To Botox or Not, That is The Question
Too High a Price?
Would you pay $295.00 for a face serum?
Would the fact it contained a synthetic chemical based on the snake venom of the Malaysian temple viper sway you?
Well, on a recent survey of face and eye serums this was one of the startling ingredients I found listed (Syn-ake).
Said to give a Botox like effect similar to a snake bite venom which can cause paralyzes in its prey, it is an ingredient a handful of cosmetic companies now include in their anti-aging products.
Temple Viper Snake Tropidolaemus wagleri
- Anti-Aging Serum with Vitamin C and Camu Camu
This is a fresh potent recipe to make your own anti-aging serum which will rival commercial brands. Rich in Vitamin C it includes Camu Camu from the Amazonian Rainforest which is a superfood for skin.
Homemade Serums ~
I know what way I sway and having a real problem with this I decided to put together my own luxury “high end” face serum. The oils being used have proven benefits for the skin and cost a fraction of $295 for the same quantity. In fact if you spent that amount you could buy all the ingredients, bottle and 22 oz worth of product!
I used three carrier oils and four essential oils for my serum but you could create your own based on your own skin type, skin needs and budget. If you intend on making more beauty products for yourself, for friends, as gifts or for a spa night then these are definitely cost effective.
Another great way of minimizing cost is to get a few friends who are interested in making it, buy the ingredients and split the cost (including post and packaging if buying online) between you.
- Rejuvenating Under-Eye Serum
Who needs botox or eye lifts when we have natures very own rejuvenating oils readily available? Here is a simple, no nonsense homemade eye serum using 3 oil ingredients; Baobab, Jojoba and Carrot.
What is a Face Serum?
Serums are oil based liquids with active ingredients including antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. They will have smaller molecules than moisturizes and therefore are designed to penetrate deep within the layers of the skin.
Luxury Mosturizer and Serum
What is The Difference Between a Moisturizer and a Serum?
This is a common question asked and one I have been asked numerous times over the years. Is it necessary to use both? Can I use one or the other?
Serums whilst adding a degree of moisture are primarily designed to absorb and penetrate into the three layers of skin, the Epidermis (top layer), the Dermis (the middle layer) and the bottom layer known as the Hypodermis.
The tiny molecules present in oils make this possible and why in homemade serums it is base or carrier oils and essential oils that are used.
Moisturizers are generally thicker creams or lotions with larger molecules that may only penetrate the top layer of skin where they can hydrate the skin and seal in moisture. Serums can really benefit skin conditions at “ground root level” such as skin elasticity, wrinkles and dehydration.
Serums work best when applied after cleansing and toning the skin when the skin is still slightly damp.
Follow with your regular moisturizer which you can think of as locking in your serum and all the nutritional benefits in the layers.
Use serums whenever you feel your skin needs an extra boost or incorporate it into your daily routine morning and night or once a day (night preferably when the skin is at rest).
Facial Serum With Camu
- Rosehip Seed Oil: Why This Miracle Skincare Product Will Be The Next Coconut Oil
We often come across the words "rosehip seed oil" while reading the ingredients list on skincare products. But it wasn't until former Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr name dropped it as the secret to her radiant complexion that we explored more.
Luxurious Face Serum ~
½ oz Rosehip Seed Oil