Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the most sought after anti-aging ingredients because it increases the production of collagen, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and protects your skin against free radicals. I don’t know about you, but all of those benefits sound pretty good to me.
Unfortunately, with all things good, there seems to always be a downside, and Vitamin C as an ingredient in skincare is no exception. When Vitamin C is exposed to air it oxidizes pretty quickly, making it useless to the skin and possibly even harmful; oxidized Vitamin C can potentially increase free radical damage to the skin, which is the opposite of what our skin needs.
If you are wondering if the Vitamin C skincare you have been using is useless, don’t be alarmed, that’s most likely not the case. Most brands use a stabilized Vitamin C to protect it from oxidizing too quickly. With that said, its potency and effectiveness will still degrade each time you open the bottle.
I know. It’s depressing.
But that’s where this DIY Vitamin C serum comes into play. By making your own in small batches every few weeks, you can have a really potent Vitamin C serum that costs far less than what you would buy at a department store, and will do the exact same thing.
Want to learn how you can make your own Vitamin C serum at home? Pay attention, my friends, we are about to bust out our D-I-Y skills together.
What you will need:
½ tsp of Vitamin C crystals
1 tsp distilled water
2 tbs of vegetable glycerin
1 small dark colored glass with a medicine dropper top. (Doing this reduces vitamin C degradation)
- Dissolve the Vitamin C crystals into the distilled water and pour into the dark colored glass
- Next, add the glycerin and stir it all together.
- Keep your Vitamin C serum stored in your fridge to keep its potency. Your serum should last you a month and possibly more! You will know that it has oxidized completely when it turns a shade of brown.
I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY Vitamin C serum recipe that you can do at home! On my blog, you can see how I added lavender and green tea to the serum too.