Many of the newer generation antioxidants in skincare products are pretty expensive. Ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 puts a hefty price tag on any product, with its proven moisturizing, cell-energizing and UV protective abilities. Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, is a known skin-restorer and antioxidant that also inflates the cost of a skin cream.
But the good news for us DIY makers is that we can exploit the natural antioxidant potential of vegetable oils and butters to create some pretty fantastic anti-ageing products for our skin, at very reasonable prices.
Vitamin E – this is one of the best known and most widely-used antioxidants and you’ll see it listed in products as tocopherol or tocotrienols. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin that comes in natural and synthetic forms. Each form has its own benefits, but both work well on the skin to defend it from the stresses of environmental damage. It’s affordable, can be easily bought from skincare ingredient suppliers, and you only need a tiny amount in your recipes.
Mango butter – this beautiful, light and rich butter has strong, in-built antioxidant properties, as well as being an antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. It has a truly soothing effect on areas of inflamed, irritated skin and helps to speed recovery from skin infections and wounds by regenerating the skin. It suits all skin types and melts on contact with the skin. It has a long shelf life and is very affordable.
Rosehip oil – this fantastic ingredient is the only vegetable oil to naturally contain tretinoin (a form of vitamin A). Now you may recall reading above about retinol (a vitamin A derivative). Rosehip oil contains trans-retinoic acid, a more natural source of vitamin A that doesn’t break the bank nor has the potential to irritate in the way that retinols and retinoids can. Rosehip oil is also packed with fatty acids, and will help to repair skin, reduce scarring, heal burns and wounds, regenerate skin cells, smooth wrinkles and assist recovery from skin irritations. It’s one of the best anti-ageing oils around, and is gorgeous to use. It’s a little more expensive than some oils, and won’t have a long shelf life – about 6-12 months if kept in the fridge so buy it in small amounts.
Raspberry Seed oil – a little more of an unusual ingredient that you might not have used. It’s a light oil, very rich in linoleic acid and vitamin E. This means it’s full of antioxidant potential and will help skin to retain moisture, resist damage, and improve suppleness and softness. It smooths sagging skin and fine lines, and absorbs into the skin quickly. Use it on dehydrated, sensitive, dry and mature skin to restore a glow and silkiness. It’s on the expensive side, and will only have a 6-12 month shelf life so store in the fridge.
Sea Buckthorn oil – this potent and healing oil has excellent antioxidant abilities thanks to its being a rich source of carotenoids that act as free radical scavengers on the skin. The carotenoids give the oil its characteristic bright orange colour. The oil also contains phytosterols that calm inflammation and sooth itchy skin. Sea Buckthorn oil has even more amazing benefits – it can regenerate skin, soften and moisturize, reduce water loss from the skin, and restore the skin’s protective barriers (making skin more resistant to damage). It’s a more expensive oil, but has a good shelf life. You would only use it at around 5% in your recipes, otherwise you’ll dye your skin orange!
So there we have it! You can make antioxidant-rich all-natural products that will nourish your skin, rejuvenate your youthful glow, and won’t break the bank!
There are many other oils and butters that have antioxidant action, but these 5 are some of my favourite ones for making Mollie’s Coddles skincare recipes. Enjoy!
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