How to Make Anti Wrinkle Creams at Home?

Do you know why do we get wrinkles? As we age, our body gradually slows down and ultimately stops producing collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps our skin firm. Lack of collagen, thus, leads to wrinkles on our skin. Many anti aging creams in the market claim to promote the production of collagen and reverse the process of wrinkle formation. Do you believe them? Well answering this question can be very difficult. We long to keep our skin wrinkle free and so we try whatever comes our way. But does these very expensive anti wrinkle creams work? Let’s find out! Before taking pain to make anti wrinkle cream at home, you deserve to know this.

Does Anti Wrinkle Creams Work?

Whether an anti wrinkle cream is effective or not, depends upon the ingredients present in them. What does your anti aging creams contain? Main ingredients in anti wrinkle creams include antioxidants, hydroxy acids, hyaluronic acid, peptides, niacinamide, tea extracts and retinol. Let’s see what all these common ingredients in anti wrinkle creams do!

Main Ingredients in Anti Wrinkle Creams

1. Retinol – Retinol is the over-the-counter form of Retinoid, a vitamin A compound. Retinoid is an antioxidant too. Antioxidants have the ability to combat free radicals that are responsible for breaking down your skin cells and causing wrinkles. There is one more way in which retinoids work. They make the edges of your wrinkles softer and thus make them appear less deeper. This seems interesting and looks like anti aging creams with retinol really work! But consider this fact which weighs retinol against retinoids. Retinoids are available only by prescription while retinol is a non-prescription over-the-counter version of retinoid. This means retinols are milder forms of retinoids and thus they give less effective results than retinoids. Also, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding woman, you should not use either retinoids or retinol.

2. Alpha Hydroxy Acid– Your anti wrinkle cream also contains one or more Alpha Hydrolic Acid (AHA) due to its exfoliating properties. AHA helps remove the dead skin. It also stimulates the growth of new skin which is smooth and evenly pigmented. If the ingredients of your anti wrinkle cream doesn’t contain AHA, it might display one of these acids that are the sources of AHA- citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. What is the downside of AHA then. It may make you photosensitive meaning your skin may get sensitive to the sun and you may get prone to frequent sunburn.

3. Beta Hydroxy Acid– Yet another exfoliating agent, Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), helps reduce appearance of wrinkles, especially if you have oily skin. BHA works into skin pores where there is the oily sebum. If you don’t find BHA on the list of ingredients, there will be salicylic acid. It again makes you photo sensitive and thus it becomes imperative to wear sunscreen when you use any cosmetic product containing BHA.

4. Coenzyme Q10– Called CoQ10, coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant which fights of free radicals to reduce your signs of aging on your skin namely wrinkles and sun damage. It increases the firmness and elasticity of your skin by preventing damage to the molecules of collagen due to free radicals.

5. Tea Extracts– The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tea extracts are well known. Green tea extracts are the ones most commonly found in wrinkle creams. While almost all types of tea extracts contain antioxidants, anti wrinkle creams popularly contain green tea extract due to its high antioxidant value. It neutralizes the free radicals preventing any further damage to your skin. Tea extracts are also said to contain vitamins and essential oils that moisturize, plump, and nourish your skin.

6. Hyaluronic acid– This acid is found in connective tissue and it makes such parts of the body strong and flexible as cartilage, blood vessels and skin. Hyaluronic acid cushions joints, nerves, hydrates skin and hair, and also fills the eye. It is widely used in anti wrinkle creams because it helps the skin remain moist and flexible. This makes wrinkles appear less prominent

7. Peptides– Peptides are in fact, naturally occurring amino acids but the peptides that are used in anti wrinkle creams are made in laboratories. Amino acids are the building blocks of collagen. When used in anti aging creams, they are claimed to stimulate the skin so that it may grow and repair itself. There are various peptides of which you can find two- pentapeptides and copper peptides- commonly included in anti wrinkle creams. Pentapeptides are said to stimulate the lower layers of skin and helps it release collagen as well as hyaluronic acid. Copper peptides are proteins combined with copper. They are said to enhance skin regeneration and heal wounds. They also increase skin elasticity and firmness.

