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Learn to make a professional-quality DIY anti-aging facial cream with this Rosehip and Evening Primrose Facial Cream Recipe. Perfect for normal to dry skin types, it’s highly moisturizing yet fast absorbing, and better than store bought.
Let’s be real… high quality natural skin care brands are expensive. A good facial cream can easily set you back $100 or more for a teeny tiny bottle.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got kids and a small farmstead full of animals that rely on me for things like food, and shelter. Spending a ton of money on skin care products, no matter how magnificent they sound, just ain’t gonna happen.
You’ve got important things to spend your money on too. But, you don’t have to forgo exquisite, wholesome, natural facial creams.
What if I told you that you can make your own naturally-based, effective, antioxidant-rich, vitamin-rich, better-than-store-bought DIY anti-aging facial cream?
You totally can! And, if you’re game, I’ll show you how.
Here are the stars of this moisturizer:
Rosehip oil is one of my personal favorite facial oils, and it’s an amazing anti-ager. It’s rich in vitamin A (the anti-aging vitamin), vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), and essential fatty acids. It may also help to build collagen and reduce hyperpigmentation. (1)
Rosehip oil is a fast-absorber, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave a greasy after-feel, so it’s perfect for all skin types.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is another high-quality anti-aging oil. It helps maintain and restore skin tone and elasticity. It has anti-inflammatory and healing qualities, and helps promote skin moisture.
Evening primrose oil is high in omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Like rosehip oil, evening primrose oil is fast-absorbing and not heavy on the skin, so it’s well-suited to all skin types.
You’ll need a few other ingredients to create this lovely DIY anti-aging facial cream:
Water isn’t meant to “water down” your moisturizer. In fact, water helps the product to hydrate the skin, plumping skin cells and reducing dryness. So, it’s a helpful addition. (This is why anhydrous, or water-free, butters and creams aren’t as moisturizing.)
Using a distilled water for this recipe is preferable to tap water.
This is the “magic” ingredient that allows the oils and the water to mix smoothly together without separating.
Emulsifying wax is not 100% natural, but the one I use is vegetable-based and as natural as possible.
If you want a pro-quality product, emulsifying wax is a must-add. You will still end up with an approximately 95% natural cream.
I know a lot of online DIY blogs say you can make creams without emulsifying wax, or with beeswax. The vast majority of these recipes will never, ever come together into a cream and if they do will end up separating on your shelf within a day or so.
Beeswax also will give your finished cream a waxy, draggy feel on the face. A lot of women (me being one of them) don’t like the feel of beeswax on the face because it creates a highly occlusive barrier on the skin’s surface that feels a bit “sweaty” or “smother-y,” if that’s a word.
Basically, you can feel the layer of beeswax on the surface of your skin, it doesn’t absorb in. Great for lip balms, not so great for facial creams.
If you want pro-quality results you need emulsifying wax.
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I know you may have heard bad things about preservatives. But the fact is, there is much more to this conversation than “all preservatives are scary bad for you.”
There are many different types of preservatives. The cosmetic preservative that has given all preservatives a bad rap are parabens. Parabens may disrupt the functioning of the endocrine system. (2)
But not all preservatives have been shown to be endocrine disruptors, which means some are “safer” than others. The preservative used in this recipe is paraben-free.
The reality is, you are more at-risk from a preservative-free cream than you are from preservatives used in the cream. Unpreserved creams WILL grow mold, yeast, and bacteria (most commonly E. coli, Staph, and Pseudomonas).
A preserved cream is safer than a preservative-free cream. That’s fact, friend.
Again, lot of DIY beauty gurus claim they never preserve their creams and they never spoil. Unfortunately, unless they are testing their creams regularly, they really don’t know.
Because you can’t see E. coli. You can’t see Staph. You can’t even see mold because it grows in long, trailing, microscopic rivulets long before it finally sprouts all fuzzy. So… ick.
This DIY anti-aging facial cream recipe calls for a scant 0.5%. Not much for a shelf-stable, skin-safe formulation.
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Before Getting Started
The process seems complicated when you first read up on it, but it’s actually quite simple when you do it. Just follow the steps and you’ll be A-OK.
You’ll get more precise measurements if you weigh your ingredients, especially because we’re working with small amounts, but if you don’t have a scale I’ve also listed measurements by volume.
If you have any questions, feel free to post in the comments section below this post, or post on the Farm Girl Soap Co. Facebook page.
Rosehip and Evening Primrose DIY Anti-Aging Facial Cream
This recipe makes 5 fluid ounces of facial cream–a huge amount compared to the 1 or 2 ounces of most store-bought brands. Your cost works out to just a few cents an ounce.
Here’s what you’ll need:
0.5 oz. rosehip seed oil (or 1 tablespoon)
0.5 oz. evening primrose oil (or 1 tablespoon)
0.25 oz. emulsifying wax (or heaping 1/2 tablespoon)
3.75 oz. distilled water (or scant 1/2 cup)
0.02 oz. water-soluble PF Preservative (Germall Plus) (or 1/8 teaspoon)
You’ll also need:
Containers for your cream (I’m in love with these jars with bamboo lids, because they look lovely on my bathroom counter. I like the 50g/1.7 oz size; below I’ll explain why!)
In a small glass bowl or wide-mouth pint mason jar, add rosehip seed oil, evening primrose oil, emulsifying wax, and water.
Make a small double-boiler by placing the bowl/jar in a small pan filled with just a few inches of water (the water should not come higher than halfway up the side of the bowl or jar).
Place the pan on the stove top and warm over medium-low heat. You want the water to steaming but not simmering. Keep on the heat until the emulsifying wax is completely melted.
Turn off the stove and remove the bowl/jar from the pan. Please be careful, as it will be hot! Place the jar on a heat-safe surface.
With your stick blender, blend this mixture for several minutes stopping to let the stick blender rest after every minute or so. You’ll see the mixture turn to a creamy white, similar to heavy cream. Lovely!
NOTE: Hand mixers just won’t do for making lotion; you need the shear of a stick blender blade to create a stable emulsion.
Leave your cream in the jar to cool completely. Don’t put the lid on just yet, though, because you don’t want condensation to form on the lid.
NOTE: At this point, your cream will still be very watery–don’t worry. Your cream will continue to thicken for the next 12 hours.
After several hours, when your cream is completely cooled, add in the preservative. Blend with the stick blender again to incorporate. I also like to use a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides to ensure the preservative gets blended into every bit of cream.
Time to package your cream.
Remember those lovely jars I told you about earlier? I like to place part of my cream in this jar, and store the rest in a half-pint mason jar. It helps keep the majority of the cream fresh from the dipping of fingers in my daily use jar. Just replenish your jar as needed.
This cream has a shelf life of about 8 months.
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2. (Nowak K, et al. “Parabens and Their Effects on the Endocrine System.” Mol Cell Endocrinol.)