10 Simple DIY Serums For Every Skin Type!

A serum is the power house of your skin care regime.  Serums pack a powerful punch that delivers results.  If you are new to making your own skin care, serums are really simple.  First, you pick a good base for your serum such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, meadowfoam seed oil, or almond oil.  Once you’ve picked your base it’s time to add essential oils.  Essential oils have been used in skin care for thousands of years.  They are nature’s gift to you for optimal health.  They are as strong and effective as chemicals like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid but with virtually no side effects like peeling, excessive dryness and irritation.  So, no matter what your skin type is, there is a DIY serum perfect for you!

I have chosen Sweet Almond Oil for the base of my serums.  Sweet almond oil is full of vitamins D, E, B1, B2 and B6, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin E helps fight wrinkles and has a firming effect on the skin.  Almond Oil is light and absorbs easily.  It helps to purge the pores of impurities therefore helping clear skin.  It has anti inflammatory qualities which help to calm down acne.  Using sweet almond oil daily can greatly reduce dark circles under the eyes as well as scars and dark spots.  It helps to renew skin cells and rev up circulation.  It is wonderful at nourishing dehydrated skin. I believe it is one of the top (if not #1) carrier oils for reversing the signs of age.  In fact, it is said to be the closest to the oil found in a babies skin-who doesn’t need that, right? I recommend THIS almond oil. 

Below are a list of 10 highly beneficial essential oils for the skin.  Read on to find which one is right for you.  Pick 1, 2 or 3 and add them in your serum.  There are no rules here.  Almond Oil + Essential Oils=Beautiful skin!  It’s that simple!

1. Geranium

  • Reduces the appearance of scars
  • helps bring circulation to the skin
  • regenerates new skin cells
  • speeds up healing of wounds
  • promotes uniform distribution of melanin 

This oil is great for someone who has scarring or uneven skin tone.  It is a very healing oil that also will take care of the aftermath of any trauma to the face.  Geranium is an excellent oil for all skin types-it is a very powerful oil that will facilitate cell turnover helping you have new, young radiant skin.

2. Cypress

  • Tightens skin
  • Helps varicose veins and broken capillaries
  • Helps clear oily and congested skin
  • Balances overly oily skin
  • Antibacterial, Anti infectious,  Antiseptic, Antimicrobial

Cypress oil’s main function in a skin serum is to firm skin.  If you are dry but need tightening I would add Rose oil or Lavender oil to boost moisturizing benefits.  This oil is wonderful for aged skin.  This oil has such amazing tightening abilities that it is even used to tighten the bladder for people that find themselves urinating too often.  Cypress oil’s secondary function is to balance oily skin. Oily and blemished types could use this as well, due to the antibacterial, anti infectious, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.  It will regulate oil production while clearing pores.

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neroli improves elasticity, stimulates new cell growth, reduces fine veins and dilated capillary beds while , softening wrinkles and scars. Stable in sun exposed situations, Neroli is the perfect base for other skin actives because it increases blood flow and does not degrade with heat or UV exposure. It is also helps relieve under eye circles, balances oil production, cleans dirt, bacteria, and unclogs pores. – See more at: http://rg-cell.com/neroli-essential-oil/#sthash.USmNKEWV.dpuf
neroli improves elasticity, stimulates new cell growth, reduces fine veins and dilated capillary beds while , softening wrinkles and scars. Stable in sun exposed situations, Neroli is the perfect base for other skin actives because it increases blood flow and does not degrade with heat or UV exposure. It is also helps relieve under eye circles, balances oil production, cleans dirt, bacteria, and unclogs pores. – See more at: http://rg-cell.com/neroli-essential-oil/#sthash.USmNKEWV.dpuf
neroli improves elasticity, stimulates new cell growth, reduces fine veins and dilated capillary beds while , softening wrinkles and scars. Stable in sun exposed situations, Neroli is the perfect base for other skin actives because it increases blood flow and does not degrade with heat or UV exposure. It is also helps relieve under eye circles, balances oil production, cleans dirt, bacteria, and unclogs pores. – See more at: http://rg-cell.com/neroli-essential-oil/#sthash.USmNKEWV.dpuf
neroli improves elasticity, stimulates new cell growth, reduces fine veins and dilated capillary beds while , softening wrinkles and scars. Stable in sun exposed situations, Neroli is the perfect base for other skin actives because it increases blood flow and does not degrade with heat or UV exposure. It is also helps relieve under eye circles, balances oil production, cleans dirt, bacteria, and unclogs pores. – See more at: http://rg-cell.com/neroli-essential-oil/#sthash.USmNKEWV.dpuf

