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DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hyaluronic Acid Serum DIYI think everyone has probably heard of hyaluronic acid.  Whether you take it for your joints or you apply it topically for anti aging purposes, it’s a pretty well known substance.  I mean, you can go to Walmart  and find loads of skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid.  I always noticed it in skin care but I never really knew what it was.  I just assumed it was a lab-created ingredient that was probably unsafe.  When I read THIS book I realized hyaluronic acid is actually a natural substance that is already found in our bodies.  As with collagen, the younger our skin is, the more hyaluronic acid our skin has.  And to put it quite simply-the most radiant and young looking skin contains ample amounts of water.  Increase your skin’s water content and you will be restoring the youthfulness of your skin.

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant.  This means it draws in water and holds on to it.  HA can hold 1000x it’s weight in water.  Basically, when hyaluronic acid is abundant in the skin, the skin looks smooth, plump and dewy.  As we age, especially in the late 30’s to early 40’s, the amount of hyaluronic acid our skin has, greatly decreases.  What’s new, huh?  Well, luckily there is an easy way to replenish it and that’s what we’re going to talk about today!

First off let’s get one thing straight-hyaluronic acid is not what we think of when we hear the word acid.  It is in no way an exfoliant or a harsh substance that will remove dead skin.  It’s actually quite the opposite.  As I mentioned above, it is responsible for managing the water content of our skin.  It grabs and holds on to water.  Basically, young skin is well-hydrated.  The water is what makes young skin look even, wrinkle free and healthy.  Old skin is dehydrated, wrinkled and dull.  Restore moisture in the skin and you can restore a healthy glow!  It’s really that simple.

Hyaluronic Acid Benefits:

  • Plumps fine lines and wrinkles!
  • Hydrates.
  • Repairs the barrier of our skin.
  • Eradicates free-radical damage.
  • Smooths and softens skin.
  • Increases elasticity!
  • Heals damaged tissue.
  • Protects from UV rays.

Come to find out, hyaluronic acid comes in a powder form much like the vitamin C we use for THIS and THIS post.  It is water soluble and can be added to a water based ingredient to make a gel.  It is so simple to make-You literally pick your water base (distilled water or hydrosols) and then sprinkle hyaluronic acid over the top, close the lid and shake.  Put it in the fridge and after a couple of hours your serum will have thickened and be ready for use!  Basically this makes a 1% hyaluronic acid serum which is exactly the correct amount for your skin.  Adding more HA to your water will not be beneficial to the skin.

Originally I bought THIS hyaluronic acid.  I had read in several different places that in order to make a serum I needed high molecular weight hyaluronic acid.  This is because the smaller the molecule, the deeper it goes into the skin.  The deeper it goes, the higher the possibility it will inflame and irritate the skin.  The problem with my high weight HA serum is that the molecule is too big to really do much long-term good for my skin.  What I noticed when I use this serum though are some really exciting results.  My skin looked immediately smoother and more even toned.  It almost looked plastic-in a good way.  I actually felt confident to not apply a tinted moisturizer or foundation!  I really like my original serum.  I have since read more about the molecular size of HA and found that there is a low molecular weight that is safe.  It isn’t the smallest size but it is just small enough to go a little bit deeper for more long term results.  What I’m looking to achieve beyond what my original serum did is long term hydration.  With winter coming I want my skin to stay moist and dewy despite the dry, cold air that wreaks havoc on my skin.   So, long story long-I ordered THIS HA and this is what I suggest you buy for this serum recipe.

One more angle to this ingredient I would like to mention is that there are a lot of articles and products I researched that suggest using both high molecular weight HA and low molecular weight HA in the same serum.  This guarantees that you will have the benefits I’ve been experiencing (barrier repair and immediate plumpness and smoothness) as well as the more long term benefits of the low molecular weight HA.  I’ll let you be the judge of your own serum.  If you are looking for the ultimate HA serum, buy both and add equal parts to your serum (1/16 tsp. of each).

