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DIY retinol facial serum

DIY Retinol Facial Serum Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 30 applications 1x


Retinoids may be the way to healthier, more youthful skin. Learn how you can make your own homemade retinol facial serum.


  • 1 tablespoon rosehip seed oil
  • 10 drops carrot seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon apricot oil
  • 1 teaspoon shea butter
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • small glass measuring cup
  • shallow pan
  • glass storage container


  1. Pour the rosehip oil and carrot seed oil into a glass measuring cup.
  2. Place a shallow pan on the stove with about 2 inches of water in it and heat the water on low.
  3. Place the measuring cup in the pan, acting as a double-boiler.
  4. Add the almond oil and the apricot oil to the oils in the measuring cup.
  5. Next, add the shea butter to the mixture.
  6. Add the lavender, frankincense and lemon oils and blend well.
  7. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, place in a glass container.
  8. Apply a small amount to the skin at night before bed. Make sure to apply it to clean, dry skin.


This facial serum should be stable at room temperature for at least a month. For higher temperatures, consider placing in the refrigerator.