DIY Vitamin C Mask…

Vitamin C Mask DIYI’m really impressed with Vitamin C, also known as L. Ascorbic Acid.  One spa I worked at at the very beginning of my career offered a Vitamin C facial.  I remember how radiant my skin and my client’s skin looked afterwards.  I never knew I could duplicate a $70 facial so cheaply and so simply! Let’s make a very simple DIY Vitamin C Mask to brighten skin as well as fade dark spots.

Some of you caught my post on Primally Inspired about a Vitamin C serum.  Honestly, I enjoy my Anti Aging Serum more than the Vitamin C, simply because I like the smell and the texture better than the vitamin C serum. 

The Vitamin C serum is great for people with lines and sun spots that they need to reduce quickly.  Vitamin C is so beneficial that I couldn’t leave it out of my routine.  So, weekly my skin enjoys a boost of Vitamin C via an invigorating mask!  It’s simple and quick, and leaves skin radiant and glowing.  Interested?

Vitamin C serves many purposes for the skin.  It helps produce collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what makes are skin look young and keeps our skin from forming wrinkles.  Collagen is what you have in excess from about 0-20 years of age.  Vitamin C also helps fade age and sun spots.  Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which attacks free radicals in the skin that are causing us to age prematurely.  Vitamin C is one power pact vitamin!
This is a simple recipe that calls for L. Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and glycerin.  You can leave it on your skin for 5-10 minutes and use once a week.   All you need besides your l. ascorbic acid is glycerin!   Just so you know-instead of glycerin, you can also use distilled water, coconut oil or aloe vera for oilier skin types or vitamin E, jojoba or olive oil for drier skin types.  I like glycerin because it is moisturizing and gives this mask a good slip.  The main ingredient that is going to deliver the results is L. Ascorbic Acid.  So, let’s get started!  **Use my links to find your Vitamin C powder, but if you find your own-always make sure your powder has an L in front of the Ascorbic-If it is not L. Ascorbic acid it is a synthetic from of Vitamin C and not pure.**
C is for Collagen DIY Vitamin C

DIY Vitamin C mask

1/2 TBSP L. Ascorbic Acid (find it HERE)
1 tsp. Glycerin (find it HERE)(or 2 Vitamin E capsules)

1. Mix the first 2 ingredients.
2. Apply a THIN LAYER to a clean face and throat.

**You must be very careful that the mask does not run into your eyes.** 

Once the mask heats up from your skin it can start running.  I end up having to not always apply it to my forehead.  If your forehead really needs it, lean forward over the sink or a towel for the 10 minutes.  I do the dishes!  If the mask drips in the eyes it will BURN!   Leave on for no more than 5-10 minutes.  If your skin tingles that is natural.  Too much tingling is not good.  Remove it with cool water and lower the amount of L. Ascorbic acid in your mask.  Be gentle when you remove your mask, the L. Ascorbic granules will give you a good exfoliation but they are rough so be gentle!

See, it’s so easy!  It’s cheap and the results are great!  If you’d like to pamper yourself even more I suggest steaming your face after the Vitamin C mask, a facial massage, a calming mask of Aloe Vera and Lavender Essential oil, and finish with a toner and moisturizer.  You won’t believe how baby soft your skin will feel.  You can steam your face over a pot of boiling water or you can invest in a steamer that facialist use.  It is an amazing tool to keep your skin (and sinuses) hydrated.

Pamper your skin-it’s the only skin you’ve got and nature offers some great tools to keep you feeling good inside and out!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 2, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    Very difficult to read because of the background.

  2. November 5, 2013 / 6:24 am

    Hi Jenni, I have a question regarding your Vitamin C Serum, I have all of the needed ingredients, and am sooooo excited to try it, but I am having a heck of a time getting the granule to dissolve. I have stirred and stirred and stirred, i have left the granules sitting in just the distilled water for hours hoping they would dissolve…but they are still there! Is it necessary to get the granules to completely dissolve, or is it still effective to use the serum with the granules intact?

    Thank you!

    • Olivia
      April 2, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      Vitamin C is water soluable

      • Shanna Forstall
        August 29, 2016 / 6:58 pm

        I use a coffee grinder, turns into a power form. I bought it for $30 at Target, works perfectly.

  3. November 5, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Hi Sarah! This is a problem with the serum-If Vitamin C weren’t so amazing for your skin and if it didn’t deliver results as quickly as it does I would not share recipes using L.Ascorbic Acid. No matter what you do it does not totally dissolve. I take the back of a spoon and try to crush it and that helps some. Don’t worry though-it is very effective with the granules still intact. Plus, you only need a small amount when using the serum. Once you apply it to your skin, it should feel like it has absorbed. Thanks for your question!

