Shhh....I am going to tell you something that big money cosmetic corporations don't want you to know.
You don't need expensive, chemical based, trendy anti-aging cream to get results.
That's right. I said it! You can get the same results using everyday ingredients that you likely already have handy. There are many plenty of good recipes for DIY anti-aging cream but this recipe I am about to share is my all time fav. It only requires 4 ingredients (Shea Butter, honey, castor oil, cinnamon) and is easy to make and very effective.
One of the main causes of wrinkles is damage by free radicals to our collagen strands that provide structural support for our skin. Free radicals is a normal result of aging but it is also a result of our exposure to pollutants and UV rays.
Over the years our collagen strands begin to breakdown resulting in visible signs of aging.
We all know that Shea Butter is a superior moisturizer but it has other benefits as well. Shea butter has a naturally high content of antioxidants and phytosterols that nourish and feed your skin. Vitamins A and E are both antioxidants that are found in abundance in Shea Butter and fights free radicals. Vitamin A also helps to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production.
Honey and cinnamon are both naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. As such they deep cleanse our skin while soothing redness and irritation. Cinnamon and honey are also full of anti-oxidants which means these ingredients are ideal for treating aging, tired or stressed out skin.
Castor oil has amazing anti-aging properties. Castor oil is rich in antioxidants, minerals, proteins, vitamin E, and Omega 9 fatty acid (90%). It is anti-fungal and antibacterial. The fatty acid omega 9 in the castor oil is what heals, soothes and moisturizes the skin.
When you combine all four of these ingredients you have a powerhouse anti-aging mask. Try it for yourself!
1 tbsp whipped Shea Butter *
1 tbsp Castor Oil
1/4 tsp honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Apply to a freshly washed face using a circular motion. Leave the mask on for 5 - 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
*If you don't have whipped Shea Butter available then you will need to melt it. It is easiest to do this in a double boiler but you can use a glass jar and pot if necessary. Once the Shea Butter is melted put it in the refrigerator for 5 - 10 minutes until it is semi-solid and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.