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DIY natural skincare is growing in popularity because of how effective it is at improving the health of the skin. And while transitioning to using coconut oil for skin care is fairly easy to do, creating your own DIY facial serum recipe can be a bit more intimidating.

So, to help you in your quest to create the perfect DIY facial serum, let’s explore why using a DIY facial serum just might prove to be amazing for your skin.

What are Facial Serums?

Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers that contain a concentrated amount of nourishing ingredients. Typically, facial serums are a mixture of high quality oils and extracts that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating properties.

Facial serums are best applied to clean skin, and can be applied both in the morning and at night depending on your needs. When following a natural skincare routine, facial serum should be applied after cleaning your face with coconut oil or another oil, and after using a toner like an apple cider vinegar facial toner.

While serums aren’t absolutely necessary for healthy skin, they are very helpful for improving lipid barrier function, decreasing dryness, and adding a bit of additional moisturizer to the face post-cleanse.

Now, let’s find your perfect diy facial serum combination, shall we?

Finding Your Perfect DIY Facial Serum

Below, I have listed a nourishing DIY facial serum recipe that is suitable for all skin types. In this recipe, jojoba oil is the base oil, and argan oil is the premium oil. Premium oils tend to be a bit more expensive because they have unique characteristics; however, because they are so nourishing, a little goes a long way.

Under “other options,” I’ve listed additional DIY facial serum recipes you can try out based on whether your skin tends to be dry, oily, or normal. While the original recipe is a great place to start as it’s great for all skin types, there is always room to explore other options.

No matter what your skin type is, it’s best to do a patch test on your skin to see how it reacts to a specific oil blend before applying it to your entire face. If you are allergic to a specific food ingredient like nuts, please do NOT apply it to your skin.

And lastly, please be aware that essential oils should be used with care. Please educate yourself about an essential oil and its affects before applying it to your skin.

DIY Facial Serum Recipe


1 tbsp jojoba oil
1/2 tbsp argan oil
2-4 drops lavender essential oil


Pour the base oil and premium oil into a 1 oz amber glass bottle using a small funnel. Add drops of essential oil. Close the bottle, and shake well to combine ingredients. Store in a cool, dark place away from sunlight.

When applying to face, just a few drops will do the trick. Be sure to apply the DIY facial serum after cleaning and toning. After applying, allow 10-15 minutes for the DIY facial serum to fully absorb.

Other options:

DIY Facial Serum for Dry Skin:

Base oil: Avocado oil
Premium oil: Emu oil
Essential oil: Myrrh oil

DIY Facial Serum for Oily Skin:

Base oil: Hemp Seed Oil
Premium oil: Evening primrose oil
Essential oil: Lemon oil

DIY Facial Serum for Normal Skin:

Base oil: Sweet almond Oil
Premium oil: Rosehip seed oil
Essential oil: Ylang Ylang oil

Is it OK to use an oil-based facial serum if I have dry/oily skin?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer: Dry skin occurs when our skin lacks appropriate oil, resulting in rough, dry or flaky skin. Applying nourishing oils topically helps restore the lipid barrier, which reduces water loss, inhibits peroxidative and oxidative damage (because wrinkles), and improves antimicrobial function on the surface of the skin.[5][6]

If your skin overproduces oil, applying nourishing oils can also help to exfoliate skin because it breaks up and dissolves excess oil without striping the skin of its natural lipid barrier. It also helps to restore lipid barrier function, which can help your skin regulate oil production.

Got questions about this DIY facial serum? Want to share your favorite serum combinations? Share below—I’d love to hear about it!

Live empowered,


DIY Facial Serum (for all skin types!) - Coconuts & Kettlebells

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