If you cannot afford to keep on buying vitamin C serums or you just like to try and make your own such serum having control over the ingredients that you want to be contained in it, then our simple recipe on how to make your own vitamin C serum at home can prove more than useful.
L-ascorbic acid is the most potent form of vitamin C widely used in cosmetics and if you have bought an L-ascorbic acid serum, you need to use it regularly because it may not last long since this form of vitamin C is the most vulnerable to oxidation especially if it is contained in a bottle that is not protective enough and its contents come into contact with the light and air.
Getting oxidized does not mean that the serum’s condition becomes bad but that it is no longer as effective as before.
The benefits of topically applying vitamin C on your skin are shortly the following:
- It is a potent antioxidant and neutralizes the free radicals which cause aging.
- It is healing and great for acne.
- Very effective in promoting collagen.
- Provides firmness.
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
- Evens out the skin tone.
- Minimizes hyperpigmentation.
- Leaves skin silky and smooth.
Precaution Tips When Making A Vitamin C Serum
You can make your own home vitamin C serum with different concentrations ranging from 5% to 15% although it is supported by some experts that even lower concentrations of vitamin C can have the same anti aging benefits.
Even though our vitamin C recipe includes glycerin, which is very moisturizing, and rose water, which is known for its soothing effect, you should remember that in some cases vitamin C can be irritating at least until your skin gets used to it.
Our advice is to best start with a lower concentration and work your way up gradually. In addition, it should be tested on a small area of your skin to see how the latter reacts. Avoid using it every day till you see that your skin has gotten used to it.
Since topically applied vitamin C can have a drying effect on your skin, you can always follow with a good moisturizer. Also, keep in mind that vitamin C can give an extra boost to your sunscreen but you should not completely replace your sunscreen with a vitamin C serum.
Homemade Vitamin C Serum Recipe
To prepare a 15% concentration serum you will need rose water, glycerin, vitamin C powder and a glass dropper bottle. In specific, the ingredients are:
• L-ascorbic acid powder (vitamin C) 1.5 grams.
• Rosewater- 8 milliliters.
• Pure glycerin- 2 milliliters.
The first thing you have to do is add the vitamin C powder in the bottle and follow with the 8 ml of rosewater using a syringe. Then, shake the bottle well because it takes a while to dissolve.
Add 2 ml of glycerin and shake again. Once it is well mixed, you must keep it in the fridge. This serum is going to last for six days at the most, so after this period, it will start losing its properties and you will have to make some more.
• For a concentration of 15%, mix 1.5 g of vitamin C powder with 10 ml. liquid.
• For a concentration of 10%, mix 1 g of vitamin C powder with 10 ml. liquid.
• For a concentration of 5%, mix 0.5 g of vitamin C powder with 10 ml. liquid.
The quantity of rose water and glycerin can be changed. If you feel that you need more hydration, increase the amount of glycerin and reduce the quantity of rose water.
Vitamin C powder can be bought online but from a pharmacy as well. Similarly, rose water and glycerin can be purchased online, at a health food store or a pharmacy.
It is also very important that the jar in which you prepare the mixture is dark so it doesn´t let the light pass through. Even if they use a dark bottle, some people still cover it with aluminum foil to prevent the light passing through.
How to Apply A Vitamin C Serum
You must cleanse your skin before the application and remember to avoid the area close to your areas. Allow little time for the skin to absorb it well after which you can just apply your usual moisturizer.
In conclusion, it is nice to try and make your own vitamin C serum at home because you won´t need to use any preservatives in it since you are only going to keep it for a few days after which you will need to prepare a fresh batch from the start.
Now, if you are not ready to make your vitamin C serum yet, you may find our best reviewed vitamin C serums selection useful.