    • Wendy Daubenmeyer
      February 25, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      I buy my L- ascorbic acid on amazon in bulk. Very inexpensive. I would look there instead of trying to crush tablets.

  4. November 12, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    I use essential oils for almost everything. Would I get the same results using orange and lemon essential oils? I make my own night and day cream. I put orange and lemon essential oils in my night cream. I saw a post from another blogger saying she had made her own vitamin C powder by drying orange peels and grinding them into a fine powder. Would that method work? Thank you for your information.

    • November 14, 2013 / 6:18 pm

      Mandie-I didn’t “reply” to this question, see my response below-you’ve really intrigued me, I am researching your question. If I come up with a conclusion, I’ll let you know!

    • November 14, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Mandie, I came across an answer to your question today in my research. I found a Young Living article written by a phD. He explained that during the distillation process most of the vitamins in the plant are lost. There are some amounts of vitamins left behind but not enough to truly benefit. Here is the article-very interesting…..

      I had hoped I could make an easier serum using citrus oils-Shoot!
      That being said, citrus oils are wonderful for brightening the skin. I keep hearing of the great results people are getting by applying orange, lemon, lime, tangerine etc. to their skin.

  5. November 13, 2013 / 2:53 am

    Mandie-I honestly don’t know if using essential oils in place of a powdered Vitamin C would work-I think the only way you could tell is if you are seeing results, such as less lines and diminished sun/age spots. Would you put the oil directly on your face or dilute? I guess it would depend on how sensitive your skin is. If it does work that would be awesome-so much easier then working with the powder! The other blogger was having great results so I’m very curious-I might try the oils too. Please check back in with your results!
    Thanks for reading and sharing!

    • Colleen
      June 21, 2014 / 11:51 am

      Just a thought on this question… from what I have learned, care must be taken with citrus essential oils as they increase photo sensitivity – you are supposed to avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 24 hours.

  6. Anonymous
    November 13, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    I am going to make the serum as well. I just read the posts about how the powdered Vitamin C doesn’t completely dissolve. I’m going to try grinding it down with my mortar and pestle and see if that helps. Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  7. November 21, 2013 / 2:44 am

    Jenny, I was wondering if you know if I could use Sweet almond oil(with vitamin E) with the Vitamin C powder? I don’t have Vitamin E capsules, but would love to start using this serum tonight!! Would it still work or would the vitamin C and almond oil cause a bad reaction? Thanks for your time!

    • November 23, 2013 / 3:59 am

      Jennifer, you can use Sweet Almond Oil-That would work fine! Good luck!

  8. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013 / 1:16 am

    If you find your L ascorbic acid powder is too grainy, you are using the wrong kind. makes a very fine powder, give it a try and I’ll bet you do not have any problems.

  9. December 21, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    I just made the serum and put a little bit on my arm to test since I don’t have pH strips. It tingles a little but it is also kind of sticky. Is it supposed to be a bit sticky? I am using the Healthforce truly natural powder that you recommended. I am hoping this can help me since I am fair skinned Irish/Scottish/Swiss background and the California sun has been doing a number on me since I moved here from Chicago 8 years ago! I wear tons of sunscreen but seeing more lines as I approach 40 🙁

    • December 21, 2013 / 11:32 pm

      Jen, Yes, this mask is sticky. It should also tingle but not be too uncomfortable. Results vary from person to person but most people say they see a difference quickly! I hope it works well for you!

  10. December 26, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    I really want to try this. Your link to the L. Ascorbic Acid isn’t working. I’d love to be able to purchase this from Amazon or Vitacost as I order from them all the time. Is it available from these sellers?

    • December 28, 2013 / 1:54 pm

      Kristina, I’m sorry about that-That is about the 10th time I’ve had to change that link! It is working now. The main thing to remember when buying a Vitamin C powder is that it is L. Ascorbic acid-that L is very important. Most won’t have it and that means it’s a synthetic, non-pure version of Vitamin C. Hope this helps!
      Thanks, Jenni

  11. erika
    February 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    What is the difference between citric acid, L. Ascorbic acid and vitamin C powder?

  12. Bonnie Nelson
    April 7, 2014 / 11:17 am

    I read on a comment on Amazon that Esther C would be better than L-ascorbic acid because of absorption. Do you know anything about that? I couldn’t find that in powder form (the Esther C).

