The Fountain of Youth in a Cheap Plastic Bottle: KNN serum

The title of this post is intentionally provocative. We all know there is no fountain of youth, but I think perhaps DIY skincare is the closest I will ever come to it.

Everything in my routine works really well together and each product performs a slightly different function. I love my Rose Sunscreen, I love my ‘Easy Rinse’ Oil Cleanser, and the long list of serums that have graced these pages are equally loved. However, as I was making a fresh batch of KNN serum today (Kinetin, Niacinamide, N-acetyl-D glucosamine) it occured to me just how much of a standout this serum is in a strong field of contenders. It will fix any issue you have.

Got acne? No problem.

Want to erase wrinkles? You got it.

Want botox-like firming? Sure.

Face lift without the price tag? Yup.

I took a photo of myself to give a sense of what it does for the skin. This photograph was taken today, in natural light, with no makeup on at all. I am 36, and have lived in Australia all my life. I only started wearing sunscreen daily in my early 30s (gah!) so I’ve had a lot of issues to correct.

My skin is my no means perfect, but I am really happy with the results of my DIY skincare regime. My skin has improved hugely despite all the sun damage it has incurred over the years.

If you want to know more about the issues I’ve been trying to deal with, see the posts here, here, and here. You can see that I’ve used lots of different DIY treatments and strategies which are better than anything you can buy over a counter, but if you’re looking for a serum that does it all, try the KNN serum. I have a tutorial you can follow here. The best ingredients are available from Skin Essential Actives.

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4 Responses to The Fountain of Youth in a Cheap Plastic Bottle: KNN serum

  1. Ole Pedersen says:

    Hi dempeaux, I read the recipe on your blog and have decided to give it a try. Couple of questions though.

    Can I leave out glycerin altogether and just add more water or sea emolient?

    SEA doesn’t carry e-wax so I should probably be using lecithin instead. However, which one (there seems to be a whole variety)

    SEA’s recipe mentions polysorbate80, but yours doesn’t. Does it make a difference?

    Lastly, you mention the Ph should be around 5.1 whereas the recipe on SEA mentions 7.0.

    I appreciate your comments/ideas :-)

  2. rose says:

    hay dempeaux… i’m so glad you’re back!!! Congrats on your PHD, that is such an accomplishment. Your skin looks amazing. I remember back in 2011? is it when fawnie, dragon, you and others were on skincaretalk giving advice, etc… i haven’t been there a while and when i went back, i noticed a lot of the usual’s weren’t there anymore! Anyways, i’m glad you have this site. I truly am impressed with the improvement of your skin tone and also firmness! Do you still do the tanaka and face yoga routine? thanks again for your posts! :)

  3. rose says:

    Oh sorry, i forgot one last thing i’ve been dying to ask you… DO you still use the hair tonic (sea kelp, etc… dragons formula?) for thickening the hair? My hair has been thinning really badly and i thought of you and remembered you had great results from it. Would you recommend it still? thanks again and sorry for all the questions! :)

  4. Juliette says:

    Hi, I was also wondering if you still use the sea kelp hair serum! Would love updates on your DIY stuff!

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