8. Niacinamide– Also called nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a biologically active form of niacin or vitamin B3. It works as an antioxidant and also through enzymatic reactions. It is used in many anti aging creams due to its effectiveness against anti-inflammation and improving skin’s elasticity as well as reducing discoloration to revive healthy tone and texture of skin. It is believed to be effective not only for wrinkles and fine lines but also for hyperpigmentation, redness, and texture of skin.

Now when you know what all is there in your anti wrinkle cream, the next question arises- Does having these ingredients a certification for the cream that it will work!

Anti Wrinkle Cream

Do Anti Wrinkle Creams Work as Claimed?

As mentioned earlier, it depends upon the ingredients present in the anti wrinkle cream. But it also depends upon some other factors.

  • It depends on what ingredients are there in the anti wrinkle cream.
  • It depends on the concentration of the required ingredients in the cream.
  • It depends on how long you use a particular anti wrinkle cream.
  • It also depends upon the efficacy of the cream. Because anti wrinkle creams are over-the-counter or non-prescription creams, they do not require to undergo any scientific test to prove their effectiveness. They are not drugs, they are simply cosmetic products that have not been tested for their efficacy!

It is not that commercially available anti wrinkle creams are not at all effective but they are only effective in a modest manner. They don’t give you any guarantee as is given by the scientifically proven anti aging treatments. Are you thinking why to spend so much of money on the expensive anti wrinkle creams then and why not make anti wrinkle cream at home? But then why make anti wrinkle cream at home too! Because there are certain other ingredients too in the commercial creams that are harmful to your skin and health.

What are the Harmful Ingredients in Anti Wrinkle Creams?

1. Alcohol– Certain alcohols that are used in anti wrinkle creams can dry out your skin. These may include benzyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and methanol. They lead to loss of moisture from skin and thus promote premature aging of skin along with age spots.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)– This chemical is a potent carcinogen that may lead to the absorption of nitrates at higher levels. Nitrates usually cause skin rashes, hair loss, eye irritations and allergic reactions. SLS can easily get absorbed through your skin to accumulate in your liver, brain and heart. It also leads to dryness of skin which may actually bring on signs of aging.

3. Fragrance– Natural fragrances are not harmful but many such creams contain fragrances that are obtained from toxic or carcinogenic ingredients. These may act as skin irritants. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, you should definitely avoid using such fragrant creams.

4. Mineral Oil– If you see liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, or petrolatum as ingredients in your anti wrinkle cream, you may assume that it is going to do more harm than good. These ingredients clog the skin pores and thus obstruct the natural process of eliminating toxins. They may also lead to irritation of skin with prolonged use.

If you are now convinced that it pays to make anti wrinkle cream at home, here are some recipes that will teach you how to do so!

Top 5 Recipes to Make Anti Wrinkle Creams at Home

These recipes to make anti wrinkle creams and serums use all natural ingredients that give your skin a natural boost. While they may also not be as effective as the scientifically proven anti aging treatments but they are also not at all harmful for your skin and health. The best thing is that you know what is there in your homemade anti wrinkle cream! You don’t need to find the minutely inscribed ingredients on a label nor do you have to wonder whether to believe in the efficacy of the cream or not. These homemade anti wrinkle creams do help you in preventing wrinkles and in making your present wrinkles a little less obvious.

Recipe 1- Essential Oils Anti Wrinkle Serum

DIY Eseential Oils Anti Wrinkle Cream

This recipe for anti wrinkle serum uses various essential oils and vitamin E which has excellent antioxidant properties. Vitamin E hydrates your skin well and give you protection from harmful sun rays. It also acts as a preservative so that you may use this serum for longer, as long as a year!