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DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum:

1/4 cup Distilled water

1/8 tsp. Hyaluronic Acid (find HWM-HA HERE and LWM-HA HERE)

1/8 tsp. Leucidal Liquid (optional) (find it HERE)

Directions:

  1. Add your COLD distilled water (the cold might help with dissolving the HA) to a serum bottle like THIS.  You will probably need a funnel.
  2. Add the hyaluronic acid on the top of the water.
  3. Replace the cap and shake your mixture.  It might appear lumpy after it’s been shook but that’s OK, just mix the best you can by shaking.  UPDATE:  I’ve made several batches for experimental purposes and am having a little trouble getting the HA thoroughly mixed.  I prefer, rather then just shaking the bottle-to use a blender (a magic bullet is perfect) to really mix it up-it’s not 100% necessary but it really helps make sure you get that powder evenly distributed.  The blender seems to thicken the serum up almost immediately so this makes it hard to put it in a bottle with a small neck-Since you are making such a small batch, you could use a small glass jar-it would be much easier!  Shaking might work depending on the brand of HA you chose. 
  4. Put your serum in the fridge.  Over the next couple of hours your serum will thicken and the clumps will dissolve.
  5. Apply morning and/or night after toning and before moisturizing.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum DIY

The exact serum recipe I used is 2 TBSP. of helichrysum hydrosol (found HERE), 2 TBSP. distilled water and 5 drops of lavender essential oil plus 1/8 tsp. HA. You can use any hydrosol you like or you can simply just use distilled water.  I did not use a preservative but I only used this serum for 2 weeks then threw out what I had left.  I also stored it in the fridge for the entire 2 weeks.  You’d be surprised how amazing a cold HA serum feels first thing in the morning!  The cool also cuts down on inflammation and redness!

SIDE NOTE ON HELICHRYSUM HYDROSOL-I chose this hydrosol for it’s powerful anti inflammatory benefits as well as it’s toning abilities.  It is also extremely helpful in healing damaged skin as well as reducing scaring.

What I’m going to do once my low molecular weight HA comes in the mail is double this batch and add the preservative.  I’m going to work on a recipe for a face cream that we can add the1% serum into it!  I for sure want it to last longer then 2 weeks when making a larger amount.  I’m also super excited to come up with more serum possibilities using HA!  The possibilities are endless!

I plan to eventually experiment with other water based ingredients such as glycerin, aloe vera gel and witch hazel.  I don’t see why these ingredients wouldn’t work but I haven’t personally tried them.

I’m really quite excited about this DIY.  It’s so rewarding to make effective anti aging products for a fraction of the cost of a high-end product!

xx, Jenni

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And of course, if you’re going to make such a fancy serum, you’ll need a fancy label!  I use THESE labels and upload the picture to THIS website for printing!

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Comments

  1. Have you tried using Rose Water instead of Distilled water?

    • Hi Shiony! Thanks so much for commenting on FB about the cold water trick-I just updated the post-I read that somewhere but forgot about it. I haven’t tried rose water but I for sure will-I bet that makes a great serum!

      • Snehal Masalkar says:

        Hello Jenny ,
        Ian presently using L.ascorbic acid and would like to know can I use hyaluronic acid at the same time or wat is the order to use both (L.ascorbic acid and hyaluronic acid)

      • Jenni,

        So are you saying that you reduced the distilled water from 1/4 cup to 2 TBSP? Was this just to cut down on the size of the batch?

      • Hello Marianella,
        I’d like to discuss with you creating an injectable grade HA filler.

    • Marianella says:

      Hi Jenn, I am going to make this serum, I just ordered the Hyaluronic Acid and can’t wait to get to make the serum. also how can I download your label from Avery. thanks

      • Marianella-Great!! Just save the label to your computer and then you can upload it to Avery. If you go to templates and then beneath it it will say Design and Print Online-click on that and scroll down to enter the label number you have. Like if you have the labels I linked, their number is 22806. Then you select the blank template. Next, go to images and select “add image”. Then you can just stretch it to fit! Hope this helps!

    • Cheri Jordan says:

      I used rose water today and added jojaba oil with glycerin and the HA and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours and it came out super!! No clumps of HA powder at all in my bottle. It looks like a clear serum and I put it on my face and all I can say is wow!! Thank you for the help. I think I will always use rose water cause it jus works better for absorbing the HA better. I love this!!

      • Shane Osowski says:

        Would you be so kind as to share the ratios ? I love your oil choice and bet it smells great too.

        • Shane-Do you mean how I incorporated the hydrosol and essential oil? I used 2 tbsp. of helchyrsum hydrosol and 2 tbsp. of distilled water with 5 drops of lavender oil. It smells so good to me-helchyrsum can have a weird smell but it didn’t take long for me to really like it!

      • Cheri, what measurements of the rose water, jojoba and glycerine did you use?

      • Ibolya A Shirley says:

        Cheri, I would love the measurement you used of the rose water, jojoba and glycerine. Would really appreciate it if you could share you mixture…..

