How To Make Your Own Vitamin C Serum At Home

Making a diy vitamin C serum is not as difficult as it may sound and it can be more cost effective than buying branded vitamin C serums.

If you simply want to have control over the ingredients of your serum, then our recipe on how to make your own vitamin C serum at home is easy to follow.

But where can you start from? Vitamin C of course! L-ascorbic acid is the most potent form of vitamin C and is widely used in cosmetics.

If you have bought an L-ascorbic acid serum before, you may already know that 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, L-Ascorbic acid is prone to oxidizing.

Getting oxidized leads to the serum no longer being as effective as before.

The benefits of topically applying vitamin C to 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  some experts claim that even lower concentrations of vitamin C can have the same anti aging benefits.





Our homemade vitamin C recipe includes glycerin, which is very moisturizing, and rose water, which is known for its soothing effect. Topically applied vitamin C can be drying to your skin, this is why it is always recommended to follow up with a good moisturizer.

Our advice is to best start with a lower concentration of vitamin C and work your way up gradually. In addition, the serum could be tested on a small area of your skin to see how the latter reacts.

If your skin is sensitive, you can avoid using it daily till you see that your skin has gotten used to it.

I like using vitamin C serum especially during the summer because vitamin C provides some light protection against the sun rays. This does not mean though that you should forget all about your sunscreen.

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 create some more.

The Formula

• 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 adjusted. 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 bottle where you keep your serum in is dark so that the light does not affect its potency. Some people cover it with aluminum foil to provide extra protection.

How To Apply A Vitamin C Serum

To achieve better results, apply to clean skin. Allow little time for it to absorb well and then use your usual moisturizer.

All in all, making your own vitamin C serum at home may take some extra time and effort but it is an affordable option and it is also free of preservatives.

If you are not ready to make your vitamin C serum yet, you may find our best reviewed vitamin C serums selection useful.