Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
Some DIYs are much more useful than others. I try to round out my offerings with simple and cheap ones and also plug in some more advanced options for my fellow amateur beauty chemists. There’s always a way for you to customize these projects to your body, your skill level, and to your budget. It’s the very spirit of DIY!
Cecilia Wong’s Anti-Aging Rose Serum Spray is super-lovely, and I went through my bottle in about a month because I was spraying it basically all over my body. Not very cost-effective. A spray serum is essentially a serum with a slightly higher water content to allow it to be dispensed from a spray bottle—pretty straightforward. This is why it’s a great project to try if you have the time, and it incorporates some of our best xoDIYs.
This project uses some of my favorite DIY elements. The hyaluronic gel makes a fabulous addition to a drink, homemade product, or sheet mask, and it adds humectant quality, and helping your serum get a gel-like consistency. You can use distilled water as the base or use hydrosol, homemade or store-bought. I decided to use the last of my skin BFF, myrrh tincture, in this because myrrh gum is antibacterial and helps heal any nasties.
Put it all together you get a really dope formula. It moisturizes, treats acne and discoloration, and helps heal angry skin.
- OXO measuring beakers (aka your BFF for small projects)
- measuring implements
- spray bottle
- hyaluronic acid gel
- hydrosol (mine is rose)
- vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid)
- tincture (mine is myrrh)
Determine your recipe based on the size of your container, I am mixing for a 1-oz spray bottle. The recipe ratio is 25% hyaluronic gel, 15% tincture, 50% hydrosol, and 20% of the total container volume vitamin C powder (it will dissolve).
Don’t be scared to experiment! Humectancy can also be had with glycerin or honey, and you can just use plain distilled water if you don’t want hydrosols or scented waters.
Another place where you can add some interpretation is the concentration on vitamin C. Feel free to up to 20% or go down to 10%, depending on your needs. Most agree that getting and staying at 20% is the best option, but you can always add more if you start gentle.
Remember to make a small batch—no more than 1oz to start. That’s more than a few weeks’ worth if you use it generously. Provided you use germ-free distilled water or hydrosol, the alcohol from the tincture should hold you down, but don’t forget, it’s always best to be safe and keep thisin the fridge.
Photos: Darnell Scott