My Favorite Homemade Anti Aging Serum Recipes

My homemade anti aging serum is very intensive, it will help your moisturizer penetrate the skin & boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.

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My homemade anti aging serum recipes are very intensive and highly concentrated, if you use one of these under your homemade moisturizer it will help it penetrate the skin. It will also boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.

homemade anti aging serum

Serums are the hottest new skincare treatment in Europe right now and so they should be. These skin-nourishing serums can slow down the early signs of aging, soften the appearance of wrinkles, brighten, firm, and hydrate the skin.

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Why Make A Anti-Aging Serum?

  • I have written before in more detail about the costs and benefits of making homemade facial oil recipes using only oils. Store-bought serums are very expensive and to be honest you can easily make a diy anti-aging serum that’s just as good if not better, not to mention that it will be fresher than any of those overpriced treats.
  • We are generally looking at making a serum for around ten percent of the cost over the counter. Yes, the oils can be expensive to buy up front but a little goes a long way, so once you have your supply it will save you a small fortune in the long run.
  • As I make face serum recipes using only natural oils they have an 18 month shelf life.
  • These oils are 100% natural & pure, they should be the number one beneficial ingredient in all over the counter moisturizers.
  • Before we start I would like to be clear that a serum should never replace your moisturizer, it’s designed to complement and help maximise the effectiveness of a moisturizer during my 3 step natural facial at home.


Commercial serums generally all contain silicone which is hotly debated right now. In my opinion, although they are not natural they are probably quite safe as long as they are used sparingly. Silicone is the ingredient that creates the smooth silky feeling you get from a commercial anti wrinkle serum as it glides over the skin so effortlessly.

I don’t use silicone as I feel that its not generally necessary to get a great result but if you are giving as a gift and want that extra special touch you might want to consider using a silicone. I would avoid the heavy ones and go for something like cyclomethicone which is available on Amazon.

Olive Squalane

olive squalane for making serums
Olive Squalane For Making Serums

Olive squalane is used throughout all of my diy ant-aging serums, its a great substitute for the commercial silicone used in most over the counter products. Its derived from Mediterranean olive oil, an excellent choice for face creams, eye treatments and serums.

Squalane is actually produced by our bodies when we are young and helps to protect and moisturize our skin. Olive squalane is often referred to as the ‘miracle that comes in a bottle’ or the ‘face lift in a bottle’ because of its wonderful skin conditioning properties, it glides across the skin and like silicone it feels nice and silky.

Olive squalane also acts an antibacterial helping to preserve your serum. It’s an excellent oil to have around and can be used to treat rashes and dried skin areas. It can be added to almost any cosmetic recipe to enhance it and also comes with a very good long shelf so it shouldn’t go to waste.

How To Make Anti Aging Serum At Home

All of my serum recipes have an 18 month shelf life and are quick and easy to make. They are all made from liquid ingredients and require no heating.

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Each wrinkle serum recipe makes approx 50 grams which is just under 2 oz . Serums usually come in small quantities so 50 grams is a good amount to divide up into smaller bottles which is easier to store in your fridge to keep optimum for even longer.

I’ve divided mine into two separate 2 oz dropper bottles (or 2x 50ml). I may have been able to squeeze it all in to one 2 oz bottle but I wanted to leave a little extra space for the dropper and to be sure I that I don’t waste anything!

At least one of them will be for personal use and I’ll store the other bottle in the fridge until I need more or I will use it as a gift. If gifting I would consider using the airless serum bottles for a better effect. Don’t throw out your glass bottles or jars as they can easily be sterilized and reused.

In the photos below I am making the cell renewal serum recipe.

homemade anti aging serum

This is my favorite homemade anti-aging serum, when I found this recipe it was promoted as being fantastic for dull, tired or more mature skin. And I wasn’t disappointed, I could actually feel the difference right away, but I was amazed at the change in my skin after using it for a few weeks!

