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DIY Vitamin C Serum – 3 Easy Homemade Recipes

DIY Vitamin C Serum is a great way to boost collagen production and tighten and lighten the skin tone. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, that is why this ingredient is so much needed in your DIY serum to protect skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. A great “side-effect” of vitamin C is that it helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

Speaking of dark spots, we have already discussed

But today we will discuss how to create your own Vitamin C face serum.

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Here is why Vitamin C can be your next go-to ingredient for the DIY face masks and toners:

  • Vitamin C helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and the appearance of dark spots
  • Reduces wrinkles [1]
  • Protects collagen and increases production
  • Helps protect against sun damage [2]

Vitamin C Face Serum – Top 3 DIY Recipes

Aloe Vera & Vitamin C Serum – the Basic Recipe

The most popular form of vitamin C serums is water soluble. Water soluble form of vitamin C is absorbed faster and penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin, then fat soluble forms.

To make your own water soluble face serum with Vitamin C you will need only few ingredients:

  • L-ascorbic acid powder
  • vegetable glycerin (can be replaced with aloe vera gel)
  • distilled water or hydrolat
  • dark glass container

How to prepare:

  • Take all the ingredients in equal proportions, for example, 2 teaspoons of each ingredient
  • First combine water and ascorbic, the acid crystals must completely dissolve in water
  • Stir with a plastic or glass spatula, avoid metal spoons or spatulas as they may cause Vitamin C oxidation
  • Add vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel
  • Mix well till the mixture becomes completely transparent. Poure it into a dark glass bottle.
  • Store the serum it in the refrigerator, but do not prepare too much of the mixture at once  as it may get oxidated after one week.
  • If the mixture has changed its color, even slightly, you should not stop using it and prepare the new portion of the serum

Baking Soda and Vitamin C Serum

Making your own DIY Vitamin C serum isn’t just about mixing some powder with water. You need to mix them in a way that gives Vitamin C the possibility to penetrate your skin and work efficiently.

This recipe is amazing, since it is using a scientific approach to measuring PH-level and making sure Vitamin C stays stable in the solution.

Get the full recipe here.

Vitamin C and Frankincense Essential Oil Face Serum

Wow, this recipe is probably my favorite, because it contains not only Vitamin C powder, Aloe Vera gel but also frankincense essential oil.

Frankincense oil is often used to treat serious dermatological conditions, from eczema to psoriasis to rashes. It is also great for different anti-aging DIY recipes, as it reduces acne inflammation, tightens pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines, lifts the flabby and saggy skin. Here you can read about how to use frankincense oil on the face for an anti-age effect

And the recipe of Vitamin C serum with frankincense essential oil you can get here.

Apply one of these face serums regularily to ensure younger-looking, healthy skin. Vitamin C is especially known for its skin rejuvenating and skin brightening properties, so make use of it!

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  1. Skin anti-aging strategies. Ruta Ganceviciene, Aikaterini I. Liakou, […], and Christos C. Zouboulis
  2. The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Juliet M. Pullar, Anitra C. Carr, and Margreet C. M. Vissers

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