How To Make Diy MSM Facial Serum?


If you haven't used a facial serum in your daily skin care routine, you may be missing out on benefits like anti-aging and volume boosting.

Facial serums are lightweight moisturizers made up of smaller molecules that penetrate deeply into your skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles and fine lines.

If you've been following my blog, you know that I love to diy my own skin care products. I am a big fan of MSM and this facial serum recipe will most definitely requires it.

In this article, I am going to share with you how to make DIY MSM facial serum. This serum is not only effective and economical, the best part is that it's also fun and easy to make. So without further ado, let's get started! 

Benefits/Purpose of Each Ingredient:

Deionized water

Deionized water, also known as demineralized water that has had almost all of its mineral ions removed, and it has no charge. Deionization is a process that uses specially manufactured ion-exchange resins, which exchange hydrogen and hydroxide ions for dissolved minerals, and then recombine to form water.

This process produces a high purity water that is generally similar to distilled water. Distilled water is water that has been boiled into vapor and condensed back into liquid in a separate container. Distilled water is said to still contain trace mineral elements. Deionized water is ideal for cosmetic formulations, but is not suitable for drinking. 


Propanediol is a clear and odorless liquid with viscosity. It's an excellent, corn sugar derived alternative to petroleum-based glycols. It has as an emollient, versatile humectant, and natural solvent. As an emollient, it has the ability to soften and hydrate your skin. It also forms an occlusive film on the surface of the skin which helps in preventing water loss.

Propanediol is a well-tolerated ingredient, not likely to cause sensitivity. In fact, propanediol causes no skin irritation or sensitization in concentrations as high as 75%.

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate 

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is a multi-purpose, clear, liquid chelating agent and preservative booster in your formulations, allowing for the use of lower amounts than is typical without compromising effectiveness. It's made from plant material, readily biodegradable, with high solubility over a wide pH range. 

Lactic acid

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) manufactured by fermentation of non GMO corn. Lactid acid is used to exfoliate the skin which helps to encourage the skin to slough off its old, dead skin cells revealing a layer of healthy skin hidden underneath. It also used to lighten dark spots, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen growth in the deeper layers of your skin.


Glycerin is a clear and odorless liquid that's derived from either animal fat or vegetable oils, and has the consistency of thick syrup. As we age our skin cells also start to lose moisture, which is the primary cause of wrinkles. Glycerin works to penetrate into the inner layers of the skin to deeply moisturize, helping to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes


MSM (methlsulfonylmethane) is an organic, bio-active form of sulfur. It's also naturally occurring in vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, and meat. Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body after calcium and phosphorus. It's an essential nutrient and is required for the functioning of a healthy body. MSM can also be produced in a lab to create dietary supplements in crystals, powderliquid, or capsule form.

As we age we start to get sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin. These are developed through a loss of collagen. MSM helps to improve the appearance of aging skin. When apply MSM on the skin regularly, it works to increase collagen level, reduces signs of premature aging by fighting the damaging free radicals, and keeps your skin complexion looking healthy, clear and youthful.

MSM is easily soluble in water, making it relatively simple to use in skincare formulations. It also helps to enhance the effectiveness of other ingredients, making it a great choice in formulations using more costly ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid 

Hyaluronic acid is well known for its skin benefits, especially alleviating dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's a substance found naturally in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its own weight in water, making it is excellent for moisturizing and lubrication, and tissue stability. It penetrates the skin and binds water to skin cells, infusing all layers of the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture.

As we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid our skin cells produce begins to decrease and cell turnover can become sluggish, resulting in wrinkles ad fine lines. So if you want to maintain your youthful glow, incorporating Hyaluronic Acid into your anti-aging skincare routine is definitely a good idea.

Things you need:


  1. Add all ingredients except the hyaluronic acid to the room temperature Deionized water
  2. Mix thoroughly with a stick blender or hand mixer until all ingredients are fully dissolved in the water
  3. Slowly sprinkle in the hyaluronic acid to the mixture while continuously mixing. If the serum is too thick for you, feel free to add more deionized water until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Use a spatula to transfer the facial serum into a ziplock bag. 
    • If the airless pump opening is narrow, I suggest using transfer the serum for easy transfer.
  5. Cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the serum into an airless pump container.
  6. This recipe should make approximately 8 ounces of MSM Facial Serum. I normally package them in airless pump bottles and store the ones I don't use in the refrigerator. 

How to use:

  • Wash your face normally
  • Use a small pea-sized amount on cleansed and toned skin.
  • I recommend that you follow with a facial moisturizer for best results.


Now you know how to make this easy and effective nourishing facial serum. When used this serum regularly, you are going to see improvement on you face such as healthier and brighter skin, and reduced wrinkles and fine lines. This serum also helps to minimize the appearance of dark spots, and helps boosts volume.

I hope you find this article helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or concern in the a comments below. And I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Have you ever used facial serum in the past? If so, How was your experience? Have you ever DIY your own facial serum? How was the result? I would love to know what you have to share. Simply leave your story/experience in the comments below. 

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