Luxurious and Rejuvenating Facial Serum Recipe
To Botox or Not, That is The Question
Too High a Price?
Would you pay $295.00 for a face serum?
Would the fact it contained a synthetic chemical based on the snake venom of the Malaysian temple viper sway you?
Well, on a recent survey of face and eye serums this was one of the startling ingredients I found listed (Syn-ake).
Said to give a Botox like effect similar to a snake bite venom which can cause paralyzes in its prey, it is an ingredient a handful of cosmetic companies now include in their anti-aging products.
Temple Viper Snake Tropidolaemus wagleri
- Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
This is a fresh potent recipe to make your own anti-aging serum which will rival commercial brands. Rich in Vitamin C it includes Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest which is a superfood for skin.
Homemade Serums ~
I know what way I sway and having a real problem with this I decided to put together my own luxury “high end” face serum. The oils being used have proven benefits for the skin and cost a fraction of $295 for the same quantity. In fact if you spent that amount you could buy all the ingredients, bottle and 22 oz worth of product!
I used three carrier oils and four essential oils for my serum but you could create your own based on your own skin type, skin needs and budget. If you intend on making more beauty products for yourself, for friends, as gifts or for a spa night then these are definitely cost effective.
Another great way of minimizing cost is to get a few friends who are interested in making it, buy the ingredients and split the cost (including post and packaging if buying online) between you.
- Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum
Who needs botox or eye lifts when we have natures very own rejuvenating oils readily available? Here is a simple, no nonsense homemade eye serum using 3 oil ingredients; Baobab, Jojoba and Carrot.
What is a Face Serum?
Serums are oil based liquids with active ingredients including antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. They will have smaller molecules than moisturizes and therefore are designed to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin.
Luxury Mosturizer and Serum
What is The Difference Between a Moisturizer and a Serum?
This is a common question asked and one I have been asked numerous times over the years. Is it necessary to use both? Can I use one or the other?
Serums whilst adding a degree of moisture are primarily designed to absorb and penetrate into the three layers of skin, the Epidermis (top layer), the Dermis (the middle layer) and the bottom layer known as the Hypodermis.
The tiny molecules present in oils make this possible and why in homemade serums it is base or carrier oils and essential oils that are used.
Moisturizers are generally thicker creams or lotions with larger molecules that may only penetrate the top layer of skin where they can hydrate the skin and seal in moisture. Serums can really benefit skin conditions at “ground root level” such as skin elasticity, wrinkles and dehydration.
Serums work best when applied after cleansing and toning the skin when the skin is still slightly damp.
Follow with your regular moisturizer which you can think of as locking in your serum and all the nutritional benefits in the layers.
Use serums whenever you feel your skin needs an extra boost or incorporate it into your daily routine morning and night or once a day (night preferably when the skin is at rest).
Facial Serum With Camu
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Why This Miracle Skincare Product Will Be The Next Coconut Oil
We often come across the words "rosehip seed oil" while reading the ingredients list on skincare products. But it wasn't until former Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr name dropped it as the secret to her radiant complexion that we explored more.
Luxurious Face Serum ~
½ oz Rosehip Seed Oil
¼ oz Jojoba Oil
¼ oz Pomegranate Seed Oil
1 capsule or ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
6 drops Geranium Essential Oil
3 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
2 drops Neroli Essential Oil
1 oz dropper bottle (dark color)
small funnel (optional)
- Pour the oils one by one through the funnel (if using) into the dropper bottle.
- Screw on top and give a good shake to mix the oils.
- Let it sit for a day in a cool dark place.
- Shake before each use.
- If stored correctly, this serum will last approximately 6 months.
- Apply 2-4 drops into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together.
- Start massaging in on a cleansed neck and face, working from the base of the neck upwards. This is to prevent stretching and dragging the skin down.
- Avoid using on the eye area but if you wish apply a small amount under the eye or use a specific eye serum as in my recipe above.
- Wait about 5 –10 minutes and then apply your usual moisturizer.
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Customize Your Own ~
Making your own serum could not be easier and takes no time in making apart from adding the oils into a dropper bottle. You could do it with your eyes blindfolded!
The fun is customizing your own blend with as few or as many oils as you wish between gorgeous base oils and fragrant, therapeutic and skin benefiting essential oils.
Combine what you may have already with one or two more to cut down on the cost and still make an effective rejuvenating serum.
Vitamin E oil I try to use as it is so good for all skin types and may be used in most recipes from lip balms to body scrubs. Use 1 capsule or ½ teaspoon per 1 oz bottle.
Fresh Vitamin C Serum
Chose from your skin type or if, for example, you are mature and dry you may want to pick from both lists. Base oils should total approximately 2 tablespoons (1 oz or just under).
Normal Skin – Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Almond, Jojoba or Hazelnut.
Mature Skin – Pomegranate, Carrot, Apricot Kernel, Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Wheatgerm, Jojoba or Almond.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Did You Know . . .
There are approximately 250 - 300 drops of essential oil in each 10 ml bottle?
Essential oils should be between 20 – 30 drops in total, do not exceed this.
Food for Thought . . . .
Serums are deemed the ultimate in luxury skin care and judging by the price tags of the majority, you would have no cause to argue this fact. All the skin care giants including Estee Lauder, Clarins, Elizabeth Arden and Kiehls have serums. In fact it was Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair which was my guilty pleasure for years.
The idea of making your own may not instantly appeal or you may be asking "how on earth could regular vegetable oils or essential oils have the same benefits?" I can tell you that these homemade solutions are pure lush, luxurious and do work!
By choosing quality raw products is your first step in reaping the very best out of your oils and let's be honest, do you REALLY want chemicals and synthetic snake venom flowing through your bloodstream all for the sake of a few laughter lines? I know what I want!
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