A day cream is more like a moisturizing cream, often with SPF for sun protection and a product that’s used quite often. Want to know how you can prepare your own day cream that is chemical-free? Read on for the recipe.
This is a very rich cream and oil-based, so ideal for dry skin or winter-abused skin. It is intensely moisturizing and nourishing and ideal for dry or mature skin. Let’s look at the recipe and instructions, shall we?
Olive Oil – 12 Tsps.
Coconut Oil – 3 Tsps.
Sweet Almond Oil – 12 Tsps.
Beeswax – 3 Tsps.
Grapeseed Oil – 12 Tsps.
Hydrosol – 1 Cup (any hydrosol)
Vitamin E Oil – 15 Drops
Aloe Vera Gel – 12 Tsps.
Essential Oil – 10 – 15 Drops
In a sterilized pan, melt and combine the oils and simmer them together. You don’t need to use high heat, just enough heat to combine it.
In a double boiler, melt the beeswax.
In a mixing bowl, add the Aloe Vera gel and beat it. Now, add the melted wax slowly. Start whipping after adding melted butter and oils.
Continue beating till the ingredients are combined well – emulsification, where the water-based ingredients and oil-based ingredients combine thoroughly.
It is important to understand you should add the ingredients slowly, while continuing to beat the ingredients. You can use an electric blender or your food processor for whipping.
Let is cool down, before transferring to a sterilized container.
While it might not look like nourishing cream when it is still hot, when it cools down, the texture of the cream will improve.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
The key with emulsification is getting the ingredients combined thoroughly, though you must do this step patiently. You don’t want to add all the ingredients in a heap and then try to beat. Adding the oil-based ingredients slowly while beating is the way go. Emulsification process is complete when the ingredients are blended thoroughly – have you tried mayonnaise? It is a good example for emulsification where a fat (oil or egg yolk) is beaten with vinegar and additives to create the creamy end-product! Can you tell that by looking at it? It just looks like a whipped creamy mass right? Exactly! That’s what we need here.
You can use distilled water, rose water or even tea as your hydrosol for this cream. I use rose water because it is a natural toner, smells good and has anti-aging properties. With acne-prone skin, I find using rose water curbs acne outbreaks and keeps oil production under control.
Since it is a day cream, I used a few drops of peppermint essential oil, though you can use any essential oil that is not photosensitive. Peppermint oil gives you a wake-up effect like caffeine does, with the cooling sensation that is uniquely minty.
You can pick and choose oils with similar properties based on your preference. I often swap a few ingredients for a variety and found it influencing the recipe.
How to Use It?
After washing your face, apply this cream with gentle and firm upper strokes.