Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is something that’s naturally found in the makeup of our skin, particularly on the dermis and epidermis. I know, flashbacks to Anatomy and Physiology 101, right?!
Vitamin C plays an important role in skin health due to its antioxidant properties. Just think about everything our skin must work to fight against. Vitamin C aids in the repair and renewal of skin cells. This repair and renewal help keep our skin looking youthful and healthy. From my reading, this is a natural process that’s continually occurring within the cells of our skin particularly when we sleep. Our skin is very smart. But sometimes our skin needs a bit of help, especially as we age or experience major life events like pregnancy or too much sun, so adding vitamin C to a skincare routine may help someone like myself–a gal frustrated with brown spots and scars.
According to Gen and my online research, it’s important to apply a serum to the skin for 3 months to see noticeable results. So far, I’ve been using my Homemade Vitamin C Serum for a little over a month, and have been impressed with the results. Some sources encourage starting with a ratio of 5% vitamin C powder and 90% base (water and aloe are my “base” ingredients), then increasing to 10% vitamin C powder and 90% base, and finally 20% vitamin C power and 80% base. I’ve been consistently using the same percentage from the start, but feel free to use my ingredients and work out the math to meet your own skincare needs. My formula is roughly 16% vitamin C powder and 84% water and aloe.
How to make Vitamin C serum
1 teaspoon GMO-free vitamin C powder
1 teaspoon filtered or purified water
1½ tablespoons aloe vera gel
⅛ teaspoon vitamin E oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil.
Using a bowl and a whisk, blend vitamin C powder and filtered water.
Add the aloe vera gel. Blend again.
Add the vitamin E oil and frankincense. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
Using a funnel, transfer the serum into the small amber bottle to help reduce light exposure.
Apply at night, making sure to remove in the morning since it can cause sensitivity when exposed to the sun.
You may want to start with every other night to make sure your skin responds well. Results are usually noticeable within a few weeks up to 3 months.
How Vitamin C Works for Youthful Skin
Vitamin C is one of nature’s amazing and naturally occurring antioxidants in nature. While plants can synthesize vitamin C into a useful form, our bodies cannot because we are missing the enzyme L-glucose-gamma lactone oxidase that is required for the synthesis of vitamin C.
That is why we have to obtain our vitamin C from citrus fruits, strawberries, raspberries, papaya, and vegetables, like leafy greens and broccoli. Sailors knew this having carried vitamin C-rich foods during their travels to help them avoid scurvy and other diseases. Eating forms of vitamin C is definitely crucial in good health, but absorption of it is limited.
How long does this DIY vitamin C serum last?
With light protection, I’ve found that it gets slightly yellow after a week, and noticeably yellow after 2 weeks, so I think 2 weeks is the upper limit here. The pH is low enough that most bacteria won’t be able to thrive so microbial growth isn’t a big worry, especially when you won’t be keeping the serum for very long.
There you go! You can get fancier if you’re feeling less lazy (e.g. adding glycerin to make it humectant as well, combining it with AHA), but this is an effective, inexpensive vitamin C serum that’s easy enough to make that even lazy skincare addicts like me can remake it regularly.
Once you’re used to the process, I reckon you’ll be able to make it in under 5 minutes! (I’m curious about how quickly this can be done, so if you decide to time yourself please let me know! I’ll update you with the time I take for my next batch.)
This Is The Cheap And Easy Way To Solve Your Skin Problems
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get an anti-aging serum that works! This DIY serum contains vitamins C and E for smoother, brighter skin you’ll love!
Vitamin C isn’t just for fighting off colds anymore! It’s quickly becoming a highly popular ingredient in skincare products, especially in formulas designed for aging skin.
But rather than shell out $80 or more for a high-end vitamin C serum, you can be kind to your skin and your budget by making your own version at home! And that’s exactly what I’ll be showing you how to do in today’s blog post! 🙂 So to get started, let’s talk about what goes into this homemade vitamin C serum. What ingredients are we using, and what do they bring to the table in terms of benefits for our skin?
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➤ Vitamin C
Vitamin C (in the form of L-ascorbic acid) can help improve the appearance of aging skin in a variety of ways! It helps promote tissue healing and reduces hyperpigmentation counters damage from UV exposure, and has a protective effect when combined with vitamin E vitamin C powder to dissolve can be difficult, but making sure it’s super-fine can help! If you only have granules or a grainy vitamin C powder, use a coffee or spice grinder to get a finer grind.
➤ Vitamin E
In addition to working in tandem with vitamin C, vitamin E oil also helps heal and repair skin. And as an added bonus, it also extends the shelf-life of the serum!
➤ Vegetable Glycerine
Vegetable glycerine adds moisturizing properties to the serum, and also extends its shelf-life.
A little bit of lemon oil can go a long way towards brighter, clearer skin! But due to the photosensitive nature of this oil, you should only apply it (or anything that contains lemon oil) before bed, and never apply it before going outside.
➤ Baking Soda
baking soda to this serum is an easy way to control the acidity of your final product. Aim to use at least a pinch of baking soda, and those with particularly sensitive skin (like me!) are encouraged to follow the pH testing instructions I’ve included below the recipe! 🙂
How To Use Your Vitamin C Serum
Always start with clean, dry skin. Shake the bottle well, then apply the serum evenly to your face and neck before bedtime. Store the remainder of the serum in your fridge for up to one week.
This recipe makes enough serum to use every night for a week, so try to use it every night for the first week for the best results. If your skin tolerates it well, use it every other week or every week as needed.
Do you have a favorite DIY skincare product that you use regularly?
Need more vitamin C in your routine?
In addition to a daily serum, vitamin C can also be found in masks that can give your skin a concentrated boost of this powerful ingredient. Masks are applied to clean skin, typically at night time, and overnight masks give an opportunity for the vitamin C to work throughout the night, leaving your complexion with a beautiful glow when you wake up.
A toner is also a great way to introduce additional vitamin C into your regimen. This Hibiscus Vitamin C Toner is great for all skin types and can be used twice daily for that extra shot of benefits.