D.I.Y. Botanical Anti-Aging Face Serum

I am just as picky about what goes onto my skin as to what goes into my body.
I love making my own beauty products because: 1) I know what’s in the jar, 2) the ingredients are fresh, 3) I know the actives are really in there, and………4)  it’s cost effective, you can make several batches of pure and potent botanical skin care goodies for the price of one expensive jar!   When buying store bought you are at their mercy hoping they have integrity about what is really in that jar and some of the prices can be down right outrageous. You don’t have to break the bank to have luxurious skin care products 🙂 Some skin care products have very little to no skin actives even when saying so on the bottle!!!!!!!  Well, worry no more, this D.I.Y. Botanical Anti-Aging Face Serum is super easy to make and is very nourishing and super hydrating to the skin.

I decided a long time ago to ditch the expensive, toxic, and chemical laden night creams.  I love D.I.Y. so this is right down my alley  ;P You will save money while using high end ingredients to make an effective serum for your skin.  Your skin will thank you.  This is a rich serum so… a little goes a long way. I like pure oils that are therapeutic in action. I have chosen oils that work to “remodel” and restore the integrity of the skin.

If you are eating a good whole foods diet, limit or eliminate sugar intake, get proper sleep, work to manage stress levels, drink plenty of good water,and feed your skin “good food”, expect to reap the benefits with healthy glowing skin.  Another game changer is adding collagen  to your health regimen to enhance the integrity of your skin.  The nice thing about collagen is that you will also see improved gut health, mood health, and joint health as an added bonus 🙂 The one I use daily is this one here.  Some choose to make bone broth to reap the benefits not only for their  over all health but for their skin. It promotes skin elasticity and firmness because of the collagen content.  Who needs botox?!

Why Do I Like Using Oils On MY Skin Vs. Creams And Lotions?

Carefully selected oils help collagen production, and they make your skin look healthy, well nourished, and hydrated.  Used sparingly, these oils absorb nicely into the skin protecting the lipid barrier of the skin from the elements.  These oils also help to keep moisture from evaporating out of the skin.  They work especially nice if your skin is slightly dampened first before applying them. I recommend using this serum at night time after you have gently washed your skin. The oils tone the skin nicely so I don’t use a separate toner when using them.  Many lotions typically use waxes, fillers, and chemicals that are known to clog pores and disrupt the delicate skin barrier, so I try to avoid them.

I use a face powder made up of arrowroot powder to lightly put on after I put on the serum and it helps to take away some of the shine and give my skin more of a dewy appearance and velvety feel.

What’s In The D.I.Y. Botanical Anti-Aging Serum?

Argan Oil-  This amazing morrocan oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (argania spinosa l. ) has powerful skin transforming properties.  It is among my favorite of facial oils. Why?  It is a superb  hypo-allergenic moisturiser with skin conditioning properties all while  boosting healthy cell production in the skin and restoring elasticity.  This oil has an abundance of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  If you want soft and hydrated skin, look no further. This oil quickly absorbs without leaving a greasy residue.  The vitamin a and e in argan oil help to fight and reduce fine lines. A perfect fit for this anti-aging face serum 🙂 Argan oil is also being used on hair  for eliminating dandruff, enhancing strength, repairing split ends, taming the frizz, and protecting from heat damage due to  blow dryers and flat irons.  What’s not to love about this oil?!

Rosehip Seed Oil-  The smoothing anti-aging effects of this  non- comedogenic oil ( won’t clog pores ) make it one very high end oil. Rosehip seed oil is high in pro vitamin A, it contains naturally occuring tretinoin ( all- trans retinoic acid ) a vitamin a acid that retinol converts to.  It has been dubbed the ” skin remodeling oil”, in part because of the tretinoin content. It speeds up skin cell renewal thereby helping smooth the skin and lighten hyper pigmentation and goes on to stimulate collagen production. Big potatoes in skin care 🙂

This oil, being full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids has a reputation for lightening dark spots and blemishes, and working quite well at hydrating the skin while reducing scars, lines, and wrinkles.

