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Today is the super talented Jennifer from Jenni Rain Cloud. Jennifer is a total skin whisperer – an aesthetician who truly understands how pure ingredients affect the skin. Check out her lovely creations on her Etsy shop, they are so yummy looking. And now, enjoy this recipe for an anti-aging potion. xo, Becca

anti-aging serum

A serum helps boost the action of your cleanser, toner and moisturizer. It is a potent cocktail designed to give your skin the results you desire.

This serum contains a blend of Macadamia Nut Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and an essential oil blend.

Macadamia Nut oil contains palmitoleic acid which is normally found in skin, but as we age we don’t produce it as readily. Palmitoleic Acid has many great anti aging qualities. Some of these compounds have been found to decrease the rate in which the skin matures and it also decreases the signs of aging! Macadamia Nut oil also contains antioxidants which attack free radicals in the skin. Free radicals speed up the signs of aging. Antioxidants kill free radicals. So, the more antioxidants the better. This oil has anti inflammatory properties which will help heal blemishes. It’s a light, non greasy oil that the skin absorbs quickly. It also helps to soften and moisturize the skin.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is an excellent oil for aging skin. It absorbs quickly but leaves a light barrier that holds moisture in the skin. It’s softening and moisturizing power is amazing. It provides natural protection from the sun and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is rich in Vitamins C and E. Meadowfoam Seed Oil is ultra rejuvenating.

Frankincense Essential Oil helps to repair and renew skin cells. It also has pH balancing properties.

Lavender is calming to the skin as well as moisturizing.

Myrtle Essential Oil is excellent for reviving a sluggish thyroid. It is antibacterial and anti fungal.

These 3 oils (frankincense, lavender, and myrtle) together pack quite a punch, not to mention their intoxicating smell.

Anti Aging Skin Serum

  • 2 tbsp. Macadamia Nut Oil (like this)
  • 1.5 tbsp. Meadowfoam Seed Oil (like this)
  • 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (like this)
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (like this)
  • 5 drops Myrtle Essential Oil (like this)

Add all ingredients to a glass bottle. This recipe makes 2 oz. I like to use a dropper for a lid because this serum is so potent you don’t need much. You can also recycle 15ml essential oil bottles. Four 15ml bottles equal 2 oz.

To Use: Apply this serum at night. All ingredients quickly absorb but it is a rich serum and works best on clean skin. Apply after a toner and skip your moisturizer. An added bonus is that the lavender might just help you sleep better. This serum should be used daily. Wash your skin as usual in the morning and proceed with a toner and moisturizer.

This serum has a shelf life of around 2 years, but I like to make small batches in order to ensure potency.

About Jennifer

Jennifer has been in the skin care world for over a decade. She believes beautiful skin comes from the inside out. In order to achieve youthful skin a healthy lifestyle must be in place. If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin are her words to live by. She sells her skin care products on Etsy, runs her “at home spa” for close clients and blogs full time. 


38 Responses to Anti Aging Facial Serum

  1. Astrid Castella says:

    this article was just to interesting … so I would like to get your newsletter. Maybe I’ll find more “stuff” of interest 🙂 Thank you for this informative one !!

  2. Glenda says:

    what oil would you recommend instead of macadamia nut oil? my mum is very allergic to macadamia nuts and some others she is also allergic to peanuts and I am allergic to pistachios, cashews and anything from the shellfish or latex families like bananas. I mean proper anaphylaxis allergies not intolerances.
    many thanks.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi Glenda, It’s Jenni Raincloud-You can replace Macadamia Nut Oil with any oil that would pertain to her skin type. If she is dry, olive oil or jojoba is a great choice. If she has problem skin or is more on the oily side, coconut oil is great. For sensitive skin, coconut oil is amazing because it is so healing and soothing. For a more anti aging action I would up the Meadowfoam and Frankincense. While Macadamia Nut Oil is excellent for aging skin, Frankincense really packs a punch and Meadowfoam Seed Oil is known to reduce aging and wrinkles. For example-2.5 TBSP Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 1 TBSP Olive Oil, 15 drops of Frankincense, 10 drops of Lavender,, and 5 drops of Myrtle. Hope this helps!

