Anti-Aging Daily Facial Moisturizer with Sea Buckthorn and Green Tea.

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:

Oils:

Emuslifier:

Water-based ingredients:

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Store in a lidded container for up to 2 months.  Refrigeration will help prolong shelf life.

Notes:

  • 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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This post has been shared on From The Farm, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #87, Simple Living Wednesday, Homestead Barn Hop #123, Wildcrafting Wednesday and Fat Tuesday.

 

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Comments

  1. Can you substitute something else for the beeswax? I have very acne-prone skin (cystic acne) and I’ve found anything with wax in it to be problematic for my skin–breakouts start within 48 hours of beginning to use it. I love all the other ingredients in your recipe…but I just can’t do the beeswax.

    • The beeswax is the emulsifier which allows the water and the oil to bind together. Without an emulsifier you would have a separated mess. You have 2 choices: you can try a different wax like carnauba or candelilla wax or you can make it into a body butter by cutting out the water based ingredients and wax entirely, and just using the oils. This makes a much greasier product so you would only want to use a tiny amount.

    • You could purchase an emulsifier like polawax , cetearyl alcohol or BTMS 50. You will find this online where they sell soap and lotion making supply.

  2. I wonder what I can use instead of Sea buckthorn oil? What about jojoba oil?

  3. Where would you find or make mango butter?

  4. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  5. I realize my series on natural products has been slacking a bit, but today I’m sharing something to make up for it – an awesome recipe for a homemade facial moisturizer that I absolutely adore. Seriously, this stuff is amazing!

  6. How long will this keep before it spoils? (If you keep it in the fridge?)

  7. Are the ounces listed liquid ounces or weight ounces?

  8. I just made this and tried 3 different batches, but the oil just separated each time from the cream. After being very frustrated, I heated up the liquid just a tad so it was warm and put both the cream and the water mixtures in a blender, stopping every 20 seconds or so to push the mixture off the sides and top. After a few minutes, it started to mix together. It took maybe 10 to 15 minutes, but eventually it turned into a cream. Don’t give up, just keep mixing, it will get there.

    I didn’t have grape seed oil, so I used sweet almond oil. It is still greasy, but I don’t know if that’s from using the almond oil. The smell is very floral, it ad it just feels amazing on my skin. I love it! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  9. I love this post!
    I'm going to try to get all the ingredients and make this facial moisturizer :)

  10. This better work. I just spent $50 on ingredients (+shipping). That’s more than I ever pay for skin cream! Do you have one that helps with UVA/UVB rays?

    • The oils in the product will have a small amount of natural UV protection, but in order to make it have a number of 15 or more, you would have to add a sunscreen, so either a chemical sunscreen (not good) or zinc oxide. From my own research, the only safe zinc oxide is non-nano sized (the particle size isn’t nano sized, which is really tiny, and can be absorbed into your skin… not a good thing to absorb heavy metals into your skin). But the problem with non-nano zinc oxide is that when you add enough of it to give you an spf of 15 or 20, it goes on with a whitish appearance, fairly faint, but best for a sunscreen rather than a face lotion. It probably isn’t the best for blocking pores either. In a nut shell, in my opinion, SPF is not good in daily moisturizers because it isn’t safe. I really hope you enjoy the lotion!!

      • Anonymous says:

        I wonder if this preparation has been tested over time and its anti-aging benefits proven or if its effectiveness is anticipated because of the known properties of the ingredientes (e.g. neroli increasing skin cell growth)?

  11. This was expensive to make and was a total failure! We tripled the recipe – could that be the cause? It turned grey, curdled and could not blend water into the oils.

    • It sounds like you didn’t achieve an emulsification. I have never tried tripling the recipe but I wouldn’t think that would cause any problems. Were all of your ingredients fresh?

  12. I will make the face cream for sure

  13. Janie Fox says:

    I was wondering if a person could replace the alo vera with something else? My sister & I have such problems with a lot ot ingredients & this recipe is great except for the aloe, which is a problem item for her. I can see where the first purchase of all of the ingredients might be expensive, however, I am assuming these items will make several batches which reduces the cost temendously. Thanks.

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