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It’s time to share a recipe I’ve been secretly hiding in my bathroom, holding back from sharing here at Live Simply.
Not in a mean holding back kind of way. Oh no, I would never do that! More like “It’s finally time to face the reality of aging” holding back.
Growing up, I remember listening to the wiser (older) ladies in my life discuss aging topics–wrinkles, mature skin, and changing hormones. As a preteen with perfect skin and size 0 jeans, the discussions always intrigued me, but the reality never sank in that one day I might be sharing in the very same concerns. “I won’t ever need fancy creams, serums, or running shoes. Nope, not me.”
Fast forward a good eighteen years and a few swallowed words. Words that gracefully went down with a big aging gulp.
In 2014, my vocabulary expanded along with my age. Creams, ultra-moisturizing lotion, facial masks, serums, and collagen (not the injection stuff, this one is natural and added to water when I don’t have a cup of homemade bone broth available) became part of my regular vocabulary.
Defeating the aging process certainly isn’t my goal. In fact, I look forward to the gray hair and well-earned wrinkles. Both are beautiful tokens of wisdom and a life well lived. While I fully embrace the aging process (and yes, I’m still incredibly young), each new season of life brings changes, and learning to adapt to those changes is important.
With aging skin in my future (okay, maybe my present too), I have focused on creating simple homemade products that benefit and nourish my skin. Homemade moisturizing lotion is still my go-to lotion on a daily basis. During the day, I love my homemade foundation powder, a bit of blush, and mascara (a product I don’t make at home, yet). At night, I cleanse my face with oil and then moisturize with ultra-moisturizing lotion. Twice a week, I treat myself to a homemade clay mask and serum treatment.
I’ve shared all my favorite beauty recipes with you, so it’s time to come clean, stop holding back, and share my favorite DIY homemade facial serum. You’re going to love it!
Homemade facial serum sounds incredibly sophisticated and complicated, but it’s one of my favorite DIYs. Homemade serum is relatively inexpensive to make compared to the expensive cost of single-use serums (with many questionable ingredients) found in stores. This homemade facial serum combines two nourishing skin oils, argan and squalane, and essential oils.
Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree. It’s an edible oil from Morroco that is also known for personal-care benefits. Argan oil is known for moisturizing, healing, and softening properties; making it the perfect oil for the skin and hair. Thanks to the moisturizing properties of argan oil, this serum may also be used as a daily facial moisturizer.
Squalane oil was first discovered in shark livers (I know, yuck, but the story gets better). After investigating squalane and its healing properties in sharks, scientists also found squalane in olives (the good news!).
Squalane contains some amazing properties, but is often overlooked by more common nourishing oils (jojoba, almond, etc.). Squalane is known for many beneficial properties: antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-phlogiston (fights against inflammation). Squalane also penetrates the skin better than any other nourishing oil available. This simply means squalane oil doesn’t just sit on the surface of the skin, rather it penetrates the skin layers, making it the perfect oil for a facial serum.
Essential oils (geranium, bergamot, lavender, and tea tree) are added to help improve tired, aging, and even acne-prone skin. Geranium may help the skin contract (hello, tighter skin!) and regenerate, amongst many other beneficial properties. Bergamot may tone the skin and reduce infection (a key for acne-prone skin). Bergamot is light-sensitive, so during the summer, when I spend many hours outside, I skip this ingredient. Lavender and tea tree are two of my favorite “everyday” oils because they are so versatile. I use both for house cleaning and homemade beauty products.
My DIY facial serum is moisturizing and nourishing. It may be used as a special serum once or twice a week, or as a daily moisturizer. Thanks to argan oil’s moisturizing properties, lotion is not needed after applying this serum.
DIY Homemade Facial Serum
In a dark amber bottle (pictured), carefully add the nourishing oils: squalane and argan. I recommend using a small funnel.
Add the essential oils.
Secure the lid on the bottle and gentle shake to combine the oils.
Note: You’ll need to use teaspoons (and decrease the bergamot, geranium, and lavender to 3 drops each) for a 1-ounce amber bottle . My bottle for the tablespoons measurement is larger than 1-ounce. The important measurement is 2 parts to 1 part.
Aging doesn’t seem like something to hold back on after all. With a few drops of this homemade serum, I feel like a new, younger woman, but with the wisdom and grace (and a few swallowed words) that come with age. A win-win.