DIY Green Tea Hyaluronic Serum for Face
Facial serums with hyaluronic acid are a wonderful way to naturally care for your skin. This recipe for green tea hyaluronic serum is not only easy to make, but it’s also an affordable way to get started making your own DIY beauty products. There are many skin care benefits associated with hyaluronic acid and green tea. This article explores the advantages of incorporating this beauty treatment into your daily routine to fight aging and promote youthful looking skin. I also teach you how to make your own green tea skin care products at home.
Green Tea Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid
Making skin care products can be both fun and rewarding. On the flip side, there are some challenges. One challenge I experienced the first time I learned how to make hyaluronic acid serum was the shelf life. As this is a water-based product, without a preservative, it does need to be refrigerated to extend the shelf life. However, this does considerably shorten the amount of time in which the product needs to be used. And to be fair, most of us aren’t familiar or comfortable working with preservatives.
Formulating skin care products that require preservatives isn’t something you simply learn overnight. Not only do you need to know the right preservative to use for the products you create, but they often need to be used at exact percentages and/or temperatures to retain their effectiveness. Final testing for that effectiveness also needs to be established. If you’re making natural beauty products for your own personal use, it’s likely you won’t have the desire to spend the extra time and money to ensure it’s done correctly.
That’s why I love this green tea hyaluronic serum recipe from Brambleberry so much! This green tea facial serum comes complete as a kit. It uses a hyaluronic acid serum base that you also purchase separately for creating your own custom skin care products. Unlike a powder base that you mix yourself, however, this base already has a preservative included. So, there’s no need to worry about those extra steps to ensure that the final product is safe to use.
What’s Inside the Green Tea Serum Skin Care Kit
This DIY skin care kit from Brambleberry comes with everything you need to get started to make hyaluronic acid serum at home! However, if desired, you can also purchase the ingredients and supplies needed for this project separately to create your own custom formulation.
Here’s what’s inside this green tea beauty serum kit:
- Water soluble green tea extract
- Aloe vera concentrate
- Hyaluronic acid serum base
- Frosted glass bottles with droppers
- Graduated transfer pipettes
- Sticker label sheet
As this kit contains both the ingredients and most of the tools you need to make this project, you really don’t need much more! You will need a measuring cup or container with a pour spout. I also recommend that you use a small funnel to avoid spills when pouring this green tea serum into the frosted glass bottles. You’ll also need scissors to cut out the sticker labels.
The price for this DIY beauty kit is extremely reasonable. The kit makes four bottles of green tea hyaluronic acid serum. So you have enough for yourself with extras to gift to friends and family. It even includes free shipping to the lower contiguous 48 states. So, for about $11.25 a bottle, you get to enjoy the experience of making a new craft. Plus, you save money over purchasing pre-made solutions in which formulations typically cost $20 and up.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is also called hyaluronan or a hyaluronate. It is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan that is present in connective tissue in the body and found in eyes, skin and joints. Historically described as a goo molecule prior to the 1970s, this slippery substance is naturally produced by the body coating the cells of articular cartilage. In addition, it also lubricates the muscular connective tissues. As a major component of skin, hyaluronan is involved in the repair of skin tissue.
Hyaluronic acid is often taken as supplement to restore its loss. As both UV exposure and age can reduce the production of hyaluronan in the body. This compound may be taken orally or applied topically to skin. It is also sometimes injected or inhaled depending on what condition is being treated.
Medically, it may be used to treat osteoarthritis of the knees and in products that treat dry eye for the purpose of creating artificial tears. It is sometimes inhaled to treat asthma or breathing issues. However, it is most commonly used for skin care applications. While it is an ingredient found in fillers that are injected into skin, it’s also used as an ingredient in a number of topically applied beauty products to plump skin and restore hydration.
Hyaluronic Serum Benefits
Hyaluronic acid is commonly used as an ingredient in a number of skin care applications to address aging or dry skin as well as for medical applications. Here are the benefits of using a hyaluronic serum:
- As it plays a key role in tissue regeneration, inflammation response, and angiogenesis, hyaluronic acid may help promote healing of chronic wounds, burns and ulcers. While its effects may be limited and more research is needed, they do illustrate that hyaluronic acid is effective at reducing pain cause by ulcers.
- Because hyaluronic acid plays such an important role when it comes to our epidermis, or the outer layer of skin, it assists with healing skin.
