DIY Wrinkle Smoothing Serum
As part of my essential oil obsession, I have been trying out different beauty concoctions to cut out chemical laden beauty products. In addition, the cost of making these products is much less than purchasing them once you have a few essential oils in your home. After researching the effects of a few oils, I came up with a blend that I have been using as an eye serum, and I have to say, the skin around my eyes looks much more supple and moisturized, and the wrinkle lines are reducing. I took a before and current picture hoping that I could show the results, but the photos of the before didn't turn out great and it's hard to see the difference in the pictures.
I started using a base of jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. What makes it so unique compared to other seed oils is that jojoba oil is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin. Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. Meaning that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It can safely be used around the eyes and on the skin, and does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do. It contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and many other natural minerals. (Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.) Jojoba oil is an antioxidant and protects you from the damaging effects of free radicals, which is believed to contribute or cause various chronic diseases like cancer. (source) So, all this being said, jojoba oil is a fantastic choice to use in skin moisturizing products.
After researching the benefits of some essential oils, I decided to use frankincense, lemon, and lavender in my wrinkle smoothing eye serum. Not only are these oils great for smoothing wrinkles, but they are good starter oils to have in any household due to the numerous properties they all have. (And, these oils aren't as expensive as some of the other options.) These are three of my go to oils for many things. If you made, or plan to make, my DIY Body Lotion, these are the same oils used for that recipe. If you don't know much about essential oils, visit my Essential Oils page for more information on getting started with essential oils.
- Frankincense - Some properties of the oil include anti-inflammatory, tonic, and restorative. These properties make it highly effective for facial toning and wrinkle smoothing benefits.
- Lemon - Some properties of the oil include astringent, depurative, tonic, stimulant. These properties make if highly effective for treating oily skin, facial toning and wrinkle smoothing benefits.
- Lavender - Some properties of the oil include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and restorative. These properties make it highly effective for smoothing wrinkles. Lavender oil revitalizes and calms the skin, also helping to reduce dark circles under the eyes.
For the blend that I made I started with making an ounce. It doesn't take much oil for an application to be effective, therefore this blend will last for quite some time. Just remember that homemade beauty products do not contain preservatives, so they have a much shorter shelf life than store bought products, and in general, should be used up within a few months.
- 1 oz. pure jojoba oil
- 8 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 8 drops Lavender essential oil
- 8 drops Lemon essential oil
Combine the above four ingredients in a dark colored glass bottle or glass bottle that is not light permeable. I am all for reusing, so I had an empty solid white pump bottle that I had leftover from a former store bought product, that I had saved. The pump lends itself as a perfect applicator for this type of product, but a glass bottle with a dropper would work just as well. I use a VERY small amount of oil, one pump, and apply it around my eyes both morning and night. The skin around the eyes is very delicate so you don't want to rub it. I apply the oil to the tips of my fingers and just pat it in around the eyes. (Note: Be careful to not get the blend in the eyes as it may cause irritation.) At first the skin will appear a little greasy, but the oil absorbs in very quickly and I haven't had any problems applying makeup over it. I just wait a few minutes for the oil to mostly absorb. After applying makeup the area around my eyes looks moist, but not greasy. If you try this recipe, leave a comment and let me know your results!