This DIY Face Serum Will Keep Your Skin Smooth and Hydrated This Summer


Contrary to what we were told back in 1995, our skin doesn’t need the oil stripped away from it with thrice-daily Noxzema washes in order to look healthy and blemish-free.

Washing your face with a soap-based cleanser actually overworks your skin and causes it to produce even more oil. Now, you’re caught up in an unhealthy skincare cycle that leaves your face looking dull and splotchy.

I started oil-cleansing last year when I was pregnant with Isaac and my face kept breaking out. I couldn’t believe how much smoother and more even it made my complexion in just a week.

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Oil-Cleansing Your Face

You might be cringing at the thought of putting oil on your skin and calling it clean. It sounds gross, I know! The beauty industry has convinced us that our skin needs to be dried out with soap and then artificially hydrated in order to look clean + smooth. But obv, that’s false.


This is a basic chemistry principle: like dissolves like. says, “By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin.”

No harsh soap for me, thanks.


The oil that your body naturally produces protects your skin from heat, wind, dust, and even sunshine. I’ll be doing plenty of swimming and patio-sitting this summer, so I think I’ll leave my skin alone and let it do what it does best.


This is the rule I generally follow when it comes to skin care. Our skin absorbs like a sponge, so slathering it with anything that isn’t recommended for ingestion probably isn’t the best idea. Oils like grapeseed, avocado, and sunflower are natural (and edible) alternatives to harsh chemical washes on your face.

DIY Oil-Cleansing Serum

Cleansing oils are showing up in beauty stores and supermarket aisles, but you can easily make your own at home and never worry about what’s actually in it.


Jojoba oil is lightweight and perfect for most skin types.

Lavender essential oil is gentle, smoothing, and healing.

Elemi essential oil has been used in Europe for centuries to create smoothing skin salves.


Grab a glass bottle like this one. (A small jelly jar will work in a pinch, but I really like the dropper bottles). Add 10 drops of each essential oil, then fill it the remainder of the way with the Jojoba oil.

How to Oil-Cleanse Your Face

Drop a quarter-sized amount of your cleansing serum in your hand and begin massaging it into your face in a slow, circular motion, being sure to get around your eyes and neck.

Let it sit for a few minutes before soaking a soft washcloth with warm water. Wring the water out and put the cloth over your face so that the heat opens up your pores, letting the oil cleanse deep into your skin.

Gently wipe away the excess oil with your cloth and pat your skin dry; there should be a thin layer of oil still on your skin when you’re finished.

Let’s start a convo in the comments! Have you tried oil-cleansing? Are you adding Elemi essential oil to your next Essential Rewards order?