My diy anti-aging serum recipes are very intensive and highly concentrated, if you use one of these under your homemade moisturizer it will help it penetrate the skin. It will also boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.
Why Make A Homemade Serum
DIY Serums are the hottest new skincare treatment in Europe right now and so they should be, these skin nourishing serums can slow down the early signs of ageing, soften the appearance of wrinkles, brighten, firm and hydrate the skin.
We are generally looking at making a serum for around ten percent of the cost over the counter. Yes, the oils can be expensive to buy up front but a little goes a long way, so once you have your supply it will save you a small fortune in the long run.
As I make face serum recipes using only natural oils they have an 18 month shelf life.
These oils are 100% natural & pure, they should be the number one beneficial ingredient in all over the counter moisturizers.
Before we start I would like to be clear that a serum should never replace your moisturizer, it’s designed to complement and help maximise the effectiveness of a moisturizer during my 3 step natural facial at home.
Commercial serums generally all contain silicone which is hotly debated right now. In my opinion, although they are not natural they are probably quite safe as long as they are used sparingly. Silicone is the ingredient that creates the smooth silky feeling you get from a commercial anti wrinkle serum as it glides over the skin so effortlessly.
I don’t use silicone as I feel that its not generally necessary to get a great result but if you are giving as a gift and want that extra special touch you might want to consider using a silicone. I would avoid the heavy ones and go for something like cyclomethicone which is available on Amazon.
Olive squalane is used throughout all of my diy ant-aging serums, its a great substitute for the commercial silicone used in most over the counter products. Its derived from Mediterranean olive oil, an excellent choice for face creams, eye treatments and serums.
Squalane is actually produced by our bodies when we are young and helps to protect and moisturize our skin. Olive squalane is often referred to as the ‘miracle that comes in a bottle’ or the ‘face lift in a bottle’ because of its wonderful skin conditioning properties, it glides across the skin and like silicone it feels nice and silky.
Olive squalane which is widely available on Amazon also acts an antibacterial helping to preserve your serum. It’s an excellent oil to have around and can be used to treat rashes and dried skin areas. It can be added to almost any cosmetic recipe to enhance it and also comes with a very good long shelf so it shouldn’t go to waste.
Making Your DIY Anti Aging Serum Recipes
All of my serum recipes have an 18 month self life and are quick and easy to make. They are all made from liquid ingredients and require no heating.
Each wrinkle serum recipe makes approx 50 grams which is just under 2 oz . Serums usually come in small quantities so 50 grams is a good amount to divide up into smaller bottles which is easier to store in your fridge to keep optimum for even longer.
I’ve divided mine into two separate 2 oz dropper bottles (or 2x 50ml). I may have been able to squeeze it all in to one 2 oz bottle but I wanted to leave a little extra space for the dropper and to be sure I that I don’t waste anything!
At least one of them will be for personal use and I’ll store the other bottle in the fridge until I need more or I will use it as a gift. If gifting I would consider using the airless serum bottles I found on Amazon for a better effect. Don’t throw out your glass bottles or jars as they can easily be sterilized and reused.
In the photos below I am making the cell renewal serum recipe.
My Cell Renewal Serum Recipe
This is my favorite homemade anti-aging serum, when I found this recipe it was promoted as being fantastic for dull, tired or more mature skin. And I wasn’t disappointed, I could actually feel the difference right away, but I was amazed at the change in my skin after using it for a few weeks!
Step 1. To mix the ingredients place a small empty bowl on your digital scale and set it to zero on grams.
Step 2. Start pouring the first ingredient and pour until it measures the required weight which is 35 grams of olive squalane.
Step 3. I then pour in the 10 grams of evening primrose oil taking the scale to 45g.
Step 4. Followed by 5 grams of avocado oil taking the scale to 50g.
Step 4. the last ingredient is the 4 drops of Neroli essential oil. Finish by pouring into your dropper bottles or airless pump bottle.
How To Use:
Remember to shake your serum well before using, as you can see in the picture below the oils can divide.
Apply all over your face then leave to settle for a couple of minutes before adding your homemade moisturizer.
Precious Oil Serum For Dry Skin
Packed full of wonderful anti ageing moisturizing loveliness. When creating a homemade serum I try to go with light oils that can penetrate the skin easily without greasiness that will still hold all the active ingredients deep within the skin.
