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DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin

One of my favorite songs, “Laughter Lines” by Bastille, was released when I was just shy of turning 40. I don’t normally take life-changing wisdom from rock bands, but these lovely lyrics really spoke to me,

I’ll see you in the future when we’re older
And we are full of stories to be told
Cross my heart and hope to die
I’ll see you with your laughter lines.

Changes on our hands and on our faces, oh, oh
Memories are mapped out by the lines we’ll trace.1

The song reminds me that my aging skin represents memories of a well-lived, well-enjoyed life. (Never mind that the members of the band can’t possibly be worrying about wrinkles, yet!) Though I’ve come to embrace how different I look post-40 versus my youthful 20s, I still feel the need to nourish my aging skin.

I’m currently enrolled in Aromahead’s two year Certified Aromatherapist program and am an avid fan of Dr. Robert Tisserand’s decades of research in the field of aromatherapy. Through what I have learned so far, I’ve come up with this DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin that has added a youthful glow to my face, according to my husband. Of course, after 21 years of marriage, he also knows how to say the right things, haha! But, I agree with him on this one!


DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin Ingredients…

The Base:

Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera) – High in several essential fatty acids with a light silky finish, doesn’t clog pores, and is suitable for all skin types

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis) – High levels of GLA essential fatty acids, which makes it particularly beneficial for mature skin as it nourishes skin cells

Learn more about various carrier oils in this extensive carrier oils post here on Scratch Mommy

Organic Beeswax Pellets – To help solidify your finished salve, and for its moisturizing properties (use pellet form for easier melting)

Beeswax is a staple in the Pronounce Skincare Shop, as well as in DIYs here in our site

DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin Ingredients - Scratch Mommy
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Essential Oils:

Carrot Seed EO (Daucus carota) – Rejuvenates the skin

Organic Frankincense EO (Boswellia carteri) – Can rejuvenate and soothe the skin, also known as an anti-inflammatory

Find loads more DIY recipes with Frankincense right here on Scratch Mommy, including a DIY Face Serum, DIY Whipped Tattoo Cream, and even DIY Aromatherapy Candles

Australian Sandalwood EO (Santalum spicatum) – Can help reduce scarring and stretch marks

From DIY Foot Powder Deodorant to DIY Skin Lightening Serum for Acne Scars & Hyperpigmentation, find more recipes on Scratch Mommy using Australian Sandalwood

Organic Lavender EO (Lavandula angustifolia) – May help reduce scarring

We have almost 60 posts using lavender essential oil here on Scratch Mommy)

Organic Patchouli EO (Pogostemon cablin) – Known for helping with wrinkles and stretch marks

Mmmmmm, patchouli! Find Scratch Mommy recipes with patchouli right here

Geranium Bourbon EO (Pelargonium x asperum) – Nourishes the skin

I’m planning to put together several batches of this recipe in gift jars for close friends and family this upcoming Christmas and Chanukkah season – it’s that luxurious. Try it out for yourself and share this recipe with your friends as well. They’ll no doubt thank you for sharing this ‘Laughter Lines Salve’!

DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin (aka Laughter Lines Salve)
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Serves: 5 oz in a 2% dilution rate, which is the recommended ratio for safe use of essential oils on the skin
 
Instructions
  1. Place a shallow pan on your stove filled ¼ of the way with water on low heat.
  2. Place an empty 6-8oz jar in the water and add your grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, and beeswax.
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  3. Once beeswax pellets have melted, remove jar from heat and allow to cool until only lukewarm (but before the beeswax has begun to solidify – if this happens, remelt for a few minutes).
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  4. Add essential oils and mix.
  5. Then, so that the essential oils don’t evaporate from the warmth, place the lid loosely on the jar while the salve continues to cool.
  6. When it’s completely cooled down, it’s ready to use. Apply as needed, using gentle, upward strokes.
    DIY Nourishing Salve for Aging Skin Finished Product - Scratch Mommy
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Notes
Caution: Carrot seed oil is contraindicated in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Australian sandalwood should be avoided by those taking tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, certain antihistamines, and SSRIs due to potential interactions. Geranium bourbon is contraindicated in those taking certain antidepressants and some chemotherapy drugs.
 

This salve is by no means the fountain of youth, but it may help us age more gracefully.

Adding this recipe and Mindy’s DIY Face Serum for Aging Skin to your beauty routine will no doubt yield beautiful results!


Not feeling DIYish (or don’t have time, ingredients, or patience)? No worries, I have you covered!

Head over to the Pronounce Skincare shop where I offer my ‘Rejuvenate’ Face Serum and loads more handcrafted goodies!


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Priscilla Martinez is the mother of six and author of SalamMama.com. Her always-unschooled family started drinking raw milk and buying meats and produce locally in 2002. Priscilla advocates for more restrictions on coal, banning fracking, and legalizing raw milk. Priscilla has been published in books, newspapers, and magazines over the past two decades. 

Priscilla’s family produces its own web-based TV show, keeps a flock of chickens and ducks (aka “The Ditzy Chicks!”), dehydrates all kinds of foods, makes soap and wool dryer balls, and brews kombucha.  Her family gets outdoors every single day of the year including camping, kayaking, or hiking 2-3 times per month year-round. She enjoys sharing her family’s journey in hopes of inspiring others! Find Priscilla on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Periscope, and Instagram


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Comments 5

  1. Can’t wait to try this! One question though, I do not have beeswax pellets but rather a small block of wax which was harvested from our hive. Can you give me info on how much beeswax to use in grams or ounces?

    1. Hi Katie!

      Thanks for stopping by! Ive never worked with unrefined beeswax — lucky you!

      If it’s hard enough to grate, I’d suggest grating out three tablespoons for accuracy. If you’d like to cut a hunk off, or if it’s too soft to grate, then the closest approximation I can find for converting three tablespoons is that it equals 1.5 ounces or 42.6 grams.

      I hope that helps. Please let us know how your skin feels after you’ve tried it!

      – Priscilla

  2. I’m in the kitchen now and very excited to make this! I need some help,please. I have a block of beeswax that I have grated, but the size of the particles are not consistent, and therefore I don’t know if I am getting a good measure with the tablespoon. Can anyone out there with beeswax pellets and a scale, please give me the gram weight of 3 tablespoons of beeswax pellets? So very grateful for your effort!

    1. Hooray! So glad you are making this right now…you’ll love it. 🙂

      Honestly, just get close with your measurement of a tablespoon. I’m *guessing* it’s about 30-40 grams, but that’s just a guess. Perhaps somebody else will chime in, but I do believe that if you get close with this recipe you’ll be just fine. Happy DIYing!

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