DIY: Hydrating Face Serum + Anti-Wrinkle Eye Oil

Hydrating Face Serum | Have you found your first gray hair yet? A recent inspection of my roots (to determine how long I could put off a highlighting appointment) found a whole crop of them. My head had been invaded! It was an aging slap in the face. Because, of course, I then went on a wrinkle hunt, and the evidence of my denial mounted.

Let the anti-aging research begin! I’ve discovered how good natural fruit acids are for reducing age spots and how older skin needs tons of moisture. Where did the oily days go? Now my face always feels like a poor man dying in the dessert. I’ve even changed my mind about face misters. Aren’t people who spritz their faces on planes were completely self-absorbed nuts? No! Giving your skin moisture throughout the day is definitely a good anti-aging idea.

Hydrating Face Serum

Hydrating Face Serum | That’s where this serum comes in. It’s a light moisturizer that hydrates with only a small amount of oil – your face feels soft and pampered but not greasy. Aloe hydrates and heals skin (though natural versions must be refrigerated) and glycerin is a natural humectant, which means that, like honey, it draws in moisture from the air.

Hydrating Serum Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 vitamin E capsule (optional)
  • 2-4 drops of essential oil like lavender, chamomile or rose

Combine ingredients in a small glass pump and shake well to combine. Apply to clean skin at night for a light, overnight moisturizer. Shake before each use if including the vitamin E capsule. Will last indefinitely if stored in the refrigerator.

Why jojoba oil?

Jojoba and avocado oil (see below) are two of my favorites for skin care recipes. Jojoba is an oil that’s very close to our skin’s natural oil, and you can use it for just about anything (much like coconut oil). It’s non comedogenic, so it won’t block pores, and, in fact, it helps oily skin level out oil generation. Plus it’s loaded with vitamin E, linoleic acid and antioxidants that regenerate skin cells.

But if you don’t have any jojoba on hand you can totally make this recipe without it, and it will still be excellent for your skin.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum | Now for the eyes! You can definitely use a heavier (read: oilier) combination here as the tissue around your eyes is very thin and obviously more prone to wrinkles.

Why avocado oil?

Avocado oil is perfect for your eyes because its abundant fatty acids help balance skin’s moisture levels, and the high levels of vitamins A, C and E rejuvenate dry skin and remove those pesky free radicals that age skin.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum | After you apply the facial serum at night, tap a tiny amount of eye cream around the crease of your eye. A little goes a long way – if you go overboard slathering it on you’ll get it in your eyes and it will sting a bit (yep, learned this the hard way!).

Anti-wrinkle eye serum

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup aloe vera
  • 1 vitamin E capsule (optional)

Melt the coconut oil if needed and combine ingredients in a dark glass bottle, preferably one with a dropper. Shake well to combine. Put 3-5 drops onto your finger and pat into the skin around your eye before bed. If you add the vitamin E capsule you’ll need to shake before each use.

Note: you can add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa butter to the recipe if you prefer a more solid cream. Cocoa butter is another major moisturizer and can make it easier to apply (it won’t slide around as much).


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  1. Rhonda says

    Thanks for the great recipe I can’t wait to try!! I have been using natural homemade beauty products for some time now, but I am new and curious to the benefits of facial serums, so this is very helpful to me :-) I also have a great tip for all of you!! Honey!!! Raw organic honey (not the kind in the plastic bear shaped bottle) wash your face with it and it moisturizes and kills bacteria and fungus, its so beneficial to skin, and also a great gentle exfoliant too!! Just make sure it is raw and organic!! The processed junk in the plastic bear has no benefits for your skin because all the skin loving qualities have been processed right out if it :) hope you all love this as much as I do! Good luck!

  2. Annie says

    Hi thank you for sharing the recipe.
    I have everything in hand but my aloe Vera gel expired.
    Haven’t had a chance to get a new one as yet.
    Is it necessary to include?

    Please advise.
    Thank you

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  4. Cathy Schmidt says

    Thank God I found you again!!! I didn’t pin it when I came across it first time and since then I’ve acquired the ingred. and no instructions. Thank much. I too, am getting “older” and hope it’s not too late to get some results (good, or better)! It just “snuck ” up on me and this “older” gal can’t stand the lines! So thank you again!

    • says

      You could probably use regular glycerin…not sure there would be much of a difference. We prefer to use the vegetable non-GMO, but that’s just personal preference. You could use either.

  5. Terry says

    Where in Eastern Pennsylvania does one obtain these ingredients? I have no idea where to begin but I would like to use natural ingredients on my face now that I am getting up there in age (65) and I’m lost. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Terry M.

    • says

      Hey Terry! I would look online maybe someplace like or I think these ingredients are available that way. If you have a health food or a Whole Foods near you, that is another option.

  6. says

    Been using almond oil [under my eyes ]and jojoba oil alone on my face for a while, love the results but think i’ll give this a try. Especially the eye oil.

    • says

      Dana, the glycerin is important because it is very moisturizing. I don’t know else you could substitute with the same effects. I get mine from Whole Foods. It’s about $8 for a giant bottle.

    • gerbermom says

      I know, this was the first time I had used glycerin too but I love it. The aloe by itself is nice but adding the glycerin definitely adds moisture without a lot of oil.

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