Face Serums

Want to have great skin? Put oil on it. You’re probably thinking that I’ve finally lost it and am totally insane, but give me a chance here. I promise this is a good thing.

If your skin is oily and you’re about to completely write me off right now since I’m telling you to put more oil on your skin, think about this. Your skin is most likely oily because it’s imbalanced and trying really hard to correct itself, which creates more oil. Using products that are drying are only creating a larger problem.

Serums are like intense moisturizers packed full of solid goodness. There’s no filler in them, only ingredients that benefit your skin. Because of that, you only need a few drops so these last a really long time. Even better so you don’t have to make it often.

Everyone’s skin is different and finding the right oil for you can lead to some amazing skin renewal. Check out this post on Carrier Oil Basics to learn more about base oils. Once you know which ones are best for your skin, you can make an amazing face serum. Serums are incredibly moisturizing and the combination of oils help to renew your skin and give it a healthy vibrant glow.

Why do you have a morning and an evening serum you might be wondering? It’s because of Lavender. Lavender is really amazing for your skin, and for most people it’s a very calming scent. Not for me, my skin likes it, but it keeps me awake all night. So instead of forgoing the benefits altogether, I chose to make two different serums. One that I use in the morning that has lavender and one for in the evenings that doesn’t.

Why I chose these essential oils

Lavender – this one is a skin go-to. It helps to reduce redness and promotes healing in the skin. Especially good for those that have scars, skin irritations, or acne.
Grapefruit – helps to brighten dull skin. It also smells wonderful and is a great “pick-me-up” in the morning.
Lemon – this one is great for people with oily or acne-prone skin. It helps to reduce pores and even out the skin tone. (Side note: be careful with using lemon as it can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. If that’s a concern for you, leave it out or make a separate evening one to use it in.)
Tea Tree – helps with acne and oily skin and an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it helps to promote a good environment for your face.
Frankincense – helps with pigmentation as well as helps to tighten and tone the skin. This one is a great addition for anti-aging prevention.

Why I chose these carrier oils

Jojoba Oil – I chose to put some of this in my morning serum because it’s a liquid wax. It’s really great for adding a thin protective shield to your skin to help protect against any airborne ickiness (great for city girls like me!). It also mimics the skin’s sebum, which helps to trick it into producing less oil.
Rose Hip Seed Oil – This is a dry oil (which is why I paired it with jojoba), but is very moisturizing and one of my absolute favorites. It sinks deep into the skin to regenerate the skin cells and increase collagen production. This makes it really great for treating scars, burns and eczema. It’s also wonder for anti-aging and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil – This is a great base oil to pair with almost anything. It’s good for all skin types as it contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

Facial Serums

You can easily combine these into one serum if you’d like or separate then out to make two different ones. Feel free to use different essential oils and different carrier oils depending on what you’re trying to target. But if you’re not familiar with them, these are a great starting point for any skin type.

Equipment need
Morning Serum
Evening Serum
  1. Combine all ingredients into a 2oz glass dropper bottle and gently roll between your hands to combine.
  2. After cleansing and toning, put about 4-5 drops in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and then gently massage the oil onto your face. If you’re using jojoba oil or another thicker oil similar to that, it may take about 10 minutes for the oil to absorb. Just leave it alone and let it do it’s thing. You won’t look greasy for the whole day.


Hope Reynolds

I’m a tea obsessor, book addict, Sci-Fi junky, archer, traveler and wife to William, a guy who is incomprehensibly loving and patient. We live in our favorite city, San Francisco, where we want to stay forever. And, as you’ve already gathered, I’m also super into experimenting with healthy food and natural skincare.

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