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 collagen production in the skin (this helps get rid of wrinkles) – I like to take gelatin and Vitamin C internally too for this purpose.
- Brighten and tighten the skin
- Reduce the effects of harmful 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 pairеd with a skin care routine like Oil Cleansing
- For dry or aging skin, this serum is a good solution. It can be usеd for acne prone skin too, but it seems that Sea Spray for skin works bettеr.
- If you are dealing with a lot of wrinkles or dehydrated skin, extra vitamin C can bе addеd, but work up slowly and test on the inner arm before applying to the face
Vitamin C Serum Recipe Ingredients
- 1/2 teaspoon natural real food Vitamin C Powder
- One tablespoon distilled water OR 1 teaspoons of distilled water to dissolve and 2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerine
- a dark colored container to store (Vitamin C oxidizes readily)
How to Make Vitamin C Serum
- Dissolve the Vitamin C powder in the water.
- If only using water and Vitamin C, you arе 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.
NOTE: I like the pure Vitamin C and water recipe as a toner after cleansing, though glycerine is moisturizing and softening for the skin and will extend the method. DO NOT use glycerine on anything that is usеd in oral care or the mouth as it is bad for teeth.