They say one thing is certain. Death and taxes. Through the years before we meet our loving maker we certainly put our bodies through a lot of abuse. I think our skin is right there at the top of the list of things we neglect. We expose it to too much sun, too much wind, we go to bed with our makeup on, we don’t drink enough water, we eat too much sugar, we get hair spray on our faces in our hurry, we stress in a major way- demanding from ourselves that which is beyond what any one person should be expected to achieve. Then. We grieve when we turn 28 and our worries become lines around our eyes. We call them laugh lines, but is that because sometimes we have to laugh to keep from crying!?! Not today. Today, I might be a few years past 28, but today we’re going to slow down. I’m going to teach you one way I’ve learned to take better care of myself. Pull out your food processor, and join me in making this refreshing and beneficial Anti-Aging Basil Face Cream, because let’s face it. We all could use a little pampering!
Let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute. You’ve probably heard of witch hazel and shea butter, even sweet almond oil, and Young Living users often use V6 (a blend of 6 oils including fractionated Coconut Oil, Sesame Seed, Grape Seed, Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seed, and Olive oil) for massage and diluting essential oils, but emulsifying wax and rhosehip oil may be new to you. Click here for more information on Young Living or to order V6. Don’t worry if you’re not ready to sign up for the kit that’s mentioned. Go ahead and follow the link, and buy only what you need. The membership gets you a discount, but is not necessary to make purchases. Then if you love their oils as much as I do you can get the starter kit at anytime. No pressure.
Emulsifying wax is needed to bind water based ingredients into a shelf stable gel or lotion depending on the amount you add and your other ingredients. Some brands have preservatives in their ingredients. I always recommend researching the company and reading the labels. It’s your body. Be informed. You can buy preservative free, Non-GMO emulsifying wax. It’s quite common.
Rosehip oil has amazing antioxidant benefits due to its ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of our skin. It stimulates collagen production, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves our skin’s moisture levels, and aids in removing redness and irritation. In other words, it’s pretty much perfect for your facial routine! Who doesn’t need that!
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- ⅓ cup fresh basil leaves and stems
- ⅓ cup witch hazel
- 1 tsp. almond oil or V6 oil
- 2 tsp. Shea Butter (or your favorite butter)
- 1.5 tsp Emulsifying Wax
- 7-10 drops rosehip essential oil
- Using a food processor combine witch hazel and basil leaves and blend well.
- Strain the now-green witch hazel into a half-pint canning jar, until you have ¼ cup of basil liquid. If you don’t have enough liquid add a little water to reach the ¼ cup.
- In a microwavable bowl add Shea butter, V6 (or Almond oil) and emulsifying wax.
- Heat in 30-second increments until melted and smooth.
- Add basil mix to the butter mix and slowly stir and allow it to cool and thicken.
- Once fully thickened add 7-10 drops of Rose hip Oil. If your skin is dry add 10.
- Once fully thickened and cooled pour into half pint storage jars and seal.
- Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks