I’ve wanted to make my own face creams for a long time but didn’t have the confidence to do so. What pushed me to actually – finally! – to have a go was because all three of us – my Mum, John and myself – have various problems with our skin: My Mum in her 80s complained of her dry skin; John, since 8 years or so, suffers with a type of eczema, resulting in a dry, flaking patch; and I (mid-40s), while never having suffered before with dry skin have recently had it in areas and – as hilarious as it sounds – lasting a few days, had a spontaneous outbreak of tiny spots!
* I would like to share my EASY and FREE face cream recipe with you.
A vegan friendly recipe based on my research. *
The essential oil, lavender, is antibacterial and aids sleep with its ‘unisex’ floral scent; so not overly flowery and ideal for females and males. Therefore, an excellent essential oil for problematic skin. (I’ve added an url link, below, of the lavender fields in Norfolk, England, not too far from where I live. The fields look beautiful!)
With all essential oils you only add a few drops to the carrier (an oil or rose-water). If in doubt, you can refer to an aromatherapy guide book. Never use essential oils undiluted as they can cause unpleasant burning.
The shea butter and coconut act as carriers for the raspberry seed and essential oils. Raspberry seed can also be used undiluted.
Raspberry seed oil is anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, pro-healing and contains its own sun protection.
Shea butter, a long-time favourite of Africans, contains vitamins A and E, and is therefore anti-ageing; also, anti-inflammatory, healing and very moisturising. Protects against the sun and is an excellent after-sun treatment.
Virgin coconut oil contains vitamin E and is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, pro-healing, and anti-ageing due to its own sun protecting qualities.
(Organic) shea butter 3 oz
(Organic) virgin coconut oil 1 oz
(Organic) raspberry seed oil 2 teaspoons
(Organic) lavender oil 1 teaspoon
– for a DAY CREAM: Zinc oxide 1/2 oz for an SPF of 10; 1 oz for an SPF of 20. Note that the higher the content of zinc oxide the more white residue you’ll have – I found with my own cream containing a full 1 oz that if you apply it generously, you’ll end up with a strange looking white ‘mask’ – but even at this high factor, if used sparingly, there isn’t much obvious white residue. Obviously, I can only speak for those with fair skin colouration; people with darker skins may prefer to use less zinc oxide or forego it altogether.
The shea butter, coconut and raspberry seed ALSO contain their own natural sun protection factors.
My recipe is vegan and therefore lacks the binding properties of the beeswax that is commonly used. This means that my DAY cream does solidify due to the zinc oxide, however, the NIGHT cream (without the zinc oxide) does have a little separation between the ingredients, but it is still an excellent moisturising cream!
You may or may not choose to use organic ingredients. People with allergies or severe chronic illnesses may feel the extra benefit that organic brings (NO pesticides etc used in the manufacturing process, all natural – therefore more expensive!)
Saucepan and stove or bowl and microwave
Sterilised glass jars (I cleaned mine with rubbing alcohol 70%); dark/coloured jars protect the creams containing the SPF, also prolong the life of any cream
Labels (you can have fun making these)
Gently warm the shea butter and coconut in a saucepan (on a low heat, watching all the time) until the two blend. DON’T boil or the natural properties will be lost! Leave to cool a little off the heat source, but don’t leave for so long that the two ingredients become solid. Now stir in the raspberry seed and essential oils.
I found that with the zinc oxide it does create lumps and is somewhat difficult to dissolve, somewhat alike to adding gravy granules or cornflour to large quantities of hot water. I would recommend trying to add the zinc oxide to a LITTLE of the mixture at first, making a paste before adding to the rest of it, how a cook would add cornflour to a sauce to thicken. I haven’t tried this myself, yet, but it’s worth a go yourself – because your face cream will end up more smoothly blended.
So after adding the zinc oxide and stirring everything together until well blended you can now, aided with a funnel, funnel the mixture into your sterilised glass jars.
The face cream mixture will set in the next few hours. You could make it in the evening before sleeping.
While my mixtures (I made two batches; make the night cream first) were setting I created my own labels from a drawing I’d already done in a free software programme, fotor.com . Once printed out – I copied a few extra for next time – I glued the labels onto the appropriate jars (don’t mix up the day and night creams!) and then decoupaged over the labels to create a sealant. I used Mod Podge.
You can add any essential oils of your choosing. Such as: Tea tree, refreshing and anti-bacterial; and, Rose otto, expensive but oh so lovely with it’s beautiful, genuine scent of roses and soothing, feel-good properties and anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, astringent, healing benefits. Aids clear skin, reduces itchiness, reduces anxiety etc.
Copyright Faith McCord 2020
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