It is very easy to make your own, very effective anti-aging serum! You can even personalize it to fit your skin type and regimen.
It is so easy to make an effective anti-aging serum at home! With just a few ingredients you are well on the way to a more moisturized and glowing skin!
I absolutely love making my own skincare products. Any time, I have a recipe that really works, I just love to share it!
In this post, I will walk you through the process. I’ll show you how to customize it for your needs. And how to use it to get the most out of it.
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Why make your own Anti-Aging Serum
We all want to slow down the aging process somewhat. As we get older, our skin can really benefit from more targeted skincare.
I know I would like to maintain vibrant, youthful-looking skin. And not just because I have a Youtube channel where I show up in weekly videos.
At the same time, I am also very picky with my skincare products. I certainly do not want to use anything that has been tested on animals! Furthermore, I want my skincare products to be clean and simple.
Unfortunately, many commercial skincare products contain synthetic or even toxic ingredients. There is no regulation or law that requires companies to declare the entire list of ingredients. Essentially anyone can make a skincare product. They can choose what to call it (think “natural”, “organic” and so on) or what ingredients to list.
Of course, there are companies with a lot of integrity when it comes to ingredients and manufacturing. I will do another post in the future to highlight some that I have been trusting and using. Stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, you can check the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to find the rating on any personal care product.
However, I am convinced that homemade personal products are just as good as many of the commercial products out there. With the big price tag of commercial products, you’re mostly paying for expensive advertising, packaging, and middlemen.
Therefore, I have been making my own skincare products. That way, I know exactly what’s in it and I can customize it to my needs. That’s the beauty of making your own skincare (pun fully intended!).
What are the main ingredients for the DIY Anti-Aging Serum
Of course, there are many different ways to make an anti-aging serum.
In this blog post, I am showing you how you can make your own with a carrier oil and targeted essential oils. As you can see, there is a lot of freedom for experimentation and personalization. You will notice that I am recommending Plant Therapy oils and products. Here I talk about all the reasons why that is the essential oil brand that I prefer.
Now, Let’s look at the two main components:
Different Carrier Oils for your Anti-Aging Serum
These are some of the more popular carrier oils for your anti-aging serum:
- Rosehip seed oil: rosehip seed oil is fairly luxurious as it is in the rose family. Since it is often called a “dry” oil, it easily soaks into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. With essential fatty acids, it is not only perfect for mature or dry skin but basically for any skin type. You can even use this straight up as your anti-aging oil!
- Jojoba oil: Coming from a desert shrub, jojoba oil is mild and light-weight containing considerable amounts of vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Since it is technically not an oil but a “wax ester”, it is very close to your own sebum (your own skin oils). Therefore, you skin can easily absorb it.
- Argan oil: Argan oil that has been cultivated in North Africa for centuries, contains oodles of Vit. E, fatty acids, and a variety of phenolic compounds. Some research suggests that it is perfect for mature skin by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It is perfect for all skin types, including those prone to outbreaks.
- Sweet almond oil: While sweet almond oil makes an ideal massage oil, you can also use it for your anti-aging serum. It has excellent emollient properties thus making it perfect for dry skin.
- Fractioned coconut oil: fractioned coconut oil is another great choice as a base oil. It easily penetrates and moisturizes the skin. But since it only is a “fraction” of regular coconut oils, it remains liquid even at lower temperatures.
There are so many more carrier oils than what I have listed here. To get more information and inspiration you can click on this link.
Different Essential Oils for your Anti-Aging Serum
Of course, you could perfectly use any of the carrier oils I mentioned above. However, you can dramatically increase their efficacy by adding essential oils. Again there are so many choices but I will list my favorite ones for your DIY anti-aging serum:
- Lavender essential oil makes the top of my list, mostly because of its delicate, floral scent. But more importantly, it can reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. I can even help soothe the skin during sun exposure.
- Frankincense is a favorite for its ability to rejuvenate the look of mature skin. You can use it in your favorite serums or creams for the face.
- Geranium essential oil is another great addition with its skin-balancing properties that can improve the overall skin complexion.
- Rosemary essential oil balances and tones the skin and can even prevent breakouts. With many antioxidants, rosemary essentials oi can prevent the development of wrinkles and helps maintain the elasticity of the skin.
- Vitamin E oil is not an essential oil but a good ingredient for your homemade anti-aging serum. It helps fight free radicals and improves the condition and appearance of your skin.
How to Make your Anti-Aging Face Serum
It couldn’t be simpler than that:
- Use an amber dropper bottle or reuse and sterilize one of your own.
- Fill 1 tablespoon or 15 ml of your chosen carrier oil into the dropper bottle.
- Add 4 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of Frankincense, 1 drop of geranium essential oil, 1 drop of rosemary essential oil, and 6 drops of Vitamin E oil.
- Shake well to mix all the ingredients.
General Dilution Guidelines
Depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer.
However, it is safe to say that you can start with a 1% dilution and use that for some time. If you tolerate it well, you can increase to a 2% dilution. Different skin types react differently so it’s always a good idea to watch for any sensitivity.
Just remember that with essential oils, a little bit goes a long way!
You can find some more information here.
How to use your Anti-Aging Serum
As always, I recommend starting slowly.
In other words, use only one drop of your homemade anti-aging serum. If you tolerate it well, you can increase to two drops. You will get the most out of it if you use it consistently twice a day.
How to get the most out of your Anti-Aging Serum
Obviously, you will want to cleanse your face first. Often and especially when I am removing make-up, I love using my simple body wash for that. Next, you will want to use a good toner.
I like to apply this anti-aging serum right after toning. This way you will lock in the moisture of the toner and get the best absorption.
Bonus-Tip: Shortcut to making your own Anti-Aging Serum
Now, if you want a super convenient shortcut to making your own anti-aging serum, I’d like to recommend two products:
I really like this Anti Age essential oil blend and have used it in the past. It has a good smell and works well. If you have a basic collection of essential oils at home, you might appreciate the more unusual ingredients in this blend.
You can add this to your moisturizer or use it in place of the essential oil blend that I am recommending here.
Then there is the Younger Glo Carrier Oil Blend. You can absolutely use this on its own or add your favorite anti-aging essential oils to it.
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DIY Anti-Aging Serum
- 1 empty dropper bottle
- 1 transfer pipette or dropper
- 1 small funnel
- 15 ml carrier oil (rosehip, argan, jojoba etc)
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Frankincense
- 1 drop geranium essential oil
- 1 drop rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops Vit. E oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass dropper bottle.
- Shake well to mix the ingredients.
- For best results, use consistently 2x daily after washing and toning.