    • Hi Jenni,

      I’m wondering if there are any other places to buy Hyaluronic Acid besides Amazon. I live in Canada and the two sources you’ve recommended either don’t ship to me or they are $50 for shipping only. I’d love to make my own, and wonder if you have any other suppliers to recommend. Thanks for all the awesome recipes!! Monica

      • Monica-I’m afraid I can’t help-I’m not too excited about getting my hyaluronic acid on Amazon because I question the quality. The other place I used was Bulk Actives and they are in China! You might look into Lotion Crafter-I like them a lot but I’m not sure about their shipping policy. Good luck!

      • Try lotioncrafter.com! Not sure what shipping would be in Canada, but actual product prices are comparable. Have used them a couple of times.

      • Hi Monica,
        I live in Winnipeg which is about an hour drive north of the border with ND. If you’re not too far north you might want to consider having your packages sent to a border parcel service close to where you live so you can just nip down and pick it up. It helps a lot when companies either charge through the nose or won’t ship to Canada at all. I try to make it a worthwhile trip by planning ahead: I order multiple items at once (I keep a wish list with Amazon for items I don’t need right away), I go down with not much more gas than I need to get there and fill up in the US. Usually the savings in gas alone is enough to cover the cost of driving down. And my friend often comes along so we can have a visit at the same time and usually go out for lunch as well. Hope that helps.

      • I ordered my hyaluronic acid from Radha Beauty. It is Not powdered and already mixed with Vit C and E. Very reasonably priced.

    • Hi Jenni,
      Enjoying your blog!
      Does the HA recipe mix well with other oils and creams?
      Cheers,
      Valerie

      • Valerie-Thanks! No oils, you need to stick with water based products. However, you can add it to your creams but I would add it daily for maximum effectiveness!

    • Jenni,

      The link to the helichrysum hydrosol doesn’t look like it’s an ordering website.

  2. You’ve done it again! Can’t wait to try this…sounds amazing.

  3. Bonnie Nelson says:

    Jenni….what an interesting post! I think I might try to make some of this sometime 🙂 Thanks for keeping us up to date with interesting things.

  4. Araceli Hernandez says:

    Can I mix HA with L-Ascorbic Acid?

  5. I have liquid Hyaluronic acid. The bottle does not have any measurement equivalents. It just states 100% Hyaluronic acid. Can you give me a measurement to equal the powder you have put in this formula?

  6. Carol Fernandez says:

    Hi Jenni!
    I was wondering if you had a Hyaluronic Acid Serum! I have experimented with it and came up with my own serum.
    Ingredients-
    2 oz. distilled water
    1/2- 1 tsp DMAE powder (it makes the serumless viscous and has it’s own benefits)
    1/2- 1 tsp Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid) (optional)
    1/2 tsp Hyaluronic Acid
    Directions
    Put distilled water into a 2 oz. cobalt blue bottle ( I switched to a plastic bottle because the serum is viscous and you can squeeze the plastic bottle)
    Mix in DMAE & Vit C (optional) and swirl to dissolve.
    After the DMAE is dissolved, place the bottle in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so that the solution gets really cold. (I’ve never had it freeze)
    Once it is cold, I add 1/2 tsp of Hyaluronic Acid, put the lid on it and place it back in refrigerator until it turns to gel. I then shake the container really well before using it.
    I also store mine in the refrigerator…because of no preservative and it does feel wonderful on you face!

    I was wondering what preservative I should use then you posted your serum. I was going to experiment with neodefend.
    I love the idea of the hydrosol!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Carol

    • Carol-Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I’m not 100% sure but I think you have to keep your HA at 1%-I’m not sure if there are any adverse effects of going higher, do you know? I suggest the leucidal liquid because it’s what Lotion Crafter used and I like it because it’s derived from radishes!

  7. Hi Jenni,

    I’ve been thinking about combining HA with the LAA serum I make every week. What trips me up is that I’ve read you should combine HA with VG first and then water for it to really work. That being said, I’ve wondered if I could make my LAA serum without VG and then refrigerate it and then combine with a HA and VG mix. Would that work or waste my product?

    Thanks a lot. Love your recipes. 🙂

    • Amy-I’m assuming when you say VG you mean vegetable glycerin? LAA is water soluble so you don’t necessarily have to use VG-You could use aloe or hydrosol or just distilled water. It takes a bit to completely dissolve and in my experience it doesn’t ever completely dissolve. My thought is that maybe you could make your HA serum first then add LAA to it. I’m going to work on that for a future post so I’ll let you know.
      Thank you!!! I hope this helps!

