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Vitamin C is touted as a must for those who want to prevent premature aging. It is said to increase the collagen production of the skin, which helps fight wrinkles. Here are some of its other benefits:
- brightens and tightens the skin
- acts as an antioxidant and helps skin to repair itself (Spots be gone!)
- restores and regenerates skin cells by attacking free radicals (i.e., reduces the effects of negative sun exposure)
However, most Vitamin C serums cost an arm and a leg, and sometimes the life of your first born! They also often include many unnatural ingredients and preservatives. Since I have sun allergies, I am prone to sun spots and hyperpigmentation. So, I thought that I would make my own Vitamin C serum …
- Measure 1 tsp of Vitamin C into a small bowl.
- Add 3 tsp of distilled water.
- Add 1 ½ tsp of pure vegetable glycerin and stir until well-combined.
- Add ½ tsp of Vitamin E oil and mix again.
- This acts as a natural preservative, and is also great for the skin!
- Transfer the liquid (with a mini funnel) to any dark container of your choice.
- Shake before each use!
So, you’ve made your own Vitamin C serum. Now what? Proper application increases the effectiveness of the serum. Here’s what you should do:
- Lightly dampen your face with water and start by applying the serum to your face and neck.
- Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer. Try to use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing. Otherwise, your skin WILL NOT be able to absorb the Vitamin C serum.
- While glycerin and Vitamin E oil soften and protect the skin, they also extend the shelf life of the serum from 2 – 3 weeks to 4 – 6 weeks. Want it to last even longer? Keep it in the fridge!
- Although storage in a refrigerator is completely unnecessary, be sure to make each recipe in small batches (and keep it in a dark container out of direct sunlight) to prevent it from oxidizing too quickly.
- Each batch should last about two weeks (if used daily). I usually double the recipe so that each batch will last me about a month. 😉
This recipe is a 20% Vitamin C solution. It is VERY STRONG. If you have sensitive skin, or you have never used a Vitamin C serum before, cut the amount of L. ascorbic acid in half (from 1 tsp to ½ tsp) for a 10% solution. Still too potent? Reduce the amount of L. ascorbic acid to only ¼ tsp (a 5% solution). Then, after a week or two, you can increase the potency level until your skin fully adjusts.
- DO NOT create more than a 20% solution.
- According to research, maximum absorption occurs at 20%. Higher concentrations actually have a lower absorption level.