This ultra moisturizing and hydrating shea butter cream is simple to make and is good for your skin. Dry and damaged skin will feel hydrated and renewed. Follow my step-by-step tutorial with pictures below and learn the benefits of shea butter for acne. This post was updated November 2018
It is almost like I’ have forgotten what it was like to make DIY skincare products. I made very few after August was born (new mom exhaustion), and recently, I’ve been at it again – which honestly feels pretty good. Sometimes, as mothers, you’re so busy making sure the kids have what they need or that they aren’t completely destroying the house, that you forget to do things you actually enjoy. Like making homemade products, such as this shea butter cream.
Lately, I’ve really wanted to slow down life. Life is always a bit hectic, but since moving to the west coast I’ve really felt discontent with how fast it seems to be going. It was such a rush, life was more stressful than anything, and I couldn’t get anything done. And I was seriously exhausted, yo. I imagine life back in the day when people didn’t have TV (or Facebook or Instagram) and they had to get up early to go milk the cows, pull weeds in the garden, and knit in the evening. Sure, I may be romanticizing a bit, but I knew that those dreams could be brought back a bit to our lives.
Since I’ve been dreaming about homesteading a lot lately, I figured there are ways to do that without actually having a homestead (because there is only so much one can do in a rental house). One of those things is DIY skincare products. Just by blending a few ingredients together, you can make a whole range of things. Better for your wallet, skin, and your health.
Why Choose Natural Skincare?
There are so many toxic ingredients in our skincare, and our skin absorbs about 60% of them. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking about everything you use on a daily basis. Simple changes, people! I’ve been on this natural journey for a few years now and have really simplified my skincare routine to include only a few natural things, including this simple shea butter cream for my face. I’ll share my really simple and natural skin care routine later this week.
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What is the best oil to use for my skin?
Everyones skin is different, so make sure to choose an oil that works for your skin type.
- Avocado – is full of vitamins and is great for those with sensitive skin.
- Jojoba (like this one)– is for oily skin and is full of antioxidants.
- Apricot (like this one)– is great for dry skin and absorbs rapidly.
- Olive– is great for dry, mature skin.
- Almond– is fast absorbing, light, and great for those with dry skin.
- Tamanu (like this one)– is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is great for those who are prone to breakouts.
In this recipe, I also use Rosehip Oil – if you don’t have it you can just substitute one of the oils above. Rose hip oil is full of antioxidants and vitamins and has been shown to reduce fine lines, help the appearance of skin, and help diminish scars.
Can You Use Shea Butter For Acne?
Yes! Shea butter is great for acne because it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter is easily absorbed by the skin and doesn’t clog pores and many acne suffers have found relief when using shea butter on their skin.
Ingredients Used In This Face Cream & Why They Were Chosen
- Rose hip oil is full of antioxidants and vitamins and has been shown to reduce fine lines and scars. Also, help improve the overall appearance of skin
- Shea butter is ultra moisturizing and great for acne.
- Aloe vera gel (I use this one) is hydrating, has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Vitamin E – can moisturize dry skin and as been shown to help wound healing. It may also help reduce scars and fine lines (source)
- Essential oils can be really beneficial to your skin. Geranium and Frankincense have been shown to help reduce fine lines. Lavender is has anti-inflammatory properties. Find the right oil for your skin.
How To Make Shea Butter Cream
In a glass bowl, add in shea butter and beeswax and place over a saucepan filled with a few inches of water to create a double boiler (or melt in the microwave). Once melted, take off of heat, add in oils, vitamin e, and essential oils.
Allow the shea butter, oils, and beeswax mixture cool until it starts to thicken, but it shouldn’t become hard. See picture below for reference.
Homemade Shea Butter Cream
Shea Butter Cream For Face And Body
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1 tsp bees wax
- 2 tbs oil of choice olive, apricot, jojoba, avocado
- 1 tsp rosehip oil or previous listed oils
- 1/4 tsp vitamin e optional
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 30-40 drops essential oils- lavender geranium, and frankincense would work well.
In a glass bowl, add in shea butter and beeswax and place over a saucepan filled with a few inches of water to create a double boiler (or melt in the microwave). Once melted, take off of heat, add in oils, vitamin e, and essential oils. Allow to cool until it starts to thicken, but it shouldn't become hard. Add in aloe vera gel and whip up using whisk. Place in a container and allow to cool completely.
Best to be used within a month.
Want More DIY Skincare Recipes? Check these out!
- Homemade Makeup Remover is a staple in my skincare routine.
- This DIY Natural Repairing & Anti-Aging Serum is awesome.
- Coffee Scrub is the hands down my favorite face scrub.