When the winter weather comes in full force, so does the extra dry skin. Skin care products that previously worked great for you are now falling short. Your cheeks get red and rough, wrinkles start to look deeper and those smile lines that used to not bother you seem a little too pronounced now. All these signs are your skin’s way of letting you know that it needs more moisture! It needs more protection from the elements, and it needs more skin care ingredients that feed and strengthen it so it can better adapt to the cold weather and elements. Now, you could go buy a product that might help your skin with these things. Or, you could whip up your very own hand made winter face cream with ingredients you probably already have on hand. If you’re feeling crafty today, here’s a recipe just for you:
- ½ cup raw Shea butter, warm
- 1/8 cup Jojoba oil
- 3 Tablespoons Seabuckthorn oil
- Lavender essential oil (optional)
- Frankincense essential oil (optional)
- Hand mixer
- Mixing bowl
- Container for storage
Measure the raw Shea butter, Jojoba and Seabuckthorn oil into the mixing bowl. If you are using the essential oils, measure 5-10 drops of each into the bowl as well. With your hand mixer, whip up all the oils together until thoroughly combined. You will know when it’s done because the texture will be light, fluffy and have a whipped kind of consistency. When it’s ready, transfer to your container of choice and store in a cool, dry place. This cream can be used daily on your face as well as on your body.
Raw African Shea butter is the base for this face cream because it meets all the criteria mentioned above for what your skin needs during the cold and sometimes harsh winter weather: it strengthens your skin, protects it externally, and keeps it hydrated. Jojoba oil helps your skin to adapt to the weather and provides the full spectrum of vitamin E, Seabuckthorn provides extra antioxidants and youthening lipids, Lavender essential oil soothes and speeds up cellular healing and Frankincense essential oil lends an extra anti aging and reparative ingredient to this already extremely restorative formula.
This DIY winter face cream would also make a fantastic gift or mini party favor and is great for massage and especially rough places on the body like the feet, knees, elbows and cracking hands. Though formulated for your face, it can do the job anywhere you need it to.