Facial Serum - Anti-aging


Prep Notes


Anti-Aging Essential Oil DIY

You can add skin-healing essential oils to any DIY skincare product, maximizing the antioxidant and rejuvenating effects. But for a simple essential oil blend to moisturize the skin, start with a healing carrier oil.

Jojoba is one of the most renowned oils for anti-aging, restorative effects. In a 2013 review, researchers summarized that “jojoba has anti-inflammatory effect[s] and it can be used on a variety of skin conditions including skin infections, skin aging, as well as wound healing.” (4)

Combine about 3-5% essential oil ratio with your carrier oil of choice. Try any combination of oils like:

Experiment with your favorite fragrances and blends to create a one of a kind essential oil application with an anti-aging, pampering result.

Use these essential oils in your normal body care products or as specific anti-aging oils to complement efforts to improve skin health and slow the aging process.

Helichrysum

Though helichrysum is also named immortelle for its long-lasting blooms, the name bodes well for its ability to combat aging and turn back time. True to expectations, helichrysum essential oil is widely used in skincare preparations, usually for anti-aging purposes.

The benefits of helichrysum essential oil are said to occur at a cellular level, restoring the cell structures that spread and thin with age. It’s a precious and usually pricey oil, but worth it to find and enjoy genuine helichrysum.

Application: Because of the price, helichrysum is best added as an ingredient within a cream or formula, usually for small applications like the face or a small scar.

Rosemary

We know rosemary to be a good choice for skincare and hair health, but for anti-aging ability we can sneak some extra benefits from rosemary essential oil.

A study in 2007 took rosemary and lavender oils and tested its effects via inhalation. After simply breathing in the oil, participants were found to have lowered cortisol levels and better free radical scavenging antioxidant levels. (2)

What does that mean for skin? Free radical damage is a big part of the appearance of aging, and stress – manifested in high cortisol levels – can exacerbate it.

Application: It seems that simply smelling the oil can have anti-aging effects! Diffuse, use via personal inhalers, or add to topical treatments.

Geranium

The delicacy of floral oils can be misleading – they are strong and effective in so many different situations! Geranium essential oil, specifically rose geranium, is another of the essential oils for ageless skin that finds its way into skincare to combat aging.

One good indication of geranium’s anti-aging abilities is that it’s anti-inflammatory. Tested in the lab for its efficacy against swelling, rose geranium was confirmed as a strong enough anti-inflammatory compound that pharmaceutical companies are digging to be able to exploit. (3)

Keeping inflammation at bay helps to keep skin strong and resilient even while moving into the golden years.

Application: Include geranium essential oil in daily use DIY skin care products.

Lavender

Another anti-inflammatory oil, lavender essential oil is a go-to for safe and restorative skin treatments. In fact, lavender is an excellent example of whole body health, affecting the aging process from direct skin treatments to indirect calming benefits that ultimately impact skin health.

Whether topical for healing and rejuvenation, ingested and diffused for anxiety and stress (that ultimately damages health and skin), or inhaled with rosemary for stress and antioxidants, lavender is always a good choice.

Application: Keep lavender on hand as an addition to most DIY applications and uses. Its versatility is hardly matched – you’ll be glad you invested in a good lavender oil!

How to Take Care of Aging Skin

Since time can’t be avoided entirely, we’ll all deal with aging skin at some point. Caring for our skin well is an important part of aging gracefully. Remember to:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Use a non-toxic sunscreen
  • Use natural body care products
  • Stay hydrated
  • Moisturize regularly
  • Minimize stress
  • Minimize external toxin exposure


Ingredients


You are going to need:

  1. a base oil (examples below)
  2. a premium oil (examples below)
  3. Essential Oils of choice: Experiment with what you have or what you like- my favorite is frankincense and lavender.

Example:
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon argan oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil

Other Oil Options:

Each person is so different and will prefer different types of oils. The recipe above is one that most skin types do well with. Feel free to play around with these other oils to see what works best for you!


Other base oil options:
Avocado oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Almond Oil


Other premium oil options:

Evening primrose oil

Emu oil

Rosehip seed oil


Other Essential Oil Options

Myrrh oil

Lemon oil

Ylang Ylang oil

Rose

Sandlewood


Directions


How to Use

Add essential oils to a 1 oz amber bottle fitted with a glass dropper. Pour in the carrier oils you are using.


How to Apply

When applying to face, just a few drops is all you need! Apply this DIY facial serum on clean skin by placing a few drops on your finger tips, rub hands together, and the dab or press on face. After applying, allow 10-15 minutes for the facial serum to fully absorb.

Notes


Most people are very nervous to put oil on there face, worrying that it will make them break out, especially if you have oily skin. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple.


We Americans are lotion lovers. But in Europe and other parts of the world, oil is actually the more popular option for hydrating dry skin. Manufacturers have to add all sorts of fillers and emulsifiers to create creamy lotion, while oils are super-effective at keeping us hydrated and radiant without needing the added ingredients.Using oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain a concentrated amount of nourishing ingredients from specific oils.


The best part?


Buying a moisturizer like this on the market costs big bucks and because you only use a few drops each time- the oils you buy will last a very long time!


I love using this as my only moisturizer at night.