Homemade Wrinkle Cream That Works – Telegraph

This natural homemade wrinkle cream has many benefits. Aside from being considerably cheaper than commercial store-bought wrinkle creams, you’ll find it much gentler on your skin and often far more effective. This recipe forms part of the third step in my 3 step facial at home series.

Update April 2018 – Iv’e recently made some changes to my original diy wrinkle cream recipe which helps prevent any separation issues that some of you were experiencing with it. Iv’e also added a second variation made with honey and orange. I think the old recipe was great but these are even better, I just love them!

The first night cream recipe is a combination of beneficial oils along with a nourishing herbal infusion. This makes a perfect anti-wrinkle cream that’s great for tackling any ageing effects on the skin… and it’s very easy to make.

The honey wrinkle cream is a natural homemade anti wrinkle cream that’s great for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in your skin, but you can also get some great results when using this cream on your hands.

Before I get to the specific wrinkle cream recipes below I want to give you a few reasons why I make my own!

Why Do I Make This Homemade Wrinkle Cream?

Here’s the deal:

  1. Many commercial anti-wrinkle creams contain harmful ingredients in small quantities. While they might look like tiny amounts, rubbing them into your skin on a daily basis can often compound the cause of wrinkles rather than reduce them. There are no harsh or drying chemicals when you make your own wrinkle creams and other DIY skin care recipes, so your skin will look and feel softer right away.
  2. Aging skin develops fine lines and wrinkles, but there are other signs of ageing that you should be aware of. As we age, our pores appear larger and the skin beneath our eyes can also darken and appear saggy or even puffy. The key to keeping your skin looking and feeling youthful and wrinkle-free is hydration. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from the inside, then use some non-drying homemade wrinkle creams to add to the hydration levels on the outside.
  3. The ingredients in my effective homemade moisturizers also contain natural antioxidants which play a role in protecting your skin from damage caused by UV rays and in aiding with rejuvenation of your skin cells. On top of these benefits they also help to reduce the appearance of dark circles beneath your eyes.

How To Make Homemade Night Cream

This homemade night cream recipe is fantastic, its one of the first overnight creams I ever made and the reason this post gets so many views.

Before we begin…

  • I want to make it clear that I use this cream and the orange & honey recipe below as overnight treatments, they both contain citrus essential oils which are best avoided in sunlight. If you want to use one of these recipes as a daytime cream I would substitute the essential oils for non-citrus alternatives, or switch to my diy face cream recipe.
  • Please remember to measure your ingredients using a digital scale, its important to be accurate when working oils and butters. For more info check out how to measure your ingredients.
  • Please also note that this recipe contains water and oils and so it best used with a preservative at 1%. you can however make it without but please be aware that this will bring your shelf life down from 12 months to around 3 weeks. For more info see this post on using a preservative and other skin care tips.
  • If you are looking for other recipes that do not need a preserveative you can create a moisturizer that is oil based which could give you a 12 month shelf life depending on the oils you use. Having said that if you’re not giving it as a homemade gift and its just for you.. and I’m not sure why anyone would give this away 😉 then there’s no problem.

DIY Wrinkle Cream Ingredients:

For best results: Use this cream within 2-3 weeks (or adding a preservative at around 1 % will increase the shelf life to around 12 months)



About The Ingredients In This Recipe

  • The oils in this recipe have been selected to promote a quick and total absorption, preventing that lingering greasyness.
  • Avocado oil is excellent for all skin types and is most commonly known for its ability to soften, soothe, and recondition the skin. It’s wonderful as a carrier oil and is just as fantastic in skin care creams.
  • Argan oil is great for dry and maturing skin, it is rich in vitamin E, very protective and helps keep skin supple.
  • Calendula is a very effective flower that makes for an excellent base for creams, salves and facial recipes. It is cooling and gentle on the skin which also makes it fantastic for baby oil recipes. The infusion gives a soothing effect to the homemade wrinkle cream and is very useful for any dry or flakiness within the skin.
  • Frankincense essential oil will help to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and maybe even help to reduce the extent of the wrinkles you already have.
  • Lemon essential oil helps to banish facial wrinkles, clears the skin and helps to boost circulation. Lemon has a brightening effect on shallow skin, and a mild bleaching effect on age spots that can restore the tone back to your skin, giving it a more youthful look and feel.

