Thursday, 10 March 2016

DIY Anti-Aging Facial Serum

Of all the homemade solutions and remedies that I have made over the years using essential oils, my very favorite has to be my anti-aging facial serum. I love that instead of blowing my money on expensive night creams full of chemicals, fragrance, and things I can’t even pronounce, I can make my own serum customized for my own skin type.
Why a serum? Why not a cream or lotion? The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated so what you’re left with is a high concentration of ingredients that penetrate your skin faster and more effectively. That makes serums ideal for troubleshooting specific problems such as age spots, sun damage and fine lines.
The ingredients in commercial serums include things like retinol, and alpha hydroxy acids….but I prefer the simplicity of pure, therapeutic essential oils.
These are some of the best of the best for skin care:
                



Lavender
Used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions, and is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns. It also helps regenerate skin cells and lighten the appearance of age spots and scars.

Frankincense
Promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. Powerful astringent capabilities help tone and tighten skin all over your body.



Rose
Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil moisturizes dry skin and helps refine overall skin texture; it also has antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne, redness and inflammation.




Helichrysum
Widely used in anti-aging products, it helps to prevent wrinkles & sagging, and rejuvenates the look of older skin. It also heals and and soothes blemishes, inflamed, and sensitive skin. It will even help diminish dark circles under your eyes



Sandalwood
Sandalwood oil is very moisturizing, and is especially useful in the treatment of dry, cracked and chapped skin. The astringent properties of sandalwood oil help it prevent oily skin and problems such as acne and scarring.



Geranium
Helps regulate oil production, reducing acne breakouts. Improves skin elasticity and tightens skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Promotes blood circulation, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, and other skin conditions.




Because essential oils are more expensive than thickeners and additives found in commercial cream and lotions, this serum is not inexpensive to make. But it’s important to keep in mind that A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! A one ounce container of serum should last months and it’s an investment in healthy, radiant skin!


Naturally Nourishing Anti-Aging Facial Serum

A 2% dilution (10-12 drops essential oils per ounce carrier oil) is a good dilution for daily skin care, so that is how I came up with the amounts for my serum.

  • 1 ounce (or 2 Tablespoons) of Sweet Almond oil (other good carrier oils for skin are Avocado, Jojoba, Olive, Rosehip Seed)
  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops Rose essential oil
  • 2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops Geranium essential oil
Add the almond oil and essential oils to a dark-colored 1-ounce glass dropper bottle and shake gently before each use

How To Use:
Wash your face and use your toner before applying serum. Add a drop or two to your fingertip and dab gently on fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone areas. Moisturizer, if you use one, goes on AFTER the serum. REMEMBER: this will last a LONG time! So while the initial cost may seem steep, in the long run it’s a much more economical scenario than buying those high-priced brand name serums.

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