- Its antioxidant properties help protect skin from outside elements such as solar radiation. When combined with retinoids, a form of vitamin A, it also increases hydration of skin tissue.
- Serums made with hyaluronic acid hydrates skin so it looks plump and more youthful. By keeping skin hydrated, you’re less likely to experience dry skin. It can also minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
- Its low molecular weight mean it’s easily absorbed by skin. This allows it to lock in moisture and slow down the visible signs of aging.
- It can be combined with other ingredients in DIY beauty serums to also tackle other skin care concerns, such as reducing inflammation or exfoliating skin.
- DIY beauty serums formulated with hyaluronic acid, such as my green tea serum, help improve skin elasticity.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do to Your Face?
As hyaluronic acid helps skin cells attract and retain moisture, it helps skin look and feel hydrated when it’s applied to your face. When skin is properly hydrated, it will make your face look plump and pillowy. This in turn helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It may also help to shield skin from free radicals and pollutants that age skin. So, skin looks radiant. After all, don’t we all want beautiful, glowing skin?
Hyaluronic Acid Serum Side Effects
Hyaluronic acid serum works for all skin types, even if you have sensitive or acne prone skin. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about this DIY beauty product causing breakouts. It also won’t strip skin of necessary oils like other products, so it’s safe to use on a daily basis. This serum is well tolerated when applied topically. Therefore, it doesn’t have any negative side effects to skin when used in a DIY beauty serum. However, additional ingredients found in some hyaluronic serums, such as retinol or vitamin C, may contribute to skin irritation or redness.
Very rarely does hyaluronic acid cause side effects. When it does, it’s typically an allergic reaction. As our bodies naturally produce this substance, allergic reactions typically only occur if it’s injected into the body as in the case of fillers or osteoarthritis.
Green Tea Skin Care Benefits
Like hyaluronic acid, green tea also has a number of benefits for skin. Here are just a few of the ways using green tea in your skin care routine can promote healthy looking skin:
- Much like witch hazel extract, a popular skin care ingredient, green tea also contains tannins. These compounds, in combination with the caffeine found in green tea, help shrink blood vessels.
- The naturally occurring caffeine content also works to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles, much like a DIY coffee eye cream or black tea eye cream. In addition, caffeine can assist in brightening skin so it looks fresh and rejuvenated.
- Green tea contains a significant amount of polyphenols. As such, it is able to reduce inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties not only assist in the reduction of swelling, but they also help with the symptoms of redness and skin irritation. Therefore, it’s also a great remedy for sunburn relief.
- Because green tea is anti-inflammatory, it is also ideal for those with dermatitis problems as it eases symptoms associated with these conditions. As it soothes itching and irritation, it works great for symptom relief of eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
- Green tea has been proven effective at combating acne. The polyphenols present in this botanical aid in reducing excess sebum secretion. While the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties fight off bacteria that can lead to breakouts.
- Like many other beneficial plants and herbs, green tea contains vitamin E. Studies show that this vitamin both nourishes and hydrates skin. Thereby giving green tea skin moisturizing properties. So, it’s the perfect complement to a hyaluronic acid serum.
- The antioxidants present in green tea helps to repair DNA damage to skin cells caused by UV sun exposure. In doing so, your skin may be better protected against skin cancer.
- Antioxidants found in green tea also help fight aging. While vitamins, like vitamin B-2 in particular, work to maintain healthy collagen levels in skin.
Green Tea Serum Ingredients
These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this green tea serum with hyaluronic acid and aloe:
- Hyaluronic acid serum base: This serum base is pre-mixed and includes a preservative. Therefore, unlike my DIY hyaluronic acid serum, you won’t have to worry about adding additional ingredients to preserve your product for a longer shelf life. This pre-mixed base for hyaluronic acid has a shelf life of one year and is made with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and aloe. Made in the USA, this base is ready to accept your favorite water based additives like water-soluble green tea extract, rose water, or water-soluble caffeine extract.
- Green tea extract: This water soluble extract contains a natural preservative. So, it’s easy to add to your skin care formulations. Use it to add antioxidant benefits to your hyaluronic serums. Or incorporate it into recipes for toners, moisturizers and body wash.
- Aloe vera concentrate: This concentrate is basically aloe vera juice with a natural preservative. It has the the same aloe vera skin care benefits as aloe vera gel. Therefore, it’s great for soothing skin! Use this ingredient to make hyaluronic acid serum at home. Then try the leftover concentrate in your other aloe skin care recipes.
