Learn how to make a soothing DIY rose serum. This face serum is excellent to care for sensitive skin and gives an instant glow. Formulated with natural ingredients, the moisturizing serum can restore suppleness and replenish the skin’s natural protective functions. The comprehensive skincare recipe highlights the benefits and shares tips for applying and formulating homemade facial serums.
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DIY rose serum for sensitive
Natural serums have seen a lot of hype, and I get questions about homemade facial serum recipes often. It was about time that I started sharing my best recipes for DIY face serum, and I’m excited to start with this rose serum for sensitive skin.
This rose glow serum is just the beginning! We have many more facial serum recipes and skincare products coming up. Our goal is to create a complete homemade skincare line for each skin type.
We want to give you DIYs for facial cleansers, exfoliators, moisturizers, serums, toners, and others so you can curate a skincare routine entirely comprised of homemade beauty products.
Rose serum benefits
Here’s a quick overview of the benefits of this rose serum. I talk in more detail about this simple face serum recipe’s benefits in the FAQ section below. My sensitive skin serum can help to:
- soothe irritated skin and avoid irritations in the future
- reduce redness
- repair a compromised lipid layer
- improve skin elasticity
- keep the skin supple, soft, and moisturized
A serum for sensitive skin
Who is a good candidate for this DIY face serum? I formulated this serum for sensitive skin. The serum is also suitable for mature and dry skin.
Skin sensitivities are often caused by a compromised skin barrier. The skin barrier is the outmost layer of the skin. It consists of tough skin cells that shield the body from environmental influences and prevent water evaporation from the tissue.
The skin barrier can be damaged by aggressive cleansing and over-exfoliation, high heat or humidity, allergens, too much sun exposure, and other factors. Symptoms include dry, scaly skin, itchiness, redness, or inflamed areas. (sources: 1, 2, 3)
My rose serum helps replenish the skin barrier, restore elasticity, and help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. This study highlights the benefits of plant oils to repair the lipid layer, which we are taking advantage of in this DIY face serum recipe.
Who should avoid the rose serum?
Although this rose serum is noncomedogenic and suitable for all skin types, it’s not the ideal serum for oily + blemish-prone, normal and combination skin. You see, the serum is oil-based, but gel-based or emulsion-based serums are better options for these skin types.
Of course, if this serum speaks to you or you want to try a serum for sensitive oily skin, give it a go, and let me know how it works for you.
Rose serum ingredients
Let’s have a look at the materials we need for this facial serum for sensitive skin. Going forward, Cyna and I want to implement a new system. If you peek below, you’ll see that I have grouped the ingredients into 3 different categories: must-have, recommended, and optional ingredients.
What does that mean?
- Must-have ingredients are required and essential for the recipe – otherwise, the project simply won’t work.
- Recommend ingredients aren’t essential (meaning you can omit them). Still, they enhance the skincare benefits, functionality, and performance (texture, skin feel, shelf life and other product qualities).
- Optional ingredients are, well, optional. These types of ingredients may offer additional benefits, but mostly help to make the product look prettier. And who doesn’t love gorgeous skincare?
Why are we doing this?
Depending on where you live, you may not have access to the same ingredients we have. Some materials are also quite expensive, and I understand that you may be hesitant to buy a pricey product for just 1 skincare recipe.
Furthermore, we all have different things going on with our skin and want to focus on different skincare needs.
We hope our system helps you create even better DIY beauty products that meet your individual skincare needs.
Squalane oil (must-have)
Squalane oil strengthens the skin barrier. The product is occlusive, meaning the oil increases the water content in the skin by creating a protective layer that prevents trans-epidermal water loss while still allowing the skin to breathe.
The oil doesn’t clog pores (noncomedogenic), feels lightweight, absorbs quickly, and can penetrate the skin deeply. It is also said that the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may reduce swelling and redness. (source)
The oil is an excellent emollient and skin softener. It’s similar to the skin’s natural oils and clinically proven to be non-irritating. (source)
Jojoba oil is a good alternative, but if you can, give squalene a try – you’ll love it!
Camellia oil (must-have)
Camellia oil, aka tea seed oil or tea oil, is made from the tea plant’s seeds. You’re probably already familiar with the skincare benefits of green tea/matcha, which is made from the leaves of the tea plant. And it seems the oil shares many of these benefits.
