A variety of commercial anti-aging face creams are available at cosmetics counters, but they're often full of unpronounceable chemicals and additives, expensive and ineffective. As an alternative, you can make your own face cream from healthy, natural ingredients. Honey and beeswax are effective ingredients in many beauty treatments, acting as natural moisturizers and humectants that will retain and replenish moisture, even during the dry months of winter. Rosewater will soothe, tone and rejuvenate the skin. Shea butter will soften and moisturize as it restores elasticity to dry skin.
Place 1 to 2 inches of water in a baking pan and place the baking pan over low heat.
Place the organic beeswax pearls in a glass mixing bowl, and place the mixing bowl in the warm water. Stir the beeswax occasionally and allow the mixture to melt.
Place rosewater in a glass cup. Place the cup in the water to warm while the beeswax is melting.
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Stir the shea butter into the beeswax and stir constantly until the shea butter melts into the beeswax. Add the wheat germ oil and sweet almond oil into the beeswax mixture. Whip the mixture with a hand mixer or stick blender until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
Continue to mix steadily as you add the warm rosewater and warm honey to the beeswax mixture. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir with a spoon until the mixture has cooled.
Add 8 to 10 drops of the essential oils of your choice to the cooled mixture. Carrot seed, lavender, rose, sandalwood, myrrh and jasmine are all beneficial for mature skin.
Pour the anti-aging face cream into small, sterile glass containers. Cover the containers securely and attach labels.
M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.