How to Make a Rejuvenating Overnight Face Balm

homemade anti aging face cream recipe

This rejuvenating rosehip and shea butter face balm is packed to the nines with skin-loving ingredients.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m an add-as-much-oil-as-humanly-possible-to-my-face type ‘o gal. I used to be the complete opposite in high school… Matte was the thing to be, to strip every last bit of oil from one’s face.

Now I’m into using oil cleansers as a first step in my skincare routine. But recently, I’ve switched things up and started using this skin rejuvenating face balm in the evenings.

I got the idea of using a face balm from Plastic Free Mermaid, after she shared the face balm she uses when the hot weather dries out her sun cracked skin.

homemade anti aging face cream recipe
homemade anti aging face cream recipe

The Anti-Aging Properties of this Overnight Face Balm

This rejuvenating rosehip and shea butter face balm is packed with skin-loving ingredients:

  • Rosehip: Provides the reparative action to this balm. The many fatty acids in rosehip oil make it excellent for hydrating dry, itchy skin.
  • Shea butter: Rich in vitamins A and E – both great for skin health. Vitamin A helps speed up healing and prevent breakouts, while vitamin E can help reduce UV damage in skin.
  • Pink clay: Great for sensitive skin types. It’s rich in minerals like Silica, and provides a light exfoliating experience with its slightly grainy texture.
  • Hemp seed oil: Full of omega-fatty acids, helping to moisturise skin without clogging pores.
  • Cocoa butter: Smells like chocolate, and is full of essential fatty acids that help form a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture. It may also help to smooth scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and other marks on skin.
  • Castor oil: Contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and puffiness.
  • Beeswax/candelilla wax: Prevents this face balm from melting, plus provides a protective layer over skin, sealing in moisture.
  • Geranium essential oil: May help tighten skin.
  • Frankincense essential oil: May help improve skin tone.
  • Lavender essential oil: May help with acne, and nourish skin.
homemade anti aging face cream recipe
homemade anti aging face cream recipe
homemade anti aging face cream recipe

How to Use as a Natural Makeup Remover

To use your homemade face balm to remove makeup;

  1. Begin by wetting your face with some warm water, then warm up a small amount of the balm by rubbing it between your palms.
  2. Gently massage it around your face, then use a warm, damp washcloth to gently wipe away the balm and makeup. You can follow up with a mild toner or flower water to remove all traces of the balm.

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homemade anti aging face cream recipe
homemade anti aging face cream recipe

Homemade Rosehip & Shea Butter Face Balm

This skin-nourishing balm can be used as a deep moisturiser, and may help to revive dull skin and protect it from the changing seasons.


To make:

  1. Combine the shea butter, cocoa butter, wax and hemp oil in a small mason jar, and place into a saucepan. Fill with water until the water reaches just above the level of the oil line inside the jar (don’t fill it too high). Heat on medium-low heat until the wax has completely melted.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in the castor oil, rosehip oil, clay and essential oils, and mix until well combined.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture into your glass jars, then let cool completely before placing the lids on. Store out of direct sunlight and use within 6-9 months. This balm does not need to kept in the fridge.

To Use:

  1. Apply this face balm just after a bath or shower, while skin is still damp. This helps to lock in moisture. Simply pat skin dry with a towel before applying a thin layer of balm wherever you need a bit of moisture.
  2. If using at bedtime, dampen your face with some warm water, dab some balm around your eyes, on any wrinkles, forehead, or anywhere else you’d like to reduce the appearance of lines, aging or scars. This balm can also be used as a facial moisturiser.
homemade anti aging face cream recipe

DIY face balm tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post. 

Have you made a face balm before? What was it like? Share below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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