Just like the foods that I put into my body, I am meticulous about the products that I put on my skin. That is why I make my own facial and beauty products. Here’s my favorite: DIY Anti-Aging Face Serum.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have beautiful skin. And you don’t have to rely on store-bought products that contain questionable ingredients. I have been making my own beauty products with simple, non,toxic carrier oils and pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. It’s super easy! You can read HERE why I prefer facial oils over creams and lotions.
Essential oils have wonderful benefits for the skin. They have been used for ages to tone, smooth, and protect the skin. And they are 100% natural and non-toxic.
Have you looked at the label of some of your skin care products? Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and readily absorbs all of those strange ingredients right into your bloodstream.
I have been using my DIY Hydrating Face Oil for quite some time now. I love how my skin looks and feels. I created this Anti-Aging Face Serum to add to my skin care routine. I now use the Hydrating Face Oil in the morning and the Anti-Aging Serum at night. I love the combination.
Why I make my own skincare products?
In the US major loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects. At the same time as untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, breast cancer incidence has risen dramatically.
Only 11% of 10,500 chemicals in cosmetics have been tested for safety.
The average woman absorbs 5 lbs of make-up chemicals PER YEAR.
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum coat the skin like plastic—clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They slow cellular development creating earlier signs of aging. They disrupt hormonal activity.
Parabens – implicated with cancer because of their hormone-disrupting qualities and traces of them have been found in breast tumor samples.
What do I put in my face serum?
I use jojoba oil as the base oil because it closely resembles the natural oils in our skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and works great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin.
Rose Hip Seed Oil:
Rose hip seed oil is one of my favorite oils for my skin. It is good for dry, aging skin because it is deeply nourishing and regenerating. It is known for it’s firming properties. Rose hip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and softens and smooths out the skin beautifully. It improves the texture of your skin and calms redness and inflammation.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and prevents the facial oil from going rancid.
Frankincense essential oil is a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks. It has cleansing benefits to the skin, making it ideal for blemish-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone.
Myrrh is a very powerful essential oil from ancient times. The Arabian people used myrrh for many skin conditions, such as chapped skin and wrinkles. It is full of antioxidants, making it protective against aging skin.
Lavender essential oil is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. It helps lighten the appearance of age spots and scars. It is wonderful for all skin types.
Patchouli essential oil is especially beneficial for aging skin. It is used to reduce wrinkled or chapped appearance. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
NOTE: I have diluted this face serum to a less than 1% dilution. The essential oils that I use are potent and powerful. Be sure to spot test on a small area to see how your skin reacts. If your skin is sensitive, feel free to dilute it a bit more with carrier oil. I have relatively sensitive skin, and this dilution works well for me.
Remember: Not all essential oils are created equally!
Please note that I am only talking about 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. There is no standard for EOs and so many of the oils you find may be adulterated and can actually contain harmful ingredients.
My essential oil of choice is Young Living Essential Oils. They own their farms and they run a very tight supply chain. I trust their essential oils above all others because they are pure and unadulterated and are manufactured for therapeutic use not just for smell.
I am a wholesale member, meaning that I save 24% on all of my essential oils. Read more here about why I choose Young Living.
DIY Anti-Aging Face Serum
- 2 tbsp jojoba oil (like this)
- 1 tbsp rose hip seed oil (like this)
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E (like this)
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil (where to buy good quality essential oils)
- 2 drops Myrrh essential oil
- 2 drops Patchouli essential oil
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- one dark 2 ounce glass dropper bottle (like this)
- Place jojoba, rose hip seed oil, and vitamin E into glass dropper bottle. Add essential oils, close top, and gently roll bottle to mix.
- Use 1/4 – 1/2 dropper full of serum nightly on clean face and neck to preserve, smooth, and protect your skin.
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So far, I have been using this oil for 2 months. And I LOVE it! I love that it is not super greasy. My skin just drinks it up. I have noticed a difference in the texture and feel of my skin. My skin seems more firm and toned.
I hope that you love it too!
photo credit: depositphotos @ Syda_Productions and @ Subbotina