      • Cheri Jordan says:

        My ha dissolved completely. I don’t know what I did different but it did dissolve. I have to let you know. If you’re interested in knowing exactly what I did I’ll gladly tell you but it’s part of your directions except I changed a little bit. Ty again. Love all your stuff.

  8. Jenni,
    I made the serum Friday night. Just HA and lavender witch hazel since that’s what I had. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I am 49 and was told today that I look like a teenager!

  9. Jenni-
    I made this serum the other day! I didn’t see a big change in my face, but, oh I did on my hands! It erased the dryness like nothing else. Can it be put into a lotion recipe? I can hardly wait to keep using it. Thanks for the amazing recommendation!

  10. Would you use NeoDefend as a preservative or is that all wrong for this recipe? Wondering the difference. Thanks! Your recipes are AMAZING.

    • Amanda-I’ve sent an email to lotion crafter-they are so quick to respond so hopefully I’ll let you know soon! I just suggested what they suggest for this particular recipe but I plan to offer this serum in my shop so I’m super curious why they suggest leucidal liquid rather then neodefend as well! Thank you-you are too kind!!!

    • Amanda-Lotion Crafter just responded and they said that Neodefend did not work well in this type of serum because it caused precipitation. They suggested leucidal liquid because it mixes well with water based solutions. They also suggested another preservative but it was not at all natural!

      • Oh, thank you for checking that out! I’m learning a lot from your recipes and posts. So, it seems like a liquid preservative works with liquid and powder works with powder. Makes sense. Thank you! Still loving the serum! 🙂

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’m about to make this…so excited! But I have a question..when applying, do I just leave it on and then moisturize or do I need to wipe off before moisturizing? Thanks!

  12. Hi Jenni, I have a question. I made this up a few weeks ago, although I did purchase a different HA, the one I got seemed to be a mix of high and low. I also didn’t have a bottle big enough to fit 4 tbsp, so I did 2 tbsp of cold distilled water and a little less than 1/8 tsp of HA. It dissolved within an hour or so when I went to use it and felt great the first night, super soft. But since then it just seems like water, it’s not serum like at all. Is this normal? I’ve still been using it, but I don’t notice a difference at all. Did I mess something up?

  13. I was just wondering before I attempted to make this beautiful serum. Did you change any of your ingredients or amounts since you posted the recipe?

    • Sheri-I haven’t. I will say that my LMW hyaluronic acid from Bulk Actives took forever to get to me-I realized it is coming from Japan. Not ideal so I did switch the link to Lotion Crafter-a company that I love and find them very efficient. I haven’t however tried the LMW HA personally yet. The HMW from Amazon is what I’m still using and love it, but it just doesn’t penetrate the skin very deeply.

      • Thank you so much for getting back to me. My HA should be getting to me tomorrow, I’m going to use the High HA and go from there. I can’t wait to make it.☆

        • I made the serum last night and I’m sad to say that it didn’t set up at all 🙁 I used liquid HMW HA do you think that could be the reason? I used 4 TBLSP distilled water, 5 drops lavender, 1/8 tsp HA and 1/8 tsp leucidal liquid. The distilled water was cold and I shook it when I was done really well. Is there anyway I can fix what I have? do you know what I did wrong? Any advice is appreciated.

          • Sheri-I think it’s because your HA was liquid. I’m not sure though. I’ve not tried the liquid HA yet. What a bummer. I don’t know of a way to thicken the serum up-guar gum thickens but I think you would have to use too much to get the consistency that you need. What if you put what you have in a spray bottle and use it like a toner?!

          • I just tried it I’m a spray bottle. I will see how that goes. I made some face cream for myself with Coco butter, Shea Butter and frankincense. Would it hurt to put some in there?

          • Sheri-Don’t add your cream. You will have a bacteria nightmare plus you will be diluting the HA too much. Keep it as is and use it like a toner-there’s nothing wrong with your serum except the consistency and that won’t change the effectiveness of the serum!

          • Thanks for the warning! I don’t need a bacteria problem. I also figured out my problem with my serum. I bought completed serum not just HA, so when I added the distilled water I diluted it. Go figure, I’m a dummy but at least I figured out what was wrong. /Users/sharonburgess/Desktop/71viHg02oSL._SY450_.jpg this is the product I bought, I saw the 100% pure on it and thought that it was the right stuff. This product has alcohol in it which I don’t like at all.