  4. Val Lucas says:

    Hi Jenni, I have never heard of MeadowFoam seed oil here in Australia. What can I use instead . Many thanks Val

  5. Jennifer says:

    Hi Val! It really depends on your skin type. For dry skin I’d use olive oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil. For sensitive skin I would use Apricot Kernel oil and for all skin types Almond Oil works well. Coconut oil is wonderful too but depending on how warm or cold your bathroom (or wherever you would store your serum) it could solidify. If you don’t mind gently warming it nightly(you could put it in the shower with you so the steam would liquify it) then it would be doable-it is great for the skin, especially oilier problem skin. Macadamia nut oil is so good that you could just use 100% macadamia oil and essential oils too. I hope this helps!
    Jenni Raincloud

  6. Nicole says:

    I’ve been struggling with melasma for years! Are there any oils that would lighten it along with the anti aging benefits? I’m so tired of it and use sunscreen and a hat! Thanks in advance!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Hi Nicole, Jenni Raincloud here-Honestly I am working on a skin brightening serum using all citrus oils-my hope is that the oils will help lighten pigmentation, but I haven’t used it long enough to know the results. I do have a post on a Vitamin C mask and serum. Vitamin C is amazing for anti aging and lightening spots. It’s now as luxurious as the anti aging and it’s a bit tricky-vitamin C comes in powder form and when mixed with a liquid it becomes unstable. It’s shelf life after mixed is only a week. This serum is easy to make but you must make it weekly. Results are fast and it’s worth it. Here is the post for the serum- and the post for the mask is here- Hope this helps. Feel free to visit me and Jenni Raincloud if you have more questions!! Thanks.

  8. Nicole says:

    Thanks! I subscribed to your blog, so I’ll be on the look out for the lightning serum and I’ll give the vitamin a try.

  9. Naduah Rugely says:

    I am a health and fitness enthusiast and prefer nearly all DIY solutions to commercial products. As a model and actress I am obligated to not only look healthy on a daily basis, but be informed about long term solutions. I am very excited about coming across your page and can hardly wait to mix this serum. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to following your posts!

  10. Nicole says:

    Can you use this at the same time as the vitamin c serum?

  11. Nicole says:

    Can you use this at the same time as the vitamin c serum?

  12. Nicole, Yes, you can use this at the same time as the Vitamin C serum. I would use the Vitamin C serum before bed and the anti aging serum in the morning as your moisturizer. If you are really dry you can apply your moisturizer over the serum!


  13. Naduah, Thank you!

  14. bridget adams says:

    can’t wait to find all ingredients for your anti aging facial serum and make it…………. lost a lot of weight, and my face broke out with a terrible case of wrinkles!!! lol have spent more money on commercial products than I can afford trying to find something to help……… w/o much success……….
    I’m retired and in the past few years, I have gone as “natural” with my food as I can afford………my health has improved, so I’m hoping with your serum, my skin will do the same!!! I now have you on Facebook……..looking forward to learning more from your posts…………..

  15. Upma says:

    Hi thx fr yr advice… I read on the net abt applying olive oil n lemon juice on under eye dark circles.. Not much help .. Do u recommend anything else effective n natural..??

  16. Sandi says:

    Can you recommend a reputable website that carries these ingredients?

  17. Sandi says:

    Can you recommend a reputable website that carries these ingredients?

  18. becca says:

    Upma – for dark circles under your eyes, try cucumber, cotton balls soaked in cold milk, or a cold metal spoon!

    Sandi – I link to the ingredients on Amazon above, but you can also find great quality ingredients on Mountain Rose Herbs.

  19. kathy says:

    Hi, I want to make a face product (cream or serum)with peptides in it. Do you know a formula?

    • Hi Kathy! Peptides help your skin produce more collagen so I’m all for it! I’ve never thought about using them in my own lotions-I have no idea where you could find them-do you have a source? I’d love to know more!

  20. Nicole says:

    Hi Jenni,
    I’ve been using your eye stick I purchased from you and now just started using this serum. So far, I love it! I had been using retina a for acne and anti aging purposes, but with this weather I took a break from it. What are your thoughts on retina a? I haven’t decided if I am going to use it again, but if I do, can it be used with this serum for moisturizing benefits or should I create my own serum? What oils and EO’s would you recommend? My skin is normally combination. Thanks for all try help! I love reading your blog!