Supplies and Equipment Needed
To make hyaluronic acid serum at home, you will need the following supplies and equipment:
- Droppers: Droppers, or graduated transfer pipettes are necessary to add the drops of both the green tea extract and aloe vera concentrate to this beauty formulation.
- Measuring cup: I used a small, 8 oz. glass measuring cup with a spout to mix the hyaluronic acid serum. The spout on the cup makes it easier to pour this DIY beauty serum into individual containers. Alternately, this stainless steel measuring cup with a spout or a heavy duty, Pyrex glass beaker will also work.
- Small funnel: While optional, a small funnel will make it easier to fill your bottles with this DIY facial serum, mess free!
- Bottles: I used four of the 1 oz. frosted glass bottles with droppers to package this natural skin care product. These bottles are so pretty and can be reused for other beauty recipes once empty. (Don’t forget to sterilize them first!) However, you can also use amber glass bottles with droppers if you already have these on hand.
- Labels: It’s important to label the contents of this DIY beauty serum. This way you know what exactly is contained inside the bottles. You can also write the date it was manufactured as well as the expiration date so you don’t risk using an expired DIY skin care product.
How to Make Green Tea Hyaluronic Serum
This green tea serum for your race is quick and easy to make! While the project on Brambleberry indicates this beauty DIY takes 30-minutes to create, I was able to whip up a batch of four 1 oz. bottles in about 5-minutes. If you sanitize your equipment first, however, this does add to the creation time.
Here are instructions on how to make green tea hyaluronic acid serum at home:
- It’s recommended, that before you get started, that you sterilize your containers prior to use. To do this, combine distilled water with 5% bleach. Then dip your tools and containers into the solution. Allow them to air dry.
- Once you’ve sterilized your equipment, you’re ready to make this DIY green tea hyaluronic serum. To do this, add the hyaluronic acid base to a measuring cup.
- Next, use the graduated transfer pipettes to add the drops of both the green tea extract and the aloe vera concentrate to the serum base.
- Stir the beauty serum with either a pipette or a utensil to combine.
- Now pour the green tea serum you made evenly into each of the four bottles. Then screw on the droppers.
- Finally, label your anti-aging serums with the labels provided in the skin care kit. Or create your own!
Tip: I recommend that you also add the date the product was created to the label. This way, you know when the product expires.
How to Use Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum
To use this green tea serum with hyaluronic acid, apply several drops to clean skin. Then follow with your favorite face cream or moisturizer for dry skin. You can use this product on your face and neck as well as your body. This product should be applied prior to applying your moisturizer. It should also be used under makeup.
When to Use Hyaluronic Acid Serum
You can use a hyaluronic acid serum either in the morning, in the evening, or both. However, there are some exceptions.
If you make a facial serum with hyaluronic acid as well as vitamin C, then you shouldn’t use it more than once per day. In addition, if you are using a retinol cream for your face, don’t use a serum containing vitamin C at the same time. Doing so can cause skin irritation, peeling or redness. It will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Therefore if you add vitamin C to this DIY hyaluronic acid serum, make sure that you use it in the morning and the retinol cream in the evening. Or vice versa.
- 4 oz. hyaluronic acid serum base
- 10 drops green tea extract
- 5 drops aloe vera concentrate
- Measuring cup
- Small funnel
- 4 - 1 oz. bottles with droppers
- Large bowl with 5% bleach solution diluted in distilled water
Sterilize your containers prior to use. To do this, combine distilled water with 5% bleach. Then dip your tools and containers into the solution. Allow them to air dry.
Once your containers and equipment have dried, add the hyaluronic acid base to a measuring cup.
Using a fresh dropper for each ingredient, add the drops of both the green tea extract and the aloe vera concentrate to the serum base.
Stir the DIY beauty serum with either a pipette or a utensil to combine.
Now pour the green tea hyaluronic serum evenly into each of the four bottles. Screw on the droppers.
Finally, label your anti-aging serums with the contents and date produced.
Green Tea Hyaluronic Serum FAQ
How much hyaluronic acid serum should I use?
You only need to use a few drops of serum on your face. As such, this product will likely last longer than your favorite facial moisturizer.
How long does hyaluronic serum last?
This green tea hyaluronic serum has a shelf life of up to one year. However, using a DIY serum that doesn’t contain a preservative will start to lose its effectiveness after about a week.
Can I use hyaluronic acid serum everyday?
This green tea facial serum can be used daily. If desired, you can use this product during the day as well as at bedtime.
