“Mature skin”. Shudders.
That’s the category my skin falls into now. Mature skin.
I remember when I was 16 and my mother was admiring my flawless skin and told me now was the time to start taking care of my facial skin. Did I listen? Of course not! After all the “superman/woman syndrome” is at its peak in the late teens and early twenties. “I won’t happen to me”.
I abused my facial skin during those years; conventional (read: toxic) makeup and skin care products, no sun protection, going to bed with makeup on, the usual.
When I started approaching my 30’s my facial skin started to become dryer than usual, then after I had my son and was suffering from adrenal fatigued (read more about it here) my face became so dry I started to have patches around my nose where I would start peeling. Just as I had recovered from a hormonal imbalance, I became pregnant for the second time. Some days my skin thought I was 15 and some days 45. Needless to say, it was all over the place, my usual just-coconut-oil routine wasn’t cutting it. So I started to look into the different essential oils used for dry and mature skin, as well as nourishing carrier oils and this recipe was born. There are so many combinations out there but I am happy with this one because it has been working really well for me.
I wanted a carrier oil that can be easily absorbed and rosehip is perfect because it is considered a “dry” oil, meaning it doesn’t leave an oily residue. This oil is high in essential fatty acids, it is used by many experts in the treatment of dehydrated and weathered skin, as well as treatment for signs or premature aging.
Carrot seed oil
A little miracle in a bottle. Okay I may be a little dramatic here, but this oil is highly respected by experts as the go-to oil to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin. It is high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F and beta-carotene, and it also contains an SPF or about 35-40.
Frankincense essential oil
When I consulted with a couple experts on essential oils to use for mature skin, it was unanimous: frankincense. It is anti-inflamatory and anti-oxidant, it is used to erase scars and works great on fine lines.
Helicrysum essential oil
This is another essential oil well known for its properties to regenerate skin, it is anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and well trusted for reversing scars and sign of aging.
I am loving the result I am seeing already with just a few weeks of using this facial serum . My skin is no longer dry, no peeling patches around my nose, I am not longer breaking out along my hair line like a teenager. My skin hasn’t felt this great in a long long time.
Nourishing Facial Serum for Dry and Mature Skin
- 0.5 Oz rosehip Seed oil (where to buy)
- 0.5 Oz carrot seed oil (where to buy)
- 5-6 drops of pure frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil (where to buy)
- 5-6 drops of pure helichrysum (Helicrysum gymnocephalum) essential oil (where to buy)
In a small clean pump container (I used this one) mix all ingredients using a small plastic funnel (like this one). For accuracy I recommend using a kitchen scale like this one. Keep in a dark and cool area. Shelf life 6 month to a year.
Important: A word about essential oils
Safety above all. It is very important to dilute essential oils properly, so please stick to 10-12 drops per each ounce of carrier oil. If you are pregnant use 3 drops of each essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
Scientific names do matter, when buying essential oils please make sure it is the latin name mentioned above, especially if you are pregnant.
The links to where I buy my oils may contain affiliate links (read here what that means), however, I am not affiliated with any brand in particular much less multilevel marketing companies that sell and market essential oil. The links above lead to where I bought the oils used for this recipe and the brands I feel comfortable recommending, you can use a different brand but please make sure they are good-quality and pure essential oils and not diluted in any other oil.