DIY Natural Facial Serum Recipe for Glowy Skin

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Using a facial serum is one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated and looking glowy and fresh. But like many conventional beauty products, facial serums can be filled with toxins and chemicals. I’m sharing my DIY natural facial serum recipe with you so you can make your own and feel confident knowing exactly what’s in it!

Keep reading to get my facial serum recipe and learn how it can benefit your skin.

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What Is Facial Serum?

Until a couple of years ago, I had no idea what a facial serum was. But when I heard about their benefits, I immediately added one to my skincare rotation.

Serums are made of lighter and faster-absorbing ingredients than moisturizers. And because they’re filled with active ingredients, they work quickly!

Facial serums can be beneficial for many different skin types, including oily, aging, and dry skin. They can work wonders, from clearing up acne to preventing wrinkles to reducing the appearance of dark spots.

When I started using a serum, I noticed that my skin seemed more glowy, if that’s a word. While many of my other skincare products were meant to take things away from or off of my skin, serum added to it. It was like food for my face, and my skin thanked me for it.

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How to Use a Facial Serum

Facial serums are meant to be applied between cleansing and moisturizing to allow your skin to derive as many benefits as possible.

After drying your face from the cleansing, put a pea-sized drop of serum in your palm. Use your fingertips to gently pat the serum evenly into your skin.

If you use a moisturizer, you can apply it after the serum.

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Homemade Face Serum Ingredients

Guys, serums can be so, so expensive, which is one reason that I make my own.

I’ve been using this DIY face serum recipe for seven years, and I love it. It smells great and isn’t heavy. And it has only three ingredients!

One of the things I love the most about making my own beauty products is that I don’t have to worry about what’s in them – because I know what’s in them. 

I don’t have to skim through the tiny print on the ingredients section of the label hoping I recognize everything or try to interpret the impossible-to-pronounce components.

Instead, I am aware of exactly what makes up this facial serum and that all of the ingredients are natural and nontoxic. That gives me so much peace of mind because I know whatever I put on my skin ends up in my body.

Here are the three simple ingredients in this DIY facial serum recipe:

Almond oil is the carrier oil for this serum. It’s great for sensitive skin and reduces acne.

Rosehip oil removes redness, boosts collagen production, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Ylang ylang essential oil soothes skin irritation and has a relaxing scent.

I use this glass bottle with a dropper to better control how much serum I use (a little goes a long way!). 

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DIY Natural Facial Serum Recipe

This facial serum is 100% natural and so easy to make. Follow the instructions below to make your own and get ready for your skin to glow!



  1. Using a funnel or a steady hand, add all of the oils to your jar. 
  2. Shake the jar to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3.  After you wash it and before you moisturize it, use your fingertips to pat a pea-sized amount of facial serum into your skin. You can also apply the serum after washing your face in the evening so that your skin has all night to absorb it as you sleep.

I hope you love this facial serum as much as I do! If you make your own face serum, be sure to share on Instagram and tag me @mamaembodied so I can see! 

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