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DIY Facial Serum

Serums can be a moisture drink for most adult skin types but often come with a long ingredient list and a high price tag.

With only a few additives you can formulate a personalized serum that will fit your face and wallet.

Lightly massaging on serum moisturizers allow active ingredients to soak into the skin’s layers. Use only organic supplies that are safe to use on the skin as food grade ingredients are not regulated in the same way and may have different additives or filtering processes, making them unsuitable for skincare.

Skin is normally more tolerant of natural ingredients, however if a rash or irritation occurs stop using immediately. Also, be sure all equipment is sterile when making your own items so that bacteria do not take over.

To make facial serum simply choose an oil to use as a base, or carrier oil.

Different skin types benefit from various oils, or they can be mixed together for a combination treatment. There are numerous oils to choose from so it is likely that options can be found for specific skin care needs. Doing a bit of research or checking with a dermatologist or natural supply store that carries skincare resources will help to wade through the choices.

Carrier oils like almond, jojoba, primrose and carrot seed are suitable for normal skin. Chamomile, rosemary and lavender essential oils can calm inflamed skin. Oily skin can benefit from grapeseed and apricot oils, and dry skin can take richer emollients like avocado or olive oils.

Vitamin C serum is helpful for many skin conditions as it revives collagen production, evens skin tone and reduces sun damage.

One study found that a concentration of a 5% vitamin C cream had visible as well as clinically observed positive effects like tissue repair on photoaged skin. When adding to carrier oils, be sure to use skin grade L-ascorbic acid and not powdered vitamin C versions. Also, sensitivity may occur if too much additive is used.

Complete Skin Care Therapy provides recipes for several natural facial serums.

Serums are best kept in air-tight containers out of direct sunlight. Whether made at home or store-bought, be sure to check skincare items periodically to make sure they are still fresh. If they begin to yellow or discolor they will need to be thrown out as this means the mixture has oxidized.

Homemade facial serum is simple and cost effective. Your skin will feel and look better with the right routine, and you will feel better knowing exactly what you are putting on.

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