DIY skin serums
Serums are the ultimate skin saviours and the perfect product to whip up at home.
We’ve all been drilled about the benefits of facial serums and know those innocent-looking clear liquids pack a real punch in the skincare department. Lightweight, fast-absorbing, hydrating and boasting anti-ageing properties, they are an essential part of any beauty regime.
If you thought you needed to spend a fortune on those little wonder bottles, think again because it’s easy to make them yourself for less.
Jo Chidley, Founder of Beauty Kitchen, believes anyone can follow a serum recipe as long as they have the right ingredients.
“If you want to make your own anti-aging skincare products that actually work then you do need one or two specialty oils which are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants,” the organic skincare expert told Cover Media. “My intensive daily serum is suitable for all skin types. The oils used in this blend you may not have heard of, however, they are easily found online.”
Jo’s regenerating skin serum features a series of oils which are great for your skin and smell wonderful too. Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed, softening and nourishing. The oil locks in moisture and will leave you with a radiant complexion.
This recipe also features Abyssinian oil, which Jo describes as a “turbo charged Argan oil”. The ingredient will help to deeply moisture and repair the skin while smoothing and restoring your natural glow.
Jo - a qualified herbal botanist and who studied chemistry at university - also swears by rice bran oil, a product which has been used for centuries by Japanese women. This oil is renowned for its skin nourishing properties and is used to protect against premature ageing.
Here are the step-by-step instructions for Jo’s regenerating skin serum:
4 teaspoons (20ml) Sweet Almond Oil
2 teaspoons (10ml) Abyssinian Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Rice Bran Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Olive Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) borage Oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E oil
5 drops of your favourite essential oil – optional
Small glass or metal jug
50ml glass bottle with dropper
1. Add the oils one at a time to the jug
2. Add the essential oils if using and mix thoroughly
3. Pour mixture carefully into the glass bottle
4. Apply a few drops on freshly cleansed skin, either alone or under a moisturiser