You can’t beat making your own skin care, your skin absorbs everything you put on it so it makes sense to be in control of the ingredients going into your products. I don’t use skin serums every day but I do like to add them into my skin care routine a few times a week usually at night under a light moisturiser or an aromatherapy facial oil (always home made). Skin serums give your skin a boost of nourishment and allow your moisturiser to penetrate further into your skin preventing moisture loss therefore hydrating your skin. Here are the ingredients for the home made beauty serum that I make.
The main ingredient in this serum is olive squalane, it’s derived from olive oil and contains many beneficial properties for the skin. Our skin naturally produces its own squalane but this starts to slowly diminish once we reach our 20’s, olive squalane is very similar to our own natural squalane which makes it very compatible and easily absorbed by the skin. It’s know in the beauty industry as ‘natures face lift’ due to its properties for improving skin elasticity and accelerating cell regeneration. It’s also a great alternative to silicones which are commonly used in commercial brands which give serums that typical silky smooth texture. Olive squalane is also antibacterial and is suitable for all skin types.
Rosehip is the second oil that we are going to mix into the serum, it comes from the seed of a rose and contains the fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9. The skin is unable to manufacture these fatty acids itself so we need to provide them mainly through the food we eat, they play an important part in the health of our skin keeping our cell membranes nice and tight which means the cells stay plump therefore keeping our skin looking youthful. Rosehip oil also contain the antioxidants beta carotene, lycopene, vitamins A and C which help to slow down the cellular ageing of the skin and can aid in healing scar tissue.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can be added to other oils to stop them going rancid, it also maintains the skins suppleness and elasticity making it a good addition to the serum.
25mls Olive Squalane
5mls Rosehip oil
5 drops of vitamin E
Pour the oils into a measuring beaker then transfer to an amber bottle preferably one that has a dropper so you can keep the oil clean. This is just a rough measure it doesn’t matter if there is a little more or less of each ingredient, adjust the amount accordingly to fill the size of your bottle and then label and store in a cupboard. Place a few drops into the palm of your hand and massage onto freshly cleansed skin, you can carefully apply a little around the eyes (not too close) and over the lips if needed. It can be used on its own or you can then apply your usual face cream, I like to use a serum at night but you can also use it during the day if you like. Always to a 24 hour patch test with new products on your skin before applying to your whole face. Suitable for all skin types.