homemade anti aging serum

My DIY Face Serum Recipe

This is my favorite diy face serum. I could actually feel the difference right away, but I was amazed at the change in my skin after using it for a few weeks!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 50 grams
Author: Angela Wills
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  • To mix the ingredients place a small empty bowl on your digital scale and set it to zero on grams.
    Start pouring the first ingredient and pour until it measures the required weight which is 35 grams of olive squalane.
    35 grams Olive Squalane
    Place your beaker onto your digital scale
  • I then pour in the 10 grams of evening primrose oil taking the scale to 45g.
    10 grams Evening Primrose Oil
    Then add your evening primrose oil
  • Followed by 5 grams of avocado oil taking the scale to 50g.
    5 grams Avocado Oil
    Then add your avocado oil
  • The last ingredient is the 4 drops of Neroli essential oil. Finish by pouring into your dropper bottles or airless pump bottle.
    4 drops Neroli Essential Oil
    Add essential oils and transfer to your serum or dropper bottle
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Difficulty: Easy

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How To Use:

  • Remember to shake your serum well before using, as you can see in the picture below the oils can divide.
  • Apply all over your face then leave to settle for a couple of minutes before adding your homemade moisturizer.
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More Serum Recipes:

Precious Oil Serum For Dry Skin

Packed full of wonderful anti ageing moisturizing loveliness. When creating a homemade serum I try to go with light oils that can penetrate the skin easily without greasiness that will still hold all the active ingredients deep within the skin.


Expensive Treat

Argon oil and Rose are so expensive that I thought about not including this recipe. But once you’ve tried this blend you will understand why I did, as this recipe as it makes a wonderful homemade gift for someone special.


Eye Area Serum

Use this around the eyes being careful not to get it in your eyes! You are  better off storing this in 1 oz bottles as only a small amount is used each time.


Lip Serum

Use on chapped and sore lips.


Overnight Serum

A with my overnight wrinkle cream let this work away while you sleep!


I can say with confidence all of these homemade anti-aging serums work well and you wont be disappointed… Enjoy

Check out more homemade skin care recipes here.

How to Make A Wrinkle Cream At Home!

This homemade wrinkle cream recipe is fantastic, it’s one of the first overnight creams I ever made. Aside from being considerably cheaper than commercial store-bought creams, you’ll find it much gentler on your skin and often far more effective.

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Angela Wills

Hi, I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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Discussion (31 Comments)

    • Hi Maria,

      Castor oil is not a great preservative. If you’re looking for something for an oil all recipe, you’ll want to use either vitamin e or rosemary co2 extract as your antioxidant. I prefer vitamin e, as it has almost no odor, and won’t affect your scent profile.

      If you’re trying to preserve a water-based serum, you’ll want to make use of a broad-spectrum preservative that is effective against both gram positive and negative bacteria. Something like Geogard, Saliguard (Plantaserve P) or Preservative Eco will work just fine.

    • Hi Janet,

      There really is no good substitute I’m afraid. Squalane is such a unique ingredient. However, you could try and make use of some hydrolysed silk peptide, but you just won’t get the same benefits.

  1. Hi & thank you for your recipes! I just have a question about Maracuja oil (I’ve been seeing it a lot lately), does this have any benefit over any other oil for anti-aging in your opinion please?

    • Hi Lisa,

      Absolutely it does! It has some great properties for treating dry and flaky skin. The reason it’s great for anti-aging is that it contains lots of antioxidants, which will not only help to rejuvenate skin and work against aging, but it’s also great at healing compromised skin. It’s also wonderful at getting rid of the pollution that settles on our skin throughout the day, especially good if you spend any amount of time in a city.

      Beyond this, I would say it has wonderful moisturizing properties and should keep skin feeling supple for longer.

      I hope this helps!

  2. Hi there

    Will the serum be suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin (although I am aging as am age 40)

    Thank you

    • Hi Christine,

      It should be. All the oils are relatively light and quick to sink into your skin. However, I can’t say yes for certain, as everyone has unique skin. I would suggest to try it on a small patch of skin first if you’re concerned.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Does a person use these products once or twice a day? What amount do you use for each? Would it be safe to use 5-6 drops of each per application? You come up with such wonderful and useful recipes and tips. Thank you for your many hours of experimenting to get just the right result.

  4. Im excited to try this at home along with my anti aging serum from dermalmd. I love that it doesnt irritate my face like some of the more popuilar brands.

  5. On the anti aging serum, does it have to be refrigerated? I don’t like keeping anything not edible in the fridge. Thanks. Love all your recipes!!!!


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