  6. Now this was a bloody great post,such useful information

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    1. Yes---I love the idea of making my own facial creams.

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