          • Its ok Sheri, cause the form of HA you bought makes it liquid, not gel. Take a look at Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Its made from 2 form of HA, and its liquid ^^

  14. I have ordered the “Simply Essential” hylauronic powder. I made this choice based on reading your comments about making a serum. The producer states that this is a combination of low, medium and high hylauronic powder. I hope this works!

  15. Jenni, I’m very excited to try this recipe out, but an confused as to the different amounts. I have Leucidal liquid, distilled water, high and low HA, as well as lavender EO.

  16. I also have aloe, witch hazel or vegetable glycerin to add in. Could one of the three be used as a preservative? If so, which one would be the best to use and how much of it?

  17. Hello, I cannot wait to try this!! I do however have a question about a preservative as well…can vitamin E be used as one? I know in a lot of serums vitamin E is used as a preservative (i use it in my serum) but not sure if it will work here? Id love to add this to my home made facial serum that has vitamin E in it and it lasts a long time but I don’t want to add this to it and chance it going rancid in a few weeks. Thanks!

  18. Hi Jenny,
    I’ve read through the article and all the comments, but I am still having trouble figuring out what the proportions are. I tried making it with distilled water, HWM-HA, LWM-HA, leucidal liquid, and lavender EO using the ingredients you recommended( I also purchased a small battery operated frothed which mixes the HA really well) but it came out watery. I made sure the water was really cold first. I am thinking maybe it was the water. I also purchased aloe witch hazel, and glycerin to try, but don’t know about the amount. Do I divide the ¼ cup distilled water with witch hazel or do I not need the distilled water at all if I have the witch hazel? Also would there be equal portions of HWM-HA and LWM-HA at 1/16 t each? Sorry for all the questions. I really want to see the results others are talking about. I just went through uterine cancer and am having all kinds of problems with my skin.

  19. Hi, Jenny:). I have hyaluronic capsules for arthtitis that also contain lysene and vitamin c. Would I be able to use this to make the serum. I live in Canada and am having a difficult time finding a Canadian source for the powder. Ordering from the US is not an option for me right now with the exchange rate. Each capsule contains 98.5mg of HA. Is this doable? If so would I still use the same amount as the recipe? Thanks in advance if you can help.

    • Wendy-I hate to say this but I have absolutely no idea. This serum is pretty particular so my guess is that it wouldn’t be the same. Good luck!

      • Thanks, Jenni! I am going to try it anyway – nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? I did finally find a source for HA powder in the USA that has awesome shipping costs so it turned out less expensive for me than I thought. But will make a batch using the capsules while I wait for it . Will let you know if it works. I very much enjoy your site and the info you share with us all. Have a great day:)
        Wendy

  20. So how long does this recipe last you? You said you used it for two weeks and then threw the rest out.

    • Oops I didn’t word that correctly. I meant to ask, do you use all of the serum in two weeks? I don’t have any preservatives at the moment, but I do have HA and I’m eager to try this! But I don’t want to waste any either.

    • Cheryl-If I had the proper preservative in this serum it would last me months and months. A little HA powder goes a long way!

  21. hello there. great recipe and info. does HA always have a gelling effect? I would really like to add HA to a toner that I would spray on. this wouldn’t work though if HA gels with the water based ingredient. your insight would be much appreciated. thanks!

    • Lauren, it does but I think this is worth a try. Depending on the sprayer-I think it would work. And would be an easy way to apply it. Keep me posted!

  22. Hi there!
    If I want to add vit c into my serum. Would the recipe call for .5g vit c & .5g ha? Or would it be 1g of Ha & .5g of vit c?

    • Shawny-Honestly, I have no clue. I haven’t used vitamin C with hyaluronic acid, plus I don’t have a stable form of Vitamin C. Most forms will only be good for a few days after you’ve added it to water.

  23. Amy Nisula says:

    Hi Jenni, this is some great information. I too am an esthetician and love your blog. I am in the process of growing my grey hair out and quit the chemical process. I love your natural DIY products. So excited to try some recipes. You have inspired me to continue down the natural road…..😊 thank you so much! I am going to pass your info on to my sweet friend who is battling breast cancer and switching to all organic products, with God’s help, and your blog, praying she will beat this! Thanks for all the wonderful information.

  24. Hi Jenni,
    Where do you get the measuring implement?

    Thanks

  25. Hi Jenni!

    I just started using this 3 days ago… holy Benjamin Button! I noticed a difference the very next morning (and that was after getting only 3 hours sleep)! Will the skin around the eyes absorb the HMW or would you recommend the LMW?