    • Hi Nicole! That’s awesome! I actually don’t mind retin-A. It is full of chemicals but when you have acne sometimes you have to hit the hard stuff. It is very drying. It’s a good idea to take a break from it. When you start back up you for sure can use the serum-it is very moisturizing and would help to replenish. Essential oils that I recommend for combo skin is usually lavender, rosemary, frankincense, ylang ylang, and geranium. Thanks!!

  21. jacque says:

    Curious if there is an effective sub for the myrtle oil? Also I noticed in this post, you commented that the meadowfoam seed oil could be replaced with more macadamia nut oil. Is that an okay sub in your eye stick recipe with the same effectiveness? Thanks so much!

    • Jennifer says:

      Jacque-You can omit the Myrtle all together if you’d like. Frankincense and Lavender are great on their own! and Yes, you can sub macadamia nut oil for meadowfoam, but meadowfoam is an amazing oil for the skin, I would consider buying it! Thanks!

  22. Chris says:

    Hi Jenni,

    I am having a blast exploring your site and learning so much! Thanks for all the good information and fabulous recipes. Really amazing. I love both the Vit C mask and Vit C serum. Getting ready to make and try the Brow Thickening and Lash Lengthening Serums. Can’t wait! Question about the Anti Aging Serum. I am a Tretinoin user. Has made a huge difference in my skin. I am wanting to know if I can apply this Anti Aging Serum on top of the Tretinoin after about 10-15 minutes. Thanks!

    • Jennifer says:

      Chris-Thank you so much!! This recipe is so pure and simple that it would be fine to use with Tretinoin-In fact, I think this serum will be very soothing and nourishing to your skin after using tretinoin. Good luck!

  23. Kelly says:

    What about adding in Rosehip oil to this anti-aging serum?

  24. Karine says:

    I am looking for an anti aging serum for fine lines around my eyes. Is this one safe? I also took a look at your vitamin C serum, would that one work as well?

  25. Denise says:

    Is this serum only for night use? why shouldn’t be use during the day?

    • Becca says:

      The benefit of putting it on at night is you go right to bed afterwards so you could be sweating or putting on makeup to mess with it. That being said, I’m sure you skin would be happy to have it on during the daytime as well! xo!

  26. dianne says:

    I’m in my late twenties and have the very beginnings of fine lines. Would it make sense to begin using “youth serums” sort of preemptively or will this have any effect at this age? Love all the info you’ve shared with us. Thank you for the posts!

  27. Vicki says:

    Hey, Jenni! Thanks for all the time and effort you have put in to provide us with recipes and anti aging information. I want to know if all vitamin C crystals/powders will work just as effectively in a diy serum? I asked for a vitamin C powder to make my own serum at a local health food store. Natures Plus Vitamin C Micro Crystals was recommended. Upon closer inspection of the listed ingredients, I found only that it was derived from “natural sources” and was gluten free and vegetarian. Will this powder work effectively in your recipe? Thank you, V

  28. Nora says:

    Hi Jenni, I can hardly wait to try this serum! I do have a question, though. Is there an alternative to myrtle essential oil? I have all ingredients except for this one.

    Thanks in advance!

  29. Barbara Ann says:

    I simply love all your DIY recipes for everything! You are awesome to share with the rest of us women (and possibly men, too). I would greatly appreciate it to be on your list to receive more DIY recipes. Thanks so much!

  30. Ancil Adrian-Paul says:

    Great blog and amazing information. Am just doing a course on serums so really looking for great formulation ideas for super effective serums. Also struggling with combination problem skin – acneic, breakouts etc. Your information really useful. Looking for ideas for super active ingredients to help soften, clear pigmentation and scars. You said Rosehip is comodogenic – what can be used instead? Please do not publish my email.

    Thank you.

  31. Sue says:

    Hi tried this and love it but now notice that the small amount I made about a month ago has become cloudy with little black dots in it. Is there a shelf life for this mix? Is this normal. Thanks. ps – I bought new high quality ingredients.

  32. Susan says:

    I was wondering what the shelf life is of this serum? And should it be refrigerated which will likely prolong the shelf life? I’m concerned about the post from Sue on 3/23/16. Thank you!

  33. Judy says:

    I would like to make this serum, but I was wondering if the frankincense, Lavender & Myrtle essential oils just add fragrance, or are they beneficial in other ways? I am very sensitive to smells, so I don’t know if I could tolerate them. Thanks!

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