I often get asked about making a face lotion. Others want a face cream. Some want it thick, and others want it thin. Some want it for oily skin. Some want it for dry skin. Yup, Goldilocks is in my kitchen.
I posted in the Happy Skin group on WeChat (China’s social media platform) that I needed to make myself some new face lotion. I posted the ingredients I planned to use and asked if anyone wanted a bottle of it. I received a bunch of “yes” replies. So sat down and began to formulate the recipe for a new summer lotion/cream.
Since I was making this for my skin needs, there were a few things that were not up to negotiation. It had to have evening primrose oil. It had to have moringa oil. It had to have sea buckthorn seed oil. And I really wanted to try out some olive squalane. And silk, vitamins, allantonin and more goodies for the face. I wanted this lotion/cream to beautify, even out my skin tone, help get a handle on acne, sink in pretty quick, hydrate, moisturize and give age a kick in the seat of its pants.
Yup. I wanted something hard core. I wanted Beyonce’s airbrushing artist in a bottle.
Let’s talk ingredients here (links for further reading are at the beginning of each ingredient)
Olive Squalane is newerish to my arsenal of oils (eight months is newerish!) It’s found naturally in our skins sebum, but after the age of about 30 we no longer produce as much which contributes to dry skin (I must not have gotten that notice!). Squalane, like vitamin e produces a protective barrier locking moisture in. It is said that it has a positive effect on evening out skin tone and reducing pigmentation (age spots anyone?). Due to the fact that squalane penetrates the skin so deeply, initial studies are encouraging on its affect as an anti-aging product.
Moringa Seed Oil is an oil I’ve been using for quite a number of years, straight up/neat, diluted in various tinctures and recipes and it quickly made its way into my “must have” ingredients when it comes to the face. Moringa oil was used by the ancient Romans and Egyptians to protect their skin from the harsh desert sun. What caught my attention when I was learning about moringa oil was that it rejuvenates dull, tired and aging skin as it is filled with antioxidants. It is also said that moringa oil can help to reduce fine lines and repair damaged skin due to the vitamin C content.
Sea Buckthorn Oil in western publications there are tons of jibber jabby hype hoopla surrounding sea buckthorn oil. And not a lot of sciencey type from reputable western studies. So, in order to give you a bit of the oils profile, I’ll have to give you the technical stuff translated from some Chinese studies. High in, vitamins A, B1, B12, C, E, K and P. And you can tell it is high in carotenoids simply from the bright orange colour. There have been some TCM studies that have shown that sea buckthorn oil can actually improve the skins metabolism and retard the signs of aging. And, due to the carotenoids and Vitamin C, can possibly also help with sun damaged skin.
Evening Primrose Oil– I suffer from hormonal acne that means my jaw line usually has a few nasty and itchy pimples for about a week every month. I wanted those gone. I found that by using evening primrose oil which is high in Omega 6 has helped to reduce the amount of acne each month. With evening primrose being used to help with anti-inflammatory issues, it makes sense that on the face it can help with redness, aid in skin regeneration, reduce moisture loss and strengthen the skin barrier.
Holy hannah that’s a lot of skin goodies! And, I’m not done yet. We’ve included some silk, glycerine, vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and our main liquid of choice is aloe juice and a little water.
So. How to use this Summer Worthy Face Cream?
- wash your face
- apply your toner
- apply any serums or hydration boosters you choose
- take a small/desired amount of Summer Worthy Summer Cream and pat it over your entire face.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (aloe juice), Aqua (water), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil (moringa seed oil), Emulsifying Wax NF, Hippophae Rhamnoides Seed Oil (sea buckthorn oil), Squalane (Olive), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin e), Niacinamide (vitamin b3), D-panthenol (vitamin b5), Allantoin, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate
Net weight: 50mL +/-5mL
Shelf Life: 5 months from date of purchase
Note: It is common when switching facial products for your skin to go through a “purge”. This is very common. Please continue using it for at least a full thirty days before you decide you like or don’t like your new facial product. One easy way to prevent the “purge”, is to gradually introduce your new product to your skin. Use it at night or morning every second day for a week or two then a few times, use it twice a day.
Warnings: keep water and moisture out. Not for internal use or consumption. If any adverse reactions occur, please discontinue use and consult a medical professional.
Future Changes: I’d like to change this recipe a little thinner the next time I make it for summer use.