Since ancient times, humans have fantasized over immortality. What this state of existence exactly means vary from person to person. For many, it's the state of being young forever. While that is far from happening in our lifetime, there is something we can use to at least mimic the effect for a little while — anti-aging serum.
Aging iѕ inevitable ѕо реорlе turn to thingѕ like bоtоx, рlаѕtiс surgery, chemical-based ѕuррlеmеntѕ, аnd tоnѕ оf еxреnѕivе сrеаmѕ. So, what makes this serum different? Unlike the expensive operations and products, you won’t have to spend a fortune on this serum. Plus, with this DIY serum, you won't have to worry about suspicious ingredients!You can achieve youthful skin naturally by making this DIY anti-aging serum with essential oils. So, ready to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots? Let's dive in then!
Difference Between Moisturizers And Serums
I think many of us, me a couple of years ago included, confuse serum and moisturizer, thinking that they can be interchangeable. I used to think that I only need to use one of them, which isn’t exactly right.
Serums and moisturizers help the skin in different ways.
Moisturizers are generally occlusive. Occlusive products function as an outer film on top of the skin. So while moisturizers hydrate and well, moisturize, these products also lock-in previous products applied to the skin.
When it comes to consistency, serums are thinner and lighter than moisturizers. Usually, serums contain active ingredients that you want to penetrate as deeply as possible into your skin. The thin consistency of serums helps in penetrating the outer layer of the skin, making sure to carry the active ingredients deep into the skin.
With serum's thinness and moisturizer's occlusivity, it makes sense to use them both in the same routine. Applying the serum brings essential active ingredients to work on our skin from the inside. Then, applying moisturizer locks-in those active ingredients to do their best work.
In functions, serums offer a greater variety than moisturizers. Serums address a wide range of skincare issues. For example, you can find anti-aging serums, skin-brightening serums, and serums for preventing acne.
How To Apply Serums
A general rule of thumb in the order of applying skin care products is to go from thin to thick. Those with thinner consistencies (toners, serums, essences) are applied before the thicker products (cream moisturizers). So, in general, this rule means you should always start with the thinnest and finish with the thickest product.
In order, after cleansing, you apply toners, mists, serums, oils, and finally moisturizers/creams. For your morning skin care routine, sunscreen should always be applied last. Makeup then comes after sunscreen, if you choose to use any.
Between each application, make sure you wait a few minutes so the product can absorb and sink in the skin. Some products may require longer wait-times, especially dermatologist-prescribed acne treatment products.
Here is a step by step guide on how to apply your DIY anti-aging serum:
- Gently remove your makeup and wash your face.
- Pat dry.
- Use a cotton ball or pad to apply toner.
- Spray on your favorite facial water/mist.
- Apply tiny dots of serum all over your face, and use your finger to blend lightly and quickly. A little goes a long way, so no need to be excessive with the dots.
- Massage the serum gently onto the skin. Do not stretch, pull, or rub the skin.
- With your fingertips, gently tap the surface of your face for a minute. The tapping motion encourages the serum to fully sink-in. You can also use your jade roller to help spread the serum. This way, the product will spread nicely and be absorbed deeper into the skin. Read more about the benefits of using jade roller here.
- Wait for another 2-3 minutes before you apply your oils, eye cream, and moisturizer.
- For your morning routine, apply sunscreen then wait 2-3 minutes more before you apply foundation and makeup.
What Do I Put In My DIY Anti-Aging Serum?
Now that we know how useful and vital serums are, and how it should be used, let's get down to the ingredients. The great thing about DIY-ing your skin care products is that you have power over which ingredients you'll include. And remember, with great power comes great responsibility!
So, let's find out what ingredients will help you keep aging at bay.
A carrier oil, jojoba oil is full of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Fatty acids help keep the skin supple and stay smooth. Vitamin E and antioxidants are vital to ward off free radicals that contribute to skin aging. This oil also delivers a high number of ceramides, which help regulate the hydration of skin cells. As they say, a hydrated skin a day keeps the wrinkles at bay!
Another remarkable thing about jojoba oil is its resemblance to the natural oils your body produces — sebum. Because of this, the oil helps your skin keep balance. You'll find you're never overproducing nor underproducing sebum. Jojoba oil also works to seal your skin with a protective barrier, to keep it from losing moisture. Read more about jojoba oil here.
