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Serums are becoming increasingly popular but just how important are they in your daily skin routine? Surely moisturising provides everything your skin needs, right?
Well, serums penetrate a lot deeper into the skin than moisturisers are able to and so the benefits to your skin are huge. They can help to treat various skin conditions such as dehydration, lack of firmness, wrinkles, dark spots and blemishes. Serums can provide added moisture because they add nutrients to the deeper layers of your skin that a regular moisturiser is not able to reach.
They’re also surprisingly easy to create at home – and you can save lots of money too! Serums on the high street can be quite expensive but there’s no need to spend lots of cash on them when you can make your own at home for much less money.
Here’s a naturally effective blend that is perfect for mature, wrinkled or dry skin:
The base oil is Rosehip Seed Oil. Rejuvenating and regenerating, Rosehip is a light oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. It contains skin repairing Vitamin A which can help reduce scars and wrinkles and is a good source of essential fatty acids which help your skin to regenerate.
Adding pure essential oils of Frankincense and Neroli increases the rejuvenating, hydrating and regenerative properties of the blend even further. They can help improve skin tone, suppleness and strength as well as reduce scar tissue.
When combined together these three lovely ingredients make a wonderfully rejuvenating facial serum. Simply apply a small amount to the tips of your fingers and gently apply over the face. For best results, apply your serum once you have cleansed and toned your skin. A good tip for dry skins is to apply your serum straight after your toner while your skin is still a little damp. This will help to lock in the moisture.
30ml Rosehip Seed Oil
2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 Drops Neroli Essential Oil
Blend the 3 oils together in a dark glass bottle. Shake before each use. For best results use morning and night.
30mls is a good amount to start with because this allows you to try out the blend without wasting any if you decide to try alternative oils. If you want to make more (or less) then simply adjust the ratio of the blend accordingly - for example, to make 60mls add 5 drops each of the essential oils to 60ml of Rosehip Oil.
Two other essential oils that can benefit mature skin are Sandalwood Australian and Myrrh, so if you are not keen on the oils I’ve used in this blend then you can always try creating your own.
Remember that it's very important to always carry out a skin patch test before using any skincare product or natural ingredient. Apply a small amount of the blend on the inside of your elbow and keep an eye on the area for the next 24 hours in case any reaction occurs. If irritation occurs, rinse immediately and test each ingredient individually to establish which one is causing the problem.
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