How much money have you spent over the last ten years on daily moisturizers? Did you go for the tiny $50 bottles of “all natural” and “organic” lotions? Were you influenced by expensive advertisements promising amazing results? Did you get those results? Did you blindly trust the commercial beauty industry and ignore the fact that you didn’t know what 90% of the ingredient list actually was or what it did? I did.
It took me many years to come to the realization that I could, actually, make my own lotions WITHOUT the mystery ingredients, and that would truly nourish my skin and help prevent early aging. All commercial products, labelled “all natural” or not, have to contain SOME form of preservative to give them some kind of a shelf life. Truly all natural skincare has a shelf life of only a few months since it has zero preservatives of any kind. It is fresh, safe, and not difficult to make. See the bottom of this article for references to my other fresh lotion recipes.
Green Tea compounds have significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies indicate that when used as a cream, green tea can help prevent ultra violet radiation damage. A study demonstrated an increase in skin elasticity when treated with topical and oral green tea.
Sea Buckthorn Oil is extracted from whole sea buckthorn berries. It is highly concentrated and rich in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols. Sea buckthorn is used primarily to treat damaged and wrinkled skin. A small amount makes a great contribution to a daily moisturizer.
Mango Butter is a rejuvenating oil due to its antioxidant properties. It helps generate skin cell renewal and prevent the formation of wrinkles. It is high in vitamins and minerals that feed your skin, and helps prevent UV damage.
Witch Hazel is an extract from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Hamamelis virginiana. It has impressive anti-inflammatory qualities and is known to be beneficial in the treatment of many skin conditions. Witch hazel is also anti-microbial and is used to heal bruises and cuts. It demonstrates anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities.
Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. The gel is extracted from the thick leaves simply by cutting open and scooping out, or can be used to treat burns topically simply by placing a cutting of the plant directly on the burn. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is beneficial to skin regeneration. It’s non-greasy, moisturizing qualities make it a great ingredient in fresh lotions. Learn how to extract it from your own plants for use here.
Neroli Essential Oil is derived from the blossoms of the sweet orange or the bitter orange tree. Neroli oil is believed to increase circulation while stimulating new cell growth. It is used to prevent scarring, treat stretch marks, and help clear acne. Some studies suggest it can help reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels and varicose veins. Neroli oil has a light, floral fragrance.
Anti-Aging Daily Facial Moisturizer Recipe:
- 1.75 oz. grapeseed oil (carrier oil)
- 0.4 oz. mango butter
- 30 drops of sea buckthorn oil (0.025 oz.)
- 10 drops rosemary extract or vitamin E oil (optional, may help extend shelf life)
- 10-15 drops neroli essential oil
- 0.25 oz. pure beeswax
- Brew 1 tbsp. loose green tea leaves or 1 green tea bag in 1 cup water. Allow to cool to room temperature. Remove tea bag or strain tea thoroughly. Set aside until room temperature.
- In a thick-bottomed pot melt beeswax with oils just until it is melted. Once melted, add rosemary oil or vitamin E, and neroli oil. Fill a wide mouth mason jar with hot tap water until jar is warm, then pour water out. This prepares your jar for the hot oils. Pour oils and wax into the wide mouth mason jar, set aside and allow to cool until room temperature.
- The following ingredients must be at room temperature before beginning. In a measuring cup weigh and add green tea, witch hazel and aloe vera. Set aside.
- When wax/oil mixture has cooled down to room temperature (touch the outside of the jar. If it is hot, it isn’t ready yet) but is still soft (but not liquid), begin blending with a stick blender (immersion blender). SLOWLY pour your water mixture into the jar in a slow, continuous stream, while blending constantly, circling around the mixture to make sure it is all blended in. You can move the emersion blender up and down and around to help the process. Don’t pause until all the water has been added. Continue to blend for a few minutes to ensure your mixture has emulsified.
- Store in a lidded container for up to 2 months. Refrigeration will help prolong shelf life.
- Sea buckthorn is very concentrated. Only a small amount is needed. It will color your product yellow. Care must be taken when handling the bottle to prevent staining of fabric.
- It is very important to combine your ingredients when they have reached room temperature or your emulsion will fail and your water will separate. If this happens, drain off the water and use the lotion as a body butter. It will be greasier but will still make a nice product. Alternatively, you can make a second batch and carefully (and slowly) add the failed batch to it, after you have successfully emulsified your new batch.
- Always ensure your hands are clean when you use the lotion to prevent bacteria from entering your lotion.
- It is helpful to sterilize your utensils first with boiling water to help prevent bacteria from entering the lotion.
- You can interchange or combine other liquid oils. Grapeseed oil is known to be one of the least greasy of the oils.
- You can use a different solid oil in place of mango butter. Coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter would work well.
- You can use any distilled water, hydrosol or floral water to replace the green tea. Check the ingredients first to make sure they are pure.
- When choosing essential oils keep in mind that citrus-based oils can be photo-toxic. Used in moisturizers on skin that is exposed to the sun can cause severe sunburns.
- I have linked ingredients to Mountain Rose Herbs, a company that provides high quality, organic ingredients from sustainable sources. Mountain Rose Herbs is my first choice in companies that provide quality ingredients. Alternatively, most ingredients can be purchased in natural food stores.
- This recipe will make less than 1 cup of moisturizer. Refrigerate to extend shelf-life. Use moisturizer sparingly. A little WILL go a long way!
Enjoy your truly natural, fresh lotion!
You might also be interested in Chamomile-infused Fresh Hand and Body Lotion, Back to the Basics! An introduction to Fresh Lotions and a Recipe.
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