Facial Serum, DIY and Ready Made
I am 57 years old and never bothered with a facial serum until about a year ago. I’m sure my face tells that story better than I can.
I tried my first DIY serum last spring. The recipe for that serum is not something I have written down, though I can remember a few of the ingredients. Possibly I didn’t follow a recipe. I liked that serum while it lasted, but not well enough to try and repeat it.
Rose Facial Serum
My next attempt at making facial serum was last fall when I was preparing to host a home Beauty School class. I wanted to make little vials of serum for my guests. I did so using kind of a recipe I saw on a Melissa Peopping video. In the video, she talks about which carrier oils to choose from and which oils to use, but doesn’t give the size of the dropper bottle she’s using. I decided to go with a 2 dram cobalt bottle from Life Science Publishing. Here’s the recipe:
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops Myrrh essential oil
1 drop Rose essential oil
Place the essential oils in the vial first, then roll the vial a little to let the oils blend. Add Young Living’s V-6 complex as the carrier oil, up to just below the shoulder of the bottle. Again, roll to blend.
After cleansing the face in the evening, put 5 drops of this serum in the non-dominant hand. Using the fingers of the other hand, apply to face, paying special attention to age spots and dry areas. Also apply to throat, and the last bit gets rubbed into the backs of the hands. After a few minutes, follow with one of Young Living’s moisturizers. I use ART Intensive Moisturizer in the evening.
ART Renewal Serum
In December, I had the pleasure of attending Young Living’s Beauty School event in Midway, Utah. Among many other wonderful things, I was introduced to ART Renewal Serum and started using it as part of my daily routine. I liked it well enough that when I ran out last week I promptly ordered a replacement. This serum is not oil based and goes on silky smooth. It smells of vanilla. Key ingredients include: Traditional Chinese botanicals, Orchid flower, Angelica and Chamomile extracts, Aloe Vera, Myrrh and Frankincense essential oils.
After cleansing the face in the morning, apply a drop of this serum to the face and give it time to absorb. Any extra amount can be rubbed on the throat area and backs of hands. After a few minutes, follow with one of Young Living’s moisturizers. I use Sheerlume or Sandalwood Moisturizer in the morning.
Mature Skin Facial Serum
While I was waiting for my new bottle of ART Renewal Serum to arrive, I decided to try making a DIY serum again. This time I used a recipe found in the book French Aromatherapy by Jen O’Sullivan. She has several recipes for facial serums, and this one seemed most targeted to my needs. She describes making it in a 15 ml dropper bottle, but not having any that size I adjusted the recipe for my 10 ml roller bottle. Here’s the recipe:
7 drops Sacred Frankincense essential oil
7 drops Myrrh essential oil
7 drops Patchouli essential oil
7 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Cedarwood essential oil
Place the oils in the bottle first, rolling gently to blend. Let this blend synergize overnight before adding V-6 up to the shoulder of the bottle. Add the roller top and the cap and then roll gently to blend.
This serum works as part of my facial routine, morning or evening.
Choose Young Living, Every Time
Note: I nearly had a Patchouli disaster while making this serum. When I took the lid off, I was looking straight into my oil bottle…. Oops! The orifice reducer was stuck in the lid. That never happens with my old off-brand patchouli. I guess that’s because it has additives and extenders in there to keep the essential oil from gumming up the orifice reducer. Since I’m putting it on my precious skin, I’ll choose my sticky pure Young Living patchouli every time.
I don’t want to lie and tell you that facial serums are turning back the hands of time on my face. I can say, though, that my face is more well cared for now than it ever has been before. If you’re already a Young Living member, then try making up a DIY facial serum or add a bottle of the ART Renewal Serum to your next order. If you’re not a member, I’d love to welcome you to my team. Click here to become a member.