Does this green tea facial serum need to be refrigerated?
There is no need to refrigerate hyaluronic acid serum as the base used contains a preservative. However, refrigeration does add a lovely, cooling sensation when applied.
You may add up to 6% water-based ingredients or essential oils to this base without negatively affecting the effectiveness of the preservative in the formulation.
How do you know if hyaluronic serum has gone bad?
If your green tea serum has expired, it will turn a different color. Typically a yellow, orange or brown color indicates it has gone bad. In this instance, you should discard the product, especially if there are scent or texture changes. Additionally, this beauty serum should be discarded if it turns watery.
More Ways to Create Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care Recipes
In addition to this DIY green tea hyaluronic serum, there are many other ways to utilize hyaluronic acid as a key skin care ingredient. Following are several DIY beauty ideas you can also try at home:
- Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C
- Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
- Hyaluronic Acid Serum Recipe
Alternately, you can also make this amazing, anti-aging serum recipe for maturing or problem skin.
Green Tea Skin Care Recipes
If you like my DIY green tea hyaluronic serum, then you’ll definitely want to explore more ways to use green tea for natural skin care. For more natural beauty recipes that use green tea as an ingredient in the formulation, try one of these other DIY skin care projects:
- Green Tea Turmeric Soap Recipe: This homemade soap recipe combines two natural ingredients that have shown to have wonderful properties when used in skin care — green tea and turmeric root. The result is a convenient, everyday product that harnesses green tea’s antioxidant properties and combines it with turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and skin lightening properties perfect for those age spots. So, it’s a fantastic way to fight aging naturally, everyday without adding more products to your natural skin care routine.
- Green Tea Soap Recipe: This cold process soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils like safflower and evening primrose oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea. A touch of agave is added for its humectant properties.
- DIY Green Tea Eye Cream: Does your eye area need a little extra love to help keep those pesky wrinkles away for as long as possible? Then be sure to try out this natural green tea eye cream recipe! Infused with antioxidant rich botanicals, this DIY anti-wrinkle cream is an ideal way to naturally care for skin and reduce the appearance of aging.
- DIY Green Tea Lotion Bars: This matcha green tea lotion bar recipe is made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea. These natural ingredients combine to create a luxurious non-greasy solid lotion bar that melts onto skin upon application. Unlike recipes for traditional solid lotions bars, these DIY hard lotion bars absorb quickly and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.
- Matcha All Over Moisture Stick: This budget friendly DIY for crafting your own organic matcha all over moisture stick is a simple and affordable skin care solution that really works! Homemade with just three natural ingredients, this moisturizing DIY beauty stick nourishes, conditions and protects skin all over your body — lips included — and features green tea as an ingredient!
- DIY Green Tea Oil Cleanser: Learn how to make a hydrating DIY oil cleanser for dry skin. Inspired by Korean skincare, this combined facial cleanser and makeup remover has an incredible green tea scent. It’s infused with green tea for anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and soothe dry, sensitive skin. It’s also wonderfully complements my own green tea serum recipe with hyaluronic acid.
- Green Tea Overnight Face Mask: Get glowing skin while you sleep with this DIY green tea overnight face mask! Inspired by Korean skincare, this simple green tea skin care recipe helps brighten your skin overnight. It’s packed with antioxidants from green tea that help to repair skin while also soothing any redness or irritation.
- DIY Green Tea Toner: Revive stressed skin with this antioxidant-rich DIY green tea toner! The homemade facial toner is incredibly hydrating and provides relief for red, irritated skin. This face toner recipe is made with green tea extract, hydrosol, matcha, and other good-for-you ingredients. A great asset for all skin types, this product should be followed with a green tea hyaluronic acid serum!
- Matcha Green Tea Clay Mask: Let your skin glow with a purifying DIY matcha green tea clay mask! This gentle, all-natural matcha clay mask helps to cleanse and detoxify the skin, making you look radiant. Masking is an essential part of your battle against impurities such as acne, blackheads, or large pores.
- Green Tea Body Butter: This moisturizing body butter recipe hydrates skin naturally with just two simple ingredients — coconut oil and green tea. Mix it with a blender for a luxe DIY whipped body butter that nourishes and moisturizes skin with a fluffy, airy texture.
- DIY Green Tea Body Scrub: Like my green tea facial serum recipe, this DIY for a homemade green tea body scrub reaps the many benefits of green tea and gives it a beautiful shade of green.
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