DIY Vitamin C Serum for Bright, Even Skin

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DIY Homemade Vitamind C Serum for health skin and wrinkle reduction
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Vitamin C serum is an anti-aging natural skincare ingredient often found in high-end beauty regimens. You can find this antioxidant in many moisturizers, lotions, and creams as well. Why all the fuss? And is it possible to make your own (much less expensive!) vitamin C serum at home?

I’ve researched, experimented, and tried it out and the answer is… yes you can!

Vitamin C Serum Benefits

Vitamin C is touted as an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle cream, and for good reason. Vitamin C is helpful for brightening and tightening skin. (This works if you take it internally too!).

Researchers found that regular use of vitamin C on the skin will:

While I love these benefits, 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.

How to Make Your Own Vitamin C Serum

In just a few simple steps, you can make your own brightening facial serum.

First, you will need a few items:

Next, just mix in the ratios below and store! Use as you would a facial toner. Note: Since it contains no preservatives, this serum will last about two weeks and needs to be stored in the fridge.

This serum works on most skin types, especially dry or aging skin. Customize your results based on your skin type by:

Cautions & Tips

Here’s the best way to use vitamin C serum, from personal 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 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 it to the face.
  • If you have extra sensitive skin, dilute with even more water.
  • Alternatively, to make the vitamin c less irritating, you can add baking soda to make the serum more alkaline.
  • This is best paired with a natural skincare routine like oil cleansing.
DIY Homemade Vitamind C Serum for health skin and wrinkle reduction
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Vitamin C Serum Recipe

Make a simple vitamin C skincare serum at home with just a few simple ingredients.
Prep Time2 minutes
Author: Wellness Mama


  • ½ tsp vitamin C powder
  • 1 TBSP distilled water (OR 1 tsp distilled water + 2 TBSP vegetable glycerine)


  • In a small, dark-colored container, combine the vitamin C powder and the water.
  • If you are only using water and vitamin C, you are done. This will store for up to 2 weeks or longer in the fridge.
  • If you are using glycerin, dissolve the vitamin C in 1 teaspoon of water, then stir in 2 tablespoons of glycerin and store. This version will last a month or longer.


Personally, I like the pure vitamin C and water recipe as a toner after cleansing. However, glycerin is moisturizing and softening for the skin and will extend the recipe. DO NOT use glycerin on anything that is used in oral care or in the mouth as it is bad for teeth.

This article was medically reviewed by Cynthia Thurlow, NP, the CEO and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project, nurse practitioner, international speaker, and globally recognized expert in intermittent fasting and nutritional health. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Ever used a vitamin C serum on your skin? How did it work for you? Share below?
Vitamin C serum helps support skin health by boosting collagen production and the natural acids in Vitamin C can help tighten skin and make it smoother.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


385 responses to “DIY Vitamin C Serum for Bright, Even Skin”

  1. Joanna Avatar

    Hi! I am wondering if using vitamin c topically makes your skin photosensitive? I believe lemon juice and citrus essential oils do, and wonder if the vitamin c powder works the same way? I had melanoma skin cancer and am careful of overexposing myself to the sun, but I’m trying different things for wrinkles, as I am middle-aged.

  2. Precious Avatar

    Please can I apply vitamin C in my cream if yes, should I use the vitamin C on my skin before applying my cream….

  3. Deborah Avatar

    Vitamin C powder is very inexpensive and pure, no fillers the pills may have fillers. I’ve been making this for years and I love it. I’m 64 and people think I’m in my 40’s

  4. nancy Avatar

    I’m so excited to use your recipe and nourish my skin, thank you Katie <3
    My new dermatologist just instructed me to start using a vitamin C serum and boy is it expensive from the store! Your recipe is so simple and I was wondering if I can add an essential oil for an extra god smell or to assist with the job? Orange like your picture seems like it would be delightful. Again, many thanks!

  5. Ruanda Avatar

    Hi. I’ve read what your recipe, abn i mixed water with L-Ascorbic acid, but the acid does not dissolve, and it it still grainy. Even after i’ve stirred it for a long time. I don’t like it on my skin at all. What can i do?

    1. Corinne Avatar

      I dilute in a little bit of water first to dissolve then add the rest of ingredients.

    2. Corinne Avatar

      Your recipe says vegetable glycerine but the link say castor oil, do I use vegetable glycerine or castor oil?

  6. Brett Avatar

    i was curious if you knew what percentage exactly this recipe is since I use the same myself.

  7. Laura Avatar

    When pair this with the oil cleansing which do you do first? The oil or the Vitamin C? Thanks

  8. Jody Avatar

    Wouldn’t rosehip seed oil work just as well? I mix a few drops with almond oil and use it on my face.

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