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Homemade Anti-Aging Serum


Homemade anti-aging serum - Dr. Axe

Anti-aging serums can be expensive and contain harmful chemicals. Instead, try this homemade anti-aging serum recipe. It contains nutrients and antioxidants that will help the skin look vibrant and youthful while delivering vital nutrients and hydration.

Apply to the parts of the body that you feel needs the most anti-aging effects, which are usually the face, neck and perhaps upper chest — in other words, the parts of the body that are perhaps the most sun damaged.

Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Jojoba oil: Perhaps the premiere carrier oil, jojoba oil is a great moisturizer for the skin. Meanwhile, it can remove sticky buildup or excess oil, too, keeping your oil levels balanced. That makes it a strong natural treatment for eczema as well as home remedy for acne, plus well suited for other dry-skin conditions.

Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil is a valuable treatment choice for people suffering from skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Studies published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science show that it can help with age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues, such as redness, firmness, roughness and fatigue resistance.

Pomegranate oil: Pomegranate contains natural antimicrobials from vitamin C, and thus may be helpful fighting acne.


Vitamin E oil: This antioxidant-rich oil is rich and thick and loved by many for its ability to improve dry, flaky skin, along with help heal acne scars.

Lavender oil or frankincense oil: Using lavender oil topically can help improve a number of skin conditions, from canker sores to allergic reactions, acne and age spots. Frankincense oil benefits include the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages.

Carrot seed oil: A popular beauty product for moisturizing skin, carrot seed oil also works as an antifungal agent.

How to Make Anti-Aging Serum

It’s as simple as can be to make up this anti-aging serum. Mix all of the ingredients together into a dark glass bottle. Use a small funnel if need so you don’t spill any of these ingredients.

Use every morning and night on face, neck and chest, or anywhere where you want to deal with aging skin. You can put sunscreen over this mixture if you’re going out in the sun during high UV times of the year.

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 20 uses 1x


This DIY homemade anti-aging serum recipe contains nutrients and antioxidants that will help the skin look vibrant and youthful while delivering vital nutrients and hydration.


  • ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
  • ½ tablespoon evening primrose oil
  • ½ tablespoon pomegranate oil
  • 15 drops vitamin E
  • 20 drops lavender oil or frankincense oil
  • 10 drops carrot seed oil


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together into a dark glass bottle.
  2. Use every morning and night on face, neck and chest.
  • Prep Time: 2 min

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  1. Kristyn on

    I made a 30ml batch of Lavender and of Frankincense. I plan on using the lavender in the morning and frankincense at night. Would you recommend this, stick to one or reverse the choice for morning/night?

    • Demi on

      You can order from a company called Mountain Rose there products are outstanding quality and they are a very trustworthy company.

  2. Raquel on

    I have a silly question, the %of EO is not to high for skin face? Im a newbie in the formulation world 😉 but this is something very confusing to me. I have been reading and in all books said something different, only use EO skin face at 1-2% or you can go up to 5% but not for daily use. Which one would be perfect % then?
    Thanks in advance

    • Sierra on

      I think serums are different. They are usually at a higher concentration than face creams or other face skin car products. But they way that you use them are different. You use a much smaller amount. They are applied (well the way I was taught anyway) by spreading across the palms then pressing gently on to the skin. There may be several steps t the skincare routine that incorporates a serum. You may be right though… facials are something I would probably have once a week max. Daily may be too often.

  3. Soni on

    I would love to make this serum. Where can I buy these oils to make sure I’m getting best quality oils? Please share links if possible.

  4. YankeeMom on

    Love this serum! Been using it for years. Still getting older but it really does help me age slower than my sister 😉

  5. Lynne Clark on

    Interesting recipe. I was wondering if it would work if the volume for lavender/frankincense could be evenly split between the two. I like the benefits of each and find it hard to pick just one.

    Thank you.

  6. Kate on

    I am wanting to try this anti-aging serum AS WELL as your recipe for a homemade face wash (baking soda, lavender, frankincense, lemon, coconut oil). Would it be too much to first wash my face with that face wash and then follow it with this serum?

  7. KariB on

    Just made a double batch of this and excited to try it out! For the primrose, jojoba and pomegranate seed oils 3 tsp= 1/2 oz and just doubled the drops on frankincense 20, lavender 20 and carrot seed oils 20.
    Just wondering if I can add some pumpkin seed oil to this….I hear it is good for the skin also? do you know anything about it? Thank you for the wonderful things you bring to us! :) God bless

  8. Stella on

    In pronouncing the Jojoba oil, the J’s are pronounced as H. HoHoba. Back in the 70’s where I lived there were natural plants growing wild and the locals would go out and pick them early every morning to drop off at a place that paid for them and then they shipped them to manufacturers that turned them into oil! And that is the story of how the Jojoba bean oil started.

  9. Dee on

    In order to make the Anti Aging Serum, oils such as Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Pomegranate, Vitamin E and Carrot Seed are required. Where can I purchase these.

  10. Marsha on

    I have a recipe for Vitamin C serum using vitamin C powder and vegetable glycerine……can I mix that with the anti aging serum? It does call for distilled water to blend the c with, which probably wouldn’t mix with the oils, so I was wondering if I could mix just the c and glycerin with it.

