It’s easy to scroll through Instagram and assume that to achieve better, healthier skin, you need to change your lifestyle and most probably spend every last bit of your hard-earned money. We agree with the lifestyle part - but emptying your pockets? Not so much. Even without the arsenal of expensive products at your service, achieving good skin shouldn’t be a big challenge.
All it takes is a skim through our five best DIY facial serums, faith in yourself, and a regimen because regimen is the only way to achieve fresh, new skin. Also, the DIY facial serums included target all skin problems.
What is a facial serum?
A facial serum in a traditional sense is a water-soluble product that goes on before a moisturiser. Serums are created to target a specific cause: hydration, pigmentation, anti-ageing, free radical damage, etc. Serums are made up of smaller molecules by using active high-concentrated ingredients, hence super-potent yet fast-absorbing.
Then, there are oil-based serums as well, which are applied after a moisturiser. They seal the layering of products applied before a moisturiser and at the same time keep the moisturiser from drying out.
Differences Between a Serum, Essence, Moisturiser, and Face Oils
Well, you are not the only one wondering what a facial serum is and verging on the brink of confusion as to how it differs from a moisturiser, face oil, and an essence.
A facial serum may be packed full of moisturising ingredients; however, do not confuse it for a moisturiser because it doesn’t contain the typical sealants: mineral oils or petroleum. Neither the consistency nor the thickness is in any way a match with a moisturiser.
Plus, they’re not as runny as essences which are also applied after cleansing and before moisturising. Though yes, both products are very similar in terms of the functions they serve. The only difference is their texture.
Facial serums and facial oils, as expected, are quite similar. However, facial oils are somewhat thicker than serums and much more focused on treating the skin on a cellular level due to the plant-based oils included in them.
Facial serums penetrate the skin on a deeper level, and because they’re water-soluble, they last longer and do your skin a huge favour in a short amount of time.
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or undergoing serious health concerns, we advise you to consult a physician before trying out any of these recipes. This is because certain ingredients in these DIY serums may not be suitable for you.
Or as in the case of essential oils, which are sometimes the main ingredient, can be super-potent and you must understand the risks and benefits of what you are putting on your face.
FACIAL SERUM FOR DRY, DEHYDRATED SKIN
If you are an owner of dry, dehydrated skin and get pesky, little breakouts now and then (welcome to the real world) this organic facial serum for dry, dehydrated skin will give you a nice hydration kick as well as help keep those uncertain breakouts in check.
It is a blend of three botanical oils and three essentials oils chock-full of skin-nourishing ingredients like Vitamins A, E, and C, and fatty acids.
- Organic Apricot Seed Oil
- Organic Avocado Oil
- An amber bottle
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Organic Orange Essential Oil
- Organic Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
No matter the bottle size, just place three equal thirds of each oil. The base oil includes jojoba oil - next, apricot kernel oil and avocado oil as the last base oils. Once the carrier oils are done, it’s time for essential oils.
If you are using a 50 ml bottle, only 20 drops of essential oil into those carrier oils is needed. Add six drops of essential oil each. Pop the lid on and slightly turn the bottle to combine it. Avoid shaking; you don’t want to create air bubbles. A dark or amber bottle is required because it keeps the serum lasting for longer and stops bacteria from collecting and light from getting to it. This serum has a shelf life of six months. In case of any allergies to any of these ingredients, you can make your own modifications.
FACIAL SERUM FOR UNEVEN, DULL SKIN
Sometimes, dull skin is our permanent makeover. It stays with us no matter how hard we try to get rid of it. To be honest, it’s not about trying hard; it’s about embracing it in a smart way. And a quick to tone down the dullness begins with our second facial serum recipe.
The recipe uses non-comedogenic oils. This means that the serum is unlikely to clog your pores. Also, apart from banishing unevenness, it helps renew dull skin for brighter skin texture and minimises pigmentation, dark spots and acne scars as well.
- Argan Oil 10 ml
- Carrot Seed Oil 10ml
- Vitamin E Oil 1/2 teaspoon
- Rose Essential Oil 5 drops
- Sandalwood Essential Oil 5 drops
- Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops
- Frankincense Essential Oil 4 drops
- Dark glass bottle with a dropper
Using a sieve, add carrot seed oil, argan oil and vitamin E oil to the glass bottle. Now, take off the sieve and gently and precisely, add drops of rose, lemon, frankincense, and sandalwood essential oil. Close the lid and turn the bottle side to side to mix all the oils. Avoid shaking and thus forming air bubbles.
Apply this serum on the targeted areas whenever you like. Make sure your face is clean before you do so. Don’t apply sunscreen after this serum before heading out in the sun.
A patch test is always recommended to check your skin reaction before facial use.
FACIAL SERUM TO FIGHT AGEING SKIN
You cannot turn back the clock. Well, technically you can, but it won’t take you back to how you were when you were young (pun intended). Although, you can start now to prevent future wrinkles, age spots and sun damage from appearing on your skin. Yes, there’s a way to age beautifully, and this facial serum is the perfect opportunity.
- Rosehip seed Oil 1/2 ounce
- Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
- Geranium Essential Oil 2 drops
- Cypress Essential Oil 1 drop
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Dark bottle with dropper
Add rosehip seed oil to the bottle and follow with the rest of the ingredients. Turn side to side for amalgamation before use. Rosehip seed oil is one of the best carrier oils for anti-ageing purposes but if it does not suit you, simply replace it with any other carrier oil.
Cleanse and tone your skin before layering the serum over specific areas, such as fine lines and wrinkles. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties along with the ability to improve skin elasticity which makes this serum such a great choice for older women. This also helps those who wish to prevent fine lines early.
FACIAL SERUM FOR OILY SKIN AND ENLARGED PORES
Even though a primer that truly fills them in is appealing, it still isn’t a permanent solution. Moreover, it can clog them even further. This facial serum recipe has the ability to keep oiliness at bay and reduces the look of enlarged pores at the same time.
- 2 ounce or larger amber glass bottle
- Grapeseed Oil 1 oz.
- Jojoba Oil 1 oz.
- Cypress Essential Oil 10 drops
- Peppermint Essential Oil 5 drops
- Rosemary Essential Oil 5 drops
Add all the carrier oils and essential oils, following the sequence of the ingredient list. Roll the bottle gently in your hand to combine the mixture. Wash your face and use a toner and after with gentle, upward strokes. Massage the serum to concentrated oily areas such as your forehead, cheeks, and chin - store bottle in a cool, dry place.
THE PERFECT ALL-ROUNDER FACIAL SERUM
Need a facial serum that suits all skin types? Well, we’ve got just the little booster for you. Easy to apply and forget worrying over skin types. Oily, normal, sensitive, acne-prone or combination - you can use this facial serum regardless.
- Jojoba Oil 1 Tablespoon (Base oil)
- Argan Oil 1/2 Tablespoon (Premium oil)
- Lavender Essential Oil 2 - 4 drops (Essential Oil)
- Amber or blue-coloured liquid bottle 1 oz.
Pour jojoba oil and argan oil into the amber bottle with the help of a funnel. Add drops of lavender essential oils then close the lid and roll it for 30 seconds. Once mixed, apply on clean, toned skin. Allow 10-15 minutes for the facial serum to fully absorb. It’s a great facial recipe for all skin types, but there’s no limitation to explore your options and use your favourite oils.
Please educate yourself on the uses, benefits and side effects of these oils. Once you get the hang of them, you can make your blends.