    Kristi

    • Kristi! That’s great-I know-it’s an immediate difference! I think a LMW would be good around the eyes-I have heard it’s best to mix both for the whole face. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. The HMW gives that immediate boost but it just doesn’t go deep to cause lasting results.

  26. sonia clarkson says:

    Hi Jenni
    I have been using my homemade HA serum an I love it. I use it all over My Body!! I was wondering if you had tried or have come across any information on using or making an HA serum for your hair since the scalp skin is very similar to the rest of our skin.

  27. How long will the serum last with the preservative in it? And if I put the preservative in, does it still need to be refrigerated?

    • Rosa-I believe it will last about 3 mos. No, I wouldn’t store it in the fridge unless you just like it cold. It will extend the 3 mos. though.

  28. Angela Holley says:

    Can anyone tell me if this exfoliates the skin? I am actually hoping it doesn’t . I am getting an organic airbrush tan for vacation and I don’t want to stop using this serum because I love it! Thanks for the help!

  29. sarah campbell says:

    Hi there – I have 1% hyaluronic Acid already in gel form – does this need further dilution or can I use it as is?

  30. Kathy Hardick says:

    Hi Jenni- Went to Lotioncrafter to order the Leucidal Liquid and they are out of stock. Any other suggestions where to purchase from.
    Thanks You for great recipes!!

    • Kathy-I don’t but I’m hoping they will be back in stock soon. They are a great company and super efficient. Check back often, I bet they’ll have it in soon!

  31. Doey Mulligan says:

    Hiya Jenni
    Wow, I just came across your blog and so excited to try to make my own hyaluronic serum.
    I’m completely starting from scratch in every sense of the word and just going to try and source the ingredients to Ireland / UK. Fingers crossed.
    Did you happen to find a way to preserve the serum?
    Many thanks in advance
    D x

    • Doey-I’m glad!
      Yes, I use leucidal liquid to preserve mine. I’m not sure if you can find a source in the UK/Ireland but it’s worth a try. It’s a natural preservative that works well in gels that don’t contain oil.

  32. Can I use this face recipe all over my body? Can I apply it like lotion to arms, legs etc? I love it!

  33. Hi Jenn!
    Love your site. Is there any HMW or LMW HA made in the USA or is it all from China? Be well

  34. Hi Jenni!
    Does all HA come from China or can I get some USA HA? Or another country other than China.
    Thanks
    Gail

  35. Hi Jenni
    I have preservative eco, HA in powder form and hydroslate chamomile, would this be a good combination, and if so what proportions? Jenny

    • Jenny-Unfortunately I have never worked with these products so I don’t know. I think the HA powder form would work well with the chamomile hydrosol but I don’t know if your preservative works well with the 2. You’ll have to do more research on your particular preservative.

  36. rogue g says:

    Hyaluronic acid works for wrinkles because the molecule swells after it absorbs water, and that plumps lines on the spot. Look for products with hyaluronic acid listed near the top of the ingredient list, cause that means there is alot of it. I use Lady Soma’s Renewal Serum for my hyaluronic acid and will never stop using it. Its my favorite – and I am so happy everyone is into hyaluronic acid now because it does work!

  37. Hi Jenny. I was wondering if you could clear something up for me? I read some articles suggesting that you should apply hyaluronic acid serum immediately after washing your face to remove as much surface oil as posible. This is because HA is water soluble and can not penetrate the surface oil on your skin but rather, it just sits there doing nothing. If this is true, will mixing your HA with lavender oil or hydrosols limit absorption? Also I can understand using distilled water to make HA serum because HA is water soluble, but hydrosols uses a different distilling process used to extract plant oils. Wouldn’t this make it poor choice for dissolving HA? I’m really confused, can you please help?

    • Hi David! There are different weights when it comes to HA. A high molecular weight won’t penetrate hardly at all but a low molecular weight will. Whatever you mix the HA in will also penetrate so you can stick to distilled water but I find that a hydrosol works so well. Distilled water is suggested due to issues with preserving. I specify distilled so that people won’t use tap water. Basically you can use any water based product to dissolve your HA, even aloe vera. Does this clear it up?

  38. Is this serum injectable grade? From what I understood, injectable grade HA is made form non-animal (possibly non-natural, meaning no plants either) sources so there is less risk of an allergic reaction. Can you buy injectable grade HA powder? (I’m a doctor)

    Thank you!