Oil Substitutes

Evening Primrose oil and Wheat Germ are two more fantastic skin care oils, as are Peach Kernel and Sweet Almond oil. I would be happy to substitute the Argan and or Avocado for any of these four, although the later two will make the cream take a little long to absorb.

Equipment Needed:

  • 2 Heat proof containers
  • Sieve
  • Large, heavy – based Stainless steel saucepan
  • Spoon or small wisk
  • Weighing scales

Method:

Step 1. With a handful of Calendula flowers and 10 fl oz (300 grams) boiling water, make an herbal infusion. A herbal infusion is made by placing the flowers into a jug, pouring boiling water over them and then leaving it covered to cool. For this recipe we will only need 60 grams of the infusion, so store the remaining mixture in your fridge.

Step 2. Weigh out your oils and wax into one of the heat proof containers.

Then, pour 60 grams of the infused calendula water into the second heat proof container.

Step 3. Place both contains into a pan of simmering water, once the oils have melted heat them through but do not allow them to boil.

Step 4. Once the oils have melted and they are both warmed, remove them from the heat and combine the water with the oils.

Step 5. Now mix steadily with a spoon or whisk, if using a whisk try to keep it down to prevent air bubbles.

Step 6. As the cream starts to cool and thicken this would be a good time to add your preservative if you are using one (please check the instructions on your product for more guidance on this).

Step 7. Once the cream has reached room temperature add the frankincense and lemon essential oils and give it another good stir after each oil. To stop the oil and water separating you need to stir until the cream has completely cooled.

Step 8. Spoon into airtight jars to ensure the essential oils are well preserved, clear jars need to be kept in a cool, dark place.

How To Use The DIY Night Cream

  • I want to mention again that I use this cream and the orange & honey recipe below as overnight treatments, they both contain citrus essential oils which are best avoided in sunlight. If you want to use one of these recipes as a daytime cream I would substitute the essential oils for non-citrus alternatives, or switch to my diy face cream recipe.
  • Before you go to bed, cleanse your face and gently rub in the cream going from jaw to cheekbones, around your eyes and over your forehead. Massage the cream into your neck from the base to chin.
  • Please remember to use this cream within 2 weeks! Or for something that lasts longer try this anti-wrinkle serum that contains a natural preservative.

My Natural Wrinkle Cream With Honey & Orange

This natural anti wrinkle cream is another great overnight treatment, it’s perfect for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles in your facial skin. But you can also get some great results when using this cream on cracked heels or dry hands.

Ingredients:

For best results: Use this cream within 2-3 weeks (or adding a preservative at around 1% will increase the shelf life to around 12 months)



About The Ingredients In This Recipe

  • Apricot Kernal oil is a delightful oil comparable to Sweet Almond, but more suitable for delicate or prematurely aged skin.
  • Wheatgerm is a seriously rich oil that is loaded with natural Vitamin E, A, D, proteins, Lecithin, and also Squalane. This great combination also makes it an excellent natural preservative in all your homemade skin care products. Wheat germ has long been used for many irritations such as rough, dry and chaffing skin, and is particularly good on mature skin, helping repeal the effects of wrinkles.
  • Shea Butter has been used to help hydrate skin for many years now, it contains high levels of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory components and is the perfect ingredient for my homemade wrinkle creams.
  • The Honey in this recipe contains natural moisturizing ability, can contain some Alpha Hydroxy Acids and also helps to gently exfoliate your skin all at the same time. Honey also has significant natural antioxidant properties.
  • The Orange has a lot of citric acid which will also help exfoliate your skin. But the high level of antioxidants present in oranges will help your skin fight free radicals and slow down the formation of wrinkles. The vitamin C content will help promote the production of collagen which keeps your sin looking younger longer.

