DIY Salve with UV Protection Recipe and How-To

Recently, I’ve turned into a big fan of melting down butters and oils and making my own lotions, moisturizers, etc.  Today I’d like to share a recipe with hand-picked and extensively researched ingredients that are all known to help with acne and have anti-aging properties like reducing and preventing wrinkles, and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

In addition, I get Prickly Heat (Heat Rash) from living in the desert, and these ingredients really calm it down and make my rash disappear, especially the zinc oxide 🙂

So let’s get to it!  I used a kitchen scale to measure out the larger quantities, and the rest of the oils I measured by drops used.

  • 1.5oz Mango Butter (anti-inflammatory, UV protection, anti-aging, contains antioxidants, etc.)
  • 0.3oz Kokum Butter (healing, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, etc.)
  • 1.0oz Almond Oil (hypoallergenic, anti-aging, rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin E, rich in Vitamin A – reduces acne, rich in zinc – treats rashes, etc.)
  • 0.5oz Safflower Oil (high in linoleic acid – great for improving the texture and strength of your skin, reduces wrinkles and brightens complexion, combines with the sebum in pores to reduce rashes and acne, etc)
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, healing, etc.)
  • 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, etc.)
    – Optional, some may not like the scent
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, aids in oil secretions – preventing acne, healing, cooling to the skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil (prevents UV damage & wrinkles, reduces skin inflammation, aids in skin repair, protects from sun damage, etc.)
  • 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (great for acne, rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, regenerative & reparative on skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pumpkin Seed Oil (also great for acne, anti-aging, healing, rich in antioxidants, especially in Vitamin E, rich in zinc, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Zinc Oxide powder (for UV protection) – Optional

You can exclude some of the oils, I used a lot of different ones, but try to at least include one or two of the Essential Oils and at least one of the last 3 oils listed, they have some really great properties.

I combined the first 3 ingredients and melted them down in a Pyrex measuring cup that was sitting in a saucepan with some water in it.  (Make sure no water gets inside the pyrex cup, or whatever container you choose to use) Then I removed the cup from the saucepan and added all the other oils, and mixed it up very well.  I added the zinc oxide powder last, and again, mixed well.  You can use a whisk for this, and add a little of the powder at a time.  I then poured it all into the final containers (I had enough for two and a half of these) and set them in the fridge for a bit, because I’m impatient 😉

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The final result came out beautifully, and is very soft on the skin.  You only need to use a little bit at a time on the face and neck, and it goes on so smoothly, looks and smells great too!

For another recipe, see my previous DIY moisturizer post.

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from any other source 🙂 these links may earn me a few cents if you do make the purchase using them.