5 Anti-Aging Serum Recipes

We all know how important it is to have a good skincare routine to look after our skin as we grow older. Harsh weather conditions, sun exposure, and the daily stress of life can all impact our skin and how it looks over time.

With so many skincare products on the market, it is daunting to know what skincare products are actually going to work or not. And that’s before you even look at the ingredients!

If, like us, you’re passionate about the products you use on your skin, you will probably already be looking at ‘natural skincare’ or ‘organic skincare products. 

But have you ever looked at what is actually in these products? There are still some BIG words that we can’t even pronounce! Doesn’t sound too natural anymore right?

These products are not only unnatural but are also so expensive, and packaged in unsustainable materials.

For this reason, we have decided to share our top skin care secrets on homemade anti-aging serums.

These amazing serums are not only ALL NATURAL, but they also cost a fraction of the price of the on-the-shelf products, and they ACTUALLY WORK! 

You will be completely amazed at not only how simple these serums are to make, but how great they feel on your skin, and how amazing your skin will look after using them.

So what are you waiting for, let’s take a look at our top 5 anti-aging serum recipes that you can make from home! 

Essential Oils For Anti-Aging

Before we get stuck into the recipes for anti-aging serums, we are going to take a look at which essential oils should be included in your serum and why they are important.

The clue is really in the name. If you want your skin to look revitalized and glowing, then adding oils to your serum is quite literally essential!

Adding essential oils into your anti-aging face serum will give your skin so many added benefits.

Essential oils specifically targeted to aid with anti-aging will not only hydrate your skin, but will promote healthy skin regeneration, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

It is important to remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated, so a tiny amount goes a long way.

To make these essential oils safe to apply topically to your face you will need to dilute the oils before applying them. To do this, you will need to mix your essential oil with a carrier oil beforehand.

Some of our favorite essential oils for their anti-aging properties are:

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a great all-around skincare product as it has many benefits. Lavender not only controls premature aging, but treats dry skin conditions, reduces acne, and has amazing healing properties.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood oil is packed full of antioxidants and has a great calming effect on the skin. This essential oil is widely used to help calm the effects of eczema and is a great choice for dry, itchy, irritated skin.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits which are great for blemished skin. It is packed full of antioxidants which make this essential oil a great choice for anti-aging.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is an amazing oil for dry skin and alleviating the appearance of wrinkles. 

It takes over 60 roses to make just one drop of essential oil and is packed full of vitamin C which helps the body to produce collagen.

And with a decrease in collagen being one of the main factors to aging skin, what’s not to love!

Helichrysum Essential Oil

This oil is named after the immortal, or everlasting flower, Helichrysum. It holds many benefits for the skin and has restoring, cleaning, and rejuvenation properties.

Helichrysum will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give your skin a dewy, healthy glow if used daily.

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh essential oil has many qualities that make it extremely effective for anti-aging on the skin.

Adding myrrh essential oil to your skincare will help to reduce the appearance of age spots and wrinkles, and will also help with dryness and rejuvenation.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Known as the king of oils, frankincense essential oil is the number one oil for skincare and anti-aging.

Using frankincense oil as part of your anti-aging regime is a great choice due to its age defying properties. It can reduce the appearance of sunspots, age spots, and skin discoloration.

Frankincense essential oil is also a great tool for tightening slack skin and evening up skin tone on your face and body. This essential oil works really well with coconut oil carrier oil.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Jasmine essential oil is very effective in evening out irregular skin tones and is also effective in reducing the appearance of age spots. 

Jasmin also has a wonderful moisturizing effect which helps to treat dry skin and provides natural hydration to your face without clogging pores.

Yarrow Pomegranate Essential Oil

Pom oil is loaded with antioxidants, omega 5, and caryophyllene to rejuvenate your skin, reduce the appearance of lines and blemishes. It is a great oil to promote the look of young and healthy skin.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is a great oil for a number of skin conditions due to its antioxidant and vitamin absorption qualities.

When used daily, lemon essential oil can help to reduce signs of aging, and also reduce signs of sun damage and scarring.

Lemon essential oil is also a great choice for oily skin and will help with balancing out moisture levels and skin tone.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

This essential oil is packed with antioxidants that will help reverse the signs of aging, such as skin discoloration and fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck.