    • April 18, 2014 / 1:31 pm

      Bonnie-I have never experimented with Esther C but you raise a good point. You might have to grind or crush up pills to get it in powder form, but my problem is that this type of vitamin C isn’t pure and contains extra ingredients possibly being GMO’s. L.ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C without being a gmo. I will be checking on the absorption though-that’s interesting!!

  13. Diann Farley
    May 12, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Hi Jenni.
    In your opinion, is there any value to shaving orange peel and putting in water to use as a serum ? thanks

    • May 12, 2014 / 9:10 pm

      Diann-Yes! There is so much vitamin C in the peel-I am not sure about shelf life-it will be very short, but this is such a great way to get vitamin C!

  14. jen
    May 22, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    I have one of those micro needle rollers for my face & was wondering if I used that on my face and then applied your recipe for Vitamin C serum immediately afterwards if that would damage my skin or help it even more?
    Thank you!!

    • May 24, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      Jen, I honestly have no idea about the micro needle rollers so I can’t answer for sure. If it were me, I wouldn’t. The vitamin C can be irritating on it’s own so I wouldn’t want to be more aggressive with the roller.

  15. Ashley
    May 24, 2014 / 10:33 pm


    Do you have anything that would help fade scars? Especially ones fromhaving surgery?

    God Bless!

  16. Elyse
    May 29, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Hi, Jenni,

    My question is in regards to your Vit C serum from Primally Inspired. I have Buffered Sodium Ascorbate which is made by dissolving pharmaceutical grade ascorbic acid with sodium hydrogen carbonate (mined from the earth). This makes the Vit C alkaline. Will this work as well?

    I went ahead and made it anyway and applied it before bed. It didn’t tingle. After the stickiness went away, it left a coating of white grit on my face which is still there in the morning. Does this happen with the L. Ascorbic acid as well?

    Finally, how often should you apply the serum? Every night?

    Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

    • June 2, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Elyse-I have never worked with buffered sodium ascorbate so I don’t know if it’s comparable or not. I do know that ascorbic acid is a synthetic form of vitamin C that I prefer to stay away from. A gritty coating does not happen with the L.ascorbic acid I recommend-it’s water soluble which helps. Be very careful with vitamin C because it’s an acid and can easily be too strong. You can apply the serum nightly but be sure to monitor how your skin feels-sensitivities can build up over time. Thanks so much! Keep me posted!

  17. Rachael P
    June 20, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    Hi, I’m Rachael, gladameetya Jenny. I worked with a dermatologist and I think you will find that anything oily will block vit. C penetration into the skin, glycerine is fine, no oils. The other thing is if you wish to encourage collegen production with “C” don’t use vitamin E at the same time because it has an anti inflammatory effect in the skin and the vit. C “micro-injury” cannot call on the collegen production because the E pretty much cancels it out with its soothing effect on the skin. hope not too forward. Thanx Rachael

    • June 21, 2014 / 2:54 pm

      Hi Rachel! Thank you for sharing this info.!! Absolutely not too forward. I don’t claim to know everything and when it comes to vitamin C the rules can be tricky! This info. is very interesting! Feel free to share anywhere you like on my blog! I’ve been looking into Ester C-seems like it might be a better choice. Know anything about that? Thanks Rachel!!

  18. Colleen
    June 21, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Hi! I have enjoyed making some of your recipes….my question on this one is on the vitamin c that I have. It is not “L-ascorbic acid” but rather is made up of the following: Amla (fruit) extract/Rutin/Rose Hips & Grape Seed extract…are these ingredients going to be effective? Thanks in advance for your input. 🙂

    • June 21, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      Hi Colleen! I’m not really too sure about what you have-Is it called “vitamin C”? L.Ascorbic acid is pure vitamin C so it’s going to be the most potent form of vitamin C you can find.

      • Colleen
        July 8, 2014 / 11:55 am

        Thanks for replying – I appreciate it 🙂 It’s Now Foods Tru-C BioComplex, with the amla fruit extract providing 200 mg vitamin C. I have a recipe for a Vitamin C toner that I think I’ll experiment with this supplement in. Being that I’d apply it nightly, I should see pretty quick if it’s effective. Cheers!

  19. jill Rossler
    July 2, 2014 / 10:06 am

    Hi Jenny, Love your blog!! thanks a ton….always interested for the tried and tested., Started using the Solgar L Ascorbic Acid crystals Powder 10 days ago, have mixed it with Aloe vera gel, dissolves beautifully, do you know anything about DMAE, Dr perricone uses it a lot in his creams, but frightfully expensive, Ive been taking the supplement for yrs, and have now decided to crush a tablet and add it to the Vit c mix, apparently very good for saggy skin!- can you comment thanks so much jill

    • July 5, 2014 / 4:09 pm

      Jill-I have done a bit of research on it, but never worked with it. I’m not sure it’s as natural as I prefer so I’m still in the research stages. No doubt the buzz on this ingredient is very exciting! As far as crushing it up and applying to your face, I don’t know if it would be beneficial. Sometimes the skin can’t absorb something like that. I will have to do more research on that! Thanks!