3. Rose

  • Contains a large amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Moisturizing
  • Antiseptic and astringent
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Controls skin diseases such as psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Healing properties

Rose essential oil is very expensive.  There is a reason for that-it is a powerful oil, especially for the skin.  I would suggest this oil for dry, aged skin.  By using this oil you will be making a very powerful serum.  Because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties and healing properties it is recommended for people who need rejuvenation for their skin.  You will see improvement almost immediately.

4. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

  • Kills bacteria
  • Antibacterial, anti fungal, and anti viral properties 

Tea Tree oil is excellent for people trying to control oily, acne prone skin.  It has the ability to destroy the bacteria that causes acne.  It has been compared to benzoyl peroxide.  The results were similar except that tea tree had no side effects. 

5. Ylang Ylang

  • Balancing over dry skin and over oily skin

Ylang Ylang is known as the aphrodisiac oil in the essential oil world. It has a very uplifting scent and an uncanny ability to bring balance to your skin no matter what the skin type.  It also stimulates blood flow which causes your skin to look young and fresh.  I would suggest ylang ylang to anyone who is experiencing combination skin.  

6. Peppermint

  • Soothing
  • Cooling
  • Increases blood flow and stimulates nerves
  • Improves dull skin
  • Evens a rutty, blotchy complexion
  • Antiseptic, Antibacterial

Peppermint is wonderful for sensitive skin types.  It is very cooling and stimulating to the skin.  It feels wonderful due to the large amount of menthol in the leaves.  It can brighten a dull complexion and even out blotchy skin.  I would recommend peppermint oil for all skin types.

7. Lavender

  • Antiseptic, Anti fungal, Antibacterial
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Healing
  • Moisturizing
  • Calming
  • Pain Reducing 

Lavender is a universal oil that is great for any and all skin types.  No matter what is going on with your skin, lavender is always a good idea.  I add it to everything.  I love the smell and love how it works with other oils. 


8. Carrot Seed

  • Regenerating
  • High in antioxidants
  • Contains Vitamins A, C and K
  • Moisturizing
  • Healing
  • Stimulate cell growth 

Carrot Seed Essential Oil is used in many anti aging products.  I use it in my DIY Eye Stick because of it’s regenerating qualities and the vitamins it contains.  It is wonderful for aged skin.  It has a strong smell of carrots so I would suggest you add some lavender oil to cut the smell.

9. Roman Chamomile

  • Calming
  • Healing
  • Replenishing

Chamomile is a gentle oil that has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties.  It can offer much relief for those suffering with eczema, hives, or dry skin.  I would suggest this oil for sensitive skin types

10. Frankincense 

  • Skin regenerating properties
  • Diminishes the appearance of scars and spots
  • Balances oil
  • Astringent (balances pH)
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti tumor
  • Immune Stimulant

Frankincense is an extremely effective oil.  As you can tell, it encompasses many skin issues from age to acne.  It, like lavender, is an all in one oil.  I would suggest adding this oil to your serum for all skin types.  Not only is it amazing for the skin but it is also an anti depressant and has a powerful ability to lift the mood. This oil can be added to all serums because it actually helps the other oils penetrate deeper into the skin.

Now that you have chosen which oil or combination of oils you are adding to your almond oil you are ready to create your custom serum!  I like to keep my serums in small 1 ounce dropper bottles.  You can find them HERE.  You can also use your used 15mL(.5 ounces) essential oil bottles.  The bottom line with your bottle is that it needs to be a small dark glass bottle in order to protect the essential oils.

In a 1 ounce bottle add your almond oil, leaving a small amount of room at the top. For easy transferring, I use THESE tiny funnels.   Add a total of 15 drops of essential oil for a 1 ounce bottle.  Use your serum nightly after cleansing and toning.  If you are dry, wait about 10 minutes and then apply your moisturizer (dry skin moisturizer recipe HERE).  If you are oily to normal skip your moisturizer at night. 