  39. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has now superseded collagen as the go-to ingredient. I get my hyaluronic acid from the Made from Earth Plant Stem Cell Moisturizer – its uses botanical hyaluronic acid.

    The main effect of this Made from Earth moisturizer is making my skin seem much fuller and plumped up. This doesn’t mean you will look fatter! The skin just looks much more healthy and glowing. It is a more youthful effect all round. It evens out the skin, so the tone is improved and the crow’s feet that were starting to take over are diminished gradually with use.

    Just a little bit is needed for one application – I am impressed

  40. Hi Jenni,
    I was just wondering if this serum can be used on the eye lids?

  41. Love your site! Thanks!

    Clump problem advice:
    If anyone is having trouble with clumps, just sprinkle the HA power over the COLD distilled water in a small glass jar, cover with Saran Wrap and it dissolves like magic over night, even in a few hours – no shaking necessary. Then pour through a sterilized funnel into a sterilized opaque glass jar with a dropper. I make tiny batches for myself, keep it in the fridge, and use a.m. and p.m.
    (1/8 teaspoon of HA powder sprinkled over 3 tablespoons cold distilled water). It is THE most amazing serum ever.

  42. I love making this. Here is what I do for my recipe.

    I use both low and high weight. I take distilled water, however I boil it in a pan that has first been rinsed with a 50/50 alcohol solution. I also use this solution on each tool I use and container. I use a glass beaker. I measure the H2O and put in the freezer. Once it’s very cold I add the HA. Then I put a ziplock (zipper bag over and around it. I close it 3/4 the way then suck the air out of it. This makes it less likely to grow bacteria in it over night. Then in the morning it is absorbed. At that point I stir in 1 teaspoon of 45,000 IU pure vitamin E oil and 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin. Sometimes I dip a toothpick in lavender oil and just dip it in the batch. I also make this in a bigger batch and use this on my legs. I don’t add Vitamin C because it tends to rub off your skin when mixed together. I prefer to make my own vitamin C with just the water and ascorbic acid which I spray on my body once every 2-3 days. I use the Vit C at night as well or sometimes when I’m out of the shower. I wait and don’t use the two products at the same exact time. This has kept my skin looking amazing for a long time now. I used to spend SO much $$$ on this elsewhere. I think you could also DIY a ferulic acid with the Vit C and E. I make this on occasion as well. I keep in the fridge for two weeks and if I”m traveling for work I put a preservative in it. 🙂

  43. I love this! Going to give it a try for sure (I’m making all DIY Christmas gifts and this would be the perfect addition)! I just have a few questions… I see some folks are saying they used witch hazel or rose water in lieu of distilled. If that is the case, would you still need a preservative? And would it extend the shelf life of this product? Additionally, would a small amount of carrot seed oil be an appropriate addition to the HA serum?

  44. Charlotte Jones says:

    I’ve made this serum using this recipe a handful of times now, it’s great! One thing I do differently instead of trying to mix the powder in is just to sprinkle it evenly on top of the water/preservative/essential oils in a glass, then cover it and put it in the fridge for a few hours. No mixing necessary! It ends up dissolving very evenly throughout the liquid with no lumps.
    Also I tried using half aloe vera juice, half water today, and it didn’t work. It didn’t “gel up,” it just stayed liquid. Just in case you ever wondered if that works.
    Thanks for all your awesome recipes!

    • Hi Charlotte! Thank you so much! I’ve been experimenting with the best way of getting the best consistency and am having a horrible time! Can I ask what brand hyaluronic acid you use?
      So you don’t shake it or anything? It just dissolves? What type of container do you use? I made a serum a couple nights ago in a dropper bottle and the serum was so thick, it wouldn’t go into the dropper! Sorry for all the questions-I’m on a mission to making this post “fool-proof”!!

      • Jenni,
        I also do not shake mine when I add the HA. I just sprinkle on top of the cold water, cover, and put in fridge for a few hours. It desolves on its own with absolutely no clumping. After it’s set, I add the lavender oil drops and stir with a glass rod. I make mine in a wide mouth jar, then transfer over to an airless pump dispenser once it’s all set and mixed.

  45. How do you know this will only last 2 weeks? What happens when it expires and how can you tell? I don’t want to toss out so much of this! It’s like I hardly used any of it and I used it for my whole face and neck every night for 2 weeks.
    I have some Vitamin E, could that be added at this point, when it’s 2 weeks old?