How To Make Your Own Anti-Aging Serum At Home

You may think that making your own anti-aging serum at home would be a complicated and time-consuming process. However, you would be wrong!

Not only is making your own anti-aging serum at home super simple, but it will also save you a fortune on cosmetic products, and you will know exactly what you are getting! No hidden nasties!

Depending on your skin type you will need to choose a carrier oil and essential oil that will work best for you, but the basis for the recipe will be exactly the same for each. We will take a look at carrier oils in the next section.

Each recipe is designed to focus on ingredients that will promote healthy skin and reduce the appearance of aging on the face and neck.

You can make your own anti-aging serum at home by following these simple steps:

  1. Choose Your Essential Oil
  2. Choose Your Carrier Oil
  3. Add-In Vitamin E Oil (optional) – Vitamin E oil helps the production of collagen in your skin and can help reduce damage from sun exposure
  4. Mix All Ingredients Together In A Glass Dropper Bottle

What Is A Carrier Oil

Due to the potency of essential oils, it is imperative that they are diluted prior to topical application. For this reason, we use carrier oil to reduce its strength and make it safe to apply to our skin.

As the name suggests, a carrier oil ‘carries the oils into our skin’ and is generally a vegetable-based oil used in skincare, beauty, and hair care products.

So let’s take a look at our favorite carrier oils and why they are a great choice for mixing with essential oils:

Fractionated Coconut Oil

This carrier oil is very light and moisturizing to the skin and has many health benefits for the skin. It is rich in hydrating properties and will help to soothe and soften the skin and prevent itchiness.

Fractionated coconut oil is also a great natural product to remove make-up. Simply put on a cloth and apply to the face.

Grapeseed Oil

This carrier oil is a great choice for anti-aging serums and has properties to help with fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and tired skin. It is extremely light in texture and has wound-healing qualities.

Sweet Almond Oil

This almond oil has a sweet and nutty aroma and has very effective moisturizing qualities. This is a great oil for its consistency and texture, however, it may not be suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

We would recommend a patch test with this behind the ear and left for 24 hours just in case. If you have a known allergy – avoid!

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is absorbed deeply into the skin and is very moisturizing and hydrating. It has many superfood qualities to help nourish the skin and assist with anti-aging.

Argan Oil

Argan Oil has great moisturizing qualities and protects from sun damage and UV exposure. It also has great healing qualities and is commonly used to treat hormonal acne.

Olive Oil

This oil is more commonly used in food and has a distinct smell and texture. For this reason, this oil is not commonly used in serums as a carrier oil. However, we’ve added it in as it is widely accessible, cheap to purchase and is high in antioxidants.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is proven to assist in the treatment of acne, psoriasis and eczema and has great moisturizing qualities. It contains both vitamin B and Vitamin E and is an excellent choice for sensitive skin as it penetrates the skin well and doesn’t clog pores.

5 Anti-Aging Serum Recipes

Anti-Aging Serum For Normal Skin


  • 4 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of argan oil
  • 4 drops of vitamin E (optional)

Dilute your essential oils with your argan oil to diffuse down and make it safe to use. Add to a glass roller bottle to evenly apply to your face and neck.

This serum is perfect for normal skin as it promotes cell regeneration, hydration, and can assist with acne scars. This serum can also be used for the prevention of spots.

Anti-Aging Serum For Sensitive Skin


  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops of rose essential oil
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of vitamin E (optional)

Jojoba oil is a great option for anyone with sensitive skin and penetrates the skin deeply. These essential oils are a great choice for sensitive skin as they are very gentle and work really well together. 

Due to the sensitive properties of these essential oils, this serum not only works for aging skin, but can be used by babies and young children.

Anti-Aging Serum For Oily Skin


  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops of roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops of rose essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
  • 4 drops of vitamin E (optional)

This serum is extremely light due to the grapeseed oil so is perfect for oily skin. The lemon oil works as a natural degreaser and will lift oil residue from the skin without causing distress to your skin.

If you are using this serum during the day, you will need to ensure you have an SPF moisturizer on top. This is because lemon essential oil is photosensitive and so will affect the sun’s impact on your skin.

