Anti Aging Serum Recipe for Maturing Skin, Acne & Even Eczema
Add this homemade anti aging serum recipe to your natural beauty and skin care routine to hydrate skin, fight acne and calm eczema and inflammation. It even removes makeup! Plus a simple 2-ingredient recipe for a hyaluronic acid serum recipe that saves you money! So you can have beautiful, healthy looking skin without breaking your beauty budget!
Why Use an Anti Aging Serum for Maturing Skin?
One of my favorite beauty secrets, in addition to using a plumping hyaluronic serum, is a simple oil-based anti aging serum. There are a number of skin care benefits to using an oil based, homemade anti aging serum recipe. Not only does this natural anti aging serum keep my skin moisturized, it’s also helped diminish scarring from a dog bite last year. In addition, it also effortlessly removes waterproof makeup. Plus it’s incredibly easy to make. Simply weigh out the ingredients and mix to combine. In five minutes or less, you’ll be on your way to more youthful looking skin that not only looks healthy, but feels healthy as well!
I’d had this homemade anti aging serum recipe – like most things – on my to do list for quite some time. (Which is why tackling my to list is NOT one of my goals for the New Year. I mean, life happens. Right?) I’d purchased the ingredients for this natural beauty recipe many months ago. However, it wasn’t until my friend’s eczema got really bad that I finally committed myself to this project.
You see, one of the ingredients I used for my anti aging serum recipe has some pretty stellar skin care benefits. Not just for maturing skin, but for treating eczema as well. So I made my anti aging serum recipe first. Then I worked with the same ingredients to formulate a natural beauty balm to soothe my friend’s eczema. (Subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss my upcoming eczema relief salve recipe! Or shop for natural remedies.)
Anti Aging Serum Recipe: Ingredients & Benefits
So, just what ARE the ingredients I chose for my anti aging serum recipe? And what are their natural skin care benefits? The main components of my anti aging serum are rosehip seed oil, borage oil, raspberry seed oil and moringa seed oil.
Skin Care Benefits of Borage Oil
You may be most familiar with borage oil from its use in hair care products to promote scalp health. However, borage oil is also an exceptional carrier oil for other natural beauty and skin care recipes as well. Because borage oil is rich in both GLA and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, it’s especially useful at fighting skin inflammation. So conditions such as acne, skin reddening and rosacea are naturally calmed when borage oil is applied due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Additionally, borage oil, which comes from a flower known as the starflower, has shown benefits for those who suffer from topical skin problems such as eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. This is because borage oil contains high amounts of Gamma Linolenic Acid (or GLA.) Borage oil is also a superior moisturizer for dry skin. And, it’s also suitable for sensitive skin. On babies, borage oil is a common treatment for skin conditions such as cradle cap.
Research has shown that the high amount of GLA in borage oil makes it an effective topical treatment for promoting skin health when used as a treatment for dry skin, inflammation, wounds, dermatitis and eczema. What makes borage oil unique is that it is comprised of 20%-24% GLA. Where, in comparison, other carrier oils used in anti aging formulations contain less. Evening primrose oil, for example, contains only 8%-10% GLA.
So whether you suffer from eczema or acne, or simply moisture loss in skin due to aging, borage oil is a must for any anti aging serum recipe. (It’s also why I used it as a key ingredient in my eczema relief salve.) You’ll love its ability to calm irritated skin, combat acne and lock in moisture to hydrate maturing skin. (Shop for natural anti-aging facial care products with borage oil here.)
Skin Care Benefits of Moringa Seed Oil
Like borage oil, moringa seed oil is another nutrient dense carrier oil with anti aging skin care benefits. It’s rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E, as well as vitamins A and C. So it helps fight the free radicals that lead to the visible signs of aging. In addition, it also has a high oleic acid content of more than 72%.
Not only does moringa seed oil help fight the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, it also has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent and treat acne. Commonly used in anti-aging skin care formulations, moringa seed oil also promotes glowing skin and reduced pore size. Likewise it aids in collagen production to improve skin elasticity and firmness as well.
Additionally, you’ll also find that moringa seed oil promotes healing of minor wounds. Plus it’s incredible moisturizing properties help to hydrate maturing skin as well as help with eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. This makes this carrier oil a great choice not just for my anti aging serum recipe, but also for moisturizing body butters, herbal salves, eczema remedies and beauty & lip balms. (Shop for natural moisturizers and facial care products containing moringa seed oil here.)