The oil contains oleic acid, a fatty acid, that is said to prevent moisture loss and to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Other bioactive components, such as tea polyphenols, flavonoid, and carotene, exhibit antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative effects. (source, source)
Camellia oil is a staple in China, Korea, and Japan. Different varieties of tea seed oil are available, camellia sinensis, oleifera, and japonica. Most of the scientific studies I read focused on camellia oleifera, but I also found anecdotal evidence praising the benefits of Camellia japonica, the Japanese camellia oil.
Rosa mosqueta oil (must-have)
Rosa mosqueta oil (rosehip seed oil) is extracted from the fruit of wild roses. The oil is rich in vitamins, A, C and F, carotenoids, and essential fatty acids, which the body can’t produce on its own.
The oil is very moisturizing, and the high vitamin C content can help to reduce the free radical damage. (source) Vitamin A is said to benefit the skin by promoting skin regeneration, cell renewal and collagen production. The oil can even out the skin tone by reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scars thanks to trans-retinoic acid.
A study also found that the oil is a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals.
One thing to note is that rosa mosqueta oil has a mild nutty smell rather than a rose fragrance.
Bisabolol (alpha-bisabolol or α-bisabolol) has exceptional skin-soothing qualities and potent anti-inflammatory properties. Its analgesic effect can help to tame inflammation and irritation, restore suppleness and support skin regeneration. The active also enhances the absorption of other ingredients.
Bisabolol is naturally present in German chamomile and the bark of the Candeia tree. In case bisabolol isn’t available to you, you may use German chamomile essential oil as a substitute. I recommend adding 6 drops to the serum formula.
Dermofeel sensolv (strongly recommended)
Dermofeel sensolv (isoamyl laurate) gives the serum an incredibly velvety-soft and non-greasy skin feel and quick absorption. It provides the serum with an elegant touch, similar to the luxury serums from expensive skincare brands.
The product also has occlusive and natural refatting properties. It forms a breathable barrier that helps to protect the skin from the outside environment. (If you ever wondered about natural silicone alternatives, Dermofeel sensolv would be an apt candidate.)
As an emulsifier, Dermofeel sensolv also ensures that the oils mix properly. But aren’t all plant oils compatible? Yes, for the most part. Each oil has a unique molecular structure, which means they may not merge perfectly. If you ever noticed streaks in your oil phase, that’s why. While this isn’t a huge issue, I’d thought to point it out.
Dermofeel sensolv is an ester made from glycerol and lauric acid, sourced from renewable plant materials. The product is biodegradable, and Ecocert/Cosmos approved.
Rose otto essential oil (optional)
Rose otto is one of the most versatile essential oils for skincare. It has antiseptic, astringent, softening, and hydrating qualities. The oil appears to help reduce redness and inflammation of the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines.
We’re only need 4 drops. Please stick to this limit to avoid skin irritation. I recommend measuring the EO with a transfer pipette to get the correct amount.
Rose otto comes with a hefty price tag. I love the smell of roses and use this essential oil often. If you’re an occasional beauty crafter or don’t like rosy scents, you can easily skip it if you want, though.
Hypersensitive skin types should avoid essential oils entirely. In the case of pregnancy, breast-feeding, or a medical condition, consult with a doctor or medical caregiver about the safe use of essential oils.
Mica powder (optional)
A touch of pink mica powder gives your skin an instant glow and radiant shine. Natural skincare is a long-term game, but sometimes it’s just nice to see a quick win. You only need a tiny amount, but the fresh rose serum will work perfectly without it.
I used a cosmetic-grade, natural mineral mica called “Peachblow Pink.”
If you decide to use mica, I strongly recommend you also add Dermofeel sensolv. Since Dermofeel is an emulsifier and solvent, it keeps the glitter particles dispersed in the serum. Without Dermofeel, you may notice the mica sinking to the bottom. In that case, simply shake the bottle and your good to glow.
You need the following equipment to make rose serum for face:
- small glass beaker or mixing bowl: A beaker, measuring cup or small bowl with a spout is the perfect vessel for mixing the rose oil serum.
- glass stir rod, spoon, or small spatula: You also need some sort of stirrer to combine the ingredients.