  20. Raya K
    July 2, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Could I dip a sheet mask into this solution to keep it from dripping? I get plain 100% rayon fabric sheet masks from a local Asian store that are meant for DIY masks. If yes, would I still have to rinse it off or massage remaining mask into my skin like store bought sheet masks? Lastly, can this be used in the eye area? (I also have mini eye masks haha)

  21. July 21, 2014 / 1:30 am

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after checking through some of the
    post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  22. Yasemin
    August 7, 2014 / 2:03 am

    Hi Jenni,

    Thanks for the lovely post, it’s very helpful!
    I was going through ingredients list of your vitamin c serum and mask. I realised that you suggest L ascorbic acid for the mask and Vitamin C Powder for the serum. and the links you’ve provided take us to different products also. Is there a specific reason for this or can these 2 forms be replaced by each other? I see discussions on different forms of vitamin c and I’m getting confused about which form is the best to put on my skin. and I can’t just click and buy from amazon because I live outside USA.

  23. Ruth
    December 28, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Hi, been trying to get the ph right but i am having no success till now…any suggestions?? I read that if it is too high it may damage the skin, too low and it won’t penetrate.

    • December 28, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      Ruth-I’ve found it so hard to test pH. I used the strips but my pH was coming up impossibly low on certain things! I’ve also read up on pH readers and they seem complicated and finicky too! Do you have a way of testing the pH in your mask? I know citric acid lowers pH and soap has a very high pH. I’m pretty sure I’m not being very helpful! Keep me posted!

  24. payel
    February 9, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    How many times ?.?.daili? Weekly?

    • February 10, 2015 / 1:54 pm

      Payel-I would try this weekly. If you get irritated then try bi-monthly!

  25. Becky
    March 30, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipes with us! I plan to try making the vitamin c serum as well as trying out this mask but I have a question; can I use the L ascorbic acid instead of the vitamin c powder you recommend for the serum?

    • April 14, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Becky-Yes you can use L.Ascorbic acid-that was what I used originally and still really like it!

  26. LORNE
    April 23, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    please put me on your list for anything you anything you mail out…thanks

    • April 25, 2015 / 8:53 am

      Hi Lorne, I will put you on the list and you’ll get a confirmation in your email. Click on it and you’ll be ready to get emails from me! Thanks so much!

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        April 25, 2015 / 11:51 am


  27. moe
    June 14, 2015 / 10:43 am

    thank you for this website. It’s amaze-balls! I am interested in making the vitamin serum but would like to use ferulic acid, as I have read it causes L-ascorbic acid to oxidize more slowly. Do you have a recipe for vitamin C serum using ferulic acid?

    • June 23, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Moe-Thanks!!!! I’ve actually never heard of ferulic acid! I’ll check into it though!

  28. Julie Coatney
    July 14, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Hi jenni,
    It’s me again lol-
    I’m looking to make your Vit C mask- went to a natural grocery, Clovers and they had a powder ascorbic acid, and the main ingredient was 1200 (mg) (g) ?? L. Ascorbic acid. Should that be ok-or should I avoid it?

    • July 15, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Julie-I’m not sure. I don’t know a lot about Vitamin C powders except that ascorbic acid is the chemical form of vitamin C and L.ascorbic is the authentic form. There are just so many products out there boasting they are vitamin C-I do know you want to look for non-GMO as well. Sorry to not be very knowledgeable on this subject!

      • Julie Coatney
        July 15, 2015 / 10:56 am

        Thank you so much 🙂 Not a problem 🙂 I will double check on the product.

  29. Kathleen
    July 26, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    I just made this mask…it is fantastic! I used the Vitamin C Powder that you recommended in the Vitamin C serum post on Primally Inspired. I had no difficulty blending the powder into the glycerin. The mask gave a pleasant, tingly feeling at the beginning. I used it on the back of my hands (sun spots!) as well as my face. I followed it up with a homemade serum that I use. My face looks and feels fantastic! Thank you for your work!

    • July 27, 2015 / 10:57 am

      Kathleen! Thanks for sharing-I’m so glad you like it, the feeling and texture of this serum can be tricky so I’m glad to know it worked for you!

