Greeting to all you beautiful girls out there. Each one of us is beautiful inside and beautiful skin is achievable. A disciplined lifestyle, regular workout, and drinking plenty of water is the secret to lifelong healthy and glowing skin. You only need the patience and determination to make it work for you. For those of you who don’t know, Vitamin C, when applied topically, is an excellent anti- oxidant and helps in the production of collagen which gives you flawless skin and also keeps wrinkles at bay. Vitamin C and E, when used regularly, can help reduce the damage caused by the harmful UV rays.
Now the tricky part, l-ascorbic acid (the scientific name for pure vitamin c) is not a very stable compound and oxidizes very quickly when it comes in contact with air and sunlight. So, in all probability, even before you buy your vitamin c product from the market shelf, it is good for nothing.
Also, for vitamin C to work for you there must be a minimum of 5% vitamin c in whatever formulation you are using. Most brands do not specify the percentage of vitamin c used in their formulations, so even if what you have purchased is fresh, you cannot be sure, if it will work for you. It may not be potent enough to be effective on your skin.
We will make our first batch with 5% potency. You could move it up to 10% once your skin has adapted. However, the maximum prescribed dosage is 20% so ensure that you never ever exceed this limit.
Here is the list of all that we will need for Homemade Vitamin C Serum
- Pure vitamin C powder (l-ascorbic acid) 1/4 tsp
- Distilled water (or rose water). 2 tsp
- Glycerine. 1 tsp
- Vitamin E gel capsule 1 capsule
- An empty glass bottle to store your serum (you could clean and use an old pediatric medicine bottle)
Practically it is impossible to get pure vitamin c in powder form. Although there are some online stores that do supply this powder at a very reasonable price.
Step 1: Dissolve the vitamin c powder in the distilled water completely. Shake the bottle until it dissolve completely.
Step 2: Add the glycerine to the mix obtained in step 1.
Step 3: Puncture and add the contents of 1 Vitamin E gel capsule. This will help keep your serum stable and add the benefits of vitamin E oil.
Step 4: Store this concoction in a cool and dark place
There you have your very own vitamin c serum at 5% potency. Remember to use it within a week’s time and make a fresh batch once a week.
Application: After cleansing your face, apply a small quantity of your Vitamin C serum at bedtime. Follow it up with your favorite moisturizer. Leave it on overnight.
A word of caution: Sensitive skin beauties may feel slight tingling sensation initially. If this happens, you may want to start using it on alternate nights for the first few weeks until your skin adapts to it.
Remember to use it only at night first. Once your skin gets used to it, you could begin using it during the day as well but be sure to follow it up with a good sunscreen since vitamin c makes your skin photosensitive. I personally prefer to use it only at night.