  11. Catherine on

    How long does the serum last? Does it need to be used up by a certain time?

    Also, I think I am allergic to vitamin e as products containing it have made my skin go like sandpaper in the past. So I now avoid it. Should I just omit the vitamin e from the recipe or replace it with something else?

      • Theta on

        I followed your suggestions on anti aging supplements. I actually bought all of them and take them fr a few months and space for another few months. I must say,I look better than years ago and people thought so too. Thank you Dr Axe.

  12. Jo on

    Hi, I suffer from milia and am wondering if the anti-aging serum or others you have might work in my case to alleviate these unsightly white marks on my face? Thank you.

  13. Betty on

    I never saw a “complete answer” to the anti aging serum that was asked by several people.
    So instead of the carrot oil of 10 drops how many drops of lavender essential oil do you use? 10 drops
    or 1/4 oz?
    Thank you.

  14. Keerthi on

    Hello Dr.Axe,is this recipie works for oily and acne prone skin too? Or we need to substitute or skip any ingredients? Please let me know. Thank you

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      It can but everyone is different. I would try this recipe first: https://draxe.com/beauty/homemade-honey-face-wash-clear-skin/
      Try leaving it on as a mask for 10-15 minutes and then rinsing it off after.

  15. Nisha on

    Dr. Axe, can I alo add myrrh, almond oil and mustard oil to this mix? Will that be safe? If so, how much should I add?

    Thank you very much for all your help and taking the time to reply to us.

    God bless you :)

  16. Helen Gamboa on

    Dear Dr. Axe,

    Learning all the many benefits of EO’s from you, now I can’t wait to start using them especially your recipe for ” anti aging serum ” as I am already in my 60’s ! I emailed at the above address you have provided quite a few times already but had no luck hearing from you so far ! There are so many different kinds of EO’s on line but not sure which really is the best one ? You mentioned that EO’s are not created equal, so I want to know where i can order quality EO’s ! Thank you so much for all the many great information you have shared !

    I hope i can hear from you soon Dr. Axe, can’t wait to start using those Therapeutic grade EO’s so i can also reap the many benefits of these oils. More power !

    • Emmy on

      Add Neroli EO and it will help. It works slowly but it works. I have the same problem but I am seeing results now.

  17. jane on

    For the anti aging serum do you mean 1/4 cup jojoba oil and 1/4 cup pomegranate seed oil or 1/4 oz which seems very little. thanks

  18. Chris on

    Dr.Axe canker sores run in my family and my children get them sometimes so bad they can’t eat is there an oil or oil recipe you can recommend?

  19. Angeline Neske on

    Thank you, Dr. Axe for all the knowledge you share. I was wondering your thoughts on subbing the Evening primrose and pomegranate oils (I don’t want to order at this time) out and using the Now brand of vegetable glycerine?

  20. Alisa McCrate on

    I have severe environmental allergies. I have tried lemon peppermint and lavender mixed with a carrier oil and this provides no relief. Do you have any other recipe blends for severe allergies?

  21. Megha on

    Will combination of Rosehip, primrose, pomegranate, Grapeseed and frankincense work for anti ageing. I am oily and acne prone hence trying to skip jojoba oil.
    Pls guide.

  22. Mark on

    Dr. Axe,

    I use the serum mentioned in one of your YouTube videos both in the morning and at night. However, my face looks shiny and I’m considering taking the serum internally rather than putting it on my face. Is this a good idea? Will my body not absorb most of it?


  23. Ann E Tallman on

    I have much puffiness around my nasolabial folds (I’m in my 50’s…)

    Are there any oils you’re aware of that could possibly decrease this puffiness? Maybe something like Roman chamomile w/lemon (or lemongrass – not sure the difference…) I thought I read that combo might make a difference, but I would LOVE your thoughts on what you think might be of benefit for this?

    Thanks much – Annie T

  24. Dee on

    I have just found you on line and I’m just getting into oils. You have so much info that it is joyously overwhelming. I am printing all the info because there is so much to learn. Can you possibly make available a “print” icon on your site so I can add your info to my information folder?? You are teaching me so much.

  25. Lorraine on

    I have a granddaughter with crazy skin, she is itchy all the time. Nothing seems to work. She itches her legs and arms and neck, its dry and scaley, the Dr has given her steroid cream but its so strong and when its done its still there. I would rather try a natural approach. She is 11. Anything I could try for this?

  26. Amy on

    I would like more information about where to purchase the oils – what brand? it’s a bit overwhelming with so many choices out there. I emailed at the above email address you provided several times, but have not gotten a response (even checked my junk mail)???

    Thank you so much for all the information you have provided!!!! I have already made several of the recipes … look forward to using essential oils.

  27. Chris Buryj on

    Hi Dr Axe – I’ve been a diabetic for 48 years and have just successfully completed treatment for breast cancer. I’m now tired beyond belief and am very willing to try a different approach on quite a few levels, coconut oil being one of them. I’ve noticed in a few of the homemade recipes you use different types of oils – lavender, etc. Where is the best place to purchase those (along with the dark bottles) and such?
    Thanks for the help!