When using essential oils you need to be using quality oils that are pure certified, 100% steam distilled and cold pressed.  Pharmaceutical grade is another good word to look for when searching for oils.  I prefer to us Spark Naturals.  Use the promo code JENNIRAINCLOUD at check out for 10% off.  If Spark doesn’t offer the above oils, I have linked them to an alternative that I have used.

Taking charge of your skin care is easy!  I promise, you don’t have to be a facialist to make high quality products in your own kitchen.  Making your own skin care will omit chemicals like artificial fragrances, preservatives and texture enhancing ingredients.  All these chemicals can build up in your system and cause damage.  You might experience results more quickly with chemicals but it will be at the cost of your skin’s overall health.

If you truly are not into making your own products, that’s OK, but be sure to find a skin care company that is organic and chemical free.  Message me on Etsy and I can make any serum you need-custom orders are welcome!  Also, feel free to leave me a comment below if you’d like my suggestion of which essential oils you should use in your serum!

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DIY Pumpkin Scrub…..

Awe pumpkins…….Isn’t fall/holiday season over run with Pumpkin recipes?  Well, I’m ok with that-the benefits of pumpkin are immense.  If you didn’t catch my Pumpkin Mask post on Primally Inspired go HERE to read up on the amazing benefits of pumpkins on the skin.  Holiday season is fast approaching and many of us have friends and family coming to town along with a bevy of holiday parties and family functions to go to.  Wouldn’t it be nice to start exfoliating our skin and infusing it with vitamins and antioxidants so your skin looks noticeably younger??  I think so! 

This is a super simple recipe for a scrub that can be used 2-4 times a week.  You can use it all over your body or just your face.  The benefits of pumpkin can do wonders for your whole body!!  All you need is a pumpkin or a can of pumpkin, raw honey, and sugar. 

DIY Pumpkin Scrub

1 TBSP Pumpkin (find it HERE)
1/2 TBSP Raw Honey (find it HERE)
2 TBSP Sugar
Mix all ingredients together.  Gently rub on skin.  Rinse with cool water and tone and moisturize as usual.  This scrub can be used as your cleanser.  Honey has wonderful cleansing properties. 

This mask works well for all skin types.  If you are experiencing acne or have wounds on your face, a scrub can be too irritating.  Just doing the mask without the sugar would be a better option for your skin.  Exfoliating can be irritating to the skin.  Be very cautious of how your skin feels while you are exfoliating.  LESS IS NOT MORE in this case.  You can damage your skin by exfoliating too much or too hard.  I promise if you gently exfoliate every other day you will see softer skin at the end of the week.  No need to over do it. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and are inspired to take care of the skin you have!  With proper nutrition inside and out, your skin has the potential to be beautiful! 

DIY Pumpkin Mask…..

Hi Everybody!  I’ve been moonlighting on my best blogger friend’s blog again!  I love hanging out at Primally Inspired.  She has lots of great Paleo recipes and she inspires me work towards better fitness!  
Did you know pumpkins are full of goodness!  Pumpkin masks are probably my favorite mask I ever did on clients.  Pumpkin is packed with vitamins, zinc, and antioxidants.  It does wonders for tired dry skin.  Plus, when you add honey and Vitamin E to your mask you are filling your skin with even more “food” your skin needs!

Head over to Primally Inspired to check out my Pumpkin Mask post!

DIY Lavender Silky Body Wash……

Today I’m going to share recipe for a luxurious and decadent DIY Body Wash!  I have made this recipe for my family for quite a while now.  It foams, it cleans and it moisturizes.  You might ask why I make my own?  Well, first of all I want to avoid chemicals.  Body washes are filled with them.  Second, I like to save money and third, I need a body wash that will clean as well as moisturize my dry skin.  This homemade body wash checks all 3 boxes!
 
Most body washes contain a bevy of harmful chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol,  triclosan, and artificial fragrances.  All of these chemicals are irritating not only to your skin but irritating to your hormones and even your organs!  As I like to say “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”!  All of these chemicals go directly into the blood stream.  Over time they can build up and cause health issues.  Making your own products is just too EASY and FUN to continue to subject yourself to harmful chemicals-in my opinion.  So, let’s get started!!