  30. Michelle
    September 16, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Hi, I purchased ingredients for your vit c serum and I am excited about using it. The serum is kinda sticky. Am I doing something wrong? I also just purchased an anti wrinkle moisturizer with AHA in it. Can I use these together? What should I apply to skin first? Thank you so much for your time and knowledge:)

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Michelle-This serum is sticky, it’s just the nature of the ingredients. I would be very careful with using both vitamin C and AHAs. It could be too much and irritate your skin. Pay close attention to how your skin feels and proceed cautiously-You might reduce the amount of vitamin C in your serum. Hope this helps!

  31. Kristie
    February 20, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    Will this mask keep well if I make a lot and store it in an amber pump bottle?
    Thank you,

    • February 21, 2016 / 1:31 pm

      Kristie-It will only keep for about 5 days. It’s just the nature of the L-Ascorbic acid unfortunately.

  32. Chris Williams
    February 23, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    thanks for all the information. I am going to try the serum and offer my opinion later.

  33. July 29, 2016 / 5:02 am

    Hi Jeni, most of my Vitamin C serums are also big dropper bottles like The OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum, it make me feel brighter for my skin. It’s great! I realized that when using one small bottle at a time is best because air won’t get into the rest of the product, it helps using process better. Although using fresh lemon directy on my face, my skin’s clear. Thanks for your share!

  34. Debbie
    January 11, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I have Vitamin C Powder 5000 mg Ascorbic Acid from Thompason. Can I use this to make the serum or does it have to be L-Ascorbic Acid? And can I substitute glycerin with another natural oil?

    Thank you,

    • Jenni
      January 12, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Debbie-Is your powder edible? I would say probably not. Glycerin is a water based ingredient so it actually mixes with water to create more of a slip. You could omit it all together. Using an oil could work but you would really need to shake it up each time you apply because oil and water will not mix. Also, remember that because of the shelf life of vitamin C, you have to remake this serum 1 time a week. This will also insure you aren’t getting bacteria.

      • Donna Hudson
        January 13, 2017 / 10:51 pm

        Can I use a real orange and vitamin E oil?

        • Jenni
          January 14, 2017 / 6:29 pm

          Donna-I don’t think real orange would be as effective plus it would be very sticky.

  35. MaryEssenpreis
    May 12, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Do you use the whole amount or can you refrigerate any that is left.

    • Jenni
      June 2, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Hi! You can put what you didn’t use in the fridge but use it up in the next few days or it won’t be effective.

  36. June 15, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I likethe Vit C mask but can you steam your face before to get a better penetration of the vit c. I used it once and did not see any results.

  37. Behshid
    September 23, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Hi Jenni
    Im Behshid and from iran, my skin is dark . I was searching for masks to make it lighter, I found your website. You shared too link for L acid( amazon and lotioncrafter) which product is better?

    • Jenni
      October 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Behshid-Hi! I’m not sure which is better. I think they are both comparable.

  38. Behshid
    September 23, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Jenni, Can glycirin cause acne for oily skin?

    • Jenni
      October 10, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Behshid-Everyone is different but typically small amount of glycerin will not clog pores.

  39. Shabnam
    October 29, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Hi Jenni,
    I read your note on using this once a week. My question to you is this – is there any danger in using this mask two or three times a week? I use a lesser quantity of L-Ascorbic Acid powder; and blend it with a mixture of homegrown aloe Vera gel and rosewater. When the mask is applied it does tingle, but not disturbingly so.. It isn’t at all difficult to wait ten minutes before washing it off. I do a two minute face steaming session and then massage my face with Rose hip oil.

    • Jenni
      November 29, 2017 / 8:44 am

      Shabnam-Everyone’s skin is different so it’s really up to you. It’s not a bad idea to use it 2-3 times a week at all. But, you could get very sensitive to it and open your skin up to irritation and that could happen after a while of doing it several times a week. I would say try it and be very aware of your skin.

  40. Molly
    December 3, 2020 / 11:46 am

    Excited to try this! I’m just curious why you suggest to steam after instead of before? I’ve always steamed before a mask with the thought I was opening my pores to absorb better, but maybe I don’t actually understand the reason for steaming properly!

    • Jenni
      January 4, 2021 / 11:15 am

      Hi Molly! This is an older post so I might actually edit it and suggest to steam before but you can go either way. Steaming typically softens and loosens dead skin. When I used to do facials, steaming had to come right before the extractions so that could be done as gently as possible which is probably why I suggested doing it before. Hope this helps and sorry for the confusion!

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