Skin Care Benefits for Raspberry Seed Oil
Much like moringa seed oil, raspberry seed oil also boosts collagen for firmer skin. And it contains antioxidants that fight free radicals. This natural carrier oil also targets acne, age spots and premature aging in addition to combating sun damage. You’ll love that this oil is also suited for eczema prone skin – much like the other oils used in my anti aging serum recipe. Similarly it also has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties when used in skin care applications.
Similar to composition to pomegranate seed oil, raspberry seed oil is commonly found in homemade creams and makes a nice addition to sunscreens for its ability to absorb UV light. It’s natural scent is earthy, fresh and light – almost like cucumber – and therefore adds a pleasant, natural fragrance to products. However, as raspberry seed oil has a slower absorption rate than both borage and moringa seed oil, it’s recommended this oil not be used as a base oil for your formulations. Therefore, you’ll find that I use less of this oil in my anti aging serum recipe.
Skin Care Benefits for Rosehip Seed Oil
You may recall the natural anti-aging and beauty benefits of rosehip seed oil from my simple plantain salve recipe. This gentle, hydrating carrier oil absorbs quickly making it wonderful base oil for my anti aging serum recipe. Rich in essential fatty acids, rosehip seed oil offers many of the same natural skin care benefits as the other other oils used in my anti aging serum.
In addition to hydrating dry or maturing skin, rosehip seed oil also helps boost collagen production, reduce inflammation, reduce hyperpigmentation, protect against sun damage and brighten skin. It has also been shown to reduce fine lines and scars. So whatever your skin type – dry, maturing, acne or even eczema prone – you’ll have healthy looking, glowing skin. (Shop for natural skin care products with rosehip seed oil here.)
Anti Aging Serum Recipe with Borage Oil
© Rebecca D. Dillon
- 2 oz. rosehip seed oil
- .25 oz. borage oil
- .2 oz. moringa seed oil
- .1 oz. raspberry seed oil
- 4-5 drops vitamin E
- 12 drops frankincense or carrot seed essential oil, optional
My anti aging serum recipe yields approximately six 1/2 oz. glass vials. (I bottled my anti aging serum in these 1/2 oz. clear glass Boston round bottles with child resistant glass droppers from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) While you can reduce this anti aging serum recipe as needed, I gave the extra vials of my anti aging serum as gifts.
Additionally, as is your preference, you can substitute the essential oil in the recipe with one of your choice. Or, if price isn’t an issue, my homemade anti aging serum recipe is lovely with a few drops of rose damask absolute.
How to Make Anti Aging Serum
I did use a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients for my anti aging serum recipe. As the oils used are different weights, be advised that if you use liquid measurements, the final product will vary slightly.
Here is how to make an anti-aging serum:
- To make this serum, simply weigh out the carrier oils into a glass container.
- Then use a plastic transfer pipette or glass dropper to add the vitamin E and essential oil.
- Mix to combine, then use a fresh plastic transfer pipette to fill the container(s) of your choice.
How to Use Anti Aging Serum
To use your natural anti aging serum recipe, simply apply a few drops to clean, dry skin after applying your toner. Then massage into skin. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
To use as a makeup remover, massage a dropper full of this anti aging serum onto skin and eye makeup (with your eyes closed.) Then wipe clean with a damp washcloth. Follow with your regular facial cleanser, toner and facial serum. (Or try this 2-ingredient anti-aging argan cleansing facial oil recipe.
What Order You Should Apply Skin Care Products In?
Not sure what order to apply your skin care products? It’s easy. Simply apply products in the following order:
- Makeup Remover
- Exfoliator or Toner
- Treatments (Acne spot medication, antioxidant serums, leave-on hydroxy acids or retinols.)
- Hydrating Mist
- Cream Moisturizers & Eye Cream
- Mineral Sunscreen
How to Make A Simple (Affordable!) Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Making a skin plumping, moisturizing hyaluronic serum recipe is super easy and affordable. With as few as two ingredients, you can create your own hyaluronic serum for your natural skin care routine.