Argon oil and Rose are so expensive that I thought about not including this recipe. But once you’ve tried this blend you will understand why I did, as this recipe as it makes a wonderful homemade gift for someone special.
Eye Area Serum
Use this around the eyes being careful not to get it in your eyes! You are better off storing this in 1 oz bottles as only a small amount is used each time.
It’s no fun waking up to puffy, swollen eyes, and it can happen more often as we age. Luckily this easy DIY puffy eye serum will help cool, soothe and reduce the appearance of eye puffiness. Plus, you can make it using just two common ingredients!
Using lemon juice will help give the sensitive skin around your eyes a quick boost of vitamin C. Also, raw tomato juice is considered a superfood by some because its loaded with minerals and vitamins such as vitamin A, K, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 in addition to magnesium (a mineral that so many of us are deficient in).
Tomatoes are also antioxidant rich, which will bring a nice detox to the area around your eyes.
I used the juices from half of a medium sized cherry tomato and roughly an equal amount of fresh lemon juice to make this puffy eye serum. I didn’t worry about removing the seeds from the tomato, I figured the cotton ball would just hold onto them when applied and it did. I used this amount as a one time application, so quick and so easy!
Using chilled tomatoes and lemons would help with the puffiness as well, as the cold temperature will help constrict the blood vessels, which would help reduce some of the darker circle around your eyes and reduce the puffy look.You could always mix this up and then place it in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes if the fruit and veggie were at room temperature.
When applying this puffy eye serum, use a clean soft cotton ball soaked in the serum to dap on the delicate skin around your eyes. Just be careful not to let any of the serum into your eyes. This will be a thinner liquid, so you may want to do this a couple of times with each eye. Then use you’re the tips of your ring fingers to gently dab or pat your eyes for a couple minutes.
Your ring fingers are supposed to be the most sensitive and therefore would be the most gentle on your eyes. This process of patting or tapping the skin around your eyes will help reduce a bit of the swelling as well. Leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then carefully remove by flushing your skin (with eyes closed) or whipping away with a warm cloth. Follow with a light moisturizer.
Something quick to keep in mind with this puffy eye serum is that both lemon and tomato juice also have properties that will lighten skin-great for dark circles, but might be noticeable in the summer months if you aren’t staying up on your sun block and you’re using this often.
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When the winter months roll around, and all the holiday decadence finally fizzles out, you may want to hunker down, purge your pantry, and clean up your eating habits. So you make your meal plan , run to the grocery store, beeline to the avocados , and notice that they’re all rock solid. And that’s when you angrily mutter to yourself, oh yeah, it’s winter, and avocados aren’t in season.
This is the problem with healthy eating in the colder months: You don’t have quite the breadth of fresh produce as you might in spring, summer , or even fall. Though there’s nothing wrong with either canned or frozen fruits and vegetables—in fact, frozen vegetables are a great alternative because their nutrients are sealed in right after harvest—they can become extremely tedious when they’re your only option. Sticking to a healthy eating or weight-loss plan is rarely easy, but it’s especially hard when you’re bored of all your meals.
Yes, winter, and all its dreary snow-filled, sunlight-less days , may not seem like a very fresh produce-friendly season, but that’s actually not the case. There are a handful of strapping fruits and vegetables that manage to bloom, despite the inclement weather. All are totally nutrient-packed and easy to incorporate into the low-calorie, high-protein wintertime comfort food you’re probably craving (think, soups and stews ). One common attribute: Most winter produce is high in fiber, which helps slow digestion to keep you fuller, longer—a boon if you're on a weight loss plan. Plus, starchy veg makes a great alternative to less nutrient-dense simple carbs.
Before we get to your options, it’s important to understand that healthy eating looks different for everyone. What works for some may not work for others, and if you have a history of disordered eating, you may want to check in with your doctor before beginning a new weight loss plan or changing your eating habits at all. It’s also important to recognize that if your goal is weight loss, there’s a lot that goes into it, including getting enough sleep, managing stress levels, and staying physically active. If you’re not interested in losing weight, and simply want to eat healthier, these eight winter fruits and vegetables are still some that you’ll want to keep in mind (and by “mind” we mean “mouth”).