I’m so excited to finally share this post with you! It’s a recipe (like most of my posts), but not for food! About two weeks ago, I got a little adventurous & made my own homemade DIY anti-aging face serum with essential oils.
I didn’t share this post with you guys right away because I wanted to use it for at least two weeks to make sure I didn’t break out from it & to be able to tell you guys a bit about my first impression & some of the short-term effects or results I was seeing.
As you guys know, I’m what one would call a skincare junkie. Anytime a new product by one of my fave brands is released, I make a run to Sephora to get my hands on it so I can try it (& share my first impressions & long-term reviews once I use it, with you guys!). A lot
I am by no means in any way shape or form completely natural, organic or 100% non-toxic when it comes to beauty products, whether it be makeup or skincare. BUT, I do use quite a few natural / organic products, such as: micellar cleansers, toners, moisturizers, oils & serums & I’ve never been disappointed with any of the results! In fact, I’ve been ECSTATIC! I love ingredients such as: aloe vera, witch hazel, rosewater, avocado oil, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, etc.
A lot of the skincare products that I use from Sephora also contain certain oils, fruit or seed extracts or essential oils & I’ve recently taken an interest in doing more research about them. I’ve also been looking into natural ways to boost collagen production, reduce dark spots &/or hyper pigmentation, prevent breakouts & promote glowing, radiant & youthful skin. BECAUSE LET’S BE HONEST… WHO DOESN’T WANT THAT, right?
I just want to reiterate that I am by no means making a complete 360 switch to natural skincare but just like the food I put in my body, I’m mindful about what I put on my skin! Essential oils have been used for ages to help tone, smooth, protect, improve, hydrate, repair & regenerate the skin. They’re 100% natural & non-toxic & I can’t wait to learn more about them! Every oil that I used in this serum is one that I’ve used on my skin in the past (either in its natural form or in another skincare product) & that I know I didn’t react or experience any sensitivity to.
BTW, on that topic, before we get into the oils that are in this serum & why I chose to use them, I just want to put it out there that it’s important to do a patch test on your skin with the oils (especially if you have sensitive skin) OR to use oils that you’ve already used consistently in the past (either in their natural form or incorporated in other skincare products you’ve used) in order to prevent any sensitivities or reactions.
ALSO, I JUST WANT TO PUT IT OUT THERE: I AM NOT A CHEMIST! This serum works for me & I hope that it’ll do wonders for you too! But, skincare is all about trial & error! While I can be your guinea pig, you can never really know how your skin or body is going to react to a given product, vitamin or supplement so it’s important that you listen to your body/skin & do what works best for YOU! You can feel free to swap out some of the oils I used for other oils that you know you react well to or that target your skin concerns more than the ones I used!
So far, I am absolutely LOVING the results that I am seeing with this serum! I’ve been using it consistently since I made it & I’m OBSESSED with the fact that I was able to make something this nourishing, hydrating, repairing & moisturizing in the comfort of my own home in just 5 minutes! My skin has been looking super glowy & bright ever since I started using it & that illuminating effect is literally instant (kind of like a vitamin C serum!). On the breakout front, thankfully, they’ve been at bay! But I don’t want to jinx it! My skin feels super hydrated & moisturized & despite this crazy Montreal winter weather, I don’t feel dry, flaky or chapped!
Before we get into the serum, I just want to tell you guys the difference between a carrier oil & an essential oil so that you understand why I used certain oils in larger quantities & others in smaller doses.
CARRIER OILS are normally vegetable oils derived from fatty parts of a plant, such as the seed, kernels or nuts. They aren’t very potent or concentrated, so they won’t burn or irritate our skin if applied directly.
Some examples of carrier oils include: argan, avocado, castor, jojoba, coconut, sweet almond, etc.
ESSENTIAL OILS usually come from non-fatty areas of plants, such as bark, roots, stems, leaves & aromatic portions. They are very potent & are best used & applied topically to skin when diluted in a carrier oil. You only really need a few drops of essential oil, which is why they are sold in much smaller bottles than carrier oils.
Some examples of essential oils include: cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, ylang ylang, rosemary etc.
