Before I started the natural skincare journey I would spend hours researching serums and doing price comparisons. Truthfully to have a decent skin routine it would cost hundreds of dollars and half of the ingredients were synthetic. I found that it was next to impossible to find good serums with all natural ingredients. Luckily I was become well versed in essential oils and many of them have natural skin care benefits. Below I will share some quick and easy serums that are effective and won't break the bank.
2 tbsp Jojoba oil
1 tsp Sweet Almond oil
2 drops Frankincense
1 drop Carrot Seed
1 drop Ylang Ylang
Frankincense is a rejuvenating oil, especially for aging skin. It minimizes wrinkles and fine lines which is why it is the focal point of this serum.
Carrot seed oil is another powerhouse when it comes to maturing skin. It is rich both in vitamin A and Carotene which are highly effective antioxidants that decreases the signs of aging.
In a 2015 study it was found that ylang ylang helps rebuild the skins proteins and fats while reducing free radicals.
Now don't dismiss the carrier oils - Jojoba oil has antioxidant properties have been shown to improve the elasticity of skin and sweet almond oil helps to reduce fine lines and signs of aging in sun-damaged skin.
1 oz Jojoba Oil
10 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Lavender
The carrier oil for this serum is the Jojoba oil. Yes, we love this oil. It is so versatile and has a ton of skin benefits. It is low on the comedogenic scale (a scale that rates how likely a oil is too clog pores. Read more about that here.)
Jojobas texture is also very similar to the skin’s natural sebum which makes it perfect for oily complexions. It fights acne, reduces breakouts, and absorbs completely without leaving a greasy residue.
Tea tree oil is probably one of the best know acne fighting oils. But its benefits aren't limited to killing acne causing bacteria. Nope, it is good for firming and toning skin as well as calming skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Much like tea tree, lavender oil is great when it comes to fighting acne breakouts and the red splotches and dark spots associated with them.
BRIGHTENING SERUM2 tbsp Aloe Vera
1 tbsp Rose Water
1 tbsp Sweet Almond oil
Aloe Vera is a wonderful natural ingredient that unclog pores, hydrates and moisturizes. Rose water not only smells divine but it also restores the skins natural moisture and promotes clear skin. Finally, sweet almond oil does wonders for brightening skin, reducing dark spots and evening out skin tone. As if that wasn't enough it softens and moisturizes skin.
6 drops Carrot Seed
6 drops Neroli
6 drops Sweet Fennel
6 drops Myrr
3 tbsp Rosehip oil
The carrier oil for this serum is Rosehip oil. Rosehip is rich in essential fatty acids, including linoleic and linolenic acid. These fatty acids make it an excellent for hydrating dry skin. This oil is also light and easily absorbed into the skin allowing its antioxidants to travel deep into the skin's layers.
Carrot Seed contains the skin loving vitamins E and A. "Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reverses DNA damage and provides deep hydration, and vitamin A is the precursor to retinoic acid, a potent skin turnover agent that removes dullness, pigment irregularities, and also reduces wrinkles." According to Dr.Tanuj Nakra, a cosmetic surgeon based in Texas.
Blend the essential oils and carrier together and store in an amber bottle with a dropper. Massage into face nightly. Store in a cool dry place. Do not place in direct sunlight. To increase the shelf life and prevent the serum from degrading you can also store it in the fridge.
Check out our Blog post: The Perfect Night Time Skin Care Routine using All Natural Ingredients to see how to incorporate these serums into your bedtime ritual.