Get this:

  • Apricot kernel oil- 6 tsp
  • Rose hip Seed Oil- 5 tsp
  • Evening primrose oil- 4 tsp
  • Macadamia nut oil- 3 tsp
  • Vitamin E oil- 2tsp
  • Rosemary antioxidant CO2 extract- 5 drops
  • Glass bottle, preferably dark colored

Do this:

  • Mix all the listed oils.
  • Store it in a bottle.
  • Keep the bottle in a cool dark place away from sunlight.
  • Use this serum once a day just before you apply your regular moisturizer.
  • To use, shake the bottle well.
  • Pour few drops on to your palms.
  • Massage this into your skin till all of it gets absorbed.

Recipe 2- Calendula Herbal Anti Wrinkle Cream

The exceptionally beneficial herb calendula has been used traditionally for a variety of health conditions. Did you know that it can also prevent and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines! Calendula contains plant-based antioxidants in high concentrations. These antioxidants protect your body against free radicals promoting the production of collagen. It also has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties which is why it is also used as a traditional remedy for such skin diseases as eczema and psoriasis. Here we use calendula along with certain essential oils like frankincense and lemon essential oils that also help reduce wrinkles.

DIY Calendula Anti Wrinkle Cream

Get this:

  • Dried calendula flowers- handful
  • Calendula oil- 6 tsp
  • Beeswax- 4 tsp (20 g)
  • Sweet almond oil- 9 tsp
  • Frankincense essential oil- ½ tsp
  • Lemon essential oil- ¼ tsp
  • Hot water- 1- ¼ cup
  • Glass jar- 1

Do this:

  • First of all, you need to make a herbal infusion with calendula flowers.
  • For this, place the flowers in a jar and pour hot water over it. Let it cool down.
  • After the infusion cools down, strain it and save the liquid.
  • Take a heavy based stainless steel saucepan. Metal saucepan reacts so use only stainless steel one. You can also use a double boiler to melt beeswax.
  • Place the pan over the burner with low heat turned on. Add the beeswax to this and melt it on low heat.
  • Keep on stirring the wax with a wooden spoon or a whisk.
  • When the beeswax melts, add calendula oil and sweet almond oil to this.
  • Keep on stirring while mixing the oils.
  • Just after this, add 2- ½ tablespoons of calendula infusion.
  • Remove the pan from the heat but keep on stirring the wax.
  • When it cools down a little and attain almost the room temperature, add frankincense and lemon essential oils.
  • Keep on stirring to mix the oils well.
  • When it cools down completely, fill it in the glass jar.
  • Store in a dark place.
  • This cream is best used as a night cream.
  • Before you go to sleep, take some of this cream and massage gently over whole of your face and neck.
  • It is best to use this cream within 15 days of making.

Recipe 3- Under Eye Wrinkle Serum

This is especially for the fine lines under your eyes. This anti wrinkle serum uses vitamin E along with such oils as rose hip seed oil, grapeseed oil and lavender oil. Rose hip seed oil gives this serum the skin friendly vitamins A and E. It is also rich in linoleic and linolenic acids that provide your skin with omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids. This oil is a truly anti wrinkle oil as it helps produce new skin cells along with increasing collagen and elastin in your skin. It also prevents damage caused by sun. Grapeseed oil is used by many commercial anti wrinkle creams as carrier oil due to its rich profile. It has lots of beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, E along with essential fatty acids such as palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acid. These fatty acids have been proved beneficial in many laboratory tests done for anti-wrinkle properties. It is also rich in polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory antioxidants good for anti aging efforts. Lavender is useful in regenerating skin cells and thus is good for mature skin due to its anti-aging effect.

Get this:

  • Vitamin E capsule- 1
  • Rose hip seed oil- 2 drops
  • Grape seed oil- 1 tsp
  • Lavender oil- 1-2 drops

Do this:

  • Puncture the vitamin E capsule and squeeze out the gel like substance from it.
  • Add rose hip oil, grape seed oil and lavender oil to this.
  • Mix them well.
  • Apply this under your eyes.
  • Leave for about five minutes.
  • Now wipe it away gently with cotton or tissue.
  • Repeat twice a day, preferably in the morning and at night before going to bed.

