There are so many DIY anti aging cream recipes out there, but only a few really work.
That’s why I did my homework and found this one.
It contains red maple leaf because scientists have discovered that maple leaf extract is the new best natural anti-aging ingredient.
Maple trees are best known for their maple syrup and lovely fall foliage. But it turns out that the beauty of those leaves could be skin-deep—and that’s a good thing. Today, scientists report that an extract from the leaves may prevent wrinkles.Source
Surprised? I was too.
Let’s make this homemade anti aging cream.
Red Maple Leaf DIY Anti Aging Cream Recipe
As I had mentioned earlier, scientists have just recently discovered that a red maple leaf extract has botox like properties that act to eliminate wrinkles and face lines. This extract inhibits the activity of elastase, which is the enzyme responsible for aging.
The original recipe uses Shea butter, apricot kernel oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil and red maple leaves (dried). I have added some substitutes in case you don’t have the original ingredients. The only thing you CAN’T replace is the red maple leaf. For best results it is advised that you use Shea butter but if you can’t use it opt for cocoa butter.
- Class A Shea butter – 30 gr
- Emulsifying wax – 15 gr
- 2 tablespoons fast absorbing oil such as apricot kernel, grapeseed or rosehip
- 6 tablespoons Red Maple leaf extract
- 2 tablespoons distilled water
- One teaspoon vitamin E oil or almond oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil or geranium essential oil (if using both add 5 drops each))
- Broad spectrum preservative
✅ Get the supplies you need for this DIY anti aging cream from Amazon:
I bought the dried red Maple leaves from Etsy.
To make this anti-aging cream you need to have the Maple extract ready. I made mine by macerating dried red Maple leaves in propylene glycol for one month. If you don’t like the thought of using propylene glycol try infusing the leaves in oils such as almond or sunflower.
How to Make It
1. Put the Shea butter and emulsifying wax in a heat resistant glass container or jar and melt it over hot water (water bath).
2. Before the Shea butter is melted completely add the oil of your choice. I used apricot kernel and grapeseed oil for mine.
3. Stir the mixture so that all the oils mix well.
4. Add the Maple leaf extract and stir.
5. Now add the distilled water little by little while beating with a hand mixer. Mix for 5 or 10 minutes until you reach a texture you are happy with.
6. Pour the vitamin E or almond oil over the mixture and mix well. Add the drops of lavender or/and geranium essential oil and mix with the hand mixer. The last ingredient should be the broad spectrum preservative. Add it according to the manufacturer’s instructions and stir well.
7. The cream should be ready now. Transfer to an sterilized container.
8. Make sure the glass jar remains closed when you are not using the cream.
9. The cream should be stored in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
How to Use it
1. Before you go to bed, wash your face and neck area and dry the skin with a towel.
2. It has a rich texture so start by applying a small amount to the face and neck and massage in an upwards motion.
3. Use often for best results.
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*If you are unsure, pregnant, breastfeeding or taking medicines consult your doctor.
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Why These Ingredients?
Why using these ingredients for this homemade anti aging face cream?
Let’s see the skin care benefits of using these natural ingredients:
# Red Maple Leaf
As mentioned earlier, scientists have just recently discovered that a red maple leaf extract has botox like properties that act to eliminate wrinkles and face lines. This extract inhibits the activity of elastase, which is the enzyme responsible for aging.
If you want to find out about the anti aging properties of Maple leaf extract check the video below by the American Chemical Society and Dr Hang Ma.
# Shea Butter
Please note that for best results, you should only use new shea butter. Ideally, only use shea butter that is classified as Class A because it’s the best quality.
Experts at The American Shea Butter Institute say that shea butter loses its potency with age, and so you should not use it if it is older than 18 months since it was extracted.
Class A shea butter possesses amazing anti-aging properties, which include clearing blemishes and wrinkles.
It also protects against sunburn and is perfect for dry skin. Besides being a perfect moisturizer, shea butter also acts against skin rash, eczema, and dermatitis.
# Apricot Oil
Apricot oil is rich in vitamins E and K, caffeic acid which is a powerful antioxidant, and other catechins.
It is widely used in massage therapy to moisturize and sooth the skin.
People who have used apricot oil-based creams have been found to have soft skin that has a distinctive glow.
Daily use of apricot oil reduces wrinkles that appear around the eyes as well as fine lines on the face.
By reducing oxidative stress on the skin, apricot oil protects against skin cancer. It is also effective in the treatment of acne.
# Vitamin E
The main use of vitamin E oil in an anti-aging cream is to tap into its moisturizing properties, which work to soothe dry skin.
This, in turn, helps to eliminate the signs of aging skin.
# Lavender Essential Oil
For this recipe, lavender essential oil is for that extra aroma.