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This Anti-Aging Serum Is The Solution To All Your Skin Problems

DIY Anti-Aging Serum

Of all the homemade solutions and remedies that I have made over the years using essential oils, my very favorite has to be my anti-aging facial serum. I love that instead of blowing my money on expensive night creams full of chemicals, fragrance, and things I can’t even pronounce, I can make my own serum customized for my own skin type.

Why a serum? Why not a cream or lotion? The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated so what you’re left with is a high concentration of ingredients that penetrate your skin faster and more effectively. That makes serums ideal for troubleshooting specific problems such as age spots, sun damage and fine lines. (They’re also great because a little bit goes a long way! This usually makes them more economical in the long run than creams and lotions.)

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DIY Anti-Aging Serum

While commercial serums can be effective, I prefer the simplicity of pure, therapeutic essential oils. So I came up with an all-natural anti-aging serum with the power of pure essential oils! Here’s a few details about each of the oils in this serum:

  • Lavender is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions, and is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns. It also helps regenerate skin cells and lighten the appearance of age spots and scars.
  • Geranium helps regulate oil production, reducing acne breakouts. Improves skin elasticity and tightens skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Promotes blood circulation, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, and other skin conditions.
  • Cypress helps kill bacteria on the skin, and is used to treat sores, pimples, pustules and skin eruptions.
  • Rosemary contains antioxidants that slow down the effect of aging on the skin. Also helps to tighten sagging and loose skin, making it firmer and more elastic.

Now that you know a bit more about what goes into my anti-aging serum, it’s time to learn how to make it! :-)

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Note: I chose to use rosehip seed oil because I’ve read that it’s one of the best carrier oils for anti-aging purposes. However, you can use any carrier oil that’s recommended for use in skincare, like jojoba oil, argan oil, or sweet almond oil.


Add the rosehip seed oil and essential oils to a small dropper bottle or roller bottle, and shake gently before each use.

How To Use Your Anti-Aging Facial Serum

Wash your face and use a toner before applying the serum. Add a drop or two of the serum to your fingertip and dab gently on fine lines, age spots and uneven skin tone areas. (Remember, a little goes a long way!) Then use your moisturizer afterwards, if you use one.

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DIY Anti-Aging Serum

Since I started using this serum about a year ago, my skin and skintone have improved dramatically! I have less redness and more even skintone and those pesky age spots are distinctly lighter! I can tell my skin loves me for using it. :-) So give it a try and let me know what you think.

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  • Jillee, I do not know why, but I really do not like the smell of rosehip oil! It seems to overpower everything else I use and just smells yuck! You listed other oils but I do not often see you recommend coconut oil for skin care. Is there a reason for this? It tends to be my go-to. Should it not be? Also, I have ROSE GERANIUM oil. Is that basically the same as geranium oil when it comes to its uses and properties? Thank you, in advance!

  • Love, Love, Love this site. I WILL DEFINITELY try this blackhead remover. Do you have any advice on how to INSTANTLY get rid of severe dark circles all around the eyes WITHOUT having to use a concealer just to cover.

  • I believe in natural products and the products which are made up of natural ingredients. I am definitely going to try this one. Thanks for the post.

  • whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your
    posts. Stay up the good work! You know, many individuals
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  • I made this serum the day I received the post in my email. I used my Rose Hip Seed Oil as well as Frankincense. It has been a week? This mixture is divine, acne (I had stopped all medication about 2 months ago and had active “bumps”) is GONE, the marks from the acne are fading amazing fast, scars are flattening (yay!) and I already see slight improvement on my crows feet! I use morning and night with moisturizer. I am thrilled with this mixture, thank you so much!!!

  • Where do you buy the little bottles to use for these things I see a small clear on ,a blue one with a dropper and then you have some very small jar you use for other things some are glass and other are plastic . I would like to make some home made Christmas gift this year but don,t see to be able to find items in local stores . Any info would be very helpful Thank you Audrice collins Flordia

    • 1/2 ounce is about 300 drops. The * indicates this note: Note: I chose to use rosehip seed oil because I’ve read that it’s one of the best carrier oils for anti-aging purposes. However, you can use any carrier oil that’s recommended for use in skincare, like jojoba oil, argan oil, or sweet almond oil.

  • I like the idea, but it seems like a lot of oils to purchase when only using 2 drops of one or another. And then there’s the concern about shelf life as these oils wait for the next batch of serum-making, again using only 2 drops. What am I missing here?

  • Just a couple of questions: (1) What is the shelf life of the serum and how often do you make a new batch of serum, and (2) does it need to be refrigerated after use?

  • I just want to thank you for your posts. You have so many lovely and creative ideas that you
    are sharing from your heart. I think that you are doing a wonderful service to the community
    by offering such healing advice. Thank you.

    • Nope! Your skin has a lot of natural oils in it. When you apply an oil-heavy cleanser to it, the clean oils replace the dirty natural oils on your face. Everyone’s skin is different, but I’ve only had good results with this serum!

  • Interesting. I saw an almost identical post about this on another site a few days ago. The formula had 2 different ingredients.Im glad to see the note about the rose hip oil. That’s too pricey for me. I have everything else except the cypress essential oil.

  • It looks like alot in the bottle, but you didn’t add that much oils. Did you fill it up with the carrier oil? I see prices for collections of essential oils,and some are $20 all the way to $100. Are the expensive the only real oils?

  • If anybody would sell me a bottle, that would be great. I have a connective tissue disorder and my skin could use improvement. I wonder if the local compounding pharmacy might have something similar made up. I’ll check.

  • I make something similar, but I use frankincense, lavender and lemon oils. I will have to try this one too. I’ve not heard of the brand of oils you’re using. Where can you get them?

  • Your posts are just the best!!! Not only are they excellent ideas but I really love that a real person has tried this stuff out. I seriously appreciate what you do!! :)

  • I like all the oils except Cypress. It is for oily skin but no so good for dry skin. If you need a source for essential oils, I would recommend Edens Garden. You can find on the internet.

  • You may want to include a disclaimer that essential oils can affect medical conditions and maybe have a reference guide, as I believe rosemary is one of the essential oils that can have a convulsant effect and should be avoided for persons (or close family members) who have epilepsy

  • I was curious about Zingiber zerumbet – Shampoo Ginger – It can be used as shampoo or even as a hand moisturizer. Would this work well on the face? Would it have any anti aging value? I have it growing in my yard.

    • You’re so lucky you have Z Zerumbet (aka Awapuhi) growing in your backyard. You must live in SE Asia or Hawaii? I’m from SE Asia and misses all the tropical plants that I remember growing up in my parents’ yard. Awapuhi flower juice is used as a shampoo or conditioner after washing the hair. Can be left on or washed after. It makes the hair soft, smooth, and shiny. Not sure about putting it on the face, but we used the root’s juice and pulp as 1) tea to treat stomach pain or indigestion, 2) pulped for pain medication (for toothache you apply the pulp directly to the aching tooth and gums, for localized pain you wrap the pulp in a strip of cloth and apply it directly on the skin) and dewormer, and 3) as a flavoring in cooking. There are a few medical studies that show using the flower juice and the roots being experimented and killed human liver cancer cells. So maybe, just maybe, it can help the skin avoid forming skin cancer (?). It’s worth a try. I would be interested to know how it goes.

    • Vitamin E is great for your skin, but it is pretty thick and doesn’t absorb very quickly. I think adding a few drops to Jillee’s recipe would work well for really dry or mature skin, but probably not as a carrier oil. Just my honest opinion!

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