You have probably seen beauty shelves full of skintastic serums at your local skincare haunt, and maybe you’ve experienced a little sticker shock while browsing the ingredient lists full of unpronounceable names. If you’re trying to avoid chemicals while saving a few bucks, it’s easy to whip up your own all-natural vitamin C-filled facial serum.
This powerful vitamin improves the appearance of skin by stimulating collagen production and protecting the skin from harmful free radicals, while at the same time decreasing moisture loss and sun pigmentation. Use the powdered form as the active ingredient in your own skinmixology.
Snag your ingredients
You’ll need three ingredients to whip up your own serum:
- Powdered vitamin C (otherwise known as L-ascorbic acid – find it at most drug or health stores)
- Pure vegetable glycerin (also available at health stores or online)
- A dark glass bottle (blue or brown) for storage
Make the serum
Dissolve ¼ tsp powdered vitamin C in 1 tsp distilled water, and whisk it around with a spoon (or blender) until it’s no longer clumpy. Gently stir in 1 tsp of the glycerin.
Play around with the recipe. If your skin is sensitive, cut the vitamin C in half. For drier skin, add a few extra drops of glycerin. If you’re looking for an all-natural fragrance, try swapping a tsp of rosewater for the distilled water.
Now, you’ll want to pour the serum into your dark glass bottle. The shaded glass keeps the vitamin C from oxidizing; once it oxidizes, it’s ineffective. To further prevent oxidization, store your serum in the refrigerator, and only whip up a few days worth at a time.
Using the serum
After you’ve washed your face and hands, smooth a few drops of the serum all over your face and neck. You might experience a little tingling, which is normal. If the tingling increases, use less serum next time.
Please note: Vitamin C leaves your skin sensitive to light, so either apply it at night or follow with a healthy application of sunscreen.