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Recipe 4- Rose Hip Seed Oil Anti Wrinkle Cream

When rose hip oil is so good for aging skin,why limit its use to just under eye wrinkles! Why not make a face cream, a wholesome anti wrinkle cream using rose hip oil along with other anti aging oils and ingredients like rose water, jojoba, apricot kernel and coconut oil. Rose water has excellent anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties that can soothe dry, irritated skin. Apricot kernel seed oil is a very light carrier oil that gently moisturizes your skin. It is also rich in such nutrients as gamma linoleic acid (GLA), vitamin A and E. GLA is there in omega-6 fatty acid and it firms and tones your skin well. Coconut oil not only has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties but has antioxidants too that fight off free radicals and heal your skin. It is also an excellent moisturizer and also helps promote collagen production. Jojoba oil is said to be the only oil similar to human sebum and that’s why it is so good for your skin. It rejuvenates your skin by promoting growth of new cells. It is readily absorbed by your skin and makes it supple and flexible.

DIY Rose Hip Oil Anti Wrinkle Cream

Get this:

  • Rose hip seed oil- 3 tsp
  • Apricot kernel oil- 3 tsp
  • Jojoba oil- 2 tsp
  • Coconut oil- 1 tsp
  • Beeswax- 1 – ½ tsp
  • Rose water- 8-10 tsp (If you have oily skin, take more rose water, about 16-20 tsp)

Do this:

  • Take a heavy based stainless steel saucepan or a double boiler.
  • Melt your beeswax in it using low heat.
  • Keep on stirring with wooden spoon or a whisk.
  • When the beeswax melts, add all the oils to this.
  • Keep on stirring.
  • After a couple of minutes, remove it from the heat but stir it continuously.
  • When it cools down to room temperature, add the rose water. Don’t put all the rosewater at once. Add it in trickles.
  • Keep on stirring while adding rose water.
  • When it cools down completely, store in a glass jar. Keep this in cool dark place.
  • You can use this as your night anti wrinkle cream too.

Recipe 5- Ayurvedic Aloe Vera Anti Wrinkle Cream

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicine, gives importance to various herbs when it comes to natural treatment, even for aging skin. Aloe vera has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for skin care since ages. Aloe vera gel has a soothing effect on skin and it also prevents damage to skin due to sunburns. Aloe vera gel has polysaccharides and many other natural components that help stimulate skin regeneration and healing. It has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can even reverse skin damage due to sun exposure.

DIY Aloe Vera Anti Wrinkle Cream

Get this:

  • Aloe vera gel- 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa butter- 6 tsp
  • Rose water- 12 tsp
  • Rose or lavender essential oil- 2-4 drops
  • One of the following oils – 6 tbsp (18 tsp)
    1. Almond oil- for normal skin
    2. Sesame oil- for dry skin
    3. Rice bran oil or ghee (clarified butter)- for mature skin
    4. Jojoba oil- for acne prone skin

Do this:

  • Mix all the ingredients except essential oil.
  • Heat the mixture in a heavy based stainless steel saucepan to make it warm.
  • Remove from the heat when it gets just warm.
  • Whip the mixture using blender.
  • Now add the essential oil.
  • You may use this anti wrinkle cream as your regular moisturizer or as your night cream.

Choose any one of the above DIY anti aging cream recipes to make anti wrinkle cream at home and feel the bliss of using natural ingredients on your skin!

These recipes to make anti wrinkle creams and serums use all natural ingredients that give your skin a natural boost. While they may also not be as effective as the scientifically proven anti aging treatments but they are also not at all harmful for your skin and health. The best thing is that you know what is there in your homemade anti wrinkle cream! You don’t need to find the minutely inscribed ingredients on a label nor do you have to wonder whether to believe in the efficacy of the cream or not. These homemade anti wrinkle creams do help you in preventing wrinkles and in making your present wrinkles a little less obvious.

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