I previously shared a recipe that makes a large container of hyaluronic serum so you can use it EVERYWHERE. However, you can make a smaller amount as well. Simply combine one teaspoon of Bos Essentials Hyaluronic Acid Powder with 3.5 ounces of water in an airtight glass container. Shake vigorously to mix. Then refrigerate for several hours until the mixture gels.
If desired, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin for extra hydration. Or even add a drop or two of rose damask absolute.
More Anti Aging Beauty Recipes
Once you’ve made my natural anti aging serum recipe, you may want to explore more of my other anti aging beauty secrets! Following are some of my other popular anti aging beauty recipes that you can craft in your kitchen!
- Bacuri Butter Body Balm Recipe
- Anti-Aging Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe
- Anti-Aging Rosehip Facial Serum Recipe
- Anti Aging Night Cream Recipe
- Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream Recipe
- Coffee & Black Tea Under Eye Cream Recipe
- Foaming Ginger & Turmeric Face Polish Recipe
- DIY Coffee Under Eye Cream
You may also want to check out my most loved homemade beauty recipes of 2018. For more homemade beauty recipes, sign up my semi-weekly newsletter to discover more of my original beauty and skin care recipes and projects to try throughout the new year!
January 8, 2019 at 11:24 am
Rebecca, Would I need a preservative in the Hyaluronic acid recipe?
Rebecca D. Dillon
January 9, 2019 at 8:28 am
It should be fine in the refrigerator. Otherwise, yes.
February 8, 2019 at 3:22 pm
A preservative is always required when using water in products, even if kept in the refrigerator.
Rebecca D. Dillon
February 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm
The manufacturer doesn’t indicate to use a preservative. So I’m not sure if as it’s an acid base this means bacteria and mold are unable to grow in it. Much like it doesn’t grow in liquid soap as the PH is too high.
Nisa Ahmed f.
December 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm
I’m early 50’s I have little wrinkles on face and fingers and acne on my face so what I can use which oil is best ..my skin is normal.
From where can I buy these oils.
Waiting your reply..
Rebecca D. Dillon
December 3, 2020 at 10:44 am
The recipe as it is will work great for your skin. If you just want a single oil I’d opt for rosehip seed oil. You can find these oils at Mountain Rose Herbs online and other soap making suppliers. I’ve linked to a few on Etsy that I like within the post as well.
February 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm
I’ve been meaning to make something like this, but I keep pushing it off… Are all of these oils pretty good on oily skin? This pregnancy has been making my skin super oily so I’ve been hesitant using certain products lately
Rebecca D. Dillon
February 8, 2019 at 7:36 am
I have combo skin with an oily t-zone. I’ve had oil based serums break me out. This one did not. I’m always careful about the oils I included because my chin will go haywire if I use the wrong products. This also works with my changing hormones which is a challenge. So I’d def give this one a try.
March 1, 2019 at 7:40 pm
I was doing a little extra research on the oils for thr serum for my pregnant daughter, as she is so dry on her face she is getting some tiny cracks! The borage oil isn’t to be used by pregnant women. What can I sub?
Rebecca D. Dillon
March 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm
I’d try argan oil! 😀
March 5, 2019 at 11:07 am
Thank you Rebecca! That’s exactly what I did!
Rebecca D. Dillon
March 5, 2019 at 11:08 am
Awesome. I’ve heard meadowfoam seed oil is nice too, but I’ve not personally used it.
June 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm
Why can’t borage oil be used on pregnant women? Also how many times a day should people with eczema use this serum?
Rebecca D. Dillon
June 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm
Borage oil is used as a remedy for cervical ripening closer to the later stages of pregnancy. WebMD says caution is warranted for pregnant women however there’s insufficient data as to why. I would use this serum daily for eczema.
May 17, 2020 at 11:14 pm
What’s the shelf life/expiration date for this recipe batch of approximate 3 oz. (six 1/2 oz. glass vials) Anti Aging Serum Recipe with Borage Oil?
Rebecca D. Dillon
May 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm
The shelf life, without antioxidants added such as vitamin E or meadowfoam seed oil, will always be the same as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life.
August 31, 2020 at 4:24 am
I was searching such product which is not only helping me to reduce the appearance of wrinkles but also remove acne so this serum is best option. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe.
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