This DIY hyaluronic acid serum recipe has become one of the most popular recipes and I can understand why. A hyaluronic acid serum can be a powerful anti aging tool! It’s a water based serum which is extremely beneficial for acting as a vehicle to get a facial oil deeper into the skin but much more importantly, hyaluronic acid has incredible anti aging benefits for skin!
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
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. According to several studies, hyaluronic acid plumps fine lines and wrinkles and also improves the skin’s elasticity.
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!
Hyaluronic acid is responsible for managing the water content of our skin. It grabs and holds on to water. 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!
- Repairs the barrier of our skin.
- Eradicates free-radical damage.
- Smooths and softens skin.
- Increases elasticity!
- Heals damaged tissue.
- Protects from UV rays.
Hyaluronic acid is water soluble and can be added to a water based ingredient to make a gel. It is so simple to make-You pick your water base (distilled water, aloe vera or hydrosols), sprinkle hyaluronic acid over the top, close the lid and shake. Put it in the fridge overnight and the serum will have thickened and be ready for use!
High Molecular Weight vs. Low Molecular Weight
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. However, what I noticed when I use this serum 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 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.
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).
DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum Recipe:
1/4 cup Distilled water
- 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.
- Add the hyaluronic acid on the top of the water.
- 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.
- Put your serum in the fridge. Over the next couple of hours your serum will thicken and the clumps will dissolve.
- Apply morning and/or night after toning and before moisturizing.
My Personal DIY Hyaluronic Acid Serum Recipe:
5 drops of lavender essential oil
You can use any hydrosol you like or you can simply just use distilled water. I do use a preservative and I also store it in the fridge. You’d be surprised how amazing a cold HA serum feels first thing in the morning but with the preservative, the fridge is not necessary. I just find that the cool 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.
I’m going to work on a recipe for a face cream that we can add the 1% hyaluronic acid serum into it! 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 hyaluronic acid serum recipe. It’s so rewarding to make effective anti aging products for a fraction of the cost of a high-end product. This recipe couldn’t be easier to make!
Plus, If you’d like to skip the DIY and buy my Wrinkle Defense Hyaluronic Acid Serum-find it HERE.