DIY “Miracle” Night Cream
This DIY “miracle” night cream is a natural remedy to help brighten, hydrate, and detoxify the skin and reduce puffiness, spots, and inflammation.
Since starting a new job, studying for my RD exam, and preparing to do that whole moving thing, this lady has been super stressed out and tired all of the time. Boy, does my face start to show it! You know, that whole puffy eyes, dark circle thing. Not cool! I don’t even want to talk about what grad school did to my skin… So, I created this DIY “Miracle” night cream to freshen my skin, diminish spots, and help reduce inflammation.
I love what it has done to my skin. It feels so much more hydrated, brighter and inflammation has decreased.
The Natural Ingredients:
The recipe I am sharing with you today includes amazing ingredients.
- Raw shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil both are amazing moisturizers, skin protectors, and can help heal the skin.
- Almond oil (I use this kind) has been shown to reduces puffy eyes and dark circles, and also has anti-aging properties.
- Lemon essential oil (Like this one) is an astringent, detoxifier, brightener, and can help lighten skin spots.
- Aloe vera gel (I use this kind) is a skin brightener, neutralizes free radicals, repairs damaged skin, can help aid skin issues like eczema, and slows down the appearance of wrinkles.
- Bentonite clay helps absorb and remove toxins and impurities.
- Vitamin E oil can help block free radicals, slow down the skin’s aging process, and help heal scar tissues and skin issues.
DIY “Miracle” Night Cream
- 1/2 tsp beeswax (Like this one)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (Like this one)
- 2 tbs almond oil (Like this one)
- 1/2 tsp of shea butter (Like this one)
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil (Like this one)
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (Like this one)
- 1 tsp honey (Try to get some local honey, if possible)
- 1/2 tsp bentonite clay (Like this one)
- 5-10 drops lemon essential oil
*You can double the recipe
In a double boiler, crock pot, or microwave safe dish, place first four ingredients and heat slowly until melted. Pour into a blender and let cool. In a separate bowl, mix together aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, lemon essential oil, and honey. Once the beeswax oil mixture has completely cooled and become almost the texture of lip balm, mix it with a spoon a little to break it up and add the aloe mixture into the blender. Blend until well combined. Place back in a non-metal bowl and add 1/2 tsp bentonite clay and stir with a non-metal utensil (I love spatulas like these). DO NOT LET IT COME INTO CONTACT WITH METAL! You get the point :). Place cream in a glass (I use these) or plastic container and store in a cool, dry place.
I’ve been using this cream for a little while now, and I love the way it feels on my skin. I can see a difference in my skin, too! Brighter, hydrated, and the puffy eyes/dark circles have decreased a kit. Plus, you know exactly what ingredients are going in, and you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. I feel like I say this every time I do a DIY skin care recipe. It’s true, though!
The reason this is a night cream is because it contains lemon essential oil which can cause photosensitivity in the sun. If you want to make this a day time cream, just eliminate the lemon essential oil. You could make one cream for day and one for night!
Side note: Some people believe that aloe can boost hair growth. I could not find a scientific study proving this and from personal experience of using aloe vera on my face for a while, I have not grown facial hair!
Aloe can increase absorption of steroid creams, so you may want to avoid aloe when taking them.
More info on aloe can be found here: Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
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Recently I made your recipe and I absolutely love it! The only problem is that it seems to be forming something that looks like mold so I stopped using it. I’m storing the cream in glass mason jars that are sealed in my bedroom. the only thing I can think of that’s causing it is the aloe Vera oil because on the bottle it says it needs to be refrigerated after opening, therefore as a way to try and salvage what I have left of the cream I placed it in the fridge. So my main question after all of that is where do you store your cream? The fridge doesn’t seem to be a very convenient place but if that’s what needs to be done I will do it! 🙂
I made this cream without the clay (didn’t have any, nor a car) and I used about half fresh aloe and half the green jelly kind. It’s a little runny, and because of the fresh aloe, it’s very slimmie. That being said, I put it on last night, and this morning my face felt AMAZING!!!
I mixed mine by hand in a double boiler. It took a while for the aloe and wax to mix, but I had the water boiling so it melted well after a while. I also shake the cream before using.
Thanks for the recipe !
