DIY Face Serums, I’m addicted to them and they are one of the main reasons I am in love with essential oils.
As I’m starting to get older, like most women, I have realized I want to keep a more youthful appearance. Giving up glowing skin for age spots and wrinkles just isn’t something I am looking forward too.
It doesn’t matter if you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or greater, it’s pretty universal that almost all women want beautiful skin.
In truth, I want amazing skin but the thought of spending lots of money for the popular beauty products just isn’t high on my list when there are other things I’d rather buy for my family.
Yes, I can be a frugal person at times.
But as I started to educate myself on the beauty industry and the potentially toxic chemicals that make up their products, I found I wanted something simple and more natural.
Not long after getting my premium starter kit of essential oils I found I could use essential oils to make homemade serums for that glowing skin I craved. The results I found with that one simple DIY face serum recipe changed my whole thinking on Essential Oils.
Essential Oils work!
To be honest, I was lucky.
I had just the right skin type for the easy face serum recipe I created that first time. And it made my skin glow!
But not everyone is that lucky,
Unfortunately some DIYers, maybe even you, have run across a homemade face serum that was lackluster or just performed all wrong for you.
In this post, I’m going to cover the top 3 reasons your DIY face oil isn’t working for you and how you can correct it.
There may be other reasons for your face oil not working but I have found these three are most likely the reason.
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Top 3 DIY Face Serum Recipe Mistakes-
- Not using the right carrier oil
Applying products in the wrong order
Not applying correctly
First, let’s talk about carrier oils and why we need them.
What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are vegetable oils that are created from the nuts, seeds or kernels of plants. The reason we call them carrier oils is we can use these oils to safely carry essential oils and other absolutes and then apply them to your skin.
Carrier oils are also used to dilute essential oils and help to spread essential oils over larger sections of the body.
When I first started making my own DIY recipes with essential oils I thought the only important part of the recipe was the essential oils.
To me, which carrier oil to use in the recipe was an afterthought. I would basically dig into my pantry and see what I had or pick the cheapest carrier oil I could find locally.
Boy, was I wrong!
Carrier oils are actually what can really make or break your recipes for essential oil blends you use on your face.
What to look for in a carrier oil.
- You want to purchase the highest quality carrier oil you can afford.
- Purchase Cold-pressed, unrefined oil with no additives.
Now I realize, why would I get some cheap not so great carrier oil and mix it with my best essential oils?
Going cheap with carrier oils, your not only diluting the essential oils in amount but you could also be diluting the quality of the oils by mixing with a less than great carrier oil for your skin.
1. Not using the right Carrier Oils for your skin
There are 4 kinds of skin types-
Dry, Oily, Combination and Normal
What I didn’t know is that depending on your skin type you will want to use certain carrier oils to help support and give your skin what it needs.
Not using the right carrier oil for your skin type can actually prevent your face serum from performing at it’s best.
People with oily skin can benefit from the use of face serums without it causing a more oily appearance. Choosing the right Carrier Oil is Key to making an amazing DIY Skin serum for oily skin.
What is the best carrier oil for your skin type?
There are tons of carrier oils out there. So how do you know which is the best oil to use on your face? Well, I have a great list of my favorites to help you get started.
Best Carrier Oil For Dry Skin
For dry skin, you are looking for a carrier oil that is high in beneficial fatty acids. My top picks are
Knowing if your skin is dry or dehydrated is important in choosing the right carrier oil.
Best Carrier Oil For Oily Skin
Carrier oils high in linoleic acid should be used by people with acne prone and oily skin. Low levels of Linoleic acid causes the skin to produce more oil and to clog pores.
Best Carrier oils for Normal and Combination Skin
**If you have nut allergies make sure you don’t use a nut-based oil.
Can I mix my carrier oils for face serums?
I actually highly recommend it. There are so many great benefits to different carrier oils that mixing a few to create your own special blend is a great idea.
Getting to know your carrier oils is key but once you understand their benefits you can create some amazing DIY beauty projects with them.
Not much of a DIY mixer.
Young Living has a great premixed carrier oil blend that works great for any skin type and with a Young Living wholesale membership you can get it at 24% off retail.
2. Applying products in the wrong order
Another busy mom and newbie mistake here. I usually am in such a hurry that if I can just get something thrown on my face I will call it a win.
But recently I read that there is an order to how you should use your beauty products.
There are apparently views for both sides and you may have to do some testing on your own to see which is best for your skin type.
Some beauty experts say to apply your face serum on first before your moisturizer so it has a chance to really soak into your skin, while others say to apply your moisturizer first and then your face oil so that the face oil locks in the moisturizer.
For me, I want the most benefits I can get from the essential oils that are apart of the face serum recipe so I like to apply my face oil first. Wait a few minutes then apply my Young Living moisturizer.
- If you have a skin type that produces more natural oil you may want to apply your face serum first and allow it to sink in.
- Dry skin types may do better if you use your moisturizer then your face serum.
(I want to caution using beauty products that contain petroleum when you are using essential oils on your skin. The two may react badly with each other. To always perform a small skin test first.)
3. You are not applying it correctly
For some reason when I read this I think of the Karate Kid movie when he is stuck waxing cars.
Wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off
I think I just showed my age.
But my point here is rubbing in any product into your skin is not advised.
And if you are like me when you read that you are like,
well, how in the world do I apply my face serum? Why not rub it on?
What I found is rubbing on the beauty product essentially pulls the skin, which doesn’t allow the face serum to soak into the skin.
Our number one goal is for our skin to soak up and drink in all those wonderful oils we are applying.
So what is the proper way to apply a face serum?
The best way to apply a Face serum is to warm up a few drops of oil between your hands and then pressing and lightly patting it on. You can even hold your hands lightly to your face for a few seconds to help warm the oil more as it soaks in.
How to properly apply a face serum
- Apply a few drops of oil to your hands.
- Warm the oil in your hands
- Lightly press hands with the oil to your face
- Hold to your face for a few seconds to allow oil to penetrate
- Repeat to other areas of your face
I hope these tips can help you in finding why your DIY face serum isn’t working for you. If you have specific questions feel free to leave a comment and I will try and help you figure out what might be the issue with your face serum.
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