There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on these products. You can make your own, and it may be even more effective than expensive brands of Vitamin C serum. Why is this? Because L-ascorbic acid is unstable and can oxidize. If you have ever had a bottle of expensive serum turn orange on you, it has oxidized and is no longer effective. By making your own, you are assured that you have a fresh, highly effective serum.
What ingredients should I use?
We don’t know about you, but our heads sometimes spin over the long list of unpronounceable ingredients in so many over-the-counter beauty products today. This easy, three ingredient recipe is all you will need for a DIY serum and everything needed for it can be found at your local health food store. And guess what else? You can pronounce what’s in it, too!
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
- 1 teaspoon pure vegetable glycerin (available at health stores)
- 1 teaspoon distilled water
This recipe is easy to play around with, so be confident with your kitchen creativity. If your skin is exceptionally sensitive, reduce the amount of Vitamin C to 1/8 teaspoon. For drier skin, increase the overall amount of glycerin. For a soothing, scented serum, you can substitute rose water for the distilled water.
How do I make it?
- Dissolve the Vitamin C in the water. Feel free to use a whisk or a blender if the powder refuses to dissolve.
- Stir in the glycerin.
- Pour the mixture into a small, colored glass bottle; Dark glass prevents the Vitamin C from oxidizing, so we prefer blue or brown, glass ones.
- Shake the bottle vigorously to make sure the Vitamin C has dissolved.
What is the best way to apply it?
Use a cotton ball, rounder, or your fingers to smooth the serum all over your face. A little tingling sensation is fine, but too much tingling means your skin needs less Vitamin C. The tingling wont last for more than 10-15 minutes tops. Regardless, gauge your skin. It’s very important to follow this with an application of sunscreen in the AM, since Vitamin C leaves your skin sensitive to light.
How do I store it?
When you make your own Vitamin C serum, you have the luxury of complete control over the serum’s shelf life. Instead of whipping up a month’s worth of serum and being forced to pitch it in the trash when it quickly oxidizes, try to make a new batch every three to five days to guarantee that your skin is getting the freshest, most potent treatment. Store your serum in the refrigerator for extra protection against oxidation.
When will I see results?
It usually takes one to two weeks and our guess is YOU’LL BE HOOKED:) Let us know how you glow and what a difference this vitamin makes to your skin. We love hearing your comments!