The measurements on this recipe can’t be right I just made it and as I thought 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel is to much it dose not blend with the bees wax or Shea butter it looks more like soup then cream
I would leave out the almond oil as it exacerbates excema conditions or those users who are prone to getting excema. Almond oil is also not friendly to acne or occasional breakouts. A good substitute instead for young skins, is to use Argan oil or Brahe seed oil for ageing skins, calendula oil is also good for excema or acne prone skins.
I’m curious as to how you keep the bentonite clay in this recipe away from metal if you are mixing in a blender. Both of my blenders have metal blades??
Read the recipe again. She says to transfer it from the blender to another bowl before adding the clay.
It was so beautiful until I added the bentonite clay 🙁
I just made this! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try it out over the next week or two and see how it goes. 🙂 I used some tangerine essential oil which smells great.
I made this last night and it never became “solid” it stayed liquid. I am wondering if the ingredients list is incorrect re the following: two tablespoons of almond oil or two teaspoons of almond oil? Also, the aloe vera “gel” – I bought a 100% organic bottle but it is not “gel” it is like water… although it does not say “juice” on the bottle. Can you please comment on this two issues before I retry this recipe. I love the ingredients… thank you, Denice
Hey Denice. This recipe doesn’t get solid per say. It is more like a loose cream. Since you used juice it will be on the more liquid side. It should still work just maybe a little harder to apply.
So I decided to make your miracle night cream. I have made other night cream and body butter ,soap,deodorant ,still make them but non of my night cream was really a success.
The miracle night cream is a miracle. People stop me wondering what I do with my skin where I buy my lotion because my skin is glowing and smooth.
The only thing I changed was instead of putting almond oil ( I ran out of) I put rosehip seed oil in it and for essential oil I used German camomile and sweet orange and a very little frankincense oil.
Thank you for the awesome recipe:)
That is so great Vera. And Awesome switches. I’ve been reading recently how great rosehip oil is!
Made my second batch :)) I’m addicted!! My cousin wants it , her husband wants it , the women I do yoga with loved it!!! Thanks to you!!!
Hi there quick question about the clay. I bought it in powder form do I add it in powder form to the directions or do I make it in clay form first then add it as per the directions?
Looking forward to trying this!!!
Thanks so much for sharing
Use it per the directions. The clay is in a powdered form which is kind of confusing since you would think it would be in a more clay form. Sorry for any confusion!
This is one of my all-time fav diy face creams. I keep it in the fridge and use it at night. The cool gel and the lemon scent are wonderful, somehow centering. Great recipe.
I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you!
Oops… sorry did not proof read. Wondering how long the mixture and the ingredients are good for.
I know I am late to the party, but I just found this recipe. I am having trouble with the beeswax mixture mixing with the aloe mixture. I see some others have had this problem as well. Any ideas? I should mention that I substituted jojoba oil for the coconut oil, and grapeseed oil for almond oil. Thank you.
Hey Nicole. Did you blend it together in a blender? The oil substitution could have something to do with it since coconut oil solidifies below 74 degrees.
Thanks for getting back to me. I didn’t even think about that. It works fantastically even as it is. I can’t use coconut oil on my face, but I am very happy with my results. Thank you for sharing your recipe, and for answering my question. I will look forward to trying more of your creations. May God bless you.
This is an interesting recipe but because aloe vera gel is mostly water it does need a preservative. Without one the shelf life of this cream is roughly 2 weeks if kept refrigerated. Microorganisms cannot be seen by the naked eye so while your cream will look fine it will still be contaminated. Just fyi: vitamin e oil is not a preservative but an antioxidant. It helps oils from going rancid but does nothing to protect against harmful bacteria, fungi etc. which is the concern with water or water-containing ingredients like aloe vera, glycerin and even honey.
tnx for this amazing recipe. just one quastion can i use natural aloe gel from plant?
and how long can i store it?please answer me i really need your answer. thanks in advance 😍
Can you please let me know what function the (bentonite) clay has in the recipe?
Christine Fraioli, Lincoln, Vermont
I used jojoba in place of the almond oil and substituted carrot seed oil in place of the lemon, so that I can use it day and night. Could not be any happier!! Thank you for sharing this miracle cream! I will never look back😍