I’m sure you all know this, but just in case: a serum is a product applied to skin after cleansing, toning &/or essence, but before moisturizer. The goal is to deliver potent, concentrated & very powerful ingredients directly into the skin. It’s made up of smaller molecules that have the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin & deliver active ingredients. This is why they’re all the rage when it comes to targeting specific skincare concerns, such as dark spots, hyper pigmentation, redness, wrinkles, fine lines, etc.
Whatever your skin type, dry, oily or combination, you are most certainly a candidate for a good serum! Of course, people with dry skin need to use moisturizing products to bring back hydration & restore the skin’s protective moisture barrier, BUT people with oily or combination skin may actually be producing TOO MUCH OIL in order to compensate for their skin not getting enough moisture. All this to say, regardless of our skin type, we can all benefit from a good quality serum to hydrate, protect, repair, prevent damage to our skin & replenish our natural oils (that are often stripped with certain cleansers or toners).
While we can all certainly benefit from a good serum, we don’t all have the same skin concerns. Everybody’s skin is different & has different needs. This serum is targeted at fighting the signs of aging (& I’ll explain why below when I get into all the benefits of the oils I used). My goal was to create something that would resemble a vitamin C serum in terms of ingredients & long-term results. I’m talking: hydrating, helping to even out the skin tone & improve texture, plump, soften & smooth, reduce & prevent fine lines, wrinkles & other signs of aging, fight hyper pigmentation & reduce dark spots, boost collagen production & increase firmness & elasticity.
The recipe for this serum is quite simple & none of the oils I used are overly pricey or hard to find. You can find them at most health food stores or online, on websites like Amazon, Vitacost, LuckyVitamin or iHerb. The dropper bottle should be easy to find as well!
So now that we’ve got the intro down-packed (God knows how many paragraphs later), let’s talk about what’s in this serum & more importantly, WHY!
- JOJOBA OIL
- Resembles the natural oils in our skin (sebum) – as we age, our sebaceous glands produce less oil, which leads to dryness. Jojoba plays the role of sebum & moisturizes skin when the body starts doing it naturally. It also helps remove sticky buildup or excess oil & keeps oil levels balanced & in check
- May be effective in treating eczema
- Anti-inflammatory & soothing for irritated skin
- It’s also noncomedogenic, which means it does not clog pores. It works as a protectant & cleanser.
- Antibacterial & rich in iodine, which means it helps control & fight bacterial growth that leads to breakouts
- Contains vitamin A & E, which means that if used regularly, it can help control acne, act as a natural anti-aging nutrient, treat sunburn, scars, acne & wrinkles
- Contains B complex vitamins, which also fight aging, speed up wound & cut healing, keep skin free from infection & bacteria as it heals
- Good for dry, aging, oily, normal or acne-prone skin
- Contains antioxidants, which fights all the signs of aging naturally
- Speeds up wound closures & stimulates collagen synthesis
- ROSEHIP SEED OIL
- Super nourishing, regenerating & replenishing
- Good for dry & aging skin
- Helps bring firmness & elasticity to the skin, as well as improves skin texture, tone & pigmentation
- May be effective in reducing the effects of eczema & reducing scarring by promoting skin regeneration
- High in antioxidants, vitamin C & A, which stimulate collagen production as the oil penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin
- Combats free radicals that cause sun damage
- High in essential fatty acids that help moisturize, soften & smooth the skin, while fighting inflammation & calming redness & dark spots
- Hydrates dry, itchy skin & reduces fine lines & wrinkles
- To read more about all the benefits of rosehip seed oil, check out my full post where I break it down for you in detail: A Breakdown of All (Well, Most) of the Skincare Benefits of Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil a.k.a. A-Freaking-Miracle-&-a-Half-That-Will-Make-You-Glow-Sans-Making-a-Hole-in-Your-Wallet!
