After learning about its ability to provide instant relief from acne scars, wrinkles, and damaged skin, I created a skin tightening facial toner using it. I loved the toner so much, I wanted to find additional ways to incorporate star anise into my beauty products. So after tinkering in the kitchen for a few days, I finally concocted a natural skincare product my face loves.
What’s so special about star anise, you ask?
I’m glad you asked.
Not only does star anise minimize the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, it also tightens and tones the skin (and this is before you do your facial exercises!).
And, if you create your own products, it is an easy and inexpensive natural skin care remedy.
Mixing star anise oil with shea butter or any other oil works to redefine the skin. This mixture provides instant relief from dark marks, acne, and damaged skin.
Best star anise anti-aging facial moisturizer
With this in mind, I decided to create a facial moisturizer using shea butter mixed with oil infused with star anise. Though herb-infused oils are not as strong as essential oils, they still contain many of the same beneficial properties.
Another benefit of using infused oil as opposed to just using a carrier oil is the oil mixture contains the nourishing properties of both the oil and the herbs.
Shea butter, which comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree, is naturally rich in vitamins A, E, and F.
It provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. And it offers some UV protection.
Because of its anti-aging properties, I decided to use it as my base for my facial moisturizer. Then I added a few other oils to give it more anti-aging properties:
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal and is an excellent moisturizer. It helps your skin to stay hydrated and repair itself. Because it has moisturizing properties, it promotes smooth skin and prevents wrinkles and fine lines under eyes.
Lavender is used to treat various skin conditions such as wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It speeds up the healing process and even improves the formation of scar tissue.
Myrrh soothes cracked or chapped skin. It also has antioxidant properties which make it great for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation.
Rose has properties that make it excellent for moisturizing dry skin. It also has antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne, as well as anti-inflammatory properties to treat redness and inflammation.
What is herbal-infused oil?
Herbal infusing allows you to preserve the medicinal properties of herbs and plants by infusing them into oils. It extends the shelf life of the herb and makes a concentrated natural remedy that can be used in beauty products or on its own.
There are several different ways to infuse herbs in oil–solar, cold, heat, etc. Because I wasn’t patient enough to wait the weeks it would take with the solar or cold infusing methods, I used the stovetop method. This allowed me to have my infused oil within 4 – 8 hours. However, you can choose whichever method works best for you.
Ready to give this anti-aging facial moisturizer a try? Here’s the recipe:
Star Anise Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer Recipe
- 1/4 cup coconut oil pure, unrefined
- 1 handful star anise pieces
- 1 cup shea butter pure, organic
- 10 drops myrrh essential oil
- 15 drops absolute rose essential oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- glass mixing bowl
- mason jar
- container for storage
- Add the coconut oil and star anise to the mason jar and cover with lid. Place the jar in the pot and fill the pot with hot water until it reaches halfway up the mason jar.
- Turn the stove on low so that it maintains the temperature of the hot water already in the pot. Allow the jar to stay in the hot water for 4 to 6 hours. Stir the contents in the jar every so often to help the contents combine. Be careful not to allow any water to get inside the jar as water will provide a breading ground for bacteria.
- Remove jar from the stove and let it cool slightly. You can let this mixture sit overnight in a warm area if you want for more infusion.
- Place the shea butter in a glass mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip shea butter until fluffy and creamy. Slowly add in star anise-infused oil and continue to whip.
- Add in essential oils and whip to combine. Place mixture in a glass jar for storage.