  46. Lucille Baranick says:

    Jenni
    I’ve had my low and high hydrolanic acid for a little over a year and I made a second batch today, I followed your direction to a tee and it didn’t firm up. Do you think it’s no longer good? Or is it still effective, I called up Lotion Crafter before I made it and they said it should still be good. What do you think is wrong?
    Thank you

    • Lucille-I do the same thing from batch to batch-one batch is too thick to get through a dropper, other batches are like water. I don’t have an answer as to why this happens. I do find that my HA powder has a very hard time dissolving. I end up having to mix it in a bullet or mini food processor after I’ve kept it in the fridge for 24 hours. This seems to help. I also stick to smaller batches (I was quadrupling my recipe) because the bigger batches are really watery. One more thought-Are you storing your water/hydrosol in the fridge so it’s really cold when you add the powder to it?

  47. Piper ODonnell says:

    Hello I followed your instructions but put the serum in three small pots and put them in the fridge for several days but it isn’t thickening at all, I even used a nutri bullet to mix it. Any ideas? should I add more of the HA?

    Thank you

    • Hi Piper-this is a problem with this HA powder. I have the same issues but it’s random. Sometimes they thicken, sometimes they don’t. Just because it doesn’t thicken doesn’t mean it isn’t good though. You could think about putting it in a spray bottle. I wish I had a better answer. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

  48. Hi I was trying to purchase the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum Powder (High Molecular Weight Sodium Hyaluronate) you have used and they do not ship that item to Canada. I tried amazon and resurrection beauty website same thing.
    I was wondering which HMW HA I should get instead?
    I found one that is 1.0 – 1.5 Million Daltons. Is that the same size as the one you used?

    • Lamya-Yes-1.0-1.5 is a high molecular weight. I only use the HMW now due to not being able to find the LMW as easily. It’s an immediate boost for your skin!

  49. Tangela Bernius says:

    I love your Rosehip Cypress Firming Cream! How would you adding the hyaluronic acid to that?

  50. Rita Doshi says:

    If I use both HMW and LMW would I put 1/8th tsp of both HMW and LMW or total of 1/8 tsp so 1/16th of HMW and 1/16th of LMW? Thanks

  51. Katelyn says:

    Hi I jyst ordered some cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid) i used a serum by consonant skincare called hydrextreme and it is AMAZING! But the price is not! At $150 canadian for 30ml of serum i thought i would see if i can make it myself. They use just 2 ingredients. Botanical hyaluronic acid and vegetable glycerin. Any suggestions on formulas and would I need a preservative? They don’t seem to use any. Thanks for any advice you can give!

    • Hi Katelyn! Well, first a mixture of only glycerin and HA would be incredibly gross because glycerin is super sticky. There has got to be more ingredients that they don’t mention. But then again-I’m not a chemist so there could be info. I’m missing! My guess is that it’s mostly water and there is a preservative. I looked it up and I can’t find hardly any info. on it. This serum recipe is worth a try. It gets great reviews and is easy to make. I mention the appropriate preservative as well. Good luck!

  52. Suzanne says:

    Now if we can just get a recipe for dissolving an overage of hyaluronic acid injections!

  53. Jes Ronning says:

    Stupid question, but can you use metal utensils when working with the HA? So excited to get the ingredients in the mail! Thanks!

  54. Elsie O'Keeffe says:

    Hi jenny
    Great stuff! May i know if this recipe is good for asian skin?
    Also, if we stop using it after some time, will the skin gets saggy?

  55. Is it OK to use the HA serum with the CQ10 serum ? I also use rosehip with a couple EOs for moisturizer. I want to do all I can for my skin. But I also don’t want to do the wrong thing. Is this all too much together? Or is it good to use it all? Thanks !!!

  56. Sorry I am confused, do you use 1/8 of high and an 1/8 of low hyaluronic powder when mixing with water 1/4 cup distilled water or when using both 1/2 cu distilled water. Have you noticed you like it better with both high n low?
    I have been looking for a blog like this for a long time. Great job!

    • Lauren-Sorry for the confusion! Use 1/8th of HA to 1/4 of water so it would be 1/16 of each.

      • Thanks for the reply. I made a batch w 1/4 distilled h20 n one with the other recipe that was just 2 TBS water plus helichrysum, etc. I wasn’t sure if both recipes had 1/4 cu water or not. They r in the fridge so time will tell.

  57. Hi Jenni, When making the hyaluronic acid serum, if you do add in the preservative, how long is the shelf life?

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