With the hot summer months our skin tends to sweat a lot more than in the winter months.

Our skin is the largest organ of detoxification and we have to remember that sweating is a part of detoxification.

Plant serums have gained a lot of popularity as being nourishing and light enough so that they do not block pores and build up heaviness on the skin like some skin creams can in the summer when mixed with our sweat, it can start caking on the skin.

For this reason most beauticians prefer a light serum in the summer with a light natural sunscreen.

Look for sunscreens with natural ingredients like zinc oxide, which is a natural sun block, together with light oils such as fractionated coconut, grapeseed oil, or liquid aloe.

Serums on the other hand can be as light or as heavy as your ingredients depending also on your skin type and the blends of essential oils for maximum benefit.

When preparing anything for the face we have to consider the nose being a big part of the sense of smell and when putting products on our face we tend to look for nice smelling products.

We have to consider that the product has to smell nice to feel good. This is like beauty psychology that really works and therefore we have to think of some of our best smelling essential oils such as Rose Absolute or Jasmine Absolute.  The absolutes have a more potent aroma and less is best.

Rose, jasmine and neroli (orange blossom) are the more exotic aromas.  Then we have the flower power of geranium, ylang ylang, clary sage, the chamomiles and lavender flowers.

Petitgrain which is from the leaves of the orange blossom has a really fresh sweet smell and floral aroma and blends extremely well in serums. Its light and refreshing aroma mixes well with jasmine and ylang ylang.

Choosing only two or three essential oil blends will help your serum to have a subtle but fresh pleasing aroma.

Now choosing the right type of base oil is of utmost importance in making a good serum. To keep it non-greasy and light, a light coconut like fractionated coconut as mentioned earlier is one of the best mixes to add to your essential oils, together with rosehip seed which is a natural type of vitamin C and  ¼ teaspoon of aloe juice or gel to shake well or stir briskly to make a creamy light liquid. Some people add a ¼ teaspoon of honey to the mixture, as honey is a skin healer and nourisher. This is totally the user’s choice.

Using thicker mixtures like coconut or liquid shea may make it a rather greasy serum.

When experimenting with your mixes and essential oil blends try using a lip balm pot and make tiny mixes and blends so that you can mix and match aromas really easily without wasting product. Because essential oils can be quite pricey, one has to try small batches. By trying smaller batches you can reuse what you don’t use as a freshener in garbage cans or diaper bins if the aroma is not what you are trying to achieve.

Put your much preferred mixes into 100ml bottles and use at least for a month.

These serums make beautiful gifts if you have a summer birthday to celebrate or would like to make something special for a friend.  Combine them with rose or orange blossom floral water sprays to be used as a skin toner.

SAFETY TIP FOR HYRDOSOLS OR FLORAL WATERS:

Be aware that sometimes the product can look cloudy and not clear, like water.

Any hydrosols you purchase that are cloudy or has a cloudy ball in the centre can be contaminated with bacteria.  Do not use this as it can cause skin reactions.

The aroma is another thing to check when purchasing floral waters.

On two occasions I had to dump mine down the drain as they had no scent reminiscent of the plant materials.  Often a foul odor can be the first sign the floral water is contaminated.

Discard and try the fresh smelling ones that resemble the actual plant it is coming from.