Thursday, November 24, 2016

A DIY Brightening Facial Serum

DIY Facial Serum - Lumière & Lens
A DIY brightening facial serum.

Today, I want to share a DIY brightening oil based facial serum.  Now that winter is just around the corner, my skin is in need of extra TLC and radiance.  The summer tan has faded and there's been a lot of erratic temperature changes (hot during the day and bitingly chilly at night in Los Angeles).

I was having a browse at nourishing skincare recently and was intrigued by facial oil serums.  I came across two products that were $20 and $38 for 15 mL.  I flipped the bottles over to look at the ingredients and noted the blends: grape seed, jojoba, argan, avocado, lemon, rosehip oils, etc.  IMHO, the products were a bit costly for their composition.  Since I have a lot of the ingredients at home, I decided to make my own facial serum.  If you're into DIY skincare, read on!

DIY Facial Serum - Lumière & Lens
DIY Facial Serum - Lumière & Lens

Ingredients for 1 fl. oz. / 30 mL Facial Serum

5 mL, Jojoba Oil - Trader Joe's
15 mL, Avocado Oil - Now
10 mL, Argan Oil - Pura D'or
1 Drop, Lemon Oil - Now
Small Beaker - Pyrex
1 ounce Amber Bottle with Dropper - Vivaplex

I get USDA certified organic oils when I can, but I generally trust skincare products from Trader Joe's and NOW.  The process is beyond simple: pour in relative proportions of the carrier oils and stir with the tip of the dropper until oils are well mixed.  A beaker is useful for measuring the oils, but you can eyeball it, too.  For brightening, I also added a drop of lemon essential oil.  Lemon essential oil is pretty strong so I wouldn't recommend more than a drop to prevent skin and nose irritation.  After mixing, I poured my facial serum into the amber glass bottle.  It's a good idea to store this in a tinted glass bottle since some of the ingredients are light sensitive.

DIY Facial Serum - Lumière & Lens

That's all there is to it!  Do you ever DIY your skincare?  What do you want to make or see made on Lumière & Lens?  Do let me know what you think in the comments! 


  1. i'm so gonna try this soon! thanks for sharing, alyse! xx

  2. That's such a good idea! Let us know how it works. I've never DIYed any skin stuff myself.

  3. Good idea! Love the sound of this and how you can totally tailor it to whatever your skin needs are... instead of buying pre-made ones which probably cost x10 more. Hope you had a super thanksgiving :) I've never really DIYed much, but I usually do a at-home face steam before going into my routine.

    Cherie | sinonym

  4. thank you for sharing! such a great idea
    style frontier

  5. I have never diyed my skincare... but cool that you gave it a go.


  6. I use DIY oil mixes a lot for my skin and my hair also. Argan oil, peppermint oil, castor oil and some aloe vera juice is a favourite of mine!

  7. Ahh this sounds absolutely amazing, I definitely need to try whipping one up. Thank you for the recipe <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  8. I've got to try this soon! I really love that it's oil based. What a great idea!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  9. It's totally more affordable to mix your own oils! If I used oils I would do this too. I hope your skin looks fab with this concoction :) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Btw these photos are soo light and pretty!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  10. Awesome DIY and beautiful photos, need to try this x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  11. Love this DIY! I love making DIY products for the skin especially with oils during the winter :)

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  12. I've never tried DIY skincare because I'm always afraid my skin will break out. It sounds like a very affordable solution to dry skin though, perhaps something to try in the middle of winter!

    Sally - DiagonSally

  13. This is such a cool DIY, I've never personally made an DIY oil but I will have to give this a go! Have a lovely weekend :) (1st Giveaway)

  14. This sounds like a fab combination~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  15. It saddens me to think that my skin is low maintenance. I literally never DIY a skin care before nor got something special for my face. But this is really smart :)

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts