“Both of us wake up with soft, plump and glowing skin every morning”
I’m really enjoying replacing as many of my everyday products as possible with natural alternatives. And if I can DIY it, that’s even better! The next part of my life I would definitely consider tackling would be household cleaning products but since I’m not settled and getting ready to go on another big trip, that will just have to be something I look forward to in the future.
This week I’m happy to share my recipe for my completely natural DIY eye serum which could definitely double as a whole face serum.
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DIY RECIPE
It’s taken me a little while to figure out a recipe I like. I’ve looked at other people’s recipes and done a lot of research and so far I’m happy with what I’ve come up with. I have also tried to use ingredients I already had on hand.
Like with any natural DIY product, you can get a little creative and chop and change things to how you like it. For example: I have left out any essential oils as they were out of my budget. However, you might like to add a few drops of Carrot seed oil to improve firmness and elasticity of your skin or Geranium oil to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles or any other oils you may find you like. You may also want to switch out your base oil for something different. The power is in your hands!!!
Let’s have a closer look at the ingredients I’m using in this serum –
Properties and benefits of Sweet Almond Oil
While nearly every oil in this recipe is a type of carrier oil, I will be using sweet almond oil as my base. In a previous post, I have said SAO is fantastic for keeping your skin healthy. It is full of Vitamins A, B, D & E and minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is absorbed easily into the skin, retaining moisture and keeping pores unblocked. The essential fatty acids and vitamins found in SAO help reduce signs of aging including fine lines and crows feet. They also help to reduce dark circles found under the eyes. SAO is especially great for dry, cracked or irritated and acne prone skin. It also helps to prevent and treat UV damage and gives the skin that ‘glowing look’.
Properties and benefits of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is one of the best oils to apply to your face as it most closely mimics our own skin’s natural sebum (oil), meaning it can penetrate deeply for maximum hydration and skin regeneration. It is full of Vitamins A, B, D & E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties helping to repair skin damage and regenerate skin cells. It helps prevent and reduce the signs of aging including fine lines and crows feet. It is an extremely effective treatment for acne and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriaris. It is suitable for all skin types, especially oily skin as it actually helps to balance and prevent the excess production of natural oils.
Properties and benefits of Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant neutralising free radicals which cause premature skin aging and skin cell damage. It helps to reduce the appearance and prevent the occurence of wrinkles by supporting cell growth, stopping free radical damage and boosting collagen production. It is highly moisturising and is an effective treatment for dry, cracked skin. Always look for the natural form of Vitamin E (oil or capsules). It is identifiable as d-alpha tocopherol. If the prefix is dl, you’ll know that it is a synthetic form. Vitamin E is also a natural preservative which will help increase the shelf life of your DIY product.
Properties and benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil is known as a great healer inside and out of the body, anything from treating skin infections to supporting the immune system and increasing circulation. It is also a great skin conditioner. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid which gives it effective anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It effectively reduces acne and inflammation of the skin. It can also slow down the signs of aging through intense hydration (without blocking pores) and stimulation of collagen and elastin production.
Properties and benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil
This oil is high in vitamins A, C & E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. This gives it the ability to penetrate deep within the skin layers assisting cell regeneration and collagen production. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improves skin elasticity. It can help reduce the appearance of scars and can treat sun damage and can assist in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.
Properties and benefits of Evening Primrose Oil
EPO is mostly known for it’s ability to help balance hormones, relieving the effects of menstrual pain, menopause, PMS, the list goes on. Due to its high content of essential fatty acids, it is also fantastic for your skin health. It is a great combat against age related cell structure changes, thus reducing redness of the skin and inflammation. It helps to improve the texture of your skin and promotes elasticity. It is great for acne sufferers and should be used inside and out.
NATURAL DIY EYE SERUM RECIPE
6 tsp. Sweet Almond Oil
2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
2 tsp. Jojoba Oil
3 tsp. Castor Oil
1 tsp. Rosehip Seed Oil
1 Evening Primrose Oil Capsule
I generally use this serum at night time as I wear eye makeup most days and find that the oil prevents my makeup from doing its job (that could also be due to my makeup skills). I also tend to use it on my whole face and not just my eyes as it makes my skin feel so good!
THE RESULTS AFTER USING THIS DIY EYE SERUM
I have combination skin and have found that while it absorbs well, it still leaves my face looking a little oily, which is not a problem at night time. My mum on the other hand, has dry skin and finds that it absorbs completely.
Both of us wake up with soft, plump and glowing skin every morning. I’m super impressed with results, we come from different age groups and have different skin types but are still both getting great results.
I would definitely still recommend to do patch tests for any allergic reactions. For example, when my mum tried to use just Jojoba oil on her face, it made her itch so much she had to remove it. But when the Jojoba is diluted into this serum, she has no side effects at all.
This serum has a low comedogenic rating and has a shelf life of about 6-12 months. Each of these oils have the potential to go rancid so it is important to store your serum in an amber or cobalt blue vial, away from the sun and heat. It will have a faint nutty scent, so if it does go rancid you will know about it.
As I said earlier, I’m preparing to go on another big trip. So this will probably be my last DIY project for a while. I’d love to hear about everyone’s favourite DIY products and the ingredients you use. It’s so interesting to hear what work for some and not others and what people’s preferences are. Looking forward to sharing many more recipes in the future!!
Love Kat xx