- dropper bottle: A dropper bottle is ideal for storing and applying this rose glow serum. Pump bottles can also be used. Ideally use an amber or cobalt blue glass bottle. If you opt for a clear glass bottle (like me), be sure to store your serum in a dark place (e.g. a cupboard or bathroom cabinet).
How to make rose serum
How do you make a rose serum for your face? Once you’ve got the ingredients and this easy natural skincare recipe, you’re all set to make a simple and soothing rosehip oil serum in less than 5 minutes.
- Add all ingredients into a small beaker or mixing bowl.
- Stir until the ingredients are well blended. At first, the mixture may seem streaky. Simply stir until everything looks uniform.
- Pour the mixture into a dropper bottle.
- Alternatively, add all materials directly into a dropper bottle. Put on the cap and shake to combine.
How to apply face serum
How do you apply serum? The serum isn’t meant to replace your moisturizer. Instead, layer it with your other skincare products. Use it after cleansing and applying toner, but before moisturizing.
Here’s what you do:
- Use the rose serum on clean, dry skin.
- Using the dropper apply a small amount of rosehip serum. A little goes a long way.
- Gently pat the serum into your skin.
- If you want to use your jade roller or gua sha, now is a good time.
- Follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen (if you use it in the morning or during the day.)
- The serum can be used on the face (including the eye area and lips), neck, and decolletage area.
- You can use the serum at night or during the day.
Storage and shelf life
Keep the rose serum in a dry, cool place, protected from humidity, heat sources, and direct sunlight.
The shelf life of the face serum is 1 year. Since the amount is small, I doubt it will last that long.
Serum Making 101 – FAQ
What does a face serum do?
A serum delivers active ingredients to the skin to address specific issues. The purpose of a sensitive skin serum is to soothe irritation and help to repair the skin’s protective functions.
Is face serum good for sensitive skin?
This one is! My rose serum only includes gentle and soothing ingredients that are appropriate for the needs of sensitive skin types. Like this recipe, oil-based serums are best to use at first as they are unlikely to cause stinging or irritation. Once your skin starts to heal, you can try other types of serums.
What is an anhydrous serum?
Anhydrous serums are oil-based serums. They are made by dissolving the active ingredients in carrier oils. This type of serum is rich and very concentrated and has a good conditioning effect. They have a fluid consistency (or balm-like in case of pressed serums).
Because anhydrous serums don’t contain any water, they are not very hydrating. Instead, they soften the skin, help to lock in moisture and to reduce transdermal water loss. As I said before, apply a moisturizer or face cream afterwards.
I’m already excited to share recipes for emulsion-based, gel-based, oil-free, pressed, and bi-phase serums in future posts.
Does this serum need a preservative?
No, a preservative is not necessary. The rose facial serum doesn’t contain water, and there’s minimal chance that the product could be contaminated during use.
Can we apply serum directly on the face?
Yes, of course. The DIY rose serum is safe and intended for direct skin contact.
Can we use face serum daily?
Yes. Since this homemade serum is so gentle and calming, it’s perfectly fine for daily use.
Why not a face serum with vitamin E?
As my goal was to develop a homemade serum for sensitive skin, I opted to skip vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is not recommended for sensitive skin because it can lead to skin inflammation if used topically.
However, if you don’t have sensitive skin, you can prepare a DIY face serum with vitamin E. I recommend adding 10 drops vitamin E oil to this homemade serum recipe.
What about a face serum with coconut oil?
While coconut oil is fine in rinse-off applications such as scrubs, it’s not my favorite material for leave-on products like moisturizers and serums.
Regular coconut oil is highly comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Its semi-solid texture isn’t suitable for a liquid serum. While fractionated (liquid) coconut oil is less comedogenic, I find it heavy on the skin and don’t recommend making a DIY serum with coconut oil.
Of course, if you know that your skin reacts well to coconut oil, feel free to use it in place of the squalene oil. Just consider that the serum will feel heavier and oilier.
More rose inspired skincare
If you like this DIY rose serum, you may enjoy some of my other rose-inspired bath and body products:
- DIY rose body lotion
- homemade rose body wash
- rose-inspired beauty gifts
- DIY rose cleansing balm
- rose petal bath bombs
- rose bath truffles
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