Vitamin C serum is a natural skin care ingredient that is often found in high-end beauty regimes, and Vitamin C serums, creams and lotions are popping up everywhere.
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is touted as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cream. Many of these products also cost an arm and a leg. Thankfully, there is a natural, homemade and inexpensive alternative (noticing a trend here?) that seems to work just as well. Vitamin C is helpful for brightening and tightening skin (this works if you take it internally too!).
Vitamin C has been reported to:
- Increase collaged production in the skin (this helps get rid of wrinkles) – I personally like to take gelatin and Vitamin C internally too for this purpose.
- Brighten and tighten the skin
- Reduce the effects of negative sun exposure (Not all sun exposure is bad)
- Mitigate some chlorine exposure
- Help skin repair itself
Some cautions from experience:
- Measure carefully and do not add extra Vitamin C as it is acidic and can/will burn the skin if the concentration is too high.
- If you have extra sensitive skin, dilute with even more water
- This is best paired with a skin care routine like Oil Cleansing
- For dry or aging skin, this serum is a good solution. It can be used for acne prone skin too, but it seems that Sea Spray for skin works better.
- If you are dealing with a lot of wrinkles or very dry skin, extra vitamin C can be added, but work up slowly and test on the inner arm before applying to the face
Vitamin C Serum Recipe
- Dissolve the Vitamin C powder in the water.
- If only using water and Vitamin C, you are done. This will store for up to 2 weeks or longer in the fridge.
- If using glycerine, dissolve the Vitamin C in the smaller amount of water, then stir in glycerine and store. This version will last a month or longer.