It is recommended to use this oil in the evening and wear a good sunscreen in the daytime 🙂 When you have skin cell renewal it is a process revealing fresh skin that will be more vulnerable to the uv rays.  It is a good practice to wear a facial sunscreen if you want to protect your skin regardless. It is also high in essential fatty acids and phyto-sterols.  Because of the oil’s high linoleic acid content, it is a good anti-inflammatory for the skin. Inflammation ages, so where ever you can put it out, do so  🙂

***NOTE*** If you can’t afford to get the carrier oils, no worries, the next best thing is to add some Anti-Age essential oil drops to your favorite face cream to greatly enhance it’s anti-aging power 🙂 

Essential Oils-  There are a number of very powerful oils that induce skin firmness, elasticity, skin repair and renewal, and even the skin tone. These are all strong anti-aging properties. Essential oils are very potent plant concentrates, VERY POTENT! A little goes a long way, you don’t need much. My favorites to add to the skin serum are copaiba and  frankincense.  I was just adding the copaiba and frankincense for a while until I saw a blend called Anti-Age that not only had those 2 essential oils, but several others that are highly reputable for enhancing the integrity of your skin, ones like palmarosa, rosalina, sandalwood, neroli, and rose absolute. I struck gold!  🙂  We choose to use Plant Therapy essential oils. We firmly believe they are very high quality pure and 100% undiluted essential oils which go through third party testing using gas chromotography and mass spectrometry, chiral analysis. and finally organoleptically tested by world renowned and expert aromatherapist Robert Tisserland. Plant Therapy carefully chooses their farmers, distillers, and suppliers. They know their stuff when it comes to plant chemotypes which is very important when it comes down to the integrity of the oil. Click here to see more reasons why we love Plant Therapy oils.


This is the Anti-Age Blend:

  • palma rosa- regulates skin moisture and oil production, nourishes and restores the skin
  • rosalina- antimicrobial oil used to help clear acne and soothes skin irritations
  • sandalwood- maintains clear and glowing skin, treats acne, It’s an anti-inflammatory oil that acts like an astringent and tightens pores.
  • neroli- anti-bacterial that helps to balance oily skin while maintaining moisture levels. It’s a great skin regenerator 🙂
  • rose absolute- smells great and is anti-septic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory
  • copaiba- tightens the skin and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.  It just makes your skin happy!
  • frankincense- powerful astringent and protects skin cells while helping to reduce acne, blemishes, large pores, and wrinkles.  This is my very favorite!!!!!! It also has anti-cancer properties.

I pretty much made the switch to the above blend, but………………  I may also add maybe an extra drop or two of the copaiba and frankincense 🙂  Boom!  Love this stuff!

*Note* This particular serum does well for people with mature skin. You can switch the 2 carrier oils (rosehip seed oil and argan oil) for other carrier oils that are more suited to your skin type. Here is a simple chart to find which oils may be best for you:


Oils that work well with dry skin:  avocado oil, rosehip seed oil, apricot kernel oil

Oils that work well with normal skin: jojoba oil, apricot oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil

Oils that work well with sensitive skin: jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil

Oils that work well with oily skin: grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, argan oil

Oils that work well with mature skin: rosehip seed oil, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil

*Just pick which 2 carrier oils suit your skin type and mix equal parts (1Tablespoon of each ) before you add the essential oils*



How To Make The Botanical Anti-Aging Serum

  1. Carefully measure out the oils and mix them together in your glass bottle.  Add the essential oil and gently shake bottle to mix the serum.
  2. Just use about 1/4 of a dropper at night on clean face and neck skin.  I personally don’t use a toner because these oils have toning properties.  This serum can act as a stand alone treatment for mature skin or some may choose to put a moisturiser over the serum, both ways work well.  Your skin will thank you for giving it the tools it needs for regeneration, hydration, and nourishment 🙂

OH, And Don’t Forget………………….

Last but not least, what you put on your skin is only half the battle if you want healthy glowing skin.  It is every bit important to make sure you are not indulging in sugar laden foods which accelerate skin aging (glycation), ditch the smoking, eat healthy food, drink good water, and get good sleep 🙂

Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite serum recipe is 🙂 We would love to hear from you 🙂



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