As the years go by, fine facial lines and wrinkles emerge when the skin begins to produce less oil, according to Health Services at Columbia University. Unfortunately, these small and unsightly signs of aging will gradually turn into deeper wrinkles and furrows. Although it's impossible to turn back time and make wrinkles disappear, a good homemade facial cream, applied daily, will nourish and hydrate the skin and give your face a smoother, more youthful appearance. To boost radiance and make the skin appear more taut and defined, you can create a do-it-yourself wrinkle cream using common and inexpensive beauty products.
Place 3 tbsp. almond oil in the top of a double boiler. Stir in 2 tbsp. hydrous lanolin and 2 tbsp. cocoa butter. Use caution when combining the hydrous lanolin with the other ingredients.
Heat the ingredients, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in 2 tsp. rose water and 1/2 tsp. honey. Blend well until the mixture has a creamy consistency.
Allow the cream to cool. Place the cooled cream in an airtight container. Skip the plastic containers when storing your homemade wrinkle cream. Glass and ceramic jars store natural beauty products best.
Wash your face and neck, then smooth the mixture into your skin. Because the oil, lanolin and cocoa butter may separate, you may have to shake the container before applying to your skin to remix the ingredients. Store the cream in the refrigerator between uses.
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- University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy: Summary Chart: Properties of Ointment Bases
- Health Services at Columbia University: Go Ask Alice!
- "Reference Guide for Essential Oils"; Alan Higley
- "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances"; Julie Gabriel
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.
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