One of my most popular DIY skin care posts was my Vitamin C Serum recipe. Vitamin C is one of the most amazing anti aging ingredients that we all should be incorporating into our beauty routine. I’m going to tell you why in a bit. The problem with Vitamin C is that when it is not in a powdered form, it is very unstable. That means, it will go bad quickly and not be effective once it’s added to a liquid. My vitamin C serum, while lots of readers have raved about it’s benefits, is a pain because you have to make a new batch weekly-at least. I’ve found a way to incorporate vitamin C into your daily regime that will make it extremely potent as well as EASY!
Ok, so let’s review the AMAZING benefits vitamin C does for the skin. If you haven’t read the serum post, be prepared to get your socks blown off. Vitamin C is also known as L. Ascorbic Acid. It is super affordable and easy to find. Do not get L. Ascorbic Acid confused with Ascorbic Acid though. Ascorbic acid is not a pure form of Vitamin C.
Benefits of Vitamin C when applied topically-
- Powerful Antioxidant-Attacks free radicals that cause aging
- Stimulates Collagen Production
- Fades Brown Spots
- Decreases Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Balances Oily Skin
- Restores Elasticity
- Brightens Skin Tone
- Prevents Premature Aging
- Fades Scaring
- Boosts Skin’s Defense Against UV Rays
The first time I heard about DIY Vitamin C products was from Gorgeously Green’s Sophie Uliano. I recently was catching up with her blog and saw she had an updated version due to issues with the original serum. Like Sophie, I have had my fair share of readers writing in about the issues with this serum. First off, a lot of readers feel that it’s sticky. Second, it just sucks to have to make up a new serum every 5 days or so. Plus, using a serum is an extra step that some of us prefer to not do. So, Sophie came up with the best idea. Basically you put a bit of your face lotion in the palm of your hand and use the other hand to pinch about 1/16-1/8th of L.Ascorbic Acid. Add it to your moisturizer and mix with your fingers until all the graininess is gone, then apply. This is so easy that I end up using enough moisturizer that I can apply it to not only my face, but also my neck and chest!
I do this everyday. Well, actually every night. I have only done it for a little less then a week so if I get irritated, I’ll dial it back to every other day. The first time I did this, I pinched up way too much L. Ascorbic Acid and it burned and did not dissolve into my moisturizer. You will have to play with your proportions to find out what works for you.
The reason this works is because L. Ascorbic Acid is water soluble. This is why DIY serums can only contain liquids like aloe, glycerin or distilled water. The powder will not dissolve in an oil. Water is the most prominent ingredient in lotions so the powder will dissolve. Plus, it really doesn’t get any fresher or more stable then this method!
If you’ve never used a Vitamin C product, be aware that it does itch or slightly sting after you’ve put it on. Only you can determine whether you’ve used too much L. Ascorbic Acid. If it’s really bothering you, put another layer of moisturizer on.
I feel like once the winter really kicks in, I will need to probably have to do my night time routine in segments. For example, I will oil cleanse my skin then apply my “vitamin C moisturizer”. 30 minutes-1 hour later I will probably apply another layer of lotion to my face due to excessive dryness once winter hits.
I’m so DANG excited to have found this trick! It makes things so much easier. I never established a good habit of using and making my Vitamin C Serum. Because this is way easier and busy mom friendly, I will be able to commit to this method! There are just way too many benefits of Vitamin C. Plus, I have sun spots coming from nowhere lately. Once we hit 30, anti aging is an uphill battle!
Find the L. Ascorbic Acid that I use HERE.
P.S. If you have any lotion left over, be sure to get some on the back of your hands!!