  28. Melodie Preston on

    Dr. Axe
    Thank you so muh for Caring & Sharing <3 I Absolutely Love the fact that you care enough about people to share all your knowledge :) I was recently intoduced to Essential Oils and am very intrigued by all the benefits! I understand to recieve the best benefits its crucial to use the best oils – I was told that the best oils are Clinical grade Ameo Essential oils – Because they are cell active & permeable – That each bottle sold goes thru a unique 5 step testing – I was hoping you could take a look and give me your opinion – Thank you so much – I'm super excited to experience better health thanks to your help :)

    Thanks again,
    Melodie Preston
    Ps -If you decide after taking a look at the ameo difference you need more answers I can introduce you to Dr. Joshua Plant – Just let me know :)

  29. Nisha on

    Dr Axe, I have dry, leathery patches and pigmentations on my skin. Would these oils help to improve the texture and even out my skin tone?
    Thank you very much for being so kind hearted and sharing all the amazing recipes with us. You are blessed beyonds words can say and such a treasure for this generation.
    The Lord bless you abundantly!

    Thank you very much! :)

  30. Irene on

    Dr. Axe: I have extremely sensitive skin and suffer with eczema. All fragrances cause my skin to react especially my face, even natural fragrances!

    Do you think these fabulous oils will work for me since they haveven natural fragrance?


  31. Benni on

    My husband has an issue with very dry scalp. He gets bumps and redness along with flaking skin. It gets worse in cooler weather. He uses a very strong shampoo that his dermatologist recommended. It helps the flaking but not the bumps and redness. Can using a mixture of essential oils help and if so what combination?

    Thank you for your dedication to the health of others.

  32. Anya on

    In the recipe 20 drops lavender oil or frankincense oil. What the beast oil to start on? And can I do 10 drops lavender oil and 10 drops frankincense oil.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      You can do 10 drops of each. They’re both great! You can see both of their individual benefits here:

  33. Dana on

    Dr. Axe, I’m 60 and have lost quite a bit of weight and now have a more noticeable ‘crepey neck’ area. I’ve read that Palmarosa essential oil is very good at correcting this. Have you heard about this as well?

  34. Mitzi Kelly on

    Dr. Axe,
    The recipe for the Anti Aging Serum that you have posted here is different than the one on the video. Is there a recipe for the one on the video?

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Here is the exact recipe from the video but both recipes work great and have similar results.

      Anti Aging Serum Recipe:
      1.) Jojoba Oil – one of the most hydrating oils in the world
      2.) Vitamin E- provides fat-soluable antioxidants to help age slower
      3.) Pomegranate Seed Oil – provides antioxidants and bioflavonoids for anti aging and sun protection
      4.) Frankincense Oil – helps reduce sun spots and helps even skin tone
      5.) Lavender Oil – helps heal skin conditions and improves cellular communication

      Directions: mix ingredients together, pour in serum jar, rub 4-5 drops into face in the morning and night.

  35. Celmah on

    I cannot find pomegranate oil, can I use other oil instead like coconut oil ? And after applying this serum, do we still need to put on cream or moisturizer ?

  36. Deadra on

    Hello Dr.Axe,
    What a great service you are providing to all of the people who have an interest in improving their lives and the health of not only themselves but their families, friends and loved ones. Not only do I commend you for caring enough to take a genuine interest in the lives and health of your fellow man and woman, but I thank you for not making this about money and sharing this vital information without charge. You Dr.Axe are a real treasure and to that I say thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Christi on

      I agree with Deadra! Thanks so much for all of this wonderful and helpful information! Especially the info regarding your mom and how she turned her health situation around with a change of diet, rather than the standard medical means. I hope this brings hope to many many people!

  37. Kathy Holben on

    Looking for the recipe for anti aging serium that was shown on an instructional video of yours, the ingredients were JoJoba oil, pomegranate oil, vitiman E oil, frankincense and lavender.

      • Jan on

        Your video on anti-aging said jojoba oil,vitamin E oil, Pomegranate Seed oil, Frankincense and Lavender
        Your anti agin serum above says: jojoba, evening primrose, pomegranate,
        vitamin E, 20 drops frankincense OR lavender, and carrot seed oil.
        It is not the same as the video.
        I would like to do the one on the video. Can you give us the recipe for that one? Thanks

    • Anna S on

      Holly –

      I am 36 and I, too, am incredibly prone to breakouts and I started using coconut oil with beeswax on my face two years ago and my skin almost never breaks out and looks amazing – like, people always ask me what I use. I had heard people say to put oil on oily/acne prone skin for years and just didn’t believe them. But it really works and I only ever get any kind of breakout anymore for a day or two during my period. Hope you find something that works for you!

  38. Pollita on

    i am now becoming aware of the amount of chemicals that are being used from household cleaning products to skincare. I am a wife and a mother of 3 kids ranging from 10 to 2 years old. i want my family to be healthy, I have learnt so much from your website, you tube and on Fb, thanks so much. I love the detox you posted on u tube with Apple cider vinegar. thanks again.


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