ROSEHIP SEED OIL
Rosehip oil is one of my favorite oils. Because it is dry, non-greasy, and super light, this carrier oil is absorbed quickly by the skin. Rosehip is rich in Vitamins A and C, which are both so important in collagen formation. Collagen keeps our skin elastic and young-looking. Plus, vitamin C is known for its ability to aid in fading dark spots (like age spots). So, this oil is a perfect fit for our DIY anti-aging serum. Read more about rosehip oil here.
As mentioned above, Vitamin E has antioxidant properties. Not only that, but Vitamin E is also known to reduce UV damage in the skin. UV rays, UVA especially, is bad news for our skin as they cause premature aging. The skin that is most exposed to the sun has the tendency to develop age spots. So having vitamin E in this anti-aging serum is plenty of help.
Apart from all these, vitamin E is in the recipe because it will prolong the serum's shelf-life.
Frankincense essential oil is fantastic, and I am obsessed with it. I add it to almost all my moisturizers, serums, and creams. It is a valuable ingredient in products for aging and dry skin. Frankincense can reduce wrinkles and fine lines by regenerating healthy skin cells. It can be used to help reduce the appearance of large pores and tighten skin, leaving it refreshed and smooth. Read more about frankincense oil here.
Myrrh is a sister of frankincense. Myrrh oil helps fade blemishes, soothe itchiness, and reduce symptoms of eczema. It is wonderfully moisturizing and nourishing, which in the long run, helps prevent the skin from chapping and cracking. Read more about myrrh oil here.
The astringent properties of geranium essential oil are said to help tighten the skin, which can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains fatty acids, the nutrient needed to help build healthy skin cells and provide ample moisture to the skin. Plus, geranium oil has such a magnificent floral scent, which will definitely make you feel like a royal highness.
Thanks to its abundance of antioxidants, lavender oil can help protect your skin from free radicals. It also helps lighten the appearance of age spots and scars. Those suffering from adult-acne will also find this oil appealing for its acne-fighting properties. Most notably, this oil is suitable for all skin types. Read more about Lavender oil here.
Customize your DIY anti-aging serum! Use my post about blending essential oil aromas, and have fun finding your necessary oil combination.
DIY Anti-Aging Serum
Compared to other skin care products, serums tend to be more expensive. Some companies jumped on the serum-craze and curated overpriced products with suspicious ingredients. Yes, the active ingredients are still there. But often, they also include unnecessary ingredients that make the serum more expensive without providing any benefits. Those dubious ingredients even have a high chance of irritating our skin!
To still benefit from the abilities of serums, I find that going the DIY and natural route is ideal. If you choose to supply yourself with a handful of carrier and essential oils, you will be amazed by how much cheaper it is to make your DIY anti-aging serum.
So, now is the time to learn how to make this anti-aging serum. The steps in this recipe are relatively easy. So, you'll find yourself with a bottle of your youth elixir in no time. And don't worry, if you have questions and other concerns, visit the comment section, and I'll be sure to help you out.
DIY Anti-Aging Serum
- 1 medium-sized bowl
- 1 small funnel
- 1 amber glass dropper bottle (2 oz.)
- 2 tbsp jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp rosehip oil
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E
- 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Myrrh essential oil
- 3 drops Geranium essential oil
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
How To Prepare and Use It?
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Stir well.
- Using a funnel, pour the mixture into the amber glass dropper bottle.
- Use 1/2 dropper (or less) full of serum on a clean face and neck. You can use the serum both mornings and evenings.
- The essential oils are potent and powerful, so be sure to follow the measurements. Proper dilution is vital for your safety. Read more about diluting essential oils here.
- Before using new essential oils, be sure to do a patch test on the inner area of your elbow. Leave this on for 24 hours and observe how your skin reacts.
- If your skin is sensitive, feel free to increase the amount of the carrier oils (jojoba and rosehip). Read more about the difference between carrier and essential oils here.
We may be far from achieving the eternal youth provided by immortality. But we can positively influence how our skin will age. Proper skin care and ample knowledge about ingredients and products will certainly help you maintain a youthful glow.
And remember, in your DIY skin care journey, caution must be above all. Don't let the promise of a particular oil's properties excite you to forget patch testing and other precautions.
I am looking forward to hearing how you like the recipe. If you have other great ideas for mixing oils into a DIY anti-aging serum and other recipes, I would love to hear from you!
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