- VITAMIN E
- Known as a holy grail beauty oil because it contains tons of antioxidants, so it blocks free radicals from the body, which play a huge part in the aging process, reduce wrinkles & keeps the skin looking youthful & radiant
- It’s also anti-inflammatory, which means that it’s going to help reduce any inflammation in the deeper layers of your skin that may be causing breakouts or acne
- Helps prevent the serum from going rancid
- LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
- Soothing, calming & gentle
- May help reduce skin irritations & is often used to treat skin disorders, such as: acne, psoriasis & other inflammatory conditions
- Speeds up healing process of wounds, cuts, burns & sunburns as it improves the formation of scar tissue
- When used with chamomile, it can be used to treat eczema
- Lightens the appearance of age spots & scars
- PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL
- Great for fighting the signs of aging, such as wrinkled or chapped skin
- Encourages new cell growth
- It has been used in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis & acne
- It has wound healing & scar-reducing properties
- Promotes a smooth & glowing complexion
- FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL
- Helps fight the signs of aging & dry skin
- Rejuvenates, strengthens & cleanses the skin
- Great for blemish-prone skin
- Acts as a natural toner, reducing the appearance & size of pores & helping to even out the skin tone & promote elasticity
- It fights bacteria & blemishes, reduces appearance of scars & acne, lifts skin & heals wounds
- It can also be beneficial for stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy & for healing dry / cracked skin
- TEA TREE OIL
- Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial & anti-fungal properties which makes it effective in treating acne (studies have compared the effectiveness of tea tree oil to benzoyl peroxide, a common acne medication)
- May be effective in the treatment of psoriasis by removing dry & dead skin cells that are at the root of the condition, as well as acting as an antiseptic to relieve itching, redness & burnin. It also helps control the overproduction of skin cells & penetrates into the deeper layer of the skin to diminish psoriasis scars.
- When it comes to eczema, it can soothe the itch & heal the skin while preventing further damage
- Doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oil
- YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL
- Promotes youthful skin
- Fights the development of skin cancer cells & melanoma
- Fights the signs of aging
- Balances excess oil production
- Fights skin irritations
- ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL
- Boosts collagen production
- Natural source of vitamin C
- Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
- Fights dark spots, hyper pigmentation, reduces fine lines & wrinkles
- Contains tons of antioxidants & repairs the skin from sun damage &/or oxidative stress
Okay guys, now without further ado, let’s get to the recipe!
- 2 tbsp. organic Jojoba oil
- 1.5 tbsp. organic cold-pressed Rosehip seed oil
- 1/4 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Patchouli essential oil
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 2 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil
- 3 drops Orange essential oil
- Add the oils to a glass dropper bottle, in the order listed above.
- Firmly close the top of the bottle & gently roll it between your hands to mix.
- Use this serum after cleansing & applying your toner &/or essence.
- Cleansing well is SUPER important because the active ingredients in serums stick to dirt & dead skin. For maximum absorption, make sure to wash your face properly before applying. Make sure to use slightly warm / lukewarm water as opposed to hot or cold water: hot water could make skin perspire, which inhibits absorption & cold water closes your pores, which inhibits the serum from absorbing into your skin & basically creates a block or wall.
- Research has shown that moist / damp skin is 10x more permeable than dry skin, so it’s best to apply your serum to damp skin after cleansing/toning/essence in order to ensure quick & deep absorption.
- You can use this serum interchangeably in the morning or at night, or both, according to your preference. I personally prefer to use it in the morning every second day (on my “off” day, I use a vitamin C serum instead). I like to use it in the morning because I do find it has some illuminating & brightening properties, so it looks great under tinted moisturizer & gives me glowing skin all day! I usually use it in conjunction with my Corpa Flora Hyaluronic Acid serum (with stabilized vitamin C + probiotics), but you can totally use it on its own before your moisturizer.
- Before applying it to your face, use the dropper & pour 2-3 drops into the palms of your CLEAN hands. Rub the serum between your palms to warm it up & to activate all the beneficial properties of the oils. Warming it to skin temperature will also ensure that your skin accepts it instantly. Use the palms of your hands (& not your fingertips) to distribute the product in an upward motion, evenly all over your face by patting gently. This helps release active ingredients, enhances circulation & brings radiance to the skin (as opposed to rubbing, which can cause redness).
- After you apply the serum, WAIT! Serums are not moisturizers & best results are seen when they are paired with a day or night cream. BUT, don’t apply your moisturizer right after your serum. To allow the serum to fully absorb before coating the skin in a thicker layer of product, wait anywhere between 5-10 minutes before moisturizing.
That sums it up loves! I hope you guys LOVE this serum as much as I do! Leave a comment down below if you make it & let me know your feedback! I would also love to know if you come up with your own variation! xx