Method:

The Method for this diy wrinkle cream is almost identical to the night cream above, with just a few subtle changes.

Step 1. For this recipe we will be using a combination of orange blossom water, distilled water and honey.

Step 2. Weigh out your base oils and wax (not the vitamin E oil) into one of the heat proof containers. Then pour your waters and honey into the second heat proof container.

Step 3. Place both contains into a pan of simmering water, once the oils have melted heat them through but do not allow them to boil.

Step 4. Once the oils have melted and they are both warmed, remove them from the heat and combine the water with the oils.

Step 5. Now mix steadily with a spoon or whisk, if using a whisk try to keep it down to prevent air bubbles.

Step 6. As the cream starts to cool and thicken this would be a good time to add your preservative if you are using one (please check the instructions on your product for more guidance on this).

Step 7. Once the cream has reached room temperature add your chosen essential oils and the vitamin E, then give it another good stir. To stop the oil and water separating you need to stir until the cream has completely cooled.

Step 8. Spoon into airtight jars to ensure the essential oils are well preserved, clear jars need to be kept in a cool, dark place.

How To Use This Night Cream

Use this cream in the same way as shown in the first diy night cream recipe above.

What’s the shelf life on my homemade anti-aging creams?

The homemade wrinkle creams above are truly great, they can be made fresh without any preservatives. But remember if you don’t add the preservative they should be kept in the fridge and used within a couple of weeks. If you would like something that will last longer try my favorite homemade anti aging serum which contains a natural preservative to make it last up to one year!

And don’t forget to take a look at all of the other natural beauty recipes.


My Original Homemade Wrinkle Cream Recipe

If you would like to have ago at making my original wrinkle cream recipe here it is. A few readers experienced separation issues when making this cream, but I know that many many more are very satisfied with the results. It is as a little harder to make due to the lack of emulsifying wax, but I still love it!

For best results, use this homemade wrinkle cream within 2-3 weeks (or adding a preservative at 1 gram will increase the shelf life to around four months)

DIY Wrinkle Cream Ingredients

  • The sweet almond oil in this recipe is excellent for all skin types and is most commonly known for its ability to soften, soothe, and recondition the skin. It’s genuinely wonderful as a carrier oil and is just as fantastic in skin care creams.
  • Calendula is a very effective oil that makes for an excellent base for creams, salves and facial recipes. It’s cooling and gentle on the skin which also makes it fantastic for baby oil recipes. The infusion gives a soothing effect to the cream and is very useful for any dry or flakiness within the skin.
  • Frankincense essential oil will help to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and maybe even help to reduce the extent of the wrinkles you already have.
  • The lemon essential oil helps to banish facial wrinkles, clears the skin and helps to boost circulation. Lemon has a brightening effect on shallow skin, and a mild bleaching effect on age spots that can restore the tone back to your skin, giving it a more youthful look and feel.

Method:

Step 1. With a handful of Calendula flowers and 10 fl oz (300ml) boiling water, make an herbal infusion. A herbal infusion is made by placing the flowers into a jug, pouring boiling water over them and then leaving it covered to cool. The mixture then needs to be strained and kept in the fridge.

Step 2. In a large heavy – based stainless steel saucepan, melt the beeswax. Add the calendula and sweet almond oils, beating steadily with a wooden spoon or whisk, and then add 2 tablespoons (30ml) of the herbal infusion in a slow trickle.

Step 3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and keep stirring until the cream has cooled to almost body temperature. Add the frankincense and lemon essential oils and then give it another good stir (If using preservative add it here when the cream reaches around 45C).

Step 4. To stop the oil and water separating you need to stir until the cream has completely cooled.

Step 5. Spoon into airtight jars to ensure the essential oils are well preserved, clear jars need to be kept in a dark place.

My Three Step Home Facial Routine:

Step1 – Cleansers

Step2 – Toners

Step3 – Moisturizers

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