Serum hydrates, restores, and rejuvenates, nourishing the skin, especially skin which suffers from lack of collagen and elasticity. They’re all the buzz lately. So, just what is a face serum?
Serum is a combination of oils which absorb deep into the skin, adding powerful vitamins and antioxidants for nourishing, sun protecting, and firming properties.
We’ve been told for years to not use oil on our skin, especially for those with oily skin, but rather use lotions for our facial skin instead. Lotions tend to sit on top of the skin, providing a cover over the skin instead of absorbing deep to nourish the skin. Think about how many times we apply lotion to our skin daily. We can solve the problem by treating the skin from within using serum, not on top, using lotions.
A few years ago when I discovered essential oils, I found numerous recipes for health remedies, aromatherapy, cleaning products, and beauty products, I instantly took to the health products, specifically salves, roll-on potions, along with diffusing the oils. I never thought much about making my own beauty products, but quickly found out that’s exactly what I needed to do.
I have not been known as one who buys the expensive brands of skin care. Yes, years ago I used to think I had to wear all Estee Lauder products, which I did for a long time (loved those free gifts with purchase). Not able to justify the cost, I turned to drug store brands, quickly finding not much difference in these from the beauty counter products. They all contains ingredients that I had no idea what they were, synthetic chemicals, color dyes, and such.
My neck was starting to show fine vertical lines gathering around the throat. You know where, front and center. Wrinkles were also starting to show around the eyes and my mouth (probably due to years of cigarette smoking—now, soon to be nine years smoke free). Age wrinkles. What could I do about this?
I took the plunge, spending a little more money than usual for facial products, and ordered a homemade serum from a trusted website to see if this all natural facial serum actually worked. It was supposed to plump the skin, smooth the wrinkles and provide hydration that would make my skin look and feel years younger.
When the serum arrived, I proceeded to use it exclusively for 21 days. After the 21 days I couldn’t believe the difference, truly visible difference. I still have a few vertical lines but they are much less pronounced. My skin is tighter, has a radiant glow, and is hydrated without a greasy feel.
The serum has also evened the overall tone of my complexion so I don’t need to wear foundation makeup anymore. I simply spread a little lipstick over my cheeks for a rosy tint and I’m good to go.
The first serum I used contained Emu Oil as the carrier oil. Emu Oil is a thicker, rich creamy oil taken from the fat of an emu during processing. Yes, an emu, a flightless bird which resembles an ostrich, native to Australia and New Zealand. It’s a powerhouse oil for skin from hydration to reducing scarring to sun protection, just to name a few solutions. It’s an excellent all-around skin care product.
I started making my own Emu Oil facial serum which I used for several months twice a day, morning and night. After a couple months I knew this was an excellent product. I also knew exactly what was in it too. No synthetic chemicals or preservatives, just all natural, organic products.
Several months of more research I learned about Rosehip Seed Oil (also known as Rosehip Oil). It is considered a “dry” oil, meaning it soaks into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy residue. Rosehip Oil contains essential fatty acids which makes an excellent emollient for dry or mature skin. I thought this would make a lighter version of facial serum, yet still getting the most effective properties to do the job I wanted for my face. I used the exact same recipe just exchanging Emu Oil for Rosehip Oil, and found a superb product in my Rosehip Facial Serum,
I now use the Rosehip Facial Serum for day use each morning, and use the Emu Oil at night. I also use it on the top of my hands and wrists to help reduce those nasty little age spots. Works great!
Using facial serum has completely changed my facial beauty products routine. Moisturizer lotion is no longer used, as like most lotions, it sits on top of the skin, whereas the serum absorbs deep into the skin. Why add another layer that will just dissipate or melt away during the day?
After cleansing the face, a splash of non-alcohol Witch Hazel (I use this one) is all the moisturizer needed. Then apply the facial serum. That’s it for beautiful, smooth, healthy skin on the face, neck, and décolletage.
If you are looking for a natural, chemical free solution for your face care? Need to hydrate, restore, and rejuvenate your skin? Try my facial serum. If you like them, you most certainly can make your own (recipe below), or continue to purchase from me. I make the serum on demand per order. They have a shelf life of one year. Store them in a drawer or dark place to retain freshness.
If you make your own, know that the essential oils used in my serum are not cheap, but the up-front expense will clearly be worth the beautiful skin. The oils will make many batches of serum, with plenty left over to use in other products.
Frankincense: antiseptic, tones and lifts skin, reduces appearance of wrinkles, fades scarring, eliminates sun spots, removes micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, replaces old or dying cells with new healthy cells.
Rose: astringent, reduces scarring, heals skin, circulation, purifies blood, and prevents internal bacterial infections
Sandalwood: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, emollient, heals scars and reduces age spots, strengthens muscles and gums
Helichrysum: anti-inflammatory, heals cuts, fades scars, antiseptic, emollient, prevents dehydration and cracking skin, smooths and moisturizes the skin
Geranium: circulation, astringent, tonic, anti-inflammatory, contracts skin, fades scars and age spots, promotes distribution of melanin.
Lavender: treats acne, heals skin, circulation, boosts immunity
You can’t go wrong with ingredients like these on your face.
A natural, organic facial serum that rejuvenates, restores, and hydrates the face, neck and décolletage.
- 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Rose essential oil
- 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
- 2 drops Geranium essential oil
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1 ounce Rosehip Oil or Emu Oil
- 1 30 ml/1 oz glass bottle with dropper lid
- Add essential oils to bottle and top with Rosehip Oil or Emu Oil. Gently shake and let rest 24 hours to let the oils combine.
Apply 2 to 3 drops on a clean fingertips, then rub on areas needing the most attention, then smooth across the face, neck and décolletage. It is recommended, but not required, to use a non-alcohol witch hazel toner on a freshly cleaned face before applying the serum.
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