Anti-Aging Serum For Dry Skin


  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of myrrh essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of avocado oil
  • 4 drops of vitamin E (optional)

Avocado oil is a fantastic option for dry skin and this serum will nourish and hydrate your skin for the entire day. It is an excellent moisturizer and can be used independently without the need for a separate moisturizer on top. 

If you do have especially dry skin, you can layer your moisturizer on top of your serum application.

Anti-Aging Serum For Acne-Prone Skin


  • 3 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of myrrh essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of argan oil
  • 4 drops of vitamin E (optional)

Argan oil is a great option to help with breakouts and acne-prone skin. It actively promotes cell regeneration, hydration, and can also fade acne scars. Frankincense and lavender work perfectly together to create a great serum for acne-prone skin. 

How To Apply Anti-Aging Face Serum

Face serums should be applied to clean, dry skin following your application of face cleanser and toner. It should be applied before your moisturizer and can be layered directly on top of your face serum.

To apply it, place a small amount of serum into the palm of your hand and massage gently into your face in circular motions. Focus on troubled areas. Be sure to avoid the eye area.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make My Own Serum

Making your own serum will enable you to make a 100% natural product with no added chemicals to aggravate your skin. You can also make your anti-aging serum 100% organic too by choosing an organic carrier and organic essential oils.

To make an anti-aging serum at home, simply dilute your essential oils of choice with a corresponding carrier oil, add vitamin E if desired, and mix together. It’s as simple as that!

Why Make Your Own Anti-Aging Serum

By making your own anti-aging serum you will not only be saving money, but you will know exactly what is being put onto your skin.

Cosmetic companies include an array of chemical products within their serums which can be damaging to your skin.

From an ethical perspective, by making your own serum you can be 100% certain that there has been no animal testing.

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by using glass containers rather than plastic as with shop-bought skincare products.

What Is An Anti-Aging Serum

Anti-aging serums play a fundamental role in reversing the signs of aging. Other than SPF, using an anti-aging serum as part of your skincare regime will hydrate your skin, whilst alleviating fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermatologists credit anti-aging serums as being one of the most effective and non-invasive ways to address the signs of aging.

Do Anti-Aging Serums Help With Fine Lines

When it comes to tackling fine lines, an anti-aging serum packed with essential oils is a crucial part of any skincare routine. Serums are packed full of good-for-you ingredients such as vitamins and antioxidants  which work together to brighten, exfoliate and hydrate the skin.

What Age Should You Use Anti-Aging Serum?

Whilst you might think you should start to use anti-aging serums at the start of signs of aging to slow down the aging process, this is actually incorrect.

When implementing an anti-aging serum as part of your skincare routine, it is better to use ahead of time rather than as a reactive process. 

Your skin naturally begins to lose elasticity and collagen production begins to diminish from the age of around 20 years old.

It is therefore a good idea (if you’re not too late) to incorporate anti-aging serum into your skincare routine from around this age.

If you have missed the boat and have passed your twenties, then start as soon as you finish reading this! It’s never too late to start looking after your skin. 

What Are The Benefits Of Vitamin E Oil

In our recipes listed we have included the option of adding vitamin E oil to the serums. The reason for this is whilst the recipes will work very well without it, vitamin E has fantastic properties that lead it to be a great addition to an anti-aging serum.

Vitamin E oil is a powerful antioxidant and can reduce the appearance of fine lines, prematurely aged skin, and wrinkles. 

When it is applied topically, vitamin E oil can also help to cure damage caused by sun overexposure.

Vitamin E is also a great addition to your anti-aging serum as it is a natural preservative and will extend the shelf life of your homemade serum

Final Words

There has never been a better time to start investing in your skin with an organic and natural anti-aging serum you can make from home.

The recipes here are listed to aid specific skin types, but you can mix and match the oils used to complement your own skin requirements and aims. 

For instance, if you are prone to acne or breakouts and are following this recipe, but you also have a very oily complexion, you can add some lemon essential oil to your mix.

The true beauty of these make at home recipes is that you truly know what you are putting onto your skin.

There will be no hidden ingredients, no abrasive chemicals, and you will also have some fun channeling your inner scientist.

It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your skin. What is important is that it is treated with the respect it deserves. We’re in it for a long time after all!

Hannah Shiftle
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