7 Homemade Face Cream RecipesOrganic Buenos Aires staff
Everyone has their own skin routine, from the basic scrub to deep cleansing and moisturising, whether with store bought or natural face creams.
Unfortunately, many of the commercial skincare products and face creams available contain numerous chemicals and toxic ingredients that absorb right into your body and can lead to a range of health problems.
Find out more about what these toxic ingredients are in this article, entitled Toxic Ingredients in Makeup, Cosmetics and Beauty Products.
In the meantime, you can have a go at making your own face cream with one of these 7 natural homemade face cream recipes below.
Try these homemade face cream recipes
If you’re looking for a face cream but aren’t keen on smearing chemicals on your skin, then you might want to try some of these natural face cream recipes. They won’t clog your pores and they’ll be a lot cheaper as well! Another option is to check out the oil cleansing method.
1. HONEY COLD CREAM
3 tablespoons cold-pressed safflower oil
3 tablespoons distilled water
2 teaspoons grated beeswax
1 teaspoon honey
Combine the beeswax and safflower oil and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat and slowly drizzle the honey into oil mixture while beating. Continue to beat, slowly dropping the water in. Let the mixture settle for a few minutes, then drain the water below. The cold cream will be left on top. Keep in the fridge in a clean glass jar.
2. VITAMIN E CREAM
2 teaspoons plain yoghurt
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 vitamin E capsules (equivalent of 300 units)
Stir the yoghurt, honey and lemon juice together. Open the vitamin E capsules and fold the contents into the mix. You can then gently massage the vitamin E cream into your skin, leaving it on for 15 minutes. The cream will keep for about 3-4 days.
3. ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM
1 teaspoon apple juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
3 seedless grapes
2 egg whites
Place all of the ingredients together in a blender on medium speed for 30 seconds. You can then dab the mixture on wrinkles (such as around the eyes). Let the mixture dry and then rinse your face with warm water. Follow with a moisturiser. The wrinkle cream will keep for about 4 days.
Organic coconut oil is another great wrinkle cream and moisturiser. Apply it under and around the eyes before going to bed.
4. DRY SKIN CREAM
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sesame seed oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
3 drops essential oil (grapefruit)
Blend the vitamin E oil, beeswax and sesame oil, then heat on low until it is melted. Heat the water and essential oil gently. Combine the two mixtures and mix well (for at least 2 minutes).
5. GINGER FACE CREAM
5cm piece of fresh ginger
2 teaspoons light sesame oil
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
1/2 cup cocoa butter
Finely grate the ginger and squeeze to get 1/8 teaspoon of juice. Place all the ingredients into a glass jar and heat until the cocoa butter is just melted. Pour into a clean and dry glass container and store in a cool, dry place. Find out more about the health benefits of ginger here.
6. ALOE VERA FACE CREAM
2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
1 or 2 drops essential oil of your choice
Vitamins A and E (as desired)
3/4 cup apricot, almond, or grape seed oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon lanolin
1-2 tablespoons grated beeswax
Combine the water, aloe vera, essential oil and vitamins in a glass measuring cup. In a double boiler combine the oils, lanolin and beeswax over low heat until just melting. Pour them into a blender and let them cool to room temperature. Then blend on high. Pour the water mixture very slowly into the centre of the mix as it’s blending. Turn off the blender when the mix is thick and creamy.
7. GREEN TEA FACE CREAM
4 tablespoons of hazelnut oil
2 tablespoons emulsifying wax
1/2 cup green tea
1 or 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
4 capsules of vitamin E
1 teaspoon citric acid
Blend two aloe vera stalks and strain the juice. Mix the oil and wax in a glass bowl, heat this in the bowl over a saucepan of water until it dissolves. Brew a bag of green tea in 1/2 a cup of water. Mix all of these in a glass bowl. Wait until the mixture cools then add the vitamin E (by breaking open the capsules) and citric acid. Mix well and place it in the fridge in a glass jar.
*Be sure to do a skin test of the creams before applying to your face. Some people are allergic to bees wax, for example.