I talked about the exciting skin benefits of Squalane last week. Read all about it HERE. Today I’m sharing a serum I created incorporating squalane. I have been using this serum for over a week now and am loving it! I have mentioned that I have very dry skin and this year it’s gotten away from me to where I’m having a hard time getting rid of dry patches. I find the key to managing dry skin is to not let your skin get overly dry in the first place but once it is, consistent oil cleansing and a really good serum and facial oil will help but it’s not an immediate fix. Incorporating this serum has gone a long way for me.
This serum is different from a pure facial oil. It’s lighter then a facial oil and even when you add oils to the squalane, it soaks in quickly. It leaves my skin feeling very well hydrated and extremely soft. I find it works very well under makeup.
Squalane has so many jobs it can do for the skin. First off, it’s a great moisturizer. It penetrates quickly and deeply, nourishing the skin and relieving dryness. It is balancing and can relieve overly oily skin types as well. It is also antibacterial and non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores). It stimulates circulation encouraging blood flow and fights free radicals. Have I mentioned it’s extremely affordable?!
I decided to add evening primrose to this serum. Evening primrose oil boosts circulation and is high in omega 6 fatty acids. It can be extremely helpful for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Evening primrose can reduce inflammation and redness as well encourage cell growth and function. It is one of my favorite oils to use on my skin.
I added rose essential oil to my serum. Normally I would steer clear of an oil that is so expensive but I decided it was time to start trying it out for research sake. It’s a great oil for dry skin as well as aging skin. In fact, I think rose is THE beauty oil period. I have also read that it helps other ingredients penetrate deeper for better results. The smell is simply amazing too. When using rose, you have to be careful to choose the pure, undiluted product. Many companies dilute rose since it is so expensive and you end up getting only 5%. I’m very happy I purchased rose and added it to this serum. If you are wanting to make high end skin care, then rose is an absolute must.
Vitamin E is an anti aging favorite. Since it is an antioxidant, it blocks free radicals from harming your skin. It also reverses free radical damage like brown spots, loss of collagen and elastin. It can be very nourishing, remedying a lack of moisture.
Feel free to customize this serum to fit your skin’s needs. If you are oily and trying to balance oil production and clear skin you might want to consider tamanu oil or jojoba instead of evening primrose. Also, I would go with tea tree, ylang ylang and lavender instead of rose.
DIY Squalane Serum:
- In a 1 ounce glass dropper bottle or treatment pump fill 1/2 way full with squalane.
- Add 2 tsp. of non GMO vitamin E.
- Fill to the top with evening primrose oil.
- Add essential oils.
- Replace cap and shake.
- Use 5-8 drops morning and night.
- If needed, use before your moisturizer and apply moisturizer after serum has soaked into skin.
As I always say, your DIY is only as good as the quality of your ingredients. Purchasing high quality essential oils and carrier oils can seem expensive but most of them have a long shelf life and will give you great results. Plus, you can make lots of different beauty products for months and even years to come. I have linked the ingredients I used in my serum throughout the post and in the recipe.
I hope you love this serum as much as I do! It’s so easy to make and my skin couldn’t be happier!