One of my most popular skin care posts is myDIY 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.
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!
First, let’s review the AMAZING benefits of vitamin C 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.
Topical Skin Benefits of Vitamin C:
- 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. That’s due to too glycerin.
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.
Sophie came up with a genius solution!
Simply add a bit of your face lotion (or a water based serum) in the palm of your hand and use the other hand to pinch about 1/16-1/8th of vitamin C powder. Mix with your fingers until all the graininess is gone, then apply.
This ensures the upmost freshness and no more remaking serums every week!
Vitamin C Beauty Tip:
I add enough moisturizer and vitamin C to my hand so that I can easily apply to my neck and chest as well.
Also, don’t forget the age spots on the back of your hands!
I also like to do a weekly Vitamin C Mask. It’s a simple recipe using the same vitamin C powder and you’ll love how instantly your skin feels smoother and looks brighter!
DIY Vitamin C Lotion How To:
Trouble Shooting DIY Vitamin C Lotion:
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 tried this new method, I pinched up way too much vitamin C powder 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.
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.
Water Soluble Vitamin C Powder:
The reason this works is because vitamin C powder 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!
Adding Vitamin C to a Hyaluronic Acid Serum:
Adding vitamin C powder to my DIY hyaluronic acid serum is my preferred method of adding it to my nightly skin care routine. Because I prefer a DIY face oil as my moisturizer and vitamin C will not incorporate into oil based products, it has to be added to my water based serum. I add it exactly like I’ve described above. Once the serum has soaked into my skin, I apply my face oil.
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 diy 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 skin benefits of Vitamin C to not be incorporating it into our beauty regime.
Plus, I have sun spots coming from nowhere lately. Once we hit 40, anti aging is an uphill battle!
Find the vitamin C powder that I recommend HERE.