Lavender Silky Body Wash

3 cups of distilled water
1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel (buy it HERE)
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 TBSP Shea Butter (buy it HERE)
1 tsp. Guar Gum (buy it HERE)
Combine all ingredients in the blender EXCEPT THE CASTILE SOAP!!!   Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute.
I add the castile soap last because if you blend the soap you will end up with a huge amount of foam that will take days to go away.  Once I’ve blended my ingredients and added the soap, I stir or gently shake my blender container to mix the soap in. After everything is mixed, pour into your container-this recipe makes around 30 ounces.  Shake before each use.
That’s it!  So easy, right?!
All of these ingredients are rich.  They are so yummy to the skin.  By adding all the oils and butters your skin will be silky soft!  You can always make an easier recipe by omitting aloe, olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter.  Guar Gum is a thickening agent and gives your wash a smooth silky texture.  If you don’t use guar gum your wash will be very watery.  Castile soap is very concentrated so always mix it with water when using it on your skin.  It can burn delicate areas.  I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap because it is organic and easy to find.  You can get it in a variety of fragrances as well.  One of my favorites is Sweet Almond.  I love mixing orange essential oil and lavender with the sweet almond soap.  It makes a light and invigorating scent that is wonderful for a body wash as well! 
I hope you enjoyed my recipe for a rich and moisturizing silky body wash!  Remember, becoming chemical free is easier than you think, you won’t break the bank and you’ll end up with the most decadent body care on the block!

DIY Room Spray…..

Some of you caught my last post on Homemade Body Splash.  My recipe for DIY Room Spray is very similar and even easier!  Room Spray is a beautiful thing-No matter how clean you are sometimes that musty smell just happens.  Whether it’s kids, pets, husbands, last nights dinner or just a mysterious smell your house seems to emit, everyone needs room spray!

You might wonder why I don’t just use FeBreeze and call it a day?  Well, FeBreeze along with Lysol is jam packed full of toxins.  They absolutely are harmful to your health and should never be used.  The picture below from Step Into My Green World sums up the evils of commercial room sprays.

Most store bought brands of air freshener have such a strong smell that all they do is cover up odors.  When using essential oils, you not only will freshen up the smell in the room but you can actually clean the air.  Using oils such as Lemon, Rosemary, Clove, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus helps to kill airborne bacteria quite effectively.  Several popular essential oil companies have come out with their own version of these oils meant for diffusing and protecting against illness and contagious diseases.  The blend I prefer is Spark Naturals Shield.  I use this in my room spray during the winter months to ward off sickness.  I spray it all over each room.  Especially when one of us is sick.  I believe it not only helps contain the sickness to one person but it also strengthens the immune system of the sick. 

I also love just plain Lavender.  Lavender is amazing.  The calming effect it can have blows my mind!  I love to spray it in my daughter’s rooms to help calm them, especially near bed time.  I spray it on our linens during the week.  I spray it on the carpet and furniture as well.  I like to keep a small spray bottle in my car for long car rides.  It really does relax everyone and curbs the “are we there yet” to a minimum! 

A peppermint spray is also a great room freshener.  Peppermint helps to awaken and sharpen the mind and can clear brain fog.  It helps keep you alert and comes in handy when things need to get done in a timely manner!

So, you have my recommendations for a lovely room spray so let’s get to the recipe!

DIY ROOM SPRAY

1 cup of water
1 TBSP Witch Hazel or Vodka
20-30 drops Essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before each use!  

This recipe is super easy and very effective.  Remember to use quality essential oils that are Pure Certified and steam distilled to ensure effectiveness.  As mentioned above, I prefer Spark Naturals.  Use the promo code jenniraincloud for a 10% discount.

**Be cautious when spraying on leather furniture.  I have always sprayed leather furniture with my room spray and had no issues, but some have not been so lucky.** 

Homemade Body Splash!

Gone are the days of perfume for me.  I LOVE perfume, it’s one of the few things that makes me feel girlie after 2 kids!  I have a post on how to make perfume but I thought I would mix it up with something I could spray on after a shower to smell extra good!  Turns out, making a body splash could not be easier!  And-When you add an oil you have yourself a MOISTURIZING body spray!

You might be thinking why not just wear perfume? Well, there are so many chemicals in perfume.  It is one of the worst products you can use.  Perfume is full of toxins and obviously artificial fragrances that cause hormone issues to say the least.

To make a body splash all you need is Witch Hazel (vodka will work too), and essential oils!  If you want to quench your skin you can add an oil of your choice.  For mine, I added olive oil-I love how the smell mixes with my choice of essential oils.  You could use almond oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, apricot oil etc.  So, let’s get started!

Homemade Body Splash

1 cup water
1 TBSP Witch Hazel
1 TBSP Olive Oil
20-30 drops Essential oils of your choice.

My suggestions for essential oils in your body splash are always Lavender mixed with something warm.  Sandalwood is one of my favorites.  I love adding lemon essential oil as well.  Peppermint and Rosemary are nice and refreshing together.  I also love Bergamot.  Bergamot pairs well with lavender or lemon.  If you want something light and fresh, citrus oils are great-grapefruit, lemon and sweet orange will give you a burst of energy!  Get creative-add more drops of the scent you love the most and then tailor the rest to your preference.  Always use Pure Certified essential oils.  I love Spark Naturals.  Use jenniraincloud promo code for a 10% discount!

Here are some of my suggestions….

15 drops Lavender, 10 drops Sandalwood, 5 drops Lemon
20 drops Lavender, 10 drops Peppermint
20 drops Bergamot, 10 drops Lemon
20 drops Lavender, 10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Grapefruit, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Sweet Orange
20 drops Rosemary, 10 drops Sweet Orange
10 drops Peppermint, 10 drops Rosemary

Get creative!   Remember to always shake your body splash before using.  Oil and water separate.  Spray this after a shower and enjoy the aromatherapy as well as the moisture.  Your skin will drink it up!

Vitamin C mask…

    I’m really impressed with Vitamin C, also known as L. Ascorbic Acid.  One spa I worked at at the very beginning of my career offered a Vitamin C facial.  I remember how radiant my skin and my client’s skin looked afterwards.  I never knew I could duplicate a $70 facial so cheaply and so simply!  Some of you caught my post on Primally Inspired about a Vitamin C serum.  Honestly, I enjoy my Anti Aging Serum more than the Vitamin C, simply because I like the smell and the texture better of  the anti aging serum.  The Vitamin C serum is great for people with lines and sun spots that they need to reduce.  Vitamin C is so beneficial that I couldn’t leave it out of my routine.  So, weekly my skin enjoys a boost of Vitamin C via an invigorating mask!  It’s simple and quick, and leaves skin radiant and glowing.  Interested?

    Vitamin C serves many purposes for the skin.  It helps produce collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what makes are skin look young and keeps our skin from forming wrinkles.  Collagen is what you have in excess from about 0-20 years of age.  Vitamin C also helps fade age and sun spots.  Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which attacks free radicals in the skin that are causing us to age prematurely.  Vitamin C is one power pact vitamin!
    This is a simple recipe that calls for L. Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and glycerin.  You can leave it on your skin for 5-10 minutes and use once a week. Vitamin E is great to help heal and nourish the skin.  Just so you know-instead of glycerin, you can also use distilled water, coconut oil or aloe vera for oilier skin types or vitamin E, jojoba or olive oil for drier skin types.  The main ingredient that is going to deliver the results is L. Ascorbic Acid.  So, let’s get started!  

    Vitamin C mask

    1/2 TBSP L. Ascorbic Acid
    1 tsp. Glycerin(or 2 Vitamin E capsules)

    Mix the first 2 ingredients.   Apply a THIN LAYER to a clean face and throat.
    **You must be very careful that the mask does not run into your eyes.** 
    Once the mask heats up from your skin it can start running.  I end up having to not always apply it to my forehead.  If your forehead really needs it, lean forward over the sink or a towel for the 10 minutes.  I do the dishes!  If the mask drips in the eyes it will BURN!   Leave on for no more than 5-10 minutes.  If your skin tingles that is natural.  Too much tingling is not good.  Remove it with cool water and lower the amount of L. Ascorbic acid in your mask.  Be gentle when you remove your mask, the L. Ascorbic granules will give you a good exfoliation but they are rough so be gentle!

      See, it’s so easy!  It’s cheap and the results are great!  If you’d like to pamper yourself even more I suggest steaming your face after the Vitamin C mask, a facial massage, a calming mask of Aloe Vera and a Lavender Essential oil, and finish with a toner and moisturizer.  You won’t believe how baby soft your skin will feel.  You can steam your face over a pot of boiling water or you can invest in a steamer facialist use.  It is an amazing tool to keep your skin (and sinuses) hydrated.
      Pamper your skin-it’s the only skin you’ve got and nature offers some great tools to keep you feeling good inside and out!