Making your own facial serums is incredibly easy and you can do it at a fraction of the cost of many leading brands.

But what exactly is a facial serum? A serum is a skincare product that contains a very high concentration of active ingredients. You apply it directly onto the skin after cleansing but before moisturising which locks in the serum’s powerful ingredients. Although traditional serums are water-based, many serums are also oil-based these days.

To make the two recipes below, you’ll need the following ingredients. I’ve also pulled together some key information on what each of them does to your skin:

Rosehip oil

It’s naturally very rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin C (vital in the formation of collagen and a powerful antioxidant), Vitamin A and E. Not surprisingly then, rosehip oil is primarily renowned for its use in anti-ageing treatments and has been shown to reduce wrinkles and generally rejuvenate the skin’s appearance.

Macademia oil

It’s naturally high in omega 7, palmitic acid which is excellent for treating dry, mature and damaged skin.  Its hydrating effects are long lasting and the moisture is retained for many hours.

Olive squalane

Olive squalane is a fairly unknown ingredient to many of us but it has wonderful properties as it prevents moisture loss, and restores suppleness and flexibility to the skin. Our skin actually produces small amounts of squalane but with age, our body produces less and less of it. Squalane oil is similar to human squalane so our skin absorbs it very well and this deep penetration also helps the growth of new cells.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has a chemical structure very similar to human sebum which means it’s an excellent match for the oil secreted by human skin and is good at mimicking skin collagen. It has a high content of Vitamin E so has anti-oxidant properties, as well as Vitamin B (B1, B2 and B6) which promote cell production.

You could also try Raspberry Seed Oil or Pomegranate Oil which are both excellent anti-ageing oils.

Essential oils

Frankincense essential oil – it aids the process of skin cell regeneration. (Best to avoid in first trimester of pregnancy)

Geranium essential oil – it’s a balancing oil that works to balance the production of sebum (Do not use in pregnancy)

Lavender essential oil – has invigorating or deeply soothing properties. (Avoid in first trimester of pregnancy)

Ylang Ylang essential oil – it has a balancing action on skin. (Best to avoid in first trimester of pregnancy)

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[yumprint-recipe id=’4′]Have you made any facial serums before? If so, what ingredients have you used?

Recipes credit: School of Natural Skincare 

Disclaimer: I’ve purchased all products myself and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.