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Oil you need for glowing skin

You may have heard a lot of talk about “serums” in skincare but are not really sure what they are or when you should use them.  A serum is the powerhouse of your skincare regime.   It helps boost hydration, encourage cell turnover and contains natural occurring antioxidants that help  buffer environmental damage that occurs during the day.   If your skin is looking dull and needs a boost, a serum is probably what it’s crying out for.

A serum can replace your moisturiser, but often it goes on underneath and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation at night.

If you are new to making your own skincare, serums are a great place to start.  First, pick a good base carrier oil such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia or other (see “Oils and their properties” below).    Sweet almond oil is a good place to start if you don’t really know which to choose – it’s light, it absorbs easily and is full of skin-loving vitamins. 

Then, choose an essential oil to complement your skin type – lavender is perfect if your skin is normal to dry, and tea tree oil if it’s oily.  Other options below.

How to mix your serum
First, source some small amber glass bottles – with a dropper is ideal (try etsy or ebay).
Add your almond oil, or other base carrier oil, leaving a small amount of room at the top.  You can buy tiny funnels for this purpose, which helps avoid spills.  Add a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30g of carrier oil.  Note: for very oily or blemished skin, you can use aloe vera gel as a base for your serum, instead of oils.

How to use
Use your serum nightly after cleaning and toning.  If you have dry skin, wait 10 minutes after applying and then apply your normal moisturiser or anti-ageing cream.  If your skin is normal to oily, you might feel more comfortable skipping the moisturiser.

Oils and their properties

  • Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9)

Key oils:  Rosehip, Argan oil, Sesame

A must-have for skin health, EFA’s support cell structure by reinforcing the membrane to lock in moisture and help calm many skin conditions.  They deeply replenish skin moisture levels and help protect the skin agains premature ageing, leaving the skin soft, supple and revitalised.


  • Rapid Skin Penetration

Key oils: Jojoba oil, avocado oil, sweet almond and macadamia oils

These oils penetrate rapidly to offer deep moisturisation to both the skin and scalp, locking away moisture and increasing skin elasticity.  For this reason, jojoba oil for example is often associated with the effective management of dryness as a result of psoriasis, where the skin’s moisture balance is thrown out by excessive skin-cell reproduction.


  • Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic

Key oils: Lavender, Tangerine, Tea Tree Oil.

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils are key oils in this category because of their versatility.  Lavender is renowned as an effective anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, helping to balance redness and promote healing.  Tangarine, along with Mandarin and other citrus-type oils are good for cleansing and detoxyifying.  Tea Tree oil is unique in that it has antibacterial properties, and has long been used in the management of blemishes and mild acne.

Essential oils also make wonderful additions to skin care (used sparingly) helping to add fragrance and invoke positive moods and emotions.