How to make toxic-free face serum.
By Amy Crawford
Making your own skin care products isn't for everyone, I guess you have the inclination or you don't. Whatever the case, today I'm going to show you how ridiculously simple it is to make your own toxic-free face serum. With luck I'll inspire a few but if you're in the "ain't got time for that!" camp you can check out some of my store bought faves here and here.
Making face serum takes all of 5 minutes, assuming you've carrier and essential oils at hand. Once you've sourced these products it's a very cost effective way to keep your stocks up. Face serum makes the most stunning gifts for friends and family too.
Budget friendly? You betcha.
To keep it super budget friendly, you could whip up a blend of jojoba oil with 10 drops of lavender oil and be done with it, seriously. However, if you're willing to invest a little more, my recommendation is to find a good online source for carrier oils, buy them in larger quantities (split with a friend?), get your essential oils at wholesale price and expand that recipe somewhat - your skin will thank you, especially because it really loves Frankincense. Like REALLY loves it.
My favourite carrier oils.
The oils I choose for my face serum have a huge array of benefits for our skin. Again, you needn't use all of these oils, but at the least I would recommend starting with jojoba.
Jojoba oil - pronounced "yohoba", this oil is known as most closely resembling the oils in our skin so it makes sense that we would lead with it in a face serum. Jojoba is said to soothe fine lines, protects and cleanses the skin, is anti bacterial and and accelerates healing.
Rosehip oil - this oil has a myriad of benefits. It can hydrate dry skin and reduce blemishes, fine lines and acne scarring. It's full of antioxidants so is regarded as an anti-aging (I'll take a bucket load, please).
Evening primrose oil - Studies have shown that evening primrose oil improves skin moisture, elasticity, firmness and roughness. Many skin related issues come from hormonal imbalances and this is where evening primrose oil comes in. It has a high antioxidant level which can play a role in balancing hormones and soothing skin conditions.
Okay so it's vital that I say here - not all essential oils are created equal and not all essential oils are suitable to be applied to your skin, not even if they are heavily diluted. Please do check the back of every essential oil bottle you find at a chemist or supermarket. Whether or not it says 100% pure essential oil on the bottle is irrelevant if it's full of nasty synthetics. My oil of choice is doTERRA - amongst the most pure and potent essential oils on the market and certified pure therapeutic grade.
You can purchase them here, wholesale or retail.
I choose to use the below essential oils in my blend, however omit whichever you choose. At the least I would consider using Frankincense and Lavender.
Frankincense oil - there's a good reason 'Frank' is called the King of the Oils. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections when applied topically. Say hello to the anti aging KING. It also promotes feelings of peace, relaxation and overall wellness.
Lavender oil - this wondrous oil has been used for centuries as a result of its myriad of benefits. For your face serum however it will be used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, all the while easing feelings of tension and keeping you calm.
Helichrysum oil - referred to as the Everlasting or Immortal Flower, Helichrysum is used in anti-aging products for its rejuvenating benefits to the skin. It can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, and it promotes a glowing, youthful complexion. This oil is an expensive purchase however know that there are 85 drops of oil in a 5ml bottle ..and you only need 5 for this recipe. It will therefore last a long time!
Geranium oil - ok I'm not going to lie, I really don't like the funky smell of geranium and it's why I reduce the quantity to 2 drops.. however, it's used to promote the appearance of clear and healthy skin so it gets a run in my recipe.
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 tablespoon evening primrose oil
1/2 tablespoon rosehip oil
5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Helichrysum essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients together into a dark glass bottle. Use every morning and night on face, neck and chest after cleansing. 3 or so drops should be all you need.
What other products would you love to learn how to make? How about a beautiful body oil? Have you tried my whipped body butter yet? That's perfect for summer because it stays beautifully soft. I'll get my thinking cap on in any case and be back with some more oily inspiration.
Purchasing essential oils.
If you would like to purchase your very own doTERRA essential oils at wholesale price (25% off RRP) I can help you kick start your journey and provide you with all the information you need to make sure you are using them safely and effectively. Feel